School at Home

Dear Parents,


Wednesday 18th Thursday 19th Friday 20th
Blending List 1 (email) Blending List 2 (email) Blending List 3 (email)
Cut and Paste Phase 2 Set 1 (here) Cut and Paste Phase 2 Set 2 (here) Cut and Paste Phase 2 Set 2 (here)
Tricky Word Hunt (the) * (10-15 mins) Tricky Word Hunt (was) * (10-15 mins) Tricky Word Hunt (said) * (10-15 mins)
Busy Break ** Busy Break ** Busy Break **
Number formation 2 (on any paper) Number formation 3 (on any paper) Number formation 4 (on any paper)
Maths Game Maths Game Maths Game
SESE-experiment *** SESE-Planting **** SESE/Art-Daytime/night time *****
Busy Break ** Busy Break ** Busy Break **
Story****** Story****** Story******

I hope you are all keeping well and have been able to enjoy Saint Patrick’s Day in some way! Below is an outline of work Junior Infants can do over the next three days with similar posts to follow next week. For some activities I will include rough time frames in which they should be completed-however it is entirely up to you if you want to spend more or less time on a particular activity. While I will try to include a variety of curricular areas, I’m sure you will understand the biggest focus will be on literacy. I will include links to different games, activities and worksheets-please bear in mind that these are suggestions and it is ultimately up to you to decide which activities your child engages with. Many of the links will be to a website called ‘Twinkl’-this is a fantastic resource and as you have probably heard by now, they are giving parents free access to all the resources on their website. To avail visit and use the code IRLTWINKLHELPS. Twinkl is a fantastic resource and I would recommend you explore the site and what it has to offer beyond the activities I will be including below. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. The comment section of the blog can also be used to share suggestions and help answer one another’s questions. Just remember that the blog is public so do not share any contact information in the comment section. Stay safe, happy and healthy!





*Tricky word hunt-choose 1-2 books and each look for the tricky word. Each time it is found the child must write it down. Check the book beforehand te ensure the word is in it a few times-otherwise it can be disheartening! Tip-if you have a magnifying glass it adds to the fun! Feel free to leave a comment down below about how many times you manage to find the word!


**Busy Break-As I’m sure you know Junior Infants do not like to sit for too long, so I have included time for movement breaks. Feel free to do whatever you would like here but there a few websites we use in school that are brilliant! GoNoodle and Cosmic Kids Yoga


***I know we have all been busy teaching children the correct way to wash our hands and singing ‘Happy Birthday’ on a loop but this experiment shows them WHY they need to wash their hands properly-watch this video first so you know what to do! (You could just show children the video but if they carry out the experiment themselves the message is more likely to stick!).


****We had just planted pea shoots before the school closures so unfortunately the children won’t be able to see them grow. (I dread to think what shape they will be in when we return but if anyone asks, I brought them home and I am looking after them in my house!). Cress seeds are a great one to plant as they grow fast-you could extend the learning by planting a few-one without water, one in the dark, one in the fridge, etc.



*****Daytime/night time: Divide a page in two. On one side draw a picture of what it looks like during the day and on the other a picture of what it looks like at night. Talk about the different activities included, the different colours used, etc. Sorting Activity available here


******When we read stories to children at school we focus on comprehension. There are a few different ways in which we do this. ‘Making Connections’ involves the children relating the story to their own experiences-e.g. I got lost in a shop once, I went on a playdate, I helped Mammy and Daddy bake, etc. Encourage them to talk bout these experiences. This activity can be done during “school” or it can be done as a bedtime story. I am sure you have lots of books in the house but there are some lovely books on Twinkl if you are stuck for ideas.

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4 Responses

  1. Shelley Birney says:

    Ms Cawley thank you so much for this direction. Zara delighted to get going and loves telling me how this is not the way it is done in school 😆 keep well . See you soon

  2. Mary Kilgarriff says:

    Hi Ms Cawley,

    Is number formation a writing exercise? Or is it more about counting and sorting?

    • Sandra Cawley says:

      Hi Mary,
      This week I am just focusing on writing the numbers so it was intended as more of a ‘writing activity’. However, you can extend the learning by exploring how the numbers are made up e.g. 1 and 1 make 2, 3 and 0 make 3. Hope that answers your question!

  3. Valeriya Evgushchenko says:

    Hi Ms Cawley, i hope you and your family keeping well, thank you so much for these directions, was much need it.Hope
    fully we will see you soon.

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