Junior Infants Work at Home – Week: June 15th – June 19th 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 16 – 20   (some, said, here, there , they).

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 ‘Hickory Dickory Doc ’ & the other rhymes in the folder.

This week we will revisit ‘Hickory Dickory Doc’ . 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. doc / clock  – blue .

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

Ask your child questions e.g. What ran up the clock? What time was it? Did you ever see a mouse?

  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. g-r-i-p = grip.

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

Monday:                      grip, pack

Tuesday:                     grit, swum

Wednesday:                west, peep

Thursday:                    horn, pork

Friday:                         sweet, street

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.  Do 5 claps and 5 stamps! Do 3 jumps and 4 claps …etc.
  1. Maths: The following are suggestions to help your child become competent at counting.
  • Count to 10 at first (then progress to 20 if your child is ready).
  • Count body parts: fingers, toes, eyes, etc.
  • Count the steps on the stairs. Make it fun and active. For example, as your child counts, allow him/her to sit or kneel on every number word: one (sit), two (kneel), three (sit), four (kneel) and so on.
  • Count the spoons, knives and/or forks for dinner.
  • Count the windows and doors in your home.
  • Count the chairs and cupboards in the kitchen.
  • Count forwards from 1 to 10.
  • Count backwards from 10 to 1.
  • Count forwards starting at different numbers. For example, start on 2, 3 or 4.
  • Count backwards from different numbers (in other words, don’t always count backwards from 10).
  • When counting forwards, stamp your feet. When counting backwards, slap your legs or clap your hands.
  • Speak to your child about the numbers before and after or the next number. For example, what number is before/after/beside 2?
  • Make cakes with play dough and count the cakes.
  • When travelling in the car or on the bus, count the red/blue cars, the number of trucks, etc.
  • Count the members of your family.
  • Recite number rhymes.
  • Play Snakes and Ladders with your child.
  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 A 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.

Play the game ‘Pléasc an Balún’

Listen to the next comhrá (conversation) ‘Ar scoil’ 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. 116 (Mrs Kelleher)

Cracking Maths pg. 107 (Ms. Burke, Mrs Browne)

Tuesday:        Cracking Maths pg. 117(Mrs Kelleher)

                        Cracking Maths pg. 108 (Ms. Burke, Mrs Browne)        

Wednesday:   Cracking Maths pg. 118(Mrs. Kelleher)

Cracking Maths pg. 109 (Ms. Burke, Mrs Browne)    

Thursday:      Cracking Maths pg. 119 (Mrs Kelleher)

Cracking Maths pg. 110   (Ms. Burke, Mrs Browne)

Friday             Cracking Maths pg. 120 (Mrs Kelleher)

Cracking Maths pg. 111   (Ms. Burke, Mrs Browne)


During the Week:

  • Just Handwriting (Big Book) – pgs. 50, 51 (letter ‘k’)
  • Sounds Make Words pg. 77 (Say the ‘ar’ words. Write ‘ar’ )


Mrs.McCarthy’s Junior Infants  Writing Work

Monday:         Cracking Maths pg. 110

Tuesday:        Cracking Maths pg. 112                    

Wednesday:   Cracking Maths pg. 113      

Thursday:      Cracking Maths pg. 114

Friday             Cracking Maths pg. 115


During the Week:

  • Just Handwriting (Big Book) – pgs. 32, 33 (At the seaside)
  • Sounds Make Words pg. 78

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

  • Leaf/Tree Rubbings – gather up some leaves of different shapes and sizes on your next walk.  Place them under paper and rub the paper with crayons, what happens?
  • Feed the birds – use recyclable materials to make your own bird feeder!  Keep an eye and see how many different birds will want to visit your garden!
  • Up, up, up go umbrellas!  Can you find minibeasts using an umbrella?  Hold an umbrella under a tree/bush and shake!  What has fallen into your umbrella?


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 Safety has 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 www.watersafety.ie
  • Just click on ‘Paws’  , then on  ‘Junior & Senior Infants’ to access the information.

This week, please discuss

Safety at swimming pools &

Safety at beach

with your child (pages 12-16 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

If anyone would like to send a picture of your child doing any of these activities, please email them to your teacher. These pictures may be shared on Facebook or school website.

Over the next few weeks, the school Facebook page would love to showcase the activities of the children in our school. Please send photos of your child to their class teacher if you would like them to be featured on it.

Also this week some of the children joined their school friends and their class teachers for a group Microsoft Teams meeting online. This was a great success and the children really enjoyed the experience. If you would like your child to partake in this activity please send your consent and email to the class teacher and you will be sent an invite to join one of our meetings.






  • 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.