Junior Infants Work at Home – Week: May 5th – May 8th 2020

  • Your child is not saying the name of the sound. He/she is only saying the sound the letter makes and words that begin with / contain that sound.
  • Encourage your child to think of words which begin/contain each sound!
  1. Jolly phonics Sounds Bag:

Continue to revise all sounds in the Sound Bag every day.  Special focus on :  ou, ue, ar, er & ir.

Encourage your child to tel you words that contain the sounds (Sound Copy will help)

  1. Tricky Words: New word: there. (Parents , please write the word on a piece of card similar to the size of the other words already in the Tricky Word bag & put it into the tricky word bag).

Encourage your child to give you sentences containing the word there and the other tricky words in the bag e.g.  ‘My nana lives over there / The dog sleeps there / I put my pencil down there but now it is gone …….etc.’

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. Revise all the words in the Tricky Word Bag.

  1. Rhyme: Revise ‘One two buckle my shoe …’ & the other rhymes in the folder.

This week we will revisit ‘One Two Buckle my Shoe’ . 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. Your child should be able to say the rhyme independently, nice and slowly.

  1. Blending: Help your child to sound out the sounds in these Encourage your child to say each of the sounds individually first e.g. c-or-k = cork.                                     Parents, please write these words as a list in your child’s Homework Copy.


Tuesday:                 see, seed

Wednesday:            sheet, storm

Thursday:                born, float

Friday:                    oak, cork

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


  1. Number Work: Count up to 10. Alternate sitting down and standing up for every number e.g. 1 (stand up), 2 (sit down ), 3 (stand up) …etc.   Repeat counting backwards from 10 to 1 .
  2. Maths: These are some ideas for helping your child this week with maths. (weight – heavy, light)
  • When you are developing this concept at home, encourage your child to guess/estimate which object they believe to be heavier or lighter. Guessing / estimating is a very important part of this topic.
  • Allow your child to handle 2 contrasting objects. Begin with something very light, such as a pencil, and something that is a lot heavier, such as a saucepan. Ask questions: ‘Which is heavier? How do you know that it is heavier? Is it harder to hold?’
  • Repeat this with several objects found at home, such as fruit, school items, kitchen equipment, toys, clothes, etc.

Your child should first estimate which object he/she believes to be heavier or lighter before picking it up.

  • As your child becomes more familiar with this concept, make the decision process more difficult. Ask him/her to estimate which is heavier: a pencil or a butter knife. They both look to be the same length, but which is heavier?
  • Be careful that your child doesn’t associate the biggest object with the heaviest. For example, is a pillow heavier than a shoebox full of photographs?
  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. Encourage your child to tell you the story again, this time in their own words.

**Reading: Oxford Owl are offering free ebooks for school children. You have to register and then you have access to many free ebooks. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk

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


Tuesday:                 Cracking Maths pg. 94(Mrs Kelleher)

                                Cracking Maths pg. 85 (Ms. Burke, Ms. Carey)

Sounds Make Words pg. 63

Handwriting (Big Book)  pg. 34 (s)



Wednesday:           Pre Reading Activity Book pg.  77

                                Sounds Make Words pg. 64

                                Cracking Maths pg. 95 (Mrs. Kelleher)

                                Cracking Maths pg. 86(Ms. Burke, Ms. Carey)


Thursday:              Sounds Make Words pg. 65

Grow in Love pg. 62

Pre Reading Activity Book pg.  79


Friday                     Cracking Maths pg. 96 (Mrs Kelleher)

Cracking Maths pg. 87    (Ms. Burke, Ms. Carey)

Handwriting Book  (Big Book) pg. 35(s)

                                Grow in Love pg. 63


Email: trial@growinlove.ie          Password: growinlove

Junior Infants – Theme 10 – Lesson 5  Mary

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). Feel free to add in any other short, simple words.                                  Words: it, an, up, on, map, hen, hat, rat, rip


Mrs.McCarthy’s Junior Infants  Writing Work

Tuesday:                              Cracking Maths pge 88

Sounds make words pg. 39

Just Handwriting Big Book pg. 54 (j)

Wednesday:                        Pre Reading Activity Book pg.77

Cracking Maths pge.89

Just Handwriting Big Book pg. 55 (j)

Thursday:                          Pre Reading Activity Book pge. 79

Sounds make words pge. 45

Grow in Love pge. 62

Friday:                             Cracking Maths pge. 90

Just Handwriting Big Book pg. 20/21 (u)

Grow In Love pg 63

During the week:

  • Just Handwriting Practice Copy pg.22 and 7 ( j and u) and draw a picture at top of the page.
  • Writing Copy – Our News – Draw a picture and write some words by sounding them out if you can.
  • 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: it, an, up, on, map, hen, hat, rat, rip


(Parents, please send a brief email to your child’s teacher at some stage during the week if you have not already done so.Many thanks) kkelleher@scoilghobnatan.com




Extra Activities:


  • PE, Ball games – can you play football/hurling/basketball/tennis in your garden? Try a GoNoodle/Joe Wicks activity every day!
  • Religion – Practice your prayers. How can you make someone happy each day?
  • Science – Electricity – what things use electricity in your home? How can you be safe around electricity?
  • Household- Can you give your room a Spring Clean? Can you tidy your toys?

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


  • 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.