06/04/20 Easter Break
Well done to all the boys who have been trying to do some school work at home or are helping out with jobs in the house, and a big thanks to all the parents for their hard work too.
I hope you will all enjoy the Easter break. There will be no homework for two weeks! However, I will attach a power point of fun ideas and games for you to use if you wish. I will still be contactable on the email address firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone wishes to send on any work they’ve been doing or questions they may have.
Wishing all of your families a safe and happy Easter holidays and I will be in touch soon. And remember these are just some fun ideas to pass the time, no need to do any of them at all!
I hope you and your families are all keeping well. I hope the boys are getting on ok and doing a little bit of work every day, if possible. The document in my last post details the work up until Easter. Please ensure this work is not a stress to the boys or yourselves. Take it at your own pace. Often shorter periods of work time can ensure that work is understood and done well, rather than losing concentration or becoming frustrated during longer periods of learning.
If you are looking for additional activities, I would highly recommend Twinkl as a resource. It’s free to create an account at the minute and there are resources for every subject. If you are finding it hard to get a routine going at home, Twinkl provides sample learning activities for each day. It can be accessed on a laptop, iPad, tablet or smartphone. Once logged on you click on the green ‘Home Learning Hub’ at the top of the screen. Scroll down and click age 5-7.
Here you will find:
As well as the book sources I mentioned before, children’s author David Walliams is also doing daily audio clips of short stories that the boys could listen to and answer questions about on the website https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
I understand that many people may not have access to a printer, however, many of the activities online can be done orally or written in a copy or on a piece of paper. I am also aware that people may not have access to the internet so I also added a document below with ideas of things to do if you have no internet access. I will also include book publishers whose books we use that are free to access.
There are endless activities to choose from, so please don’t feel the need to do too much or put pressure on yourself. These are difficult times and we can only do our best. Do what you can and that’s good enough. These are just extra suggestions of things you can do with the boys if you’re looking to fill up some time. This is a great opportunity to try out some fun activities that we normally don’t have time for. Be sure to take some time out for yourselves too. The app ‘Headspace’ is a good one for adults to help with stress, sleep, etc.
Thanks for all you’re doing at home with the boys. Please email me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Stay safe and mind yourselves,
Ms. Lawless :)
I hope you're all keeping safe and well.
The boys were all sent home with homework in their folders until the 4th of April. I have attached the homework documents below in case they have been misplaced. 1st class parents should check the document again for additional work included re. spelling tests.
I would recommend that, if possible, the boys do a little bit of work at the same time each morning to keep them on track and in a routine. I would also advise that they keep up their reading to ensure they remain confident readers. As well as getting their school work done I hope the boys find time to be creative and have fun.
If anyone has any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Please tell the boys I was asking for them.
Websites that may be helpful for additional learning at home.
These are just some examples of websites that can we used. Do what suits you and your child best.
- Scoilnet: Just search their class level, subject and particular topic you want to cover for activities
- Twinkl is offering free subscription to parents due to school closures. They have excellent resources for every subject and also have uploaded school closure packs.
Go to https://www.twinkl.ie/offer and enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS
- RTE 10 @ 10: 15 different episodes with a range different exercises in each
- Go Noodle. Sign up is free. It has different active movement breaks like fun dances, as well as mindfulness and meditation videos.
- Just Dance. Youtube just dance videos. There are loads of songs and videos the boys can dance along to. We've done some of these in school.
- Cosmic Kids Yoga. Yoga activities for different energy levels
- Oxford Owl for Home. Really good site for parents for free e-books, spelling and explaining how to teach phonics like we do at school.
Phonics guide for parents: explains phonics as we teach them in school, the sounds each letter makes, examples of words with that sound, etc.
- Love my books website. This website has video read aloud of a wide range of books, as well as suggested activities you can do at home about the books. It also has printable worksheets. Just search for a specific book or books for a certain age on the right hand side.
- The Literacy Shed (The KS1 Shed). This website has videos of different stories without words. Each story has teaching tips written underneath e.g. make up a story for the video, describe the background in the video, how do you think the character feels, etc.
- IXL. Great site for all topics in Maths. The topics we covered most recently are: Length, 2-D shapes, 3-D shapes, Time (in hours and half hours) and money up to 10c and 20c (First class).
https://ie.ixl.com/math/sr-infants (Senior Infants)
https://ie.ixl.com/math/class-1 (First Class)
- Oxford Owl at home. Scroll down for maths games and activities.
- Maths is fun. com. The numbers section has activities to help with counting- forwards, backwards, skip counting in 2s
- Youtube: Ámhráin don Naíonra. This Youtube channel has simple Irish songs
- Spraoi le Chéile: Playing together. An online document with traditional Irish games songs and rhymes (Mix of English & Irish)
Kids Netflix (educational):
- The Magic School Bus
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Beat Bugs
- Ask the Storybots
- Julie's Greenroom
- Our Planet
- Blue Planet