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Classroom Activity: Early Medieval Ireland

In these activity sheets, explore Ogham, the earliest form of writing found in Ireland

Learn more about Ogham stones, and how to write your own message in Ogham in our activity sheet. Many of these monuments date to Early Medieval Ireland, when many of Ireland’s early saints were teaching the Irish people about Christianity. See if you can find the names of these saints in our word search and learn more about the objects connected to them.


Activity at a glance

Level: 3rd to 6th Class
Format: Printable activity sheet to be used in the classroom
Duration: Each activity can take 30-45 minutes
Availability: Online – please click link below to download PDF of activity 

Activity Sheets 

Ogham Code
Ogham writing is the earliest form of writing found in Ireland. Discover where in Ireland Ogham is found and write your own message on an Ogham Stone

Early Medieval Ireland Wordsearch 
Find out more about some of Ireland’s early saints and the objects connected to them. See if you can find all of their names in our wordsearch.
Wordsearch solutions


Curriculum Links

SESE History

Working as an Historian
Time and Chronology / Using Evidence / Change and Continuity / Cause and Effect / Synthesis and Communications / Empathy

Stories from the lives of the people in the past / Myths and Legends

Early Peoples and Ancient Societies
Early Christian Ireland

Continuity and Change Over Time
Communications / Literature, Arts, Crafts, and Culture


Other Curriculum Links

SESE Geography
A Sense of Place and Space / Maps, Globes, and Graphical Skills / Human Environments

SESE Science
Living Things / Materials / Environmental Awareness and Care

Visual Arts
Concepts / Drawing


Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a greater understanding of the lives and society of people in Early Medieval Ireland, and the introduction of Christianity in the 5th century
  • Discover what archaeology and archaeological monuments can tell us about the people that lived in Early Medieval Ireland
  • Understand the earliest form of writing in Ireland, in the form of Ogham, and learn how to write words in Ogham
  • Learn more about the early Irish saints and the objects that are connected to them

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