The Cú Chulainn animated series was produced by the Nerve Centre for BBC NI's education department. There are six 5 minute episodes. Each episode recounts a major event from the life of Cú Chulainn from the boyhood story of how he earned the name 'The Hound of Ulster' to the epic confrontation known as 'the Cattle Raid of Cooley' in which Cú Chulainn lost his life. Teachers can play each individual episode on an interactive whiteboard, stopping the story at any point to facilitate questions and classroom discussions.
Accompanying the series are dynamic educational resources which can be downloaded for classroom use. Three inter-linked 'Exploring The Life And Times of Cú Chulainn' units of study, specially developed to support the Northern Ireland Curriculum, are available. Each unit of study uses the Cú Chulainn animated series to explore life in early times.
Each unit comprises a teacher guide, an interactive whiteboard resource and a pupil workbook. Teacher guides for each unit of study provide lesson plans, step by step guidance through pupil workbook and ICT activities and templates for classroom use. Teacher guides should be used along with the interactive whiteboard resources for each unit, which allow teachers to display key content and helpful guides to pupil activities.
Pupil workbooks contain fully illustrated worksheets on all topics plus a wide variety of pupil activities, quizzes and glossaries of key vocabulary.
Each unit of study supports Key Stage 2 Curriculum delivery, offering teachers the
opportunity to cover different Areas of Learning, Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities, Cross-Curricular Skills and introduce pupils to skills assessable through CCEA's 'Using ICT Accreditation' scheme.
The Cú Chulainn animated series was produced by the Nerve Centre for BBC NI's education department.