Resources for Transition Year Spring 2021

Remote Learning Spring 2021

As we continue with remote learning in TY, many schools have asked teachers and students to follow their timetable. As a result TY students are engaging with a mix of live and pre-recorded classes in addition to project work and tasks assigned through their virtual learning platform (e.g. Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom). With this in mind, you may find some of the following ideas, resources and links useful.

You might also find a number of the resources and planners we highlighted previously helpful. You can access these here.

Weekly Challenges

Challenges are a good way to maintain student engagement. Mixing them into students' weekly work can provide a good balance.

GAA TY Future Leaders Weekly Challenge

Come Dine with TY (credit Ro Curtis)

Weekly Baking Challenge

Weekly Steps Challenge

Keeping a Gratitude Journal




John O'Shea GOAL

In 1977, sports journalist John O’Shea interrupted a successful media career to turn his attention to helping the group of people, referred to by Saint Teresa of Calcutta as the “Poorest of the Poor” and found that he had a talent for this endeavor. John worked as CEO of GOAL, the humanitarian agency he established, for 35 years. John helped to raise in excess of $1 billion to help poor people. For more information click here.


Student Enterprise

An initiative run by the Network of Local Enterprise Offices of Ireland, where students from 1st year to 6th year get to set up and run their own business and find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur by taking part in this 8 month long enterprise education learning programme. For more information see here.

Health and Wellbeing


Internet Safety Day 9th February

The team at Webwise has put together a series of videos on internet safety addressing a range of topics for both primary and post-primary level. The videos are free to download. For more information see here.


Wolf Academy

Cormac and Daryl Noonan decided to set up Wolf Academy to inspire and empower young people to live happier and healthier lives, become their true selves and achieve their ultimate vision. They are offering two of their courses to students for free for the duration of the school closures. See here for further details.


Creative Mindfulness by Louise Shanagher

This flyer has links to a number of excellent resources around mindfulness.


Yoga Journey

Join Yoga teacher Adrienne for a 30-day Yoga journey here.


Frame of Mind Short Film Competition

The Frame of Mind short film competition aims to improve mental health awareness and remove the stigma associated with mental health difficulties. For more information see here.



Resources useful for English

Tommy Bowe Body Check

A short course from Junior Cycle to support students development of key skills. This could be easily adopted for TY students. Access it here


The Roald Dahl Museum

Learn about the famous author and explore different characters from his books. For more information see here


Resources useful for History

GAA Museum Resources

A resource pack for students with information on Bloody Sunday can be downloaded and by registering you can access additional materials including lectures from leading historians and a live virtual tour. For more information see here.

As part of the GAA Museum’s programme of events to commemorate the anniversary of Bloody Sunday a special edition of RTE Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany was broadcast in November 2020. This podcast is available to listen to here and provides a lovely backdrop to reflect on the events of the tragic day. For more information see here.


Proclaiming the Republic: The 1916 Rising

Virtual tour exploring the Easter 1916 Rising supported by additional resources including an interactive gallery of everyday objects which featured in the Rising, pre-recorded talks and teacher notes. For more information see here.


St. Brigid's Day

Discover the rich history of one of out patron saings - St. Brigid - and how, agter being born to a pagan chieftan she was inspired by St. Patrick to spread the message of Christianity. For more information see here.


Museums with Virtual Tours

The British Museum

The Met Museum (USA)

The Boston Children's Museum

US Natural History Museum Virtual Tour


Tour Easter Island

Take a tour of Rapa Nui and learn about the rich history of one of the world's most-remote inhabitated islands. For more information see here.


Resources useful for Art and Culture

Use the virtual tours of the art galleries below to support student projects on art and culture.

US National Gallery of Art

Uffizi Gallery Florence

The Louvre

The Van Gogh Museum


Resources useful for STEM

Microsoft Dreamspace TV

Cross-curricular lessons on STEAM through learning to code using Python and Micro:bit. See here for further details.


BT Young Scientist 

Explore the different student projects fomr this year's exhibition. For more information see here.





Dublin Zoo

Take a virtual tour of Dublin Zoo to learn about its inhabitants. For more information see here.


Eye on Nature 

An exciting, new wildfife photography competition organised by RTE in partnership with the National Botanic Gardens. For more information see here.


The Story of your Stuff

A competition, organised by the Environmental Protection Agency, for second level students aimed at highlighting sustainability, climate action and environmental protection. For more information see here.


Mini Med Course

Those students who have an interest in pursuing a career in the medical area may enjoy participating in the RCSI Mini Medical & Mini Health Sciences 2021. Registration closes on February 12th. For more information see here.


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Watch the aquarium inhabitants go about their daily lives via the live webcam feed or learn about ocean activism including plastic pollution, climate chante, sustainability and more. For more information see here.


NASA Tours

Take virtual tours of a numver of Nasa research facilities including their high-speed wind tunnel and their lunar operations laboratory. For more information see here.

Take virtual tours of the command centre for operating the Hubble Space Telescope, learn about its different missions and discoveries. For more information see here. 


Resources useful for Skill Development

Typing Club

Develop or improve your typing skills with 10 - 15 minutes practice every day. For more information see here.


The Hive Youth Radio

The Hive Youth Radio is a station set up during the covid-19 crisis to give young people a voice from the confines of their homes. Listen in or sign up and learn to produce your own podcasts. For more information see here.

Ideas to support our Communities

A number of students have been and are continuing to write letters to the residents of local nursing homes. These letters have been received with great joy. We would be delighted if every student in TY would take the time to share their thoughts, interests and good wishes with the nursing home residents at this time when many have little or no opportunity to have visits with family or friends. All letters benefit from An Post FREEPOST. We would ask that if a student writes to a nursing home to please post the letter within public health guidelines, i.e. as part of an essential journey or when taking exercise within 5km.

Other Resources

Guide Dogs TY Virtual Programme

An interactive programme which aims to inspire students to consider a career with Irish Guide Dogs or to support their work raising awareness and funds so they too can make a difference to others and change lives. See here for further details.


The Young Philosophers Award

For those who enjoy pondering the bigger questions in life and want to express their thoughts in a more formal way this competition provides a suitable medium. For more information see here.