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Home Learning (COVID-19)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve decided to give you a few ideas of things you can do to help your child to learn. Please remember that the work is completely optional. Our suggestion is that you give your days some routine and maybe dedicate an hour or two to schoolwork.

You can pick as many of the activities below over the two weeks. Every subject is covered below and some require the help of family, some can be done on a computer, but most can be done on your own. Each activity has an explanation so click on it to read more.

Some of the activities below have a link to click on for more information. Others link to a website with further instruction. Finally, there are lots of teachers outside of the school making YouTube videos, Instagram Stories, and all sorts of other ways to help your child learn each day.

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Keeping Active

Literacy

Numeracy

SESE

Art

HIIT Workout

Skype with a Relative

Play Mathletics

Family Tree

A Sketch a Day

Go Noodle

The Daily News

Maths Worksheets

The History of my Family

Learn a Musical Instrument

Mindfulness Session

Irish Times

Make a cool pattern

Peace

Puppet Show

Get Outside

Read a book with a parent/family member

Board Games with Mathematical Thinking

My Holiday

Who is your favourite artist?

Cosmic Yoga

CJ Fallon- Online Resources

Learning Coding

Minecraft Coding Activity

Identify Garden Birds

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Mindfulness with Bressie

Phonics Game Mrs Activity Worksheets

Dublin Zoo Webcam

Art for Kids!

Short Story Competition Kahn Activities Maths Activities

Dabbledoo Music

Teach Your Monster to Read Chess Online

Recreate- Using recycled materials to create art

Nessy Phonics

Draw with Don Conroy

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David Walliams Audio Books

Every day David Walliams releases a new audio book for free on his website. Have a look at http://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses for further information.

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Make a Movie 🎥

Do you want to make your own Stop Motion movie? Here’s how.....
First, do some research. Go to YouTube and watch Wallace and Gromit or Shaun the sheep or even Chicken Run
Next, watch How to Make a Stop Motion Video using your Phone.... there are several on instructables.com (this is a great website for ‘how to’ videos). Watch a few different ones... some are better than others but you’ll get tips from each one.
Now you’ll need to download an App on your phone, called Stop Motion Studio. This is a free app but please ask your parents for permission anyway.
* Think about the story you want to tell and do your storyboard first.
* Collect all the things you’ll need for your story.... LEGO, action figures or even play dough figures. ( have a look at www.prima.co.uk/playdoughrecipe to make your own playdough, though there are lots of other sites too....you could even make your own superhero!)
* Off you go!

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Google Arts and Culture App

First, check with your parents that it’s ok to download the App. It’s free but ask for permission anyway.
Have a look around 👀
Art Selfie- what old portrait you’d look like
Harry Potter- magic
Street art
Augmented reality- go to the Grand Canyon or into Space!
Interactive tours- go to Pompeii and other cool places
5 Senses Art Activities - this is more suitable for younger children to do on their own as they won’t need much help with it.
Sight: Ok, so I know you need to look to be an artist but I want you to look really carefully! Go to a mirror and draw exactly what you see when you look at yourself... no cheating!
Smell: go to the fridge, take out a jar of something (it doesn’t matter what) and close your eyes while you take a deep smell. Go and draw the images or memories that you pictured.
Hearing: listen to music while you draw or paint the images that you picture... Fantasia2000 ( on YouTube) has some great music you may be familiar with from Disney movies.
Taste: go taste something sweet, sour and salty. After each taste, think about what superpower you could get from it. ( Salty-a shark hero or a super swimmer/ sweet- sticky goo hero....let your imagination get creative!) Create your own Superheros based on the tastes. You could use them in your Stop Motion movie!
Touch: go around the house and collect scraps of things with different textures ( don’t forget to check the recycling.....but wash your hands after). Make a collage picture that you can ‘see’ with your fingertips. Stick wool, bits of fabric, cotton wool, newspaper, bubble wrap, plastic, crinkled and folded paper are all ideas of textures you could use.

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Holy Week and Easter Resources

Here are some worksheets for Holy Week and Easter. Please click on each link below to view.

Holy Week Presentation

Worksheet 1 Holy Week

Worksheet 2 Holy Week

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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

Session 2 - legs moving

Session 3 - up and down

  1. 25 jumping jacks
  2. 25 squats
  3. 25 seconds run on the spot
  4. 25 push ups
  5. 25 seconds plank
  1. 30 seconds run on the spot
  2. 30 seconds high knees
  3. 30 seconds jumping jacks
  4. 30 seconds butt kicks
  5. 30 seconds jog on the spot
  1. 30 seconds jumping jacks
  2. 30 seconds mountain climbers
  3. 30 seconds run on the spot
  4. 30 seconds plank
  5. 30 seconds burpees!

OR

Have a family disco - stick on your favourite tunes and bop around the room for 20 minutes!

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Get Outside

Try out as many of these exercises outside (keeping social distance!) keep track of which ones you’ve done and you can tell your teacher upon return to school!

  • Cycle your bike for 10 minutes
  • Go for a walk
  • Ride your scooter for 10 minutes
  • Draw your own hopscotch with chalk and play
  • Throw a ball against a wall and catch
  • Create your own obstacle course
  • Run for 5 minutes
  • 10 minutes of free play outside
  • If possible walk home from school one day
  • Jump on a 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


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RTÉ Home School Hub

Starting on RTÉ 2 from Monday 30 March, teachers on the RTÉ Home School Hub will present three short class segments aimed at 1st and 2nd class, 3rd and 4th class and 5th and 6th class. Classes will start each morning from 11am to 12pm.

Classes will start on television, for an hour, before directing the kids to fun content and projects on rte.ie/learn and the RTÉ Player.

And then we let the kids takeover, as RTÉ Home School Extra kicks off at 4.15pm where kids from all over the country can reconnect by uploading and posting video messages and content.

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Daily Free Resources for Home Learning

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Mindfulness with Bressie

Niall Breslin will be holding a 'Kids Mindful Class' every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Instagram Live. These videos will also be posted on his Facebook page after the session.

https://www.instagram.com/bressie/?hl=en

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The Big Interview - child prepares 10 questions they’d like to know about the relative and then asks them
  4. More ideas here: https://www.fluentu.com/blog/educator-english/esl-vocabulary-games/

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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!

For more advanced speakers, how about doing any of the tasks in the grid through Irish? The news is probably the easiest one to do as Gaeilge.

Another idea is to sign up to https://www.duolingo.com/course/ga/en/Learn-Irish to learn some Irish - 5 to 10 minutes a day and who knows how fluent you’ll be when you get back!

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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

2nd Class Upwards

  • 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.
  • You could send the video to loved ones to keep in touch.
  • Child writes/types their news as well as news happening outside 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.
  • You could send the video to loved ones to keep in touch.

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TWINKL Free Access

We're here to help in your planning and preparation for school closures. Our teams have been working hard to put together free Home Learning Packs for each primary class group. Each pack contains resources to help with distance learning. They can be accessed at the following links:
Sign up for an account for a free Ultimate Membership for one month by using the following link www.twinkl.ie/offer Enter your email address, create a password and enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS

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Read a Book with a Parent

Snuggle up on the couch and spend ten 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.

Use the Borrowbox App which is free to download. Any member of the library who has a library card can download the app and join up by using their PIN.
Books can then be downloaded as ebooks or audiobooks and are available for children, young adult and adults.

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RTÉ to broadcast school on TV for children during coronavirus outbreak

RTE are doing a school programme suitable for children from 1st - 6th fit an hour each day.

Running for one hour from 11 am to 12 pm, Monday to Friday on RTÉ 2, with a shorter "catch-up" segment later in the afternoon.

It will be aimed particularly at children in 1st to 6th class

Please click here to view more information on the RTÉ website.

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CJ Fallon

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, teachers, parents and students can access the online versions of the CJ Fallon books for free. Simply click here to access their website.

If you would prefer to access the website directly, visit http://my.cjfallon.ie/ , click 'Student Resources' , then filter to the title you require, making sure 'Online Book/ is selected under 'Resources'.

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Folens

To lend a helping hand to schools and parents over the coming weeks we are giving free access to all our digital resources on FolensOnline.ie

Parents and teachers can follow the steps below to access:

  1. Go to www.folensonline.ie/ and click register
  2. Select Teacher
  3. Fill in username, email and password
  4. For roll number use the code: Prim20

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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!

Check out http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ and see if you can find any long lost relatives!

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Bigger Projects

These instructions are for these projects:

The History of my Family Tree

  • An extension of the Family Tree Project - tell us about your family

Peace

  • What does peace mean to you? How will we get there?

Who is your favourite artist?

  • Tell us something about your favourite artist - A singer? A painter? A poet?

My Holiday

  • Tell us about your last holiday

Here are some ways you can produce it for your teacher

  1. Write it! Make your project on paper and bring it to school. (No bigger than A3 please!)
  2. Type it! Using Google Docs, make your project adding text, images and maybe video
  3. Build it! Using whatever materials you want, build and make your project
  4. Present it! Make a Google Slideshow about your project
  5. Make a Book! Use Book Creator on an iPad or Chromebook to make a book about your project
  6. Video it! Grab a phone and hit record then share it with close relatives and friends.
  7. Your way! Present your project in whatever way you want - whether it’s a virtual tour or even a podcast, do what you like!

You can do this project in Irish or English.


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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

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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

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Moves for Life

www.movesforlife.ie have made up some Chess Projects for school children- you might want to try it out.

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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.

  1. Make a sock puppet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-mfUBQE3_s
  2. Make finger puppets - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eq370x_lvo
  3. 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!

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Mathletics

Log in to a Mathletics account and play for 5-10 minutes. https://www.mathletics.eu

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Learn How to Code

Coding Ireland has made their website free to all students during school closures with lots of ideas for you to try out. Have a look at https://codingireland.ie/SchoolsOut/1stto3rd to begin your tasks!

The Dreamspace team have designed Homespace STEAM lessons for you to use at home going live every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please click here to find out more information.

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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. Upload your results to your Classroom or show it to your teacher.

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FAI Skills List

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Gaelic Foot Ball Skills

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Special Education

On Instagram "specialedteacherireland" is a good account to follow, she is an ASD Teacher and a parent of a child with special educational needs. She has daily tips for parents and some nice tutorials on how to structure the day at home.

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Scavenger Hunts

Spring Hunt

Maths Hunt

Book Hunt

Indoor Hunt

Science Hunt

Rainbow Hunt

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Below are some suggestions taken from the INTO website

INTO has collected some practical tips and tricks for our members on home-based learning, during the current school closure.

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/

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.

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.)

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!)

https://pdst.ie/sites/default/files/Time_to_Read_Int_04_0.pdf

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).

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.

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.

Time (schedules)

Children can look at a tv guide from a newspaper and work out duration of programmes.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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

Child-friendly resource where kids can learn about science and space.

I am an Artist

A visual arts initiative comprising 30 short TV programmes (each 6 minutes in length), an interactive website with slideshows, lessons, weblinks and interactive games, providing a stimulating collection of curriculum-mapped resources.

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