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Nationalgeographicforkids.com is a website that allows children to explore the world’s people, places and animals.  It incorporates scientific and geographic photographs, videos, quizzes and games. Children can also explore construction and STEM challenges.

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/amazing-animals/

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/games/quizzes/

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/try-this/#/815462979607

https://www.worldbookonline.com/kids/home

This website publishes nonfiction and mixed-genre material for kids – like an online immersive encyclopedia! In some sections, the language used can be more suitable for senior classes, so adult support may be needed with children in younger classes. There is a search engine for children to safely explore new topics they are curious about, or revise topics they may have covered in school earlier in the year throughout the SESE curriculum. 

Overall this website can be a great stimulus and support for a child-led project on an animal, famous person or country of interest to them.

  • Oral Language: The “Pictures and Videos” section on the main page is great for oral language. Pick a picture or video and use it to start a discussion with your child using the 5 W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Why).
  • Science and Nature: The “World of Animals” section allows children to compare two animals features and characteristics.
  • Cognitive Games: Under the “Games” section, you will find a variety of online jigsaw puzzles, online crosswords and also trivia questions.
  • Writing: Under “Activities” – “Write it Down” , children will find inspiration to get writing creatively.
  • Visual Arts: Under “Activities” – ‘Craft Room’, ‘Paper Patterns’ & ‘Doodle and Design’ there are ideas for creating some arts and crafts.

This is a live PE session every morning at 9 am. It is a 30 minute workout by Joe Wicks – The Body Coach to inspire and energize children to get active, bounce around and have fun. The workouts are suitable for all ages. There are lots of basic exercises and you don’t need lots of room. Its perfect for an inside fitness activity.

Search PE with Joe Wicks on Youtube

I Am an Artist is an Irish resource which includes 30 short TV programmes (each 6 minutes in length), an interactive website with slideshows, lessons, web links and interactive games – all mapped to the Visual Arts Curriculum.

www.iamanartist.ie/index.aspx

  • The I Am an Artist website is divided into different aspects of curriculum (paint & colour, clay, fabric & fibre, drawing, construction & print)
  • Each page is divided into Videos, Look & Respond, Can you, Let’s play & Teacher section.
  • Let’s Play section had a lot of links to museums, art centres.

This site is for children to read and enjoy leveled oxford reading tree books and other books similar to what they would have received each week in school. (best on a computer/tablet)

www.oxfordowl.co.uk

  • Enter oxford owl for home
  • Browse e-books
  • Click on for example. ‘e-books for age 5-6.’
  • Register as a parent
  • Read these with your child as you would have with the oxford reading tree books sent home. There will be some familiar titles and also some new ones. Don’t be afraid to go to a younger age also as revising these will aid fluency and confidence which is most important.
  • Enjoy the books – use them as a chance to explore predictions/opinions and comprehension of the texts as well as building reading skills.

The Seomra Ranga website has a few good resources for teaching and learning. Many of the resources require a paid membership but there are a few free resources on there too. Here are some suggestions.

  1. “Stay at Home Quiz” – recommended for 3rd – 6th class pupils

Every day Seomra Ranga will be posting a “Stay at Home Quiz” for the duration of time that the schools are closed. Your child must answer 20 questions and submit their answers before 3pm each day. When you complete the quiz you are entered into a draw to win a €20 book voucher. Past quizzes cannot be entered but the questions are still available so you can complete the quizzes yourself at home.

https://www.seomraranga.com/category/blog/competitions/

  1. “Walkabout Maths” – recommended for 1st – 4th class pupils

This game is like a treasure hunt around the house and is based on Tens and Units. You simply print off the clues and hide them around the house. Give your child the blank answer sheet and send them to find the correct answers. The answer sheet goes from A-Z and they have to find the correct number for each letter. There is an answer sheet with all the correct answers for parents to check when they are finished.

https://www.seomraranga.com/2017/03/walkabout-maths-01-tu/

  1. “Needles Book” – sewing activity – recommended for 2nd – 6th class

This is an interesting little project. It gives simple instructions on how to make a very simple little case for holding your needles.

https://www.seomraranga.com/2013/11/needles-book/

  1. “How to wash your hands” – recommended for infants

Visual guide to good hand washing practices.

https://www.seomraranga.com/2020/03/how-to-wash-your-hands/

Twinkl is an online platform that provides teacher- created, educational resources. Browse through the website or simply type in a key word to uncover a variety of different resources from PowerPoints, to EBooks, colouring activities, comprehension tasks and much more. 

Twinkl has a ROI section tailored to the Irish curriculum. Simply click the ROI tab, select a class and subject categories are there to explore.

Twinkl are offering all parents a One Month FREE Ultimate Membership to Twinkl. This will allow parents unlimited access to every single resource for every single curriculum subject from junior infants to sixth class.

Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.ie/offer and enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS. 

School Closure packs are new to Twinkl. They have been created to support parents and home- learning during this difficult time. Packs are organised by class group and include activities from across the curriculum.

https://www.twinkl.ie/resources/roi-resources/school-closure-republic-of-ireland

Twinkl Go! resources are interactive and 100% paperless activities including interactive games, interactive quizzes, self-marking comprehensions, animations, video and audio books.

https://www.twinkl.ie/go

The S.E.T tab will provide a variety of resources to support children with S.E.N. Some of the needs that Twinkl have produced resources for include autism, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and ADHD. 

https://www.twinkl.ie/resources/specialeducationalneeds-sen

This is a website that offers children an opportunity to engage in fun activities through Gaeilge.

www.seideansi.ie

When you first access the website you will be asked to select a dialect. Choose An Mhumhain. Once you have done this you will be brought to the homepage where you can choose the correct class level for our child.

Choose Naíonáin Bheaga for Junior Infants, Naíonáin Mhóra for Senior Infants, Rang a hAon for 1st class, Rang a Dó for 2nd and Rang Trí-Sé for 3rd-6th class.

This website has stories and games for the children to access. Don’t worry if you or your child find some of the activities challenging, they will benefit from the exposure alone.

3rd to 6th class students might even enjoy the activities from Rang a Dó as they may be more confident in engaging with these without the support of their teacher.

This website Go Noodle is a favourite amongst many kids and teachers alike in our school. 

 www.gonoodle.com

 It’s full of fun videos aimed at getting kids moving, ideal for breaking up the monotony of a long day indoors.

Whether you want an activity to energise, focus or calm your kids GoNoodle has it.  It even has activities aimed at developing motor skills and helping children develop mindfulness.

GoNoodle can be used across a wide variety of devices so check out this link for more info on how to use it at home. 

Enjoy – you might even find yourself joining in with the kids!

Cosmic Kids yoga is a yoga and mindfulness resource for children available through their own website https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/  or youtube channel.

  • Yoga is told through familiar stories
  • Mindfulness and relaxation activities are also available
  • Activities can be selected under the categories calm, focus or energy or selected according to the length of time.

Yoga is very beneficial for our children’s development. It promotes:

  • Physical strength and flexibility
  • Concentration, focus and attention
  • Inner strength and body awareness
  • Confidence and self esteem
  • A feeling of well-being and respect for others 

Storyline online is a children’s literacy website. It shows videos of famous actors/actresses reading wonderful children’s books along with their creative and engaging illustrations. 

  • There are a selection of books available to listen to. When you click into your chosen book it allows you to see their suggested age level so you can choose the appropriate one for you. It also gives a brief summary of the story being told. The words of the story are also shown so you can follow and read along too. 
  • Reading aloud to children can definitely help to develop our children’s concentration, reading, writing, communication skills and a lifelong love of reading. Enjoy.

Worldbookday.com

Even though World Book Day has past, their website is full of resources and inspirations for young readers and writers.

Masterclass Lessons: Under the “Inspiration – Author and Illustrator Masterclasses”, you’ll be able to access the Primary Masterclasses at the bottom of the page. These are famous children’s authors providing lessons on their own writing style and inspirational writing tasks for your children to practise themselves. The “Jeff Kinney – Telling Funny Stories” is particularly reccomended.  (https://www.worldbookday.com/online-masterclasses/telling-funny-stories/) Alongside this masterclass, Liz Pichon (Author of “Tom Gates”) also does a brief lesson for children on comic style writing. (https://www.worldbookday.com/videos/liz-pichon-how-do-you-write-and-plan-a-comic-style-story/)

Audio Books (Reading): The “World Of Stories” section allows you to access a wide selection of  audiobooks for free for all ages. This can be a nice addition and/or change of approach to encouraging reading during this time at home. (https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/)

Additional Resources: Under “Resources”, you can use the filter to find the perfect resources for your child.  Under “activity types”  you’ll find recipes based on famous stories, extracts of latest releases for additional reading for your child, colouring pages and art packs also.

www.folensonline.ie

Folens are granting free access to all their online resources. Parents and Teachers can follow the steps below to get access:

  1. Go to folensonline.ie and click register.
  2. Select Teacher
  3. Fill in a username, email and password.
  4. For Roll Number use the code Prim20

For Irish lessons there is an easy activity that can be used at all class levels for all the themes explored in Irish. Follow the steps below.

  1. Search for Abair Liom in the search bar.
  2. Find the book for the class level your child is in and click on resources.

3. Select a theme from the drop down menu.

Mé féín (myself) Bia (food) Sa Bhaile (at home) An Scoil (the school) siopadóireact (shopping) Éadaí (clothes) An Teilifís (TV) An Aimsir (weather) Caitheamh Aimsire (hobbies) Ócáidí Speisialta (special occasions)

4. Select and open the Póstaer option by clicking open. There is a different Póstaer for each theme. The activities in the póstaer are interactive.

5. For Junior infants up to second class the Póstaer looks like this. You can choose from a range of interactive activities.

Cuardach (search) Foclóir (Vocab) Scéal (Story) Amhrán (Song) Dán (Poem) Ceisteanna (questions)

6. For 3rd to 6th class it looks like this.

Scéal (Story) Foclóir (Vocab) Ceisteanna (questions)

For Maths activities there are a selection of interactive games that go with the Planet Maths programme. Follow the steps below.

  1. Search for Planet Maths in the search bar.
  2. Find the book for the class level your child is in and click on resources.
  3. There is no need to select a theme unless you want to focus on a specific area in Maths. From the drop down menu labelled ‘Resource Type’, select either games or activities.                                                      
  4. A selection of interactive games and activities will appear for your child to practice various skills and maths topics from the curriculum.

COOL APPS FOR SCHOOLS

This is a website set up by an Irish primary school teacher whose special interest is in ICT in education and especially in the use of tablets and iPads.

http://www.coolappsforschools.com/

The website has reviewed more than 70 apps, thereby taking out the time consuming element of trawling through thousands of apps which may, or may not suit your requirements.

It provides a guide to apps which support the Irish primary curriculum and can be used at home to extend learning.

With this in mind, published on this website are lists of apps that are categorized into age and subject areas. Many are free to download.

There is also a section dedicated to apps for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

For these children there are links to the SESS (Special Education Support Service) and their recommended lists of apps in addition to Free Assistive Technology from SENTEACHER.

The website invites you to comment on your experience of the apps and suggest any you feel might be worth including. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

This website is a great resource for learning Gaeilge/Irish for parents and children.

First set-up an account and take the placement test. 

The placement test will help the website/app to give you the right level of Irish for your practice.

If you can give this 10 minutes a day (basic user), you’ll learn lots! 

https://www.duolingo.com/learn

Create an account: A parents email is required to activate your account.

BBC Dance Mat Typing

I highly recommend BBC Dance Mat Typing for kids. In this free typing course, there are 12 stages divided into 4 levels that helps children learn how to type from scratch. Children can dip in and out of it but I would recommend doing 10 mins 4-5 days a week to really get the most out of this programme.

The aim is to learn how to type fast, without looking at the keyboard, and have fun while doing it. There’s even an area called keyboard ninja that teaches them useful shortcuts they can use in Microsoft Word.

In my experience, children have found the animated characters who guide and motivate them entertaining, however some prefer to play with the sound off as they’ve found the voices a little irritating! Either way, this is a great resource to give your child a vital life skill for the modern world.

This is a website set up by the GAA which features a range of videos, worksheets and helpful links that could be useful for children of any age and skill level.

The website includes videos of skill challenges and lesson plans that could be done at home or in any learning environment! 

https://www.gaa.ie/my-gaa/getting-involved/kids-activities

Using the second link available will give the child access to colouring activities and other activity packs. 

https://learning.gaa.ie/primary-school

My challenge for the day would be to complete one skills challenge video, one lesson and one mindful colouring piece from both websites!

A game funded by the Usborne Foundation, a charity set up to support initiatives to develop early literacy.  https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/

The computer version is free & covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences.

It is also available for iPad, Android and Kindle.

The game is for children in the first stages and learning to read (Junior Infants) or for older children, in Senior Infants or beyond, who need a bit more practice.

There are 3 games.  Children design a monster and take it on an adventure around a magic area to find the letter sounds and fix a spaceship. The activities are educational, motivational and give children extra practice for whichever phonics scheme they’re using in school

Game 1:  First Steps. For children just starting to learn letters and sounds.

Game 2:  Fun With Words.  For children who are confident with early letter-sound combinations and are starting to read sentences.

Game 3: Champion Reader. For children who are confidently reading short sentences and know all of the basic letter-sound combinations.

  • Visit an online library website for kids.
  • Check out some of these websites below for audio books and stories

https://www.storylineonline.net/

https://www.storynory.com/

https://www.storyplace.org/

https://magicblox.com/

https://freekidsbooks.org/

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/

https://www.wonderopolis.org/

Wonderopolis is a beautiful educational website that answers lots of interesting questions children may have about the world. Every day a new ‘Wonder of the Day’ answer is posted, including answers such as: Why are flamingos pink, what would you pack for a trip to outer space and why are rainforests important.

There’s an array of subjects and areas of interest to browse through to stimulate conversation and interest in areas which kids may be lacking in confidence, e.g. maths. Why not find out who invented numbers? Maths may not seem so boring after all!

What I love about this website is children from all over the world can fill in their own ‘wonderings’, view other children’s ‘wonderings’, and even vote for your favourite one!

Wonderopolis is a reputable website run by the National Center for Families Learning in the US who promote literacy development, and is linked to the US Department of Education.

This is a great place to go to both encourage and satisfy both children’s and adults burning questions!

www.codingireland.ie is a website where children can learn the basics of coding through Scratch.

The website has a section for “Parents and Kids” which contains two sets of free projects, one for 1st, 2nd, 3rd class and one for 4th 5th, 6th class children. Each lesson contains step by step instructions which the children may be able to follow on their own, especially if they have some experience of using scratch already.

You will need a laptop or tablet with Scratch downloaded on it to complete these projects and activities, but you’ll find detailed instructions on how to do this on the website.

Coding with Scratch is great for extending the children’s critical thinking skills and problem solving and the children will be using a lot of maths along the way without even realising it!

Some nice resources for children on Covid 19 

Coronavirus-ABookForChildren (1)

Stay in your cave: sound advice from the Gruffalo and friends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc1PH6MKTt4

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s characters step up to help children through the crisis.

www.topmarks.co.uk

This website is great for revising the topics in Maths that get covered for all ages in Primary school.

Once you are in the website, click on LEARNING GAMES in the topmarks banner near the top.

Choose your age range

Choose the category (Maths theme: for example addition or measure)

Choose any of the games that get displayed below.

(there are lots of games in the ‘measure’ category which focus on ‘time’. Time is one of the more complex strands in the Maths curriculum and is a great one to revise both in real life situations and also with these fun online clock games.)

 https://easyscienceforkids.com/

This website has lots of fun science activities and experiments that you can do using basic household items. Here is a list of some nice ones.

  1. Turn a balloon inside out. (HOT water involved. Needs adult supervision!)

https://easyscienceforkids.com/inside-balloon-bottle/

  1. Make fizzy lemonade

https://easyscienceforkids.com/make-homemade-fizzy-lemonade/

  1. Can you pierce a potato with a straw challenge?

https://easyscienceforkids.com/can-pierce-potato-straw/

There are plenty more fun activities and experiments on this website that you can explore and try out. Have Fun!

Supertroopers – STay at home series

As part of our Active Flag we took part in the Supertroopers programme. They have introduced a STay at home programme. This is a live active health lesson with Tom, so that everyone at home can get involved and stay active in body and mind. Tom will be doing demonstrations of everything from Yoga breathing exercises and mindfulness to games, cardio movements and lots more.

All you have to do is follow laya healthcare on Instagram and tune into the live stream at 12pm every Tuesday and Thursday at https://www.instagram.com/layahealthcare/

If you miss an episode, check out the saved stories on Instagram or you will find updates on the website’s health homework, with lots of fun and creative activities for the family that can be done at home.

https://www.funenglishgames.com/

This is a diverse website which has a wide range of free resources dedicated to learning English.  It includes interactive games, instructional videos, printable worksheets, quizzes and ‘funstuff’ (trivia, jokes, tongue twisters, riddles, puns & figures of speech).

The range of learning activities and practice exercises aim to challenge children in a fun, interactive way. Topics include reading, writing, grammar, spelling, poetry, debating, punctuation, dictionary use and sentence structure.

However, the website caters for children who are in Preschool and Infants (beautiful nursery rhymes, numbers, colours, days of the week videos), through to those in 6th classes and beyond.  It also has content dedicated to children (and adults) learning English as an additional, or second language (EAL/ESL).

When accessing the website, I found that there were several videos which could no longer be accessed, but a wealth of excellent material is still available.

Website of the Day- History/Geography/Science 

Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids

https://www.almanac.com/kids

It’s learning with a twist. The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids features riddles, puzzles, a question of the day, a timeline of interesting history facts, sky events and weather conditions to track at home with your children.

Disney Jr.

Fans of Mickey and friends will love visiting Disney Jr. Educational.

Games, colouring pages, and videos are a few of the highlights.

The games focus on memory, hand-eye coordination, colour matching and other important skills for developing minds.

Check out this Art website that provides a collection of fun and easy projects that include a variety of step by step, how to draw tutorials. You can search by class groups/ grades, by artist or by seasonal theme. It is suitable for all ages. It’s a great website to check out! Below see the images of examples of some of the lessons you will find on the website.

https://artprojectsforkids.org/

Mathplayground: This website is a useful resource for reinforcement in specific topics. Browse maths topics or classes/grades (US) and filter results compatible with your device.

www.mathplayground.com
Username/Password: None required.

http://www.fun4thebrain.com/index.html

This website is great to keep our brains active. 

You can practice your addition, subtraction, multiplication and division tables through fun games.

There are many games to choose from.

Here are some of my favourite games; Diaper Derby, Granny Prix, Crazy Cones and Farmyard Dash

https://www.fun4thebrain.com/addition/diaperadd.html

https://www.fun4thebrain.com/addition/addgranny.html

https://www.fun4thebrain.com/subtraction/flurrysub.html

https://www.fun4thebrain.com/toomuchfluff/multiplication/