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Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Hello Junior Infants! Spring is Here!

 Hello Class,

Thank you for all the great work you are sending me.  I can see everyday that you are doing neat writing and great number work.  I am also seeing fantastic art work.  Well done, everybody!  

It's a busy time in the garden as well because Spring is here at last!  Lots of things are happening in your garden.  The flowers are starting to come up.  Snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils are there.  All the little squirrels and hedgehogs are waking up and are busy looking for food.  The birds are at work looking for twigs and moss to build their little nests.  All the baby animals are being born on the farm, and the farmer is up in the middle of the night looking after his little lambs. It is a beautiful time of year.  

Keep your eye out for all the signs of spring in your garden!

Well done again children on all the home learning! 

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Virtual Tours Homework 22nd - 26th June

Virtual Tours Week: 22nd -26th June 2020

Hi everyone!! I hope you all enjoyed last week’s Virtual Sports Week. This week we are going to do something a little different – Virtual School Tour week. Every day we will visit a different location. All classes have been assigned the same tour so if you have younger or older siblings it is a nice opportunity to work together 😊 Have fun!!
If you have any questions just send me an email

The Natural History Museum-London

San Diego Zoo

Monterray Bay Aquarium
Tate Modern Art, London
Longleat Safari Park - Wiltshire, UK
Monday: The Natural History Museum London:

Having accessed the link, you will see a map of the museum. You can move through 3 levels (ground, first and second ‘floors’). These levels can be seen at the top right hand corner of the screen. By clicking on the dots on the map, you can start the virtual tour.

1: Start at ‘first’ (floor level) and record the names of some of the rooms/halls that you choose to enter.
2: Also write a list of some of the animals that you see along the way.
3. Next move on to ‘second’ and ‘ground’ (floor levels) and complete the same process.
4. Optional: if you like you may complete a ‘fact file’ on one or two animals (of your choice) that you saw during the virtual tour. You may undertake on-line research when completing this task (if possible)

Tuesday: San Diego Zoo

Live webcam of animals:

Introduction: The first link has live video cams of various animals -hippos, platypus’, baboons, penguins, polar bears, penguins, apes, koalas, pandas to name but a few. You can watch the animals in real time. The second link are short stories about some of the animals at the zoo which are really nice. (especially about Zuli the elephant and Omeo the baby koala!) There are also games the children can play and they seem suitable to all ages.

·         Watch the live videos of the animals. What animals did you watch?
·         Read a story of your choice about the animals at the San Diego zoo. Write 5 sentences in your own words about the animal that you picked. (2nd-6th)
·         You can make a swinging monkey! Click the link to see how to make one:

Wednesday: Monterray Bay Aquarium


When you click on the link, the aquarium has live cams of different sea animals and some land animals such as penguins. There are two cams not working at the moment(The Monterray Bay cam and Sea Otter cam) but there are plenty other ones to view. It begins with the Aviary Cam then moves onto the Coral reef and Jelly fish cam and so on. The penguin cam is very cute!


As the site itself doesn’t provide that much info I put together some links to a few videos that provide the kids with some info on the animals they see at the aquarium. Feel free to use them or not I just thought I’d include them in case they might be useful
The links are varied some being better for the older ones and some more targeted toward the younger classes. This video is a BBC Earth clip focusing on the Emperor Penguins. This video is definitely for the younger ones, probably the Junior and senior Infants mainly. Blippi visits an aquarium and describes how the fish feel, which might be nice for the younger kids. (My boys loved him!) Jellyfish 101 Nat Geo Wild This video is more suitable for the older classes and gives lots of info on Jellyfish Probably best for 3rd-6th classes. Exploring the coral reef: Learn about oceans for kids. This might be good for 1st-6th. . It shows life in a coral reef. Kids Vocabulary Sea animals. This might be good for Junior Senior Infants, explaining and naming the animals in the sea.

Thursday: Tate Modern Art Gallery, London 
Introduction: Tate Modern is an art gallery in London and this link will take you there! Well, kind of.  It will direct you to Tate Kids which is the online section, especially for children. There are lots of great videos, games and activities to do – so take your time and have a browse!
 Below is a video, quiz and game I recommend trying. Enjoy your trip!
·      Click on the link below to a short video about Pop Art. You might recognise some of the artists!
·         Click on the link below. See which pop artist best suits your style. 
·         Try to create a piece of Pop Art of your own at home and send a picture to your teacher.  Or use this Street Art – graffiti app to do a creation online. It will upload and your art might get displayed on the Tatekids website!

Friday: Longleat Safari Park

Longleat Safari Park is a drive-through Safari Park in the UK and was opened in 1966. When you click on the link there is a video that takes you through the entire park and introduces you to all the animals that they have on the park and gives you fun facts along the way! Make sure you don’t have any snacks hidden in your pockets, the animals can smell everything!! Enjoy your trip 😊

1.       What is your favourite animal and why?
2.       Can you think of a fact/facts that you learned about any of the animals along the way?
3.       Draw or create your favourite animal at the park and send a picture to your teacher!

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Virtual Active Week 15th - 19th June

Virtual Active Week!

Put down your books and put on your runners! This week is all about being Active! The aim is for every child to do 60 minutes activity a day.
Each day we have a Daily Starter with one of our teachers to get everyone on their feet. We also have an activity for you to do each day and a challenge set by some of our teachers who love to be active!
We are also asking everyone to run the Daily Mile and add to our Daily Tally and see how far we can run in a week!
On Wednesday there is a link to PAWS water safety programme. We normally teach this in June so please follow the link and do this very important lesson with your child.
We really want to see how everyone is getting on, especially with the teacher challenges so please upload your videos and pics to our padlet. (link below)
All the information you will need is on the school’s Active Blog.

It can also be found on our Virtual Active Week padlet.

Have a great week and be active!

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Suggested Homework for 8th - 12 June

Hello 1nd class, I hope you are keeping well. I have set some work to try and keep you busy. Just try your best and complete what you can.

Parents/Guardians if you have any questions regarding the work that has been set, don’t hesitate to contact me through

Please only do the work in your books from the pages requested. This work is for June 8th to the 12th of June.
List of online programs:  ----------------Reading with parent  ----------------- Religion site (Password: growinlove) ------------- Maths games ------------------Maths games - excellent maths game based on 100 square down to the simple number line

June 8th

·         Your homework notebook should be finished by now. Can you revise spellings and write new sentences from Monday week 1.
·         Discuss your news from the weekend with your mum or dad. Make sure your child is comfortable explaining their news to you, good eye contact, ask them questions where your child will have to think and reply with an answer to your question.
·         Write a page to two pages of news from the weekend.  Remember full stops, and good spaces between words.
·         Read available books.  Choose a book from

·         In our work it out maths books, if you have finished this book, Go back to week one and revise Monday’s work.

·         We are going to revise topics we have covered in maths this year.
1.       Sort the odd and even numbers.
6, 9, 13, 4, 16, 3, 17, 20, 11, 7,
5, 16, 19, 14, 2, 1, 10

2.       Add
·         7 + 4 =                                                  56 + 10 =
·         17 + 4 =                                                37 + 10 =
·         27 + 4 =                                                81 + 10 =
·         67 + 4 =                                                33 + 10 =


Revision of Mé Féin (myself)
Cé tusa? Who are you?
Is mise ………….(Oisin, Niamh, Liam) I am ……………..
Cad is ainm duit? (What is your name?)
_______ is ainm dom (Niamh, Oisin, Liam) Niamh is my name.
Cé hé sin? (Who is this?)
When it is a male we use é
When it is a female we use í
Sin é  _____ (mo Dhaidí – my Daddy, mo Dhaideo – my Grandad, mo dheartháir Oisín – my brother Oisín)
Sin í ____ (mo Mhamaí – my Mammy, mo Mhamó – my Grandmother, mo dheirfiúr Niamh – my sister Niamh)

When we sow a seed, a new plant grows. Some plants have fruit. Seeds can be found inside a fruit and on the outside of a fruit.

Here are examples of some fruits:
Apple,       Pear,       Strawberry,        Lemon,      Peach.
About how many seeds are in each fruit? Use the word box to fill in the blanks.

My guess
Amount of seeds
Draw a picture of the fruit showing its seeds in your copy
A _ _ _ _

P _ _ _ _

L _ _ _ _

S _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

P _ _ _

Now draw an apple that is cut in half. Discuss with your parents where would you see the following on your apple?
Stem, flesh, core, skin, seed

June 9th

·         Continue with spellings and sentences from homework notebook from week 1 revision.
·         Read from available books. Try
·         Revision of the magic e sound. First the children should remember their vowels A, E, I, O, U. The magic e at the end of the word cannot be heard and it gives all its strength to the vowel before it. For example the word hat. We hear the letter a in it but when we add e to the word hate. You now pronounce it as hAte. You do not hear the letter e. The magic e gives all its strength to the vowel before it which is a and it now is heard as A
·         Click on click to see YouTube clip of magic e explained.
·         Look at each of these words with the magic e in it. Can you find the vowel that you hear after the magic e gives it its strength? Practice saying each word and listening out for the vowel sound.
·         Rose, nose, hose, cone, tone, core,
·         Rope, role, hope, tube, cube, cure,
·         Pine, wine, pile, fire, hire, fine,
·         Time, pipe, wipe, sale.


·         In our work it out maths books, if you have finished this book, Go back to week one and revise Tuesday’s work.
·         Subtract
6 – 0 =                                            15 – 5 =
4 – 0 =                                            12 – 4 =
8 – 0 =                                             20 – 3 =
10 – 0 =                                          16 – 1 =

·         What numbers are shown on the abacus?

T      U                                                       T       U

         __                                                              __
__     __                                                              __
__     __                                                               __
__     __                                                      __     __
__     __                                                       __    __
_______                                                __________

·         Here are three words, a house, a car and a bicycle.
·         I want you to draw the object that is the tallest and colour it in.

·         Here are three different words, a couch, a television and a cup.
·         I want you to draw the object that is the smallest and colour it in.

·         Teachers table is (longer, shorter) _______________than a meter.


Revision of Mé Féin (myself)

Conas atá tú? (How are you?)
Tá mé go maith, go raibh maith agat. (I am good, thank you)
Níl mé go maith, tá mé tinn. (I am not good. I am sick.)
Tá pian i ________ (mo bholg – my stomach, mo dhroim – my back) I have a pain in …..

Cén lá atá ann inniu? (What day is today?)
Inniu an ________ (an Luan – Monday, an Mháirt – Tuesday, an Chéadaoin – Wednesday, an Déardaoin – Thursday, an Aoine – Friday, an Satharn – Saturday, an Domhnach - Sunday)

June 10th

·         Read from available books.  Try
·         Continue with spellings and sentences from homework notebook from week 1 revision.
·         Continue on with the magic e sound. Look at each of these words with the magic e in it. Can you find the vowel that you hear after the magic e gives it its strength? Practice saying each word and listening out for the vowel sound.
·         Scone, stone, pride, bride,
·         Smoke, broke, slide, glide,
·         Score, snore, plate, plane, globe, blame, skate.

·         These words sound the same but mean different things. Can you test your child to see if they understand the correct meaning?

·         Hair, hare

·         Plain, plane

·         Sail, sale

·         In our work it out maths books, if you have finished this book, Go back to week one and revise Tuesday’s work.


·         Draw another tree to the right of this one.
·         Draw a flower underneath each tree.
·         Draw a bird on top of one tree.
·         Draw a man walking between the trees.

Match the numbers to how you spell them.
Ten, three, six, eight, seven, one, five, two, nine, four.

6,      10,       7,        1,      5,       4,         9,        3,           2,         8

·         5 + 5 = ______           so         5 + 6 = ______
·         7 + 7 = ______           so         7 + 8 = ______


Revision of An Scoil (The School)

Cad atá i do Mhála scoile? (What is in your school bag?)
Tá _________ i mo mhála scoile. (There is ___________ in my school bag.)
Examples: peann luaidhe – pencil, cás peann luaidhe – pencil case, leabhar – book
Cóipleabhar – copybook, bosca lóin – lunchbox,

An bhfuil leabhar i do mhála scoile? (Do you have a book in your bag?)
Now try saying do you have a pencil in your bag? Can you write that sentence down in Irish?
Níl leabhar i mo mhála scoile. (I do not have a book in my bag)
Tá leabhar ar an tseilf. (The book is on the shelf.)

Weather forecasts Long Ago
This is how people used to find out about the weather:
Sky – If people saw dark clouds in the sky, they knew it was going to rain.
Wind – People threw bits of grass in the air and watched them fall. If the wind blew from the east, it meant bad weather was coming. If the wind blew from the west, they knew good weather was coming.
Smoke – If the smoke from a fire went straight up into the sky, it meant there was no wind and the sun would shine the next day.
Birds – Birds flying low down in the sky meant bad weather was coming.
Cows - Cows lying down together in a field meant storm was coming.
Dogs – A dog eating grass meant the weather would change.

Now write down the answers to these questions in your copy book.
1.        What did people think when they saw dark clouds in the sky?
2.        What did it mean if smoke from a fire went straight up into the sky?
3.        What did it mean if birds were flying low in the sky?
4.        When people saw dogs eating grass, what did that mean for the weather?
5.        What did it mean if cows were lying down together in a field?
6.        True or false, when people threw bits of grass in the air and watched them fall, if the wind blew from the west, it meant bad weather was coming.
June 11th

·         Continue with spellings and sentences from homework notebook from week 1 revision.
·         Continue to read available books. Try
·         Our theme this month is holiday and travel. Can you find something in your house that you might bring on your holiday? Please explain what it is? What it is made from? What does it do? How might you use it or play with it? Why would you bring this on holidays with you? Challenge your child by asking them these questions above.
·         Write the missing letters in the sentences below. Here are a list of words to help you. Please write these sentences into your copy.
·         Lift, want, bird, kept, desk, bank, camp, crept, melt. Wolf
·         The bi _ _  is singing.
·         Money is ke _ _ in the ba _ _.
·         The pencil is on the de _ _.
·         Chocolate will me _ _ in the sun.
·         Amy loves summer ca _ _.
·         Molly le _ _ her book in school.
·         I wa _ _ a puppy.
·         Liam cre _ _ up the stairs.
·         The wo _ _ chased the sheep.
·         There is a li _ _ in the hotel.

·         In our work it out maths books, if you have finished this book, Go back to week one and revise Tuesday’s work.

·         (3 + 4) + 2  = ______

And 3 + (4 + 2) = _____

·         (7 + 2) + 6 = ______

And 7 + (2 + 6) = _____

·         Write a number sentence.


     _________                     +                    ____________              =   __________


·         8 – 5 =                                             17 – 6 =
·         9 – 2 =                                             14 – 5 =
·         10 – 3 =                                           11 – 2 =

·         There were 9 birds in a tree. 4 of them flew away. How many were left? ______


Revision of An Scoil (The School)

Cad atá sa seomra ranga? (What is in the classroom?)
Tá ___________________ sa seomra ranga. (There is ……………….. in the classroom.)
Examples: clár bán – whiteboard, ríomhaire – computer, doirteal – sink, bosca bruscair – dustbin, cathaoir – chair, bord – table, fuinneog – window.

Now write these sentence in Irish.

·         There is a window in the classroom.
·         There is a whiteboard in the classroom
·         There is a sink in the classroom.
·         There is a chair in the classroom.
·         There is a computer in the classroom.
·         There is a table in the classroom.
·         There is a dustbin in the classroom.

Physical Education

What you will need: Ball, 2 cones or 2 objects which will be used as markers for your children to run between.
You can choose a basketball, football or tennis ball.
Activity 1 – Place two cones 10 meters apart. Jog out and back to the cone bouncing your ball. Slow jog to start with, and then progress to a quicker jog. Do this 10 times
Activity 2 – Start at first cone and as you walk out to the 2nd cone, throw your ball up in the air and practice catching your ball. Continue to practice, as you get better at catching your ball, try clapping your hands and then catch your ball, you can throw your ball up in the air, turn around quickly and try to catch your ball before it hits the ground.  Do this 10 times.
Activity 3 – Start at the first cone and using your feet, dribble the ball out to the second cone, turn and dribble back. Have a 10 second break before repeating again, as your child get comfortable with this drill, try to get them to go faster. Do not use your hands in this drill, the ball should be controlled only with your feet.

June 12th


·         Revise spellings from homework notebook. Parent then calls out ten words, one word at a time, slowly for your child to write down.
·         Continue to read available books.  Try
·         Here is a list of words that refers to holidays and travel. First I want you to understand each word and then write a short story and use some of these words in your story. Your story can be about a time you went to the beach with your family.
·         Shell, snail, whale, starfish, rucksack, spade, candyfloss, wave, sea, handbag, fish, picnic, basket, surfboard, sand, dune, bucket, butterfly, blanket, nets, stone, plate, slide, shore.


·         In our work it out maths books, if you have finished this book, Go back to week one and revise Tuesday’s work.

·         12 – 9 =
·         15 – 8 =
·         19 – 6 =

·         42 = _____ tens and _____ units.

·         87 = _____ tens and _____ units.

·         8 – 4 =

·         9 – 6 =

                          7                      10
                    __ 3                    __5
              ________            ______

Write in the missing numbers.
·         3 + ___ = 7
·         1 + ___ = 6
·         3 + ___ = 10
·         5 + ___ = 8
·         2 + ___ = 9

Sort which items hold more or less than 1 litre.

Cup,         Bucket,        Jug,          Bath

Holds more than 1 litre

Holds less than 1 litre


Revision of An Scoil (The School)

Cá bhfuil do mhála scoile? (Where is your school bag?)

Tá mo mhála scoile _____________ (My school bag is ………………)

Ar an mbord – on the table

Ar an talamh – on the ground

Ar an gcófra – on the press

Ar an gcathaoir – on the chair

Sa chófra – in the press

Ag an doras – at the door

Ag an mbord – at the table

Faoin mbord – under the table

Faoin gcathaoir – under the chair.

Now write these sentences:

·         My school bag is under the table.
·         My school bag is on the chair.
·         My school bag is in the press.
·         My school bag is on the ground.


Today the children will learn how to make paper fans.
Please click on this link blow and following the instructions step by step.

You can decorate your fan with paint or crayon with a picture of your choice.

Well done for attempting this week’s work. Enjoy your weekend!