Junior Infants Work at Home – Week: June 2nd – June 5th 2020

Click the button below to see a social story about having a teams call with my teacher. This may be very useful for some children prior to joining a group call.

Social Story – A Teams Call With Teacher

When books are being collected from the school at the prescribed times for each class level during the week beginning Jan 11th, each pupil will receive a username and password which will allow them access to Microsoft Office365 – this online resource will allow each child access a range of Microsoft features such as Word, PowerPoint, Outlook (email) and Microsoft Teams. 

The following video shows how to join a Microsoft Teams meeting:

Download Microsoft Teams App
  1. Jolly phonics Sounds Bag: Continue to revise all sounds in the Sound Bag every day.  Your child is only saying the sound the letter makes. Encourage your child to think of words which begin/contain each sound!

Check out ‘Geraldine the Giraffe’ on Youtube  and she will help with revision of the sounds in a fun way.

The Alphablocks series is available on YouTube.

This is a lovely way to reinforce your child’s learning of the sounds.

It is especially good at modelling the ‘blending’ of sounds to make words.

To access it go to YouTube and search for an episode that revises the sound you are working on with your child. For example, if you are revising ‘ai’ type ‘alphablocks ai ‘ into the search bar and your child can watch the video.

The children love watching and learning from the Alphablocks so enjoy!

  1. Tricky Words:

These words need to be learnt as a sight word i.e. When your child sees these words he/she needs to say these words immediately. All junior infant tricky words have been completed.  Please continue to revise all tricky words every day.

Concentrate this week on words 6 – 10 (we, be, was, to ,do). Can your child make these words using the letters in their sound bag?   Your child might also like to write each word a few times in their writing copy.

  1. Rhyme: Revise ‘Jack & Jill …’ & the other rhymes in the folder.

This week we will revisit ‘Jack & Jill . Please encourage your child to put their Peter Pointer finger under each word as they share read with you. Your child can read any word that they know and you can read the words that they have difficulty with. Please focus on tricky words and simple 3 letter words which your child can sound out. Your child can draw a ring around any words that they can identify / read.  Colour the rhyming words the same colour e.g. jill / hill –yellow.

Your child should be able to say the rhyme independently, nice and slowly.

Ask your child questions e.g. What did Jack’s mother say to him? Did Jill have to go back up again for more water? Did you ever climb a hill? Why? Would you like to climb a hill?

  1. Blending: Help your child to sound out the sounds in these words. Encourage your child to say each of the sounds individually first e.g. p-ai-d = paid.

Parents, please write these words as a list in your child’s Homework Copy.

Tuesday:                     paid, goal

Wednesday:                soak, free

Thursday:                    week, bleed

Friday:                                    groan, paint

Blend each of the words every evening and encourage your child to put the words into sentences.

  1. Number Work: Count up to 20 and back from 10.  What number comes after …3 / 2/ 1 …etc?  Which number is bigger / smaller ?  Count the birds sitting on a wire / cars passing your gate / cows in the field etc.
  1. Maths: Continue practicing combining (adding numbers).

When learning to combine, we say       ‘ 1 and 2  make 3’).

We do not use the signs + and = until Senior Infants.

Continue practicing the same activities as last week  combining two numbers as this is a topic that requires lots of practice.  Use whatever items you have at home to help …socks, lego, crayons, spoons , teddies ..etc.

  1. Reading: Read some books at home. Look at and chat about the pictures. See if you can spot any tricky word or if you can read any short word by blending. Look at the pictures in the book . Ask your child to show you various objects in the picture by giving clues  g. show me something that rhymes / sounds like chair….bear   ,  show me something that shines in the sky …..sun,   show me something that beings with a ‘b’ sound …..boat ….etc.

Collins Big Cat ebooks:   https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/Primary/BigCatBookShelf.aspx

Log in details are:

Go to Collins Connect and click on the Teacher portal and enter:

Username: parents@harpercollins.co.uk

Password: Parents20!

and click Login.

  1. Gaeilge

There are lots of Gaeilge resources on folens.ie. These are available when you search for ‘Abair Liom Junior Infants’. To access these resources you will need to do the following.

In order to login to Folens Online you need to register. To do this:

  1. Go to www.folensonline.ie and click ‘Register’
  2. Select ‘Teacher’
  3. Fill in a username, email address and password
  4. For ‘Roll Number’, use the code Prim20
  5. Click ‘Register’. You will then be sent an email (check your ‘Promotions’ folder if using Gmail) to activate your account.

The Póstear ‘Is Mise’ has the dán (rhyme) Lámh Lámh eile that the children will be familiar with. Try saying it while doing the actions with your child.

Writing Homework (Mrs Kelleher / Ms. Burke / Mrs. Browne)

Tuesday:        Cracking Maths pg. 109(Mrs Kelleher)

                        Cracking Maths pg. 100 (Ms. Burke, Mrs Browne)

Sounds Make Words pg. 75              

Wednesday:   Handwriting Book  (Big Book) pg. 46 (b)

Cracking Maths pg. 110(Mrs. Kelleher)

Cracking Maths pg. 101 (Ms. Burke, Mrs Browne)        

Thursday:      Grow in Love pg. 64

Cracking Maths Home School Link pg. 30

Friday            Cracking Maths pg. 110 (Mrs Kelleher)

Cracking Maths pg. 102   (Ms. Burke, Mrs Browne)

Handwriting Book  (Big Book) pg. 47 (b) 


Email: trial@growinlove.ie          Password: growinlove

Junior Infants – Seasonal Theme – Summer (June)

During the Week:

  • Just Handwriting Practice Copy (small book) – Next two pages & draw pics on the top
  • Writing Copy – Parents please call out some of the following words to your child. Get your child to say the word very slowly. He/she can listen to the sounds and put up a finger for each sound (start with thumb on right hand) and write each word in their writing copy. Feel free to add in any other short, simple words.

Words: hot, nod, not, pop, rod, drop, trod, stop, up, cut


Mrs.McCarthy’s Junior Infants  Writing Work

Tuesday:        Cracking Maths pg. 103

Sounds Make Words pg. 70                  

             Wednesday:   Handwriting Book (Big Book) pg. 60 (x)

                                      Cracking Maths pg. 104

Thursday:`     Grow in Love pg. 56/57

Handwriting Book (Big Book) pg. 61 (x)

Friday            Cracking Maths pg. 105

Sounds make Words pg.71


During the week:

  • Just Handwriting Practice Copy pg.25 ( x) and draw a picture at top of the page.
  • Keep practising writing your name on laminated sheet I gave you.
  • Writing Copy – Parents please call out some of the following words to your child. Get your child to say the word very slowly. He/she can listen to the sounds and put up a finger for each sound (start with thumb on right hand). Feel free to add in any other short, simple words.

Words: hot, nod, not, pop, rod, drop, trod, stop, up, cut

Please refer to handwriting sheet on the website for correct formation and words to use when writing each letter.



Parents- feel free to email us at any time during the week if you need any assistance with anything.





Extra Activities

  • PE – Feel your heart, run on the spot/ do jumping jacks for 1 minute. Place your hands on your heart and feel it beating very quickly. Breath slowly and deeply and feel your heartbeat slow and calm.
  • Mindful listening – listen carefully with your eyes closed to any sounds you can hear. After 1 minute open your eyes and write down everything you heard.
  • Mindfulness Colouring – Play some relaxing music and chill out while you colour!
  • Science – A Bouncing Egg ‘Eggsperiment’. Cover an egg with white vinegar and see if the shell dissolves. Use a glass you can see the changes day by day. 2. After a few days take your egg out and should be able to rub off the remainder of the shell easily. 3. Test your egg to see if it bounces without cracking!


Please discuss this information regarding safety around water with your child.

It is very important that you discuss water safety  with your child at this time of the year.

  • Irish Water Safetyhas a fantastic free educational resource for primary schools called PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety). It’s great news for teachers and parents because it outlines life-saving guidelines for children of every
  • It teaches children how to be safe around water in homes, farms, pools, beaches and on our waterways.
  • The PAWS programme has been developed by Irish Water Safety.
  • You can access Irish Water Safety’s PAWS programme now by visiting watersafety.ie
  • Just click on ‘Paws’ , then on  ‘Junior & Senior Infants’ to access the information.

This week, please discuss

Safety in the Bath &

Safety in Paddling Pools

with your child (pages 1-5 in the Lesson Book ). There are interactive activities also that you can do with your child e.g. pick the right word.


  • RTE Home School  – will broadcast two hours of “school on TV” to support primary school children and their parents at home. It will air every weekday, for two hours from 10am on RTÉ2 starting Monday, 11 January 2021.

  • Cúla4 on TG4 provides plenty of Gaeilge programmes which children can watch to keep up their Gaeilge learning.

  • Water Safety Now every child can learn basic water safety skills at home

  • Twinkl.ie have excellent school closures packs which can be used as extra work from home should your child like to do some extra activities – use code CVDTWINKLEHELPS for a free month when signing up

  • Let’s Play Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at promoting play for all children living in Ireland during the COVID-19 emergency.

Special Education Needs

  • NCSE  – The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is currently preparing online resources for children with Special Educational Needs who are at home as a result of the schools’ closure.