Junior Infants Work for Fortnight Beginning 18th May
*If you are having trouble reading or downloading this work, please email your class teacher who will email you the work in a PDF format.
We hope you are all keeping well and safe. Here are some ideas for this fortnight’s home learning. We understand that the novelty may have worn off in your home so if you feel the need to cut back on the daily work, then by all means, do.
We have added in a SPHE/Mindfulness section where you will find some helpful links and an e-book if anyone at home is feeling a bit anxious or fed up!
You will see some optional worksheets below which you might like to print out at home. If you do not have access to a printer, perhaps you could look at them on the screen and talk about them or maybe an adult could draw out something similar! We have loved reading the emails you have been sending us, letting us know how your children are getting on. Keep them coming! It might help with the motivation levels if they know Teacher will see their lovely work!
If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to ask.
Zoom: We hope to hold another Zoom meeting with Junior Infants someday next week (week beginning 25th May)If you would like your child to be included, please email your teacher!
As we have stated before, don’t forget the importance of play and just how much your child will learn and benefit from it!
Remember, these are suggested activities only, and that the learning opportunities that arise in normal day-to-day life such as play, household chores and outdoor activities should not be underestimated.
Also don’t forget our suggested timetable which might help structure your time working with the children.
English: 15-20 minutes
Maths: 15-20 minutes
Gaeilge: 10 minutes
Spend as much time as you like being playful, active and creative!
Hello boys and girls!
We are missing you all lots and it was great to see lots of you on Zoom last week! Well done on telling us your news and showing us your lovely art work too! We look forward to seeing you all on our next Zoom call! We hope you are being good for your busy mammys & daddys at home. Keep up the great work! We are very proud of you all.
From Miss O’Driscoll, Mrs O’Connor, Miss O’Sullivan, Miss Murray, Miss Kavanagh and Miss King.
The theme for this fortnight is The Farm. We have suggested lots of activities below that tie in with Summer and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
- Encourage good posture: Tummy to the table, feet on the floor (or off the chair).
- Correct pencil grip: pencil held between thumb and peter pointer, and other hand holding page/work steady.
Continue to revise letter formation for c, o, a, d, g, q, i, r, n,m, h, b, p, t and j. (lower case)
Week starting 18/05: Move on to letter formation for k and x
Week starting 25/05: Move on to letter formation for y and l
See the letter formation sheet below for the rhymes. Use pencils, crayons, markers, paint, trace, playdough or sand!
YouTube: Let’s Get Squiggling
*optional handwriting sheets are attached below
- Make a card or picture for a relative or friend and post it/deliver it to them! Draw a picture, write your name and maybe even write a short message on it!
- Write a simple caption using correct letter formation for children to copy such as ‘Today is Monday’/’My news’ etc. If children find it difficult to copy it, the letters can be traced for them to copy.
Draw a picture to go with their caption
- Practise writing your name using correct letter formation. (capital letter to start, followed by lower case letters)
Again, if children find this difficult, you can write it out for them to copy or trace.
- Continue to revise sounds in the sound bag and make CVC words.
- Games: sound bingo, sound snap, guess the sound, I spy,
- Activity: Can you find objects in your house that start with the same sound as the letters in your name?
E.g. Sam: S – scissors, a – apple, m – mop
- Revise making and reading at, an, in and et words.
- Start making en words (ten, hen, pen, den, Ben, men)
*Optional worksheets: There are three CVC worksheets attached below
- https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/ Phase 1 and Phase 2 are suitable for Junior Infants. Username: march20 Password: home
- Week starting 18/05: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Week starting 25/05: The Cautious Caterpillar
- Continue to read stories at home and sequence beginning, middle and end (see sequence picture below).
- Ask questions about what happened in the story.
- Draw pictures of the story.
Amazon have lots of free audiobooks available to stream on your computer/phone/tablet https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Collins Big Cat eBooks and printable worksheets are free http://connect.collins.co.uk/school/portal.aspx
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- Revise previous Nursery Rhymes.
- Clap the rhyming words (e.g. beep, sheep).
- Draw pictures of the rhymes. Sequence the rhymes.
- What happened first, next, then? (See sequence sheet below)
- Discuss language in rhymes eg what does ‘pail of water’ mean etc.
- Can you make up your own rhyme or change the words of one you know?
Week starting 18/05 – Hey Diddle Diddle
Week starting 25/05 – Boys and Girls Come Out to Play
Poem: The Fuzzy Little Caterpillar (see attached image)
Practise and perform with actions for your family or friends on a video call!
- What are the signs of summer? (days are longer and brighter, it’s getting warmer, green leaves on trees, flowers bloom)
- What do you wear in summer? (lighter clothes, shorts, t-shirt, dresses, sunglasses, hat, suncream)
- What do you like to do in the summer? (barbecue, go for walks on the Curragh, go for cycles, play in the garden/on the green/in the park, play in paddling pool in the garden)
- What might you eat in the summer? (food from the barbecue, ice cream, picnic)
- What food would you most like to eat at a barbecue?
Farm (see SESE for virtual farm tour link!)
- Make a list of the different animals you may see on a farm.
- Which foods do we get from the farm?
- What vehicle does a farmer drive? Why does a farmer drive that?
- Would you like to be a farmer? Why/Why not?
- Which is your favourite farm animal? Why?
- Call or video-call a relative for a chat!
- What day is it today?
- What is the weather like today?
- What did you do today?
Encourage your child to interview members of the family and ask them about their news.
Draw a picture of something you did. Sometimes include a simple caption (see handwriting section)
Maybe share a photo of your drawing to email@example.com or to your teacher’s email!
- Two Little Dickie Birds
- One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
- One Two Three Four Five, Once I Caught a Fish Alive
- Five Little Ducks
- Three Blind Mice
Continue to practise writing the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Use toys, pasta, items around the home to make sets of numbers up to 10.
Count forwards to 10 and backwards. Can you start at a different number?
Can you make a pattern using two different colours? Use toys, colours or maybe a piece of art!
Have fun in your paddling pool or playing with a basin of water in the garden! Explore if containers are full or empty! Get an egg cup or a smaller container and check how many you need to use to fill the bigger container! Guess first!!!
Explore heavy/light objects around the house.
Predict which item you think is heavier/lighter.
Which farm animals do you think are heavy/light?
*Optional worksheets: There are number formation worksheets and two Hungry Caterpillar themed sheets attached below.
- www.abcya.com (search for Pre-K or Kindergarten)
- www.topmarks.co.uk (search Maths, Early Years or Key Stage 1)
Encourage the children to practise the rhymes they know.
- Rólaí Pólaí
- Lámh, Lámh Eile
- Is Mise An Traein
- Cad atá sa mhála?
Conas atá an aimsir inniu? Tá an lá te/fuar/fliuch/tirim.
Count as Gaeilge
1 a haon
2 a dó
3 a trí
4 a ceathair
5 a cúig
6 a sé
7 a seacht
8 a hocht
9 a naoi
10 a deich
Dearg, glas, gorm, buí… (see image below)
Hold up item and ask child cen dath é sin? Sin dearg, glas etc.
Revision of vocabulary – subh, ubh, oráiste, úll, im, ceapaire, bainne, brioscaí, milseáin, uachtar reoite
Story/Sceál – Garfield https://youtu.be/MgWASkuqkQo
‘Olivia’ is a lovely cartoon which can be found on TG4 player online – you can put the subtitles on so you can see what they are saying in Irish.
Bua na Cainte
Bua na Cainte is an interactive Irish programme we use in school. Edco has made it available for parents to download at home. It is quite a large file and is not tablet/iPad/phone friendly. You will need a laptop or a computer for it to work. If you download it, the username is trial and the password is trial. Go to: www.edco.ie/bua and you will be brought to a Dropbox.
*Optional worksheets: cut, sort and stick fruit (torthaí) and vegetables (glasraí) and a vocabulary colouring sheet
SESE (History, Geography, Science)
The Lifecycle of a Butterfly
- Sequence the life cycle (first, next, then, finally)
- Use appropriate vocabulary: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly
- Illustrate the lifecycle using the worksheet or by drawing the stages
Habitats – The Farm
- Where do the different animals live on the farm?
- How does the farmer care for the animals on the farm?
- Can you draw/paint a picture of the animals on the farm?
Retell the story of The Hungry Caterpillar using beginning, middle and end. Draw/paint pictures of the story
*Optional worksheets: retell and colour the lifecycle of a butterfly and cut, order, stick life cycle sheet.
Colour/paint your own Hungry Caterpillar! Or maybe you could make your own using playdough?
Draw or paint a summer picture!
Dabble Doo are offering a month’s free full access to all of their best content so that parents and guardians can educate and entertain their kids at home. https://dabbledoomusic.com/
The Butterfly Song and Dance
The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Stage 1 – Curl up and stay still like an egg
Stage 2 – Crawl and move on the floor like a caterpillar
Stage 3 – Stand still in a chrysalis
Stage 4 – Emerge from chrysalis and fly like a butterfly!
Game – Call out the days of the week and act out what he did e.g Its Thursday…Pretend to eat four strawberries.
Roleplay – The Story of the Hungry Caterpillar. Read through the story and act it out as the caterpillar.
Our very own Coach Morgan uploads a free lesson on Wednesday at 11.15am to his Facebook/Instagram, Evolve Strength and Fitness!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Throwing and catching
- Rolling the ball
- Kicking using the inside of the foot
- Trapping /Stopping the ball with your foot
- Aiming – Using an object, make it a target and throw/kick the ball towards the object.
Our two local GAA clubs, Sarsfields and Moorefield have been uploading daily skills challenges on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.Why not give them a try!
- Youtube: PE with Joe (The Body Coach)
- Youtube: Cosmic Yoga
- https://family.gonoodle.com/ The children really enjoy the movement breaks
There are lots of lovely breathing exercises and other mindful activities in this attached PDF that will suit both children and adults of all ages!
Here is a lovely e-book called, Everybody Worries by Jon Burgerman
Even the characters from Julia Donaldson’s world have to stay at home… including The Gruffalo!
- Numbertime (1 2 3 4 5, shapes)
- Super Simple Songs
- Draw with Don
- (Jolly Phonic Jingles)
(The Singing Walrus Music Channel)