School work -Covid 19

Dear Parents,

We hope that everybody is safe and well during this very uncertain time.  Our teachers are providing work and messages to all students via SEESAW. We have also put together some extra useful activities and websites to help.

Please click on the links below

  1.  Covid work
  2.  Free access to school books
  3. Well-Being booklet
  4. Incredible edibles family project
  5.  Project work is a great way for pupils to self research topics of high interest to them.

Below are some examples of project work that can be undertaken. Projects can take any form e.g. Poster, Audio, Powerpoint, Art etc

If any of our pupils wish to undertake project work, they will have an opportunity to present these on their return to school.

Dinosaurs

 Mountains

Volcanoes

Lakes

Rivers

Oceans

Animals and their habitats

Extreme weather

Holidays around the world

World War 1/Word War 2

Scientists and their inventions

Authors

 

6. News Magazines

Free Online magazines for all ages

7.Toyota Art Weekly Competition

Build a better world Art Competition

8. Audible is offering hundreds of free audiobooks for kids during COVID-19 school closures. Just go to https://stories.audible.com/start-listen to access audiobooks for preschoolers through teens. No catches, no credit cards.

9. Scholastic’s Learn at Home website. This free resource provides your children with 20* days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children
can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with you and your family.
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

10. RTÉ, alongside the Department of Education, has launched a daily school-style show on TV to support families stuck at home amid the current health crisis. According to
RTÉ News, the programme will be aimed at primary school children from first to sixth class. The show will be presented by teachers with television experience from a real
school classroom. This new school programme will debut on RTÉ2 on Monday, 30 March from 11 am to 12 pm, with a shorter ‘catch-up’ segment airing later on in the
afternoon.

11. Free writing
Many pupils will be familiar with the concept of “free writing” and may have a special notebook or journal in which they write freely about any topic of choice, and in any
genre. This is a simple idea that can be continued in the home setting. Children have the autonomy to decide what they wish to write about and there are a variety of
different styles that they can practice:
 Diary writing (personal accounts)
 Recount writing (a report of an event)
 Fiction (short stories)
 Instructional writing (e.g. rules of a game *the children can even come up with a new idea and create their own game!)
 Poetry (Limericks, acrostic poems etc.)

https://storybird.com/member-family-plan (offer a free 7-day trial)
https://www.mystorybook.com/

12.Letter writing
Post from a pen-pal and the anticipation of awaiting the arrival of a response may be lost in our global world where social media has taken over the art of writing, but this
may be the time to resurrect that magic!
Another interesting idea is to chart the journey of a letter from the writer to the recipient. An Post have an educational resource on their
website https://www.anpost.ie/anpost/schoolbag/primary/our+people/the+journey+of+your+mail/
Children can also design their own stamp or begin a collection of stamps and look out for special commemorative stamps that were commissioned by An Post to celebrate a
particular occasion.

13. Lists
If parents are venturing out to shop and stock up on groceries, children can help by writing the list of what is needed. Depending on the age of the child, elements of
mathematics could be incorporated here estimating prices and weights etc. Children could also work out which option is better value (e.g. two individual boxes containing
80 teabags or one box with 160 etc.)

14.Book review
We all know that a grá for reading is one of the most important gifts that we can pass on to our children. Use this opportunity to read a wide selection of books. Children
can then write a review, give their personal opinion, talk about their favourite character and give a star rating. They may have a chance to present this in front of an
audience in their own home (i.e. immediate family – maintain social distance!)

Click to access Time_to_Read_Int_04_0.pdf

15. Caint agus cómhrá
Bí ag caint as Gaeilge chomh minic as is féidir!
Try to incorporate Irish into daily activities. As well as cartoons on TG4, children can play games such as “I spy” (Feicim le mo shúilín) as Gaeilge and perhaps put labels
(lipéid) on items around the house. There are some useful websites online to support the learning of Irish (mar shampla Duo Lingo agus Seomra Ranga).

16. Cooking and baking (weight and time)
 How many / how much of an ingredient is needed?
 If a recipe is to serve 2 but the meal is for four people, we must double the amount.
 If the dish takes 45 minutes to cook, what time will it be ready at?
 Make an analogue clock.
 Convert time on an analogue clock to digital time.

17. Shape Hunt
A “shape hunt” in the home / garden (shape and space strand in primary maths curriculum). Children identify and classify as many items as possible.

18. Time (schedules)
Children can look at a tv guide from a newspaper and work out duration of programmes.
19. Distance
Children can incorporate distance into football / hurling drills. How far do they think (estimate) they can throw a ball? Use a measuring tape to obtain an accurate answer.
20. Project work
Children can work on a longer-term project based on a theme of their choice.
A scrap book is ideal, and children can cut and paste articles, pictures, diagrams and pieces of writing.
Other children may prefer to use their IT skills and create a PowerPoint presentation.
21. Interviewing
Children can devise a list of questions for a member of their family / wider family circle. For example, with grandparents / aunties / uncles they could explore aspects of
the past (school life / pastimes / festivals and traditions around Easter etc.). This can link nicely with the “Then and Now” strand of the History curriculum.
If possible, where children can communicate with grandparents via phone / facetime / skype this is a good way of keeping contact during this period where circumstances
dictate that they must not visit older relatives.

22. Creative arts
Most homes will have a “bits-and-bobs” box or a bosca somewhere with nets, buttons, lids, wrapping paper etc. Now is a good time to use those recyclables and create a
piece of artwork. Children should be encouraged to be original, be creative – and don’t forget to take a picture!

23.Outdoors / physical activity
There are endless opportunities for physical activity. Even if children are playing on their own or in very small groups, there are many fun ways of keeping active:
 Hopscotch
 Skipping
 Hula-hoops
 Obstacle courses
 Treasure hunts
Local GAA clubs and county teams have been posting videos on their social media outlets with some of their star players demonstrating drills that children can follow.
24. Nature walks
This is one for parents and children. It is so important to remember to get active and get outdoors to open spaces.
Incorporate science, geography, oral language, drama and music into a walk whether it’s in a nearby park, along a beach or in the countryside.

25. Back to basics – other enjoyable, but educational activities
 Board games
 Card games
 Lego
 Jenga
 Jigsaws
 Flying a kite
 Memory games (e.g. stop the clock with one letter of the alphabet and come up with words beginning with a specific letter under certain headings such as boy
name; girl name; country / city; food; item of clothing; activity; kitchen utensil etc.)
 Recreate “Countdown” television programme with word puzzles and maths problems.
 Painting

26. Online resource bank for primary school level
Scoilnet.ie
A very useful online forum with a wide array of resources (emphasis on free tools). Resources are organised into theme pages and the website is easy to navigate.

Twinkl.ie
Created by teachers, ideal for home education, it has lots of appealing games, stories, worksheets etc. It is offering a free month’s subscription (enter offer code:
IRLTWINKLHELPS).

Cúla4.com
A collection of resources as Gaeilge – cláir, físeáin, cluichí, tomhais agus srl.

Ask about Ireland
A treasure trove of resources with an Irish interest, focusing on our national culture.

Padlet.ie
A collection of tools, apps, ideas and sites to support Irish Primary pupils working at home, compiled by Ciara Reilly primary-school teacher and lecturer in education with
Marino Institute.

MúinteoirLOI
Another resource created by primary school teacher Tom O’Connor which is ideal for anyone who has a house full of League of Ireland fans this morning. Free themed
lessons focused on Irish soccer clubs.

Go Noodle

Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.

Scratch

Learn to programme interactive games, stories and animations.

Khan Academy

Non-profit site with provides free video tutorials in maths and reading.

IXL.com

Subscription-based learning experience that provides curriculum-aligned maths and English content from junior infants up to sixth year.

National Geographic Kids

Learn about science, geography and history.

Nasa Kids’ Club

 

Primary Planet 3rd-6th class

 

Online creative writing packs

Junior and Senior Infants – Oral Language

Click to access Nibbler_download.pdf

 

Oxford Library – all ages

Free reading books for all ages including phonics practice for our younger classes

 

GAA SKills;

Daily skill practice!

 

Art crafts;

Some nice art activities that can be completed at home.

 

Irish Aid awards;

Some nice activities based on Climate action and global citizenship.

 

Let’s play;

Some lovely ideas for play at home

 

Moocrew

Some great ideas, videos and activities for nutrition and health at home.

Coronavirus – A book for children

A fantastic resource for children explaining the Coronavirus is a calm and sensitive way.

 

 

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