Primary Schools

Through in-class talks we can work with all ages of students and are happy to create an age/ability appropriate session tailored to your group’s interests. We can work around any subject including the ‘Myself and the Wider World’ strand of the S.P.H.E. and S.E.S.E. curriculum

School Talks are free of charge, donations are always much appreciated.  If you would like some fundraising ideas for your class please click here.

To make a booking please email gillian.bird@dspca.ie or call 01 4994705.

We have a variety of Programmes we can discuss with your class and we will tailor each program for the age group of your class.

Four and upwards:

 It’s important at this stage that children are shown how to respect and handle a pet. They do not always have good control over their movements and coordination but they will want to treat their pets with love and kindness so a little help from us, guiding their hands, will go a long way.

We can do this by bringing Daniel our new Education Dog into the classroom and, through guidance, help children to stroke and pet Daniel. We can start to teach about Empathy and how animals FEEL the same things we do. We can also begin to discuss why a person might be mean or cruel to an animal; keeping in mind that we must impress upon the child that it is wrong to hurt an animal. At this stage it is important to accept that children often have a morbid curiosity and it is very important answer questions without having in depth discussions or questions on cruelty to animals. Therefore, we only very briefly will discuss such cases in an age appropriate way.

Seven to Ten year olds:

At this age, children form their earliest memories and impressions about the world we live in and it’s important, that we, as adults, filter certain information. Even if a child witnesses violence as a way ‘not to act towards others,’ the fact is, they are still witnessing violence and can be strongly affected by it.

Ten to Twelve year olds:

Trusted adults, such as parents, teachers and family members can discuss with children of this age how they would react if their friends or peers treated animals cruelly. By doing this you can help the child overcome peer pressure to follow what is right. Children may encounter others abusing animals, and, knowing what is right and knowing they will be given support for doing what is right is very important to them; especially in light of very strong peer pressure.

Children emulate us, and, if we treat animals cruelly they will think that this is the correct way to behave. The more a child identifies with an adult the greater the impact that adult will have on that child; both good and bad.

It’s important to make sure children know who they can trust. If they witness or know of an animal being cruelly treated they should tell an adult about it. For us, as adults, it’s important to nurture the child’s trust so they feel comfortable telling us.