Hi girls and boys,
We hope you have a wonderful summer and that you have so much fun with your family and friends. Well done to both you as well as your families on all of your hard work this year. We are missing you all and cannot wait to see you when we go back to school!
Happy Holidays & Stay Safe,
Amanda & Louise
Here are some fun activities you might like to have a go at over the summer! When you complete one of them you can colour the box in!
We have put together a list of further resources and ideas that may be helpful for you at home.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Available on youtube, the instructor uses children’s stories to practise yoga. Great for literacy and movement skills!
Twinkl Online Resources for Parents
Twinkl is a website that creates resources for children’s learning. There is a lot of power-points, interactive games, worksheets, art sheets etc. available on this website. While the resources are excellent, please remember that the age category is for 5-11 year olds and for this reason, we would urge you to use the site for revision purposes only.
All videos for Jolly Phonics are available on youtube. Just type in “Jolly Phonics” and the sound that you are practising, e.g. Jolly Phonics s.
Some activities that you could practise orally include:
- List items that begin with/ end with/ have the target sound.
- Sound out CVC words that have the target sound in the middle, e.g. c oa t
- Play Phonics Charades, e.g. chosen word is cat. Demonstrate the action for the 1st sound - c, 2nd sound – a, and 3rd sound - t. Child has to sound out the word. Take turns.
At school, the children are given opportunities to talk about and then draw their news. The teacher can then write the child’s news using their exact words or the children can attempt to write their news using their own symbols and sounds.
This can be adapted for use as a ‘diary’ at home. Daily or every few days, the children could talk about and then draw something that they are doing at home. Topics could include, summer toys, favourite games etc. Upon returning to school, the children could share their ‘diary’ with the class if they wish to do so.
Making Junk Art basically requires your child’s imagination and your recycling!
We generally provide children with clean paper, clean cardboard recycling that’s easy to tear and cut, and crayons.
Some children may need to be given a theme, e.g. make a form of transport, castle, superhero etc. If they wish, they could draw a picture in their ‘diaries’ to plan their art or draw a picture when they are done.
We have covered the following stories recently: Handa's Surprise, Dear Zoo, Frog & The Wide World. Perhaps your child might be able to re-tell the story to you in their own words. These stories can also be found online.
Maths at Home
In Junior Infants, children work within the number range of 1-5 when: making and partitioning sets, ordering sets, matching value to the numerals, telling at a glance how many are in a set, and comparing equivalent and non-equivalent sets.
Although, most children are able to count and recall numbers of higher value, they may not fully comprehend what the value of these numbers really mean.
For this reason, it is very important that children at this age are given lots of practise of working within the number range 0-5. It will help to create a strong foundation for their future Maths skills.
Top Marks is a website that provides children with interactive mathematical challenges through games. The learning activities in the 3-5year old category will help your child to revise and practise what they have learned.
TG4 has a lot of cartoons available in Irish that your child could avail of to listen to and practise their Irish. They may enjoy telling you the Irish words and phrases that they know!
Here are some educational websites that the children enjoy:
For movement breaks here is a selection of videos:
Freeze Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UcZWXvgMZE