Dear Parents and Guardians,
At St. Enda’s, we have had to adopt a strategy of Remote Teaching & Learning during Covid-19 related lockdowns. This is to be observed whether the entire school has been closed or, indeed, in the case of individual classes or pods being closed due to health and safety concerns.
The teachers in St. Enda’s will be responsible for providing online content for the children’s engagement, each day – Monday to Friday. This will ordinarily include some online instruction – either live or recorded – that will directly adhere to your child’s learning. There will frequently be posted worksheets or links to texts; many of these will require independent work resulting in activities and exercises to be completed by the children. Roughly, this work should require 2 hours+ per day, depending on the children’s stage and level.
Alternative content and activities are available through the RTE Home School Hub, which plays every Monday – Friday from 10am to 12pm. There is also After School Hub at 3:20pm on the same days. (More information on www.rte.ie).
We understand that remote learning can be challenging for a variety of reasons. However, we hope that everyone does their best to ensure continued learning so that, in the event of returning to school, children will be on the same level and can progress, properly, together.
We hope that you and your families are keeping well during this difficult time. We want to do our best to provide you with some online resources which may be beneficial in supporting your child’s education at home. Please find below some links to different websites which are equipped with many resources such as ebooks, activities, worksheets and general ideas related to the primary curriculum.
1.Edco Learning Website (Suitable for all classes) – edcolearning.ie
This website will allow you to access various ebooks across the curriculum. Log in with the following details: Username: primaryedcobooks Password: edco2020
2. Folens Website (Suitable for all classes) – folensonline.ie
This website will give you access to more ebooks. This website will give you access to Planet Maths games and activities which you could play with your child. This is the primary Maths programme we follow in our school. When you get on to the website, click register. Select teacher and fill in a username, email and password. For the Roll Number, use the code: Prim 20.
3. Twinkl Website (Suitable for all classes) – Twinkl.ie
This website will give you access to unlimited resources across the curriculum once you register. Twinkl are allowing all parents one month free access to support their children. You will find worksheeets, games, PowerPoints, ebooks, colouring sheets, movement break ideas and much more here.
4. CJ Fallon Website (Suitable for all classes) – http://my.cjfallon.ie
Again, this website will give you access to all primary textbooks to view online. Click ‘Student Resources’, then filter to the title/subject you require making sure that ‘Online Book’ has been selected under ‘Resources’
5. Sounds like Phonics (Suitable for younger classes) – slp.cjfallon.ie
This is an interactive website which the children in Junior and Senior Infants will be aware of. Revise the sounds, play the games, practice saying, reading and writing words associated with the sounds.
6. RTE Website (Suitable for younger classes) – rtejr.rte.ie
Here you will find a variety of interactive activities. Watch some videos, play some educational games and learn about the history of Ireland and upcoming events in Ireland.
7. RTE News Today (Suitable for older classes) – trte.rte.ie/news2day/
Keep up to date with news from around the world presented in a child friendly manner. Let the video play and discuss what you watched with your child. Maybe have a quiz after to see who was listening carefully to the facts given.
8. Go Noodle Website (Suitable for younger and middle classes)– gonoodle.com
GoNoodle will get your children up and moving in an exciting way. Some of the classes in St. Enda’s use GoNoodle during the day so your child will definitely be aware of what their favourite dances and exercises are!
9. Cosmic Kids Yoga (Suitable for younger and middle classes)- www.cosmickids.com
Movement breaks are extremely important for all children, especially younger children. It is also very important to keep active during this time.
10. Storyline Online (Suitable for younger and middle classes) – www.storylineonline.net
This site hosts a range of stories read aloud by authors and actors. It is a great facility if you are running low on books to read at home. Listening to books being read enhances children’s vocabulary and understanding of fluency and expression.
11. Teach Starter (Suitable for younger and middle classes)– teachstarter.com
Teachstarter are giving free access to parents and carers. The website contains lots of wonderful resources including age appropriate ‘packs of work’ which touch on Maths, English and SESE. They also have games, PowerPoint presentations, pictures for stimulating oral language discussions, poems and stories.
12. Mangahigh (Suitable for all classes) – mangahigh.com
This website is all about making Maths fun. They are giving free full access to everyone for 60 days.
13. Art for Kids Hub (Suitable for all classes) – artforkidshub.com
The children will be able to learn how to draw different objects step by step on this website. It also teaches children how to make simple origami. There is also a weekly challenge which your family could get involved in.
14. Little Miss Teacher Blog (Suitable for all classes) – www.littlemissteacher.com
This blog contains valuable information about education. There are resources which are available to download for free, as well as activities, games and suggestions as to what parents can do to support their children during this time.
- We are all living through a once in a lifetime experience. Why not create a time capsule to revisit in years to come. Write a letter to your future self, include a photo or drawing of your family, include some food wrappers/ labels of things you like, trace around your hand, include some newspaper headlines from today’s news and agree on a date to open it.
15. Virgin Media Education TV Shows can be accessed at: https://www.virginmedia.com/virgin-tv-edit/tv/educational-tv-shows-for-kids
More Useful Ideas from INTO
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)
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
- 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.
Ask about Ireland
A treasure trove of resources with an Irish interest, focusing on our national culture.
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.
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.
Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
Learn to programme interactive games, stories and animations.
Non-profit site with provides free video tutorials in maths and reading.
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.
The staff of St. Enda’s Primary School.