Learning from Home Resources

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Suggested Schedule of Work Assigned by Class Teacher

Dear Parents/Guardians, Below is an outline of suggested work for the coming week. Please click on the relevant link for your child’s classwork.

Week 9 – 8th to 12th March 2021

Ms Canavan 4th Class Week 9
Ms Canavan 5th Class Week 9
Mr Carty 5th Class Week 9
Mr Carty 6th Class Week 9

Active Homework Challenge (3 weeks)

Clare GAA Fundamental Movements

Previously Suggested Schedule of Work Assigned by Class Teachers

Suggested Activities that can be used every week – useful to print

Home Learning Activities Page – useful to print off and colour in each box when complete

Lego 30 Day Challenge – useful to print off and tick off each challenge when completed

Seesaw- Online Learning Journal

One of the challenges during this period is maintaining communication between your child and the classroom teacher to get feedback on work they have completed or to get support if they are experiencing difficulty.

In order to facilitate teacher – pupil and pupil – teacher communication this term we will be using the Seasaw online platform. https://web.seesaw.me/parents

With parental permission each pupil will be given their own individual log in (See email and return permission slip). The Seesaw platform provides each pupil with their own online journal space where they can upload a photo of work completed in their copy, submit an audio recording or do activities as prescribed by the class teacher. The pupil can only see their own work and not the work of others.

Access Online School Books Free of Charge

CJ Fallon

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

Leigh sa Bhaile CJ Fallon Link:

CJ Fallon have made their online books available for everybody free of charge. https://my.cjfallon.ie/dashboard/student-resources.

Graiméar le Chéile Rang 5-6

Edco Available online www.edcolearning.ie 

username: primaryedcobooks password: edco2020)

Suggested Schedule of Work for Pupils



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 protected] and I will send the log in details to you.

The Mathletics log in is through the school website https://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 https://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.

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.


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.


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 [email protected] 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

MyOn by Renaissance Learning creators of Acclerated Reader.

For the duration of the Covid-19 school closure MyOn is offering free access to over 7000 digital books.

The benefit of MyOn is that it is a complementary product to Accelerated Reader and pupils/parents can search for books based on a pupils reading level. Available at https://readon.myon.co.uk/

Click search and under the menu title ATOS click on your child’s reading level.

Their reading level is assigned a range value e.g. 4.6-5.5 therefore you can search for books ATOS level 4 or 5.

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.

Instructions on how to log in and use the Clare Library Site to access books:

  • Click on “eBooks- download free books” (written in red at top of page)
  • Click on “start browsing”
  • Click on “child” under “Audience” 
  • Click on the appropriate age category under “Audience”
  • A list of suitable books available will pop up. Scroll through and click on a book.
  • Click on “Sign in”. You will be asked for a barcode and a PIN number. The barcode is on the back of your library card- starting with 09. (If your card is old it will start with CE so change this to 09). The PIN number is the last 4 numbers of the barcode.
  • Click on “sign in”
  • Enjoy!

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.)

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!)



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.


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.

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

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.

Toporopa- https://www.toporopa.eu/en/

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.


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!

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.

Physical Education

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:




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.

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


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/ 

Webwise Parents Hubhttps://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

Board games

Card games




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.

Go Noodle

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.


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.

Kind Regards,

Brian Carty