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Programme 5: Know Your Place, 16th October

SELB code: RF 0325 Although the series has finished, programmes are still available to borrow or purchase from the Audio Visual Recording service at SELB. Just quote the SELB number in your correspondence with the unit.

Children are so familiar with the street names, areas, townlands, villages and towns they grow up in that they seldom question how these places got their names.
This programme helps them think about the uniqueness of each name and how it was derived from whatever source. It will focus pupils on the influences and cultures that form the way we are today. Click to Print PDF Worksheets
  • Anne Craig, a place name's expert, explains the origins of the names of many of our towns. The majority come from the Irish language, but other sources include Viking, Plantation and English. She gives a fascinating explanation of how our rich diversity of place names give us clues to our past and how they reveal the geography, history and cultural life of our forebears. She also draws attention to the origins of some street names and what they can tell us about where we live or how we used to live.
  • The programme ends with a puzzle. (See Worksheet 12). Pupils will need to replay the tape of the programme to succeed in this exercise.
Key Words:

townland; Vikings; Plantation; Guilds; glossary.

Before The Programme:
  • In a brainstorming session, fill the blackboard with names of places in your locality.
  • Check can any pupils give derivations for these.
  • Explain keywords.
After The Programme:
  • Discuss local place names on the blackboard from the brainstorm and see if any of them are clearer now than before the broadcast.
  • Try making up new names for familiar places in you area.
  • Ask pupils to devise a wordsearch using local place names, put it on the computer and distribute it to other pupils.
  • Worksheet 12: Distribute copies of the Warrior and Peasant. Replay the tape to enable pupils to 'translate' the correct answers. Answers: 1. Moneymore 2. Stranmillis. 3. Belfast 4.Altnagelvin 5. Strangford 6. Ardglass
  • Worksheet 13: Using the glossary, ask the pupils to use an atlas or maps to make lists of places with Bally, Kil, Ard etc.

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