Dear Parents & Children.

I hope you are all keeping well at this time. Programmes of work have been assigned for children and you'll find a host of online resources and activities here. While this work holds importance, it's secondary to the welfare of all. Please make every effort to get plenty of exercise and fresh air and remain positive throughout this time. Feel free to contact the school at any point by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We will continue to communicate any additional information or resources we receive. Follow the guidelines and stay well everyone.

Brendan Roache.

General Resources

Twinkl

All Classes

Court N.S. has a Twinkl account & the company is now offering all parents a One Month FREE Ultimate Membership to Twinkl.ie. This will allow parents unlimited access to every single resource for every single curriculum subject from junior infants to sixth class. This site is aligned with the Irish curriculum so it's easy to navigate and find suitable ideas for your child.

www.twinkl.ie/offer

Notes: Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.ie/offer and enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS. This code will only work for new memberships. If you are an existing member with a Core or Extra membership, please get in touch and they will upgrade you to Ultimate right away.

World Book

All Levels

The World Book is a resource offered by the PDST. It’s like a virtual encyclopedia except a lot more interactive.

https://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/products?ed=all&gr=Welcome%21 

https://www.scoilnet.ie/scoilnet-services/world-book/

Literacy / English Resources 

EPIC

All Levels

Epic! is an online library which offers over 35000 resources including “Read to Me” books, audiobooks, student tracking, reading level linkage with Accelerated Reader and other reading levelling schemes. It also offers high interest texts such as National Geographic Kids and Guinness Book of Records. It is suitable for children from ages 4-12.

https://www.pdst.ie/DistanceLearning/SourcesofInformation#epic

BorrowBox

All class levels

If you or your child/children are members of the local library, you can access an App or website called BorrowBox. It is free. I use it for audio books and also, ebook. There is a children's section. 

https://www.borrowbox.com/ 

Notes: To register, you need your library card which has your membership number on the back.

Vooks

All class levels

Vooks is committed to being a resource for families to keep kids reading at home.  Vooks can also be a welcome distraction for parents, allowing them to enjoy time with their kids, watching and discussing books together. To help, we have created take-home lesson plans that can be shared with parents and guardians - built to provide children with 20 minutes a day of read aloud time and activities.

https://www.vooks.com/ 

Notes: Free one month, sign up required

Oxford Owl Ebook Reader Library

Junior Classes

Oxford Owl has an ebook library with over 250 books in it and offers free access once you create an account at www.oxfordowl.co.uk They also have some vocabulary and comprehension activities for most of the books. 

www.oxfordowl.co.uk

Writing Legends

Junior Classes

As part of their Assistance for Schools response to Coronavirus they are providing Writing Legends free of charge until July 31, 2020. Writing Legends is a comprehensive writing program, containing hundreds of activities for students. The regular price is $11.50 (USD) per student. 

https://www.writinglegends.com/

www.sorchaj.com

Infants to Fifth Class

This site covers phonics, dolch, Jolly Phonics including tricky word lists and practice reading sentences following the Spellbound order of words and more.

www.sorchaj.com

Literacy / Gaeilge Resources

Duolingo - Gaeilge

2nd - 6th Class

Duolingo can be used for learning & improving Gaeilge. Duolingo can be used on phones, tablets & computers.

https://www.duolingo.com/

Irish Times

Even if you can’t speak Irish, there are some great ways to pick up some vocabulary. One really easy activity is to pick a topic, for example: food, household objects, colours, and so on, then write down 20 words associated with that topic in a list. Next go to https://www.focloir.ie/en/ and translate the words. The great thing is that almost every word on the website has an audio recording of it so you can listen to how to pronounce the words! As a family, you could try and learn a few words every day!

Numeracy / Maths Resources

Manga High

All Class Levels

Manga High offers maths games for all class levels. School needs to register, and then pupils can be added by bulk upload, with username/password then being provided. Possibly a challenge to set up and share details with pupils at present but we will keep you posted. In the meantime please feel free to explore the site at the link below:

www.mangahigh.com

Notes: Free for 60 days, due to Covid-19, school sign up required.

Multiplication.com 

3rd Class up

A large selection of games to practice Multiplication.

https://www.multiplication.com

Science Resources

Scholastic Learn at Home (Free)

Day to day projects (USA based) for children Infants to Sixth Class. 

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html 

Science Foundation Ireland

Infants to 6th Class

Any science experiment you could ever think of is nicely organised into lots of different sections. Much of the equipment you can find at home but well worth exploring to try and do a science experiment every few days.

https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/discover-primary-science-and-maths/activities-search/

Geography Resources

Ask About Ireland

Infants to 6th Class

This web site covers both History and Geography from infants to 6th class including some great project ideas. 

http://www.askaboutireland.ie/learning-zone/primary-students/

Scoilnet Geography

Infants to 6th Class

Teachers working with Scoilnet have produced a number of subject-based themed pages. Each theme page presents a set of links and resources on a particular topic. This page contains a number of resources on different Geography topics.

https://www.scoilnet.ie/primary/theme-pages/geography/

History Resources

Ask About Ireland

Infants to 6th Class

http://www.askaboutireland.ie/learning-zone/primary-students/

Seomra Ranga History Links

Infants to 6th Class

https://www.seomraranga.com/links/sese-links/history/

SPHE Resources

Scoilnet SPHE Page

Infants to 6th Class

A small number of resources to support the SPHE curriculum including the Webwise programme

https://www.scoilnet.ie/primary/theme-pages/sphe/

Resources to support PE or Exercise at Home

GoNoodle

All class levels

GoNoodle is a really easy and good way to get kids moving.

https://www.gonoodle.com/

Notes: Free

Music Resources

SoundTrap

All Classes

www.soundtrap.com

A great way for students to experiment with loops and sounds through layering tracks and building songs. Supports GSuite and Office365 logins which means all work saved to the cloud. Free version gives students five compositions to explore. Lots of learning in students playing around with the built in demo songs and their use of sound recording techniques, musical effects and layering of sounds (texture etc.)

Visual Arts Resources

I Am An Artist

All Classes

One of the best produced Visual Arts guides for the curriculum.

http://www.iamanartist.ie

If you have a twitter account check out Will Sliney (@WillSliney) · He is a Marvel cartoonist based in Cork who is setting out a daily art challenge for children on Twitter.

Learning about COVID-19 

Information Worksheet for Children about Covid-19

All Classes

Free downloadable PDF  for children about Coronavirus which is information but also acts as an activity sheet.

https://660919d3-b85b-43c3-a3ad-3de6a9d37099.filesusr.com/ugd/64c685_bec2d5e852fc46ed8e7d0f2396fb5385.pdf

Body and Mind

HIIT Homework

Stick on your favourite upbeat playlist and try out these exercises one after the other. To give yourself a bigger challenge, do each circuit twice or three times or more!

Session 1 - 5 x 25

25 jumping jacks

25 squats

25 seconds run on the spot

25 push ups

25 seconds plank

Session 2 - legs moving

30 seconds run on the spot

30 seconds high knees

30 seconds jumping jacks

30 seconds butt kicks

30 seconds jog on the spot

Session 3 - up and down

30 seconds jumping jacks

30 seconds mountain climbers

30 seconds run on the spot

30 seconds plank

30 seconds burpees!

Get Outside

Try out as many of these exercises outside (keeping social distance!).

  • Cycle your bike
  • Go for a walk
  • Ride your scooter
  • Draw your own hopscotch with chalk and play
  • Throw a ball against a wall and catch
  • Create your own obstacle course
  • Run for 15 minutes
  • Jump on your trampoline
  • Walk your dog
  • Bubble bashing - get someone to blow bubbles for you to try and burst all of them
  • Do 3 laps of your house or up and down the hall 10 times
  • Keepie uppies - how many can you do in a row?
  • Skip sideways up and down the garden 5 times

Skype with a Relative

This can be a nice idea if you have a family member who may have to self-isolate or who you may not be able to visit. It’s a way for children to use oral language and it might be a nice kind of game to play to keep boredom away.

Ideas include:

Play 20 questions - take turns in thinking of an object and the other person can only ask questions which have a yes or no answer.

A-Z - Pick a topic and take turns in naming something beginning with A then B then C and see if you can get to Z Without skipping any letters.

The Big Interview - child prepares 10 questions they’d like to know about the relative and then asks them

More ideas here: https://www.fluentu.com/blog/educator-english/esl-vocabulary-games/ 

The Daily News

This task can be done with any age from Junior Infants to 6th class. It can be done in a number of ways but here is a suggestion for 2 different age groups:

Infants to 1st Class

Child tells you the news they have for the day. Stick to things in their own life rather than focusing on the news on the radio or TV. 

The day, the date, the weather outside

1 or 2 things they did yesterday

Write down what they tell you on a whiteboard or piece of paper.

Child either types out what you’ve written or copies it down in a journal or copybook.

You can create your own little newsroom on the kitchen table or you can use Green Screen apps on an iPad and record your child reading their news. 

2nd Class Upwards

Child writes/types their news as well as news happening in the world.  

You can create your own little newsroom on the kitchen table or you can use Green Screen apps on an iPad and record your child reading their news. 

Read a Book with a Parent

Spend ten - twenty minutes reading for no other reason than the joy of reading a book. Of course, there are loads of benefits to reading every day but what a nice time to drop everything for a short time. 

Family Tree

Make your family tree with your child. You can do this digitally or by hand and you can go back as far as you want!

 

A Sketch A Day

If you have a copybook or sketchpad, this would be useful but you don’t really need anything except paper and a pencil. Your job is to create one sketch a day for the duration of the project. The only catch is you have to pick a theme. Choose from:

  • Healthy Foods
  • Happy Things
  • Things that need batteries
  • Famous People
  • Objects that are usually red

Learn a musical instrument

Do you have a musical instrument at home? If not, it’s not too expensive to get yourself a tin whistle, recorder or even a ukulele. It’s never been easier to learn with loads of apps and websites to bring you along the way.

Tin Whistle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdUH1QZvEm8

Piano / Keyboard: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJOfTzSYW-9q2WSmGH1CNjmP3--2qaXN5 

Ukulele: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bTE5fbxDsc 

Puppet Show

Making a puppet show can be a fun way to spend some time and there’s lots of different ways to do it now.

Make a sock puppet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-mfUBQE3_s 

Make finger puppets - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eq370x_lvo 

Make an online Puppet Show - Puppet Pals App

The main thing is to write the scripts and record them! If you have a puppet show stage, great; if not, use a table to hide underneath!

Cool Patterns

Patterns are everywhere - some of them simple like the sequence of a traffic light and some of them are really difficult like the swirls on a snail’s shell. Your job is to make a pattern using any medium you want. You could knit a scarf in 2 different colours or you could build a tower using Lego with different patterned levels. You could even write a long sequence of numbers that follow a pattern. Be inventive and try and think of something someone else might not do.

 

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