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As you are all well aware we are in unprecedented times. The priority is to maintain the health and safety of your family and loved ones during this difficult period. Please know that the school is here to support you in any way that we can. Below is a suggested list of resources that may be helpful in supporting your child’s continued learning during this period. There is an additional attachment for parents of pupils in the Infant classes.
We are fortunate that we have existing online learning programmes established in the school. Now is a great time for pupils to engage with these self-directed and differentiated e-learning programmes. This content is being monitored by teachers remotely and each pupil is assigned work at their own level.
Learning can take many forms and given the current circumstances pupils will be enabled to develop the skills of self directed learning that will stand to them in years to come and assimilate many of the skills required as adult learners.
Currently the existing restrictions have been announced until Sunday 19th April however if this date is extended the list of resources below may be extremely useful to families.
If you need to collect books or your child’s materials from school please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to maintain social distancing between our families I will give you an individualised time to come and collect these at the school. If you have been advised to self-isolate publishers CJ Fallon and Folens have made their ebooks accessible for all from home. See links and details below.
Thank you for your co-operation. The guidance provided by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) for parents, for young people and for teachers is being updated on an ongoing basis, and is available at www.education.ie/covid19. In order to support the HSE in getting this important public health message across to school communities information notices (in 17 different languages) are available here: www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/covid-19-translated-resources/
Given the current circumstances the best way to contact the school is by e-mail. If you have any queries of if we can be of any help please do not hesitate to contact us.
Suggested Schedule of Work for Pupils
Pupils should continue to complete the next week of their Mental Maths Book for each week of learning from home (Easter Holidays not included).
Pupils should take this opportunity to work through the Mathletics topics. The help button is very useful for anyone having difficulty with a question/topic as it will give a short video explanation of what to do.
Each pupil has an individualised log in and their progress is tracked, this is being checked remotely by the class teacher. If any pupil has misplaced their log in please e-mail the school at email@example.com and I will send the log in details to you.
The Mathletics log in is through the school website http://www.lisdoonvarnans.ie/mathletics/.
Pupils should continue to practice their tables, there are lots of online games and activities to help with this. Please see the Learning Links page under the Parents and Learning Menu of our school website for some excellent resources. One such resource is Baloon Bursting Fun http://www.lisdoonvarnans.ie/balloon-bursting-fun/. See if your child can beat their time and accuracy each day!
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.
A “shape hunt” in the home / garden (shape and space strand in primary maths curriculum). Children identify and classify as many items as possible.
Children can look at a TV guide from a newspaper and work out duration of programmes.
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.
Pupils should continue to complete the next week of their Spellbound Spelling Programme for each week of learning from home (Easter Holidays not included).
Accelerated Reader – 3rd to 6th
This is a great time for pupils to engage with reading and further develop their comprehension and vocabulary skills. Accelerated Reader Tests can now be done from home and will be monitored by the class teacher.
Each pupil has an individualised log in. If any pupil has misplaced their log in please e-mail the school at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send the log in details to you.
Teach your Monster to Read – Junior Infants to 2nd
Teach Your Monster to Read is a free award-winning series of games that’s helped millions of children learn to read. Play for free on their website or download the app.
Free Access to books
Clare Library – We are now all well aware of social distancing protocols and in response Clare Library has a wide range of e-books available for free. See http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/online_resources/ebooks.htm for more details.
Amazon – Amazon has cancelled the subscription of books and audio stories for children and students for as long as schools are closed. This is now an invaluable free resource across six different languages. The stories are free to stream using the following link https://stories.audible.com/discovery.
Nessy – Free 30 day trial
Nessy programs are designed to help students of all abilities learn to read, write, spell and type, especially those who learn differently, including: Mainstream,EAL, Homeschool, Students with dyslexia. https://www.nessy.com/uk/
The practice of social distancing can be tough particularly for children and their grandparents. This could be an opportune time to re-discover the art of letter writing.
Pupils could write letters to their grandparents/other people that they may not be able to be with because of social distancing. Imagine the excitement of waiting for the reply and then continuing the chain of letter writing back and forth.
Pupils could keep a daily diary of these unprecedented times. It could make for very interesting reading in years to come.
On-line resources for writing:
https://storybird.com/member-family-plan (offer a free 7-day trial)
Daily Log of School Work Completed
Pupils could keep a daily log of School Work Completed at home. This could encourage creativity e.g.
Maths: Weight and Measures – Made Bread/Cookies etc.
Social Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E)/Music: Learnt how to wash my hands properly singing to _________ song.
S.P.H.E: Decision Making – Played ________ card game/_____board game and learned how to win with modesty and loose graciously….!
P.E: Athletics – Running; Reached 15,000 steps on my fit bit.
Creative Writing-Poddle 365
It’s a really nice site for creative writing and oral language. They upload a new image every day with writing and discussion prompts.
Typing is a skill that once learned a pupil will have for life. Now would be a great time if pupils have the resources available to them to learn to type. There are numerous free online programmes to help with this. One such programme is https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr.
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.)
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!)
Gaeilge: Caint agus cómhrá
An excellent free resource for pupils to practice their Gaeilge is Duo Lingo.
Pupils can log in and continue from where they finished the day before. https://www.duolingo.com/course/ga/en/Learn-Irish
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.
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.
Free On-line Encyclopaedia
World Book online is available free through Scoilnet and is a reliable,safe online resource for project work and fact finding. https://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/products?ed=all&gr=Welcome%21
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.
Practice identifying countries and their capitals on an interactive map.
Ask about Ireland- http://askaboutireland.ie/
A treasure trove of resources with an Irish interest, focusing on our national culture.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
For Wet Days
‘The Body Coach’ is doing a live PE class on his youtube channel every morning at 9am and he leaves the videos up. Click here for link.
Go Noodle– https://www.gonoodle.com/
Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
SPHE – Social Personal and Health Education
HSE and NEPS
Please find resource packs as complied by the HSE and NEPS that focus on how to communicate the current situation with regard to COVID-19 to pupils in a child appropriate way.
Internet Safety – Webwise
Webwise have a range of free, curriculum aligned resources for primary and post-primary All resources can be accessed digitally and are supported by helpful videos, step-by-step activities and instructions. https://www.webwise.ie/
HTML Heroes Programme for primary aged pupils in an online interactive digital media literacy resource addressing a range of topics including privacy, safety online and false information. https://www.webwise.ie/html-heroes/
Parents Hub – https://www.webwise.ie/parents/
As children and young people spend more time at home and online in the coming weeks, it is a good idea to make time for conversations about online safety. Webwise have a dedicated online safety hub for parents offering expert advice, helpful explainer guides to popular apps, talking points and how to guides. Topics include image-sharing, using social media, accessing inappropriate content, managing online wellbeing and lots more!
Back to basics
Other enjoyable, but educational activities
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.
Online resource bank for primary school level
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.
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).
A collection of resources as Gaeilge – cláir, físeáin, cluichí, tomhais agus srl.
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.
Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
Learn to programme interactive games, stories and animations.
National Geographic Kids
Learn about science, geography and history.
Nasa Kids’ Club
Child-friendly resource where kids can learn about science and space.
CJ Fallon have made their online books available for everybody free of charge. https://my.cjfallon.ie/dashboard/student-resources.
Folens have made their online books available for everybody free of charge.
Parents can follow the steps below to get access: Go to https://www.folensonline.ie/ and click register, Select Teacher, Fill in a username, email and password, For Roll Number use the code: Prim20