Junior Infants Work at Home – Week: June 8nd – June 12th 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 their first group call.

Social Story – A Teams Call With Teacher

Please send your email to the class teacher – this will allow them to send an invite for your child to join a group meeting online via 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 11 – 15  (are, all, you, your , come).

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 ‘One two three four five once I caught a fish alive ’ & the other rhymes in the folder.

This week we will revisit ‘One two three four five . 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. five  / alive  – green .

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

Ask your child questions e.g. What did the fish do ? Why do you think the fish bit my finger ?

Do you like fish? Why /why not?

  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-ee-p = peep.

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

Monday:                      peep, sport

Tuesday:                     creep, main

Wednesday:                moan, speed

Thursday:                    aim, faint

Friday:                         vet, well

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.  Roll a dice and say the number on top really quickly. Pick a flower and count the petals.

Game: What’s my number? Think of a number between 1and 10. Do not say the number out loud. Encourage your child to ask you questions using the mathematical language of more than/less than. They can only have up to four more than /less than questions before they make an informed guess as to what the number is!  For example: Is the number more than 3? Is the number less than 8 etc. After four questions he/she should be able to make a reasonable guess as to what the number is!  Swap roles after a while and allow your child to think of the number and you can guess!

  1. Maths: Continue practicing combining (adding numbers).

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.

This week , add one more item to the group and ask your child ‘How many altogether?’


Play finger games- 2 fingers and 2 fingers make 4 fingers etc.    Your child can hold up e.g. 3 fingers and you hold up 1 finger . How many altogether?

Use 2 plates. Put 2 items (forks,spoons, lego) on one plate and 3 on another. How many altogether? Do this with lots of combinations of numbers where total is not greater than 5.

  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.

Listen to the comhrá (conversation) ‘Is Mise’ and answer the questions.

Say the dán (rhyme) Lámh Lámh eile that the children will be familiar with.

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

Monday:         Cracking Maths p. 112 ( Mrs Kelleher)

Cracking Maths pg. 103 (Ms. Burke, Mrs Browne)

Grow in Love pg. 52

Tuesday:        Cracking Maths pg. 113(Mrs Kelleher)

                        Cracking Maths pg. 104 (Ms. Burke, Mrs Browne)

Sounds Make Words pg. 76 ( read the stories & draw pictures)

Wednesday:   Handwriting Book  (Big Book) pg. 48 (p)

Cracking Maths pg. 114(Mrs. Kelleher)

Cracking Maths pg. 105 (Ms. Burke, Mrs Browne)

Thursday:      Grow in Love pg. 53

Cracking Maths Home School Link pg. 31

Friday             Cracking Maths pg. 115 (Mrs Kelleher)

Cracking Maths pg. 106   (Ms. Burke, Mrs Browne)

Handwriting Book  (Big Book) pg. 49 (p)


Email: trial@growinlove.ie          Password: growinlove

Junior Infants – Theme 9 We Give Thanks –Lesson 2 At Mass we give thanks.

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:                        let, fan,, fed, elf, bud, bus, cub, flat, crab, rub


Mrs.McCarthy’s Junior Infants  Writing Work

Monday:         Cracking Maths pg. 106

Sounds Make Words pg. 72


Tuesday:        Cracking Maths pg. 107

Sounds Make Words pg. 74


             Wednesday:   Handwriting Book (Big Book) pg. 62(z)

                                      Cracking Maths pg. 108


Thursday:`     Cracking Maths pg. 109

Handwriting Book (Big Book) pg. 63 (z)


Friday             Cracking Maths pg. 110

Sounds make Words pg.76


During the week:

  • Just Handwriting Practice Copy pg.26 ( z) 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: let, fan ,fed, elf, bud, bus, cub, flat, crab, rub

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.





All Junior Infant Classes:

Extra Activities


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 age.
  • 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 outside &

Safety around rivers

with your child (pages 6, 9-10 in the Lesson Book ). There are interactive activities also that you can do with your child e.g. pick the right word.

Outdoor Challenge June 2020


  • RTE Home School  – will broadcast over an hour of “school on TV” to support primary school children and their parents at home. It will run from 11-12 Monday to Friday on RTÉ 2, with a shorter “catch-up” segment later in the afternoon. It will be aimed particularly at children in 1st to 6th class.

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

  • My 2020 Covid-19 Time Capsule – a great resource to help capture the memories from the time we spend safe at home.

  • 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.

  • Active HOME Week are inviting you to participate in the ‘Active HOME Week‘ challenge.

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.

Messages for 6th Class

  • #Messagesfor6thclass  – Some helpful messages for 6th class pupils as they move from Primary School to Secondary School