With school closures confirmed, we have compiled a list of suggested work for the children to do at home.
Here are some ideas of activities you can do with your child when the school is closed.
Thank you for your continued co-operation and we hope this is helpful to you all.
Senior Infants Team
Please find in your child’s schoolbag the following resources to help you with these activities.
- Handwriting Book
- Busy at Maths Home link book
- Word Family Booklet
- Word box sheet (in folder)
- Blank Copy (Journal/dictation copy)
- Use blending skills to read words in all word boxes
- Practise writing the lowercase letters on paper at home (see below for proper formation guidelines)
- In the handwriting book children can practise some of the Uppercase/Capital letters. We would recommend doing one letter in the book every 2-3.
- Read books with your child. Get them to tell you about the beginning, middle and end
- Draw pictures. Cut out pictures from magazines/newspapers.
- In the word family booklet children can revise a word family every 2-3 days (don’t complete booklet). Write in words from each word family and draw accompanying pictures. Practice making sentences with these words and telling stories with as many of these words as possible.
- In the blank copy we feel it would be nice if children wrote a sentence or two each day saying what they did and who they were with as a running journal. Practise writing sentences using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.
- Also in the blank copy please find attached below a list of simple sentences that you can dictate to the children (call out the phrases and ask the children to write them down)
- Revise Nursery Rhymes
- Go on a spring walk (if possible) and look for signs of spring in nature
- Talk about St Patrick, his life in Ireland and St Patrick’s Day traditions.
- Talk about animals, their young and where they live.
- Discuss the life cycles of various animals and insects (chicken, frog, butterfly etc.)
- Discuss spring flora and fauna and how to take care of plants.
- Revise the numbers 1 – 10. Make sets using concrete materials (e.g. Lego/blocks/pasta)
- If possible complete all pages up to and including page 32 ( Busy at Maths Home link book)
- Write the numbers 1 – 10
- What 2-D and 3-D shapes can you see around the house? Practice drawing and making 2-D and 3-D shapes (square, circle, rectangle, triangle/ cube cuboid sphere cylinder)
- Practice Number Rhymes (2 little dickie birds; 1, 2 buckle my shoe; 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, 5 little ducks went out one day etc.)
- Forward and backward counting to 20
- Locate and identify numbers in the environment around them.
- Use the language of before and after, one more, one less, one more than etc…
- Perform simple addition using the number line.
- Explore, discuss, develop and use the vocabulary of spatial awareness – above, below, right, left, etc.
- Use the language of ordinal number: first, second, third, last
- Cé tusa? Is mise… (Introduction: Who are you? I am…)
- Cén saghas lae é / Conas atá an aimsir? Tá an lá… (Weather: What type of day is it? Today is ….)
· Practise using the vocabulary we have learned for Lá Fhéile Padraig.
- Encourage the children to use our informal gaeilge (dún an doras – close the door, las na soilse – turn on the light etc.)
These links below provide you with some fun activities to help keep your children active and engaged during the day
- https://www.gonoodle.com/ (Free sign up)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w&list=PLyCLoPd4VxBuxu3sLztrvWFehzv-LnR2c (Joe Wicks Body Coach)
If you so wish, you can watch clips of the following on YouTube
- Numbertime (1 2 3 4 5, shapes)
- Super Simple Songs
- Tricky Word Dance Song
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2HYM9VXz9k (Jolly Phonic Jingles)
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Phrases for Dictation (Blank Copy)
Only attempt 2-3 of these phrases at a time.
- Cat on mat
- Bat in hat
- Pin in tin
- Tin in bin
- Pin in tin
- A wet pet
- Pet in net
- A wet jet
- The man ran
- Fan the pan
- Cut the nut
- Man in hut