We hope you are all keeping happy, safe, and well. Unfortunately, we find ourselves still unable to return to school for the next 2 weeks.
We have attached below a plan of work for the weeks beginning May 5th and May 11th for all our pupils in first class. Please email your child’s class teacher if you would like the plan emailed to you directly so that you can download and print it, our email addresses are below.
Each week we have decided to create some challenges for the children to do at home. Each challenge will be associated with a learning objective but they can be completed independently by each child. If you wish, you can take a photograph of the children doing the challenges and email them to the teacher! We hope that these challenges can keep the children engaged in their learning in a fun and exciting way.
We understand that you all have your own unique circumstances at home and we don’t want any parents to feel under pressure to have their child complete this work. They are suggestions, to keep your child in the habit of engaging in and completing educational activities during this extended school closure. Please feel free to email the class teacher with any questions, photographs, messages or work if you wish. Again, there is no obligation to do this but we are happy to answer all emails.
Zoom: This Friday (8th of May) we, the class teachers, will be trialling out an optional Zoom Catch Up with our classes!
This will be an opportunity for the teachers and children to see each other virtually and have a quick catch up and maybe show a piece of art/craft.
If you are interested, please email your consent to your class teacher and they will get in touch with the details of the Zoom Catch Up. Again, this is for the children and teacher with the parent on hand for any technical difficulties! If you need to speak with the teacher or have any questions, you can email them directly.
Our emails are:
email@example.com (Ms. Donohoe, Room 13)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Mrs. Deeney/Mrs. McGrath, Room 14)
email@example.com (Mrs. Hudson, Room 15)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Mr. Connaughton, Room 16)
email@example.com (Mr. O’ Mahony, Room 17)
We send all our best wishes and lots of virtual hugs to all the boys and girls in first class and we will hopefully all be together in school again soon. Until then, stay well, stay active and take care.
Best wishes to all,
The first class team
Again, we want to emphasise the importance of play, especially at this time. Here is a table showing how different activities relate to the curriculum.
Here is a reminder of how to access more books on the Oxford Owl website:
- Subscribe for free for a month or -log in using our account by doing the following:
- Go to www.oxfordowl.co.uk
- Click ‘log in’
username: conlethsfirst2020 password: First2020
- Click on @Oxford Owl for home.
- Go to ‘books’ in ‘ebook library’
- Choose ebooks from 5-6 age group as a starting point, this can be adjusted up or down depending on your child’s reading level.
- Choose a level from the drop down menu.
- Browse the titles, choose a book and enjoy!
Your child will have a good idea of the level they are on but there is also a quick test on this website to ascertain which books to read. They have a great selection for all ages and abilities to read online on any iphone, android or laptop.
Also check out www.phonicsplay.co.uk for more great ideas and activities. You can access all resources on this website for free using the following:
Username: march20 Password: home
These are suggestions for any parent that might wish to try some Gaeilge lessons while at home.
This month we would have been focusing on the theme Siopadóireacht (shopping)
Here are some websites that you might like to have a look at:
Cúla 4 also has a home school programme every weekday morning at 10am. It is mostly aimed at children in a Gaelscoil but it would still be very beneficial for the children.
You can also access Bua na Cainte, which we use in school, online for free.
If you wish to download the programme to your PC or Mac: (Does not work on phones unfortunately)
- Go to www.edco.ie/bua
- Select the file which suits your computer PC or Mac
- Select 1st class, and click on it to start downloading the file
- Once the download has completed, click on the file to install and follow the on-screen instructions
- A Bua na Cainte icon will appear on your desktop. Once you select this icon a login page will open, enter the details:
Altnernatively, to access the Bua na Cainte Book online:
Go to www.edco.ie
Log in: username: primaryedcobooks password edco2020
Subjects: select Irish
Book title: Bua na Cainte 1
Children can look at and discuss the pictures.
All these are examples of types of art you could do, but all the children’s art is fantastic!
In the month of May, we remember Holy Mary and all the great things she did for us. If you have space, why not try and make a May altar. You could draw a picture of Mary or pick some flowers to put in a vase.
Please find colouring page attached.
The children could also practice praying the Hail Mary:
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
**If your child would like to complete even more work, they can choose from the following:
Grow in Love pages 35, 49.
Wordwise workbook -choose a unit to complete (some guidance may be required)
Blue letter formation copy