Junior infants

Hi,

We hope you are all keeping well. We have some activity ideas below. Please don’t feel pressure to complete these. Do whatever suits your family. 

Thinking of you all, 

P. McLoughlin & S. O’Donnell

Uploaded May 18th 2020: 18/5/2020 – 22/5/2020
Please note: For internet based activities please ensure your children are supervised while accessing the internet.
Theme People who help us  
Literacy Transport ·         walk, car, bus, bicycle, train, taxi, airplane, helicopter, tractor, boat, ship, motorbike, tram, van, lorry, submarine, hot air balloon
  Phonics & Reading ·         Jolly phonics -revise letters – ai, j, oa, ie, ee & or

·         Tablet/Device – Phonics Island – Letter Sounds Game & Alphabet Lite (free app) letter tracing, letter matching, sound recognition, sound bingo, memory matching game

·         Revise: a, am, at, go, here, I, is, in look, me, my, said, the up & we

·         Pick 2 words a day to practise : children could say a sentence using the word, write the word out 3 times, find the word in a book, use some card (e.g. cereal box) to make flashcards of the words.

  Stories ·         This is the Bear –

·         Duck in a Truck –

  Fine Motor Skills ·         Cutting activities/tearing paper.

·         Make jigsaws/puzzles.

·         Lego/block building

  Writing ·         Children could draw a car, bus, boat etc. See below under Art for good websites/videos to help.

·         Then a parent/sibling could write a sentence which the child copies/traces e.g. I see a car, I am on a bike, Look at the ship, etc.

Numeracy Number ·         Counting visible items at home, e.g. toy cars, blocks, lego, spoons, etc.

·         Sitting and standing while counting 0-5, e.g. 0(sit),1 (stand), 2 (sit), 3 (stand), etc

  Pattern ·         Make your own pattern. You could use some of your toys and maybe something from the garden, eg., car, leaf, car, leaf….

·         Finish the pattern – http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/simple_patterns/eng/Introduction/MainSession.htm

  Number Rhymes ·         Ten Little Airplanes –

·         Ten Little Tractors –

Music Songs & Rhymes ·         Row, Row, Row Your Boat –

·         Walking, Walking, Hop, Hop, Hop –

·         The Wheels on the Bus and Vehicles go Round and Round! –

·         Alphabet Transport –

Art Drawing ·         How to draw picture toys for kids:

·         How to draw vehicles – https://www.artforkidshub.com/how-to-draw/vehicles/

SESE History

 

·         Georgie Badiel – When Georgie was a little girl, she had to walk a long way for water. Now Georgie is grown up, she is helping to bring clean water to Africa – This is her story –

How have you used water today?

·         At bedtime (maybe) chat about what you did during the day. Put things in order of when they happened, e.g. In the morning we…. At lunchtime we…. Later we….

  Science ·         Sound walk – Can you hear the following sounds the next time you go for a walk? Tick them off on a page as you go if you like!

– talking – footsteps – birds – cars – barking – bells – sirens?

What other sounds did you hear? What was the loudest sound you heard?

PE Athletics

 

·         Activities if it’s safe to do so…

·         Start with a warm up to stretch the muscles. Go for a walk.

·         Can you skip with and without a rope?

·         Can you jump up high? Can you jump in a straight line?

·         Under arm throwing – Can you throw high? Can you throw long? Use a ball or a pair of socks rolled up.

·         Finish up with a cool down, eg., stand up straight and stretch your arms up to the sky gently. Bend over (gently) keeping your legs straight as if picking flowers on the ground.

SPHE Self-care skills

 

Safety and Protection -Personal safety

·         Hand hygiene, social distancing, coughing etiquette, cocooning.

 

·         Walking to the park/playground/local shops: Crossing roads carefully, look for cars and bikes before and when crossing, wait for green man at pedestrian crossing. Use a helmet when cycling.

       

 

Uploaded May 10th 2020: 11/5/2020 – 15/5/2020
Please note: For internet based activities please ensure your children are supervised while accessing the internet.
Theme People who help us  
Literacy People who help us ·         people at work, school, teacher, SNA, caretaker, secretary, hospital, doctor, nurse, ambulance driver, garda station, guard/police, garda car, fire station, firefighter, fire brigade, bus driver, train driver, luas driver, taxi driver, shops, shop keeper, butcher, baker, hair dresser, barber

·         Game – matching objects to professions, hammer -car https://www.turtlediary.com/game/professions.html

  Phonics & Reading ·         Jolly phonics -revise letters – g, o, u, l, f & b

·         Tablet/Device – Phonics Island – Letter Sounds Game & Alphabet Lite ( free app) letter tracing, letter matching, sound recognition, sound bingo, memory matching game

·         Revise: a, am, at, go, here, I, is, in look, me, my, said, the up & we

·         Pick 2 words a day to practise : children could say a sentence using the word, write the word out 3 times, find the word in a book, use some card (e.g. cereal box) to make flashcards of the words.

  Stories ·         When I Grow Up –

·         The Jolly Postman – or Other People’s Letters –

·         Career Day –

  Fine Motor Skills ·         Practise tying laces –

·         Build something using fingers e.g. lego, megablocks, puzzles.

 

  Writing ·         Children could draw some people from their family/community.

·         Then a parent/sibling could write a sentence which the child copies/traces e.g. Look at Mum/Dad. I see a doctor. The nurse helps me.

Numeracy Number ·         Counting visible items at home, eg, blocks, lego, flowers, leaves

·         Clapping while counting 0-5

  Weight ·         Language of weight – heavy/light, heavier than/lighter than, balance, weigh

·         Sort, compare and order objects at home according to weight, eg., toothbrush, book, shoes, spoon, lego

·         Weight – Give the right size food to the 3 bears – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=ThreeBears

  Number Rhymes ·         One Potato Two Potato –

·         What’s Heavier than a Lunchbox –

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Music Songs & Rhymes ·         The Grand Old Duke of York –

·         Occupations Song –

·         The Farmer in the Dell –

Art Drawing ·         Draw a picture of your favourite toy animal/ dinosaur using a page, a pencil, your toy and sunshine. Watch how the sun casts a shadow of your toy on your page for you to trace.

·         Draw a picture of what you want to be when you grow up?

SESE Geography ·         Do you want to go on a mini beast hunt? Can you see any insects when you are out for a walk or in the garden? Worms, bees, ladybirds, ants, butterlies, spiders, flies, snails? See image at the bottom of the page.
  History

 

·         Learn about scientist Jane Goodall and her love for chimpanzees. Today she is 86years old! –

·         At bedtime (maybe) chat about what you did during the day. Put things in order of when they happened, e.g. In the morning we…. At lunchtime we…. Later we….

  Science ·         Head outside and see how sunlight creates shadows with various objects such as trees, houses and cars. See how the suns position in the sky effects the size of shadows. Check in the morning, lunch time and afternoon if it’s safe to do so! When were the shadows taller/shorter? Bigger/smaller?
PE Athletics

 

·         Activities if it’s safe to do so…

·         Start with a warm up to stretch the muscles. Go for a walk.

·         Running – Sprinting – sprint distances of 10 to 20 m

·         Hurdling – run over flat markers evenly spaced (like a sock).

·         Finish up with a cool down, eg., stand up straight and stretch your arms up to the sky gently. Bend over (gently) keeping your legs straight as if picking flowers on the ground.

SPHE Self-care skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

Myself and the Wider World

·         Hand hygiene, social distancing, coughing etiquette, cocooning.

·         A free in formation book explaining the coronavirus to children illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler – https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/

 

·         Developing citizenship – Living in the local community. Recognise and appreciate people who serve the local community and how their work helps us every day. Name/look at different shops and jobs you see if you go out for a walk.

       

 

 

 

 

Uploaded May 1st 2020: 4/5/2020 – 8/5/2020
Please note: For internet based activities please ensure your children are supervised while accessing the internet.
Theme People who help us  
Literacy People who help us ·         Doctor, nurse, patient, receptionist, appointment, check-up, temperature, thermometer, sick, injection, plaster, bandage, medicine, waiting room, sore throat, bed, cough, runny nose,
  Phonics & Reading ·         Jolly phonics -revise letters – g, o, u, l, f & b

·         Tablet/Device – Phonics Island – Letter Sounds Game & Alphabet Lite ( free app) letter tracing, letter matching, sound recognition, sound bingo, memory matching game

·         Revise: a, am, at, go, here, I, is, in look, me, my, said, the up & we

·         Pick 2 words a day to practise : children could say a sentence using the word, write the word out 3 times, find the word in a book, use some card (e.g. cereal box) to make flashcards of the words.

  Stories ·         Daniel Tiger visits the Doctor for a check – up:

·         Doctor Maisy –

 

 

  Fine Motor Skills ·         Practise tying laces –

·         Build something using fingers e.g. lego, megablocks, puzzles.

 

  Writing ·         Children could draw themselves.

·         Then a parent/sibling could write a sentence which the child copies/traces e.g. Look at me. I am (name). I am (age).

Numeracy Time
  • Use the language for the days of the week –
  • Days, weeks         & months of the year –
  Money
  • recognise, sort and name 1c, 2c and 5c coins, e.g. put mixed coins on the table and allow the child to sort them. Show how to swop 2c for 2 1c coins, 5c for 5 1c coins, or 5c for 2c+2c+1c.
Music Songs & Rhymes ·         Dr. Foster –

·         Miss Polly had a Dolly –

 

Art Drawing ·         Set up a doctor’s surgery at home and create signs for it – include waiting room with magazines, patient sign-in, patient information, receptionist’s desk with phone and appointment sheet. Set up doctor’s room with bed, equipment, eye chart, height chart, etc.
SESE Geography ·         make simple drawings of home/school/playground, immediate surroundings and journeys to and from home/school/local shops.
PE Athletics

 

·         Jumping

–          practise skipping activities with or without ropes

–          experiment with various ways of jumping e.g. play hopscotch

 

·         Throwing

–          experiment with appropriate objects and methods of throwing, aiming for height and distance

 

SPHE Self-care skills

 

 

Safety and Protection

·         Hand hygiene, social distancing, coughing etiquette, cocooning.

 

 

·         Out for a walk: Crossing roads carefully, look for cars and bikes before and when crossing, wait for green man at pedestrian crossing.

 

       

 

 

Uploaded April 27th 2020: 27/4/2020   – 01/5/2020
Please note: For internet based activities please ensure your children are supervised while accessing the internet.
Theme Clothes  
Literacy Oral language ·         jumper, t-shirt, shirt, trousers, dress, skirt, shorts, coat, scarf, gloves, hat, shoes, runners, boots, socks, tights, tie

·         clothes for hot and cold weather

·         I spy – describing clothes you are wearing

  Phonics & Reading ·         Jolly phonics -revise letters – c, k, e, h, r, m, & d

·         Tablet/Device – Phonics Island – Letter Sounds Game & Alphabet Lite ( free app) letter tracing, letter matching, sound recognition, sound bingo, memory matching game

·         Revise: and, are, big, blue, can, come, for, going, green, like, little, out, play, red, see, this, to, yellow, you

·         Pick 2 words a day to practise: children could say a sentence using the word, write the word out 3 times, find the word in a book, use some card (e.g. cereal box) to make flashcards of the words.

  Stories ·         Pirates Love Underpants –

·         A Pair Of Socks –

·         Simon Sock –

 

  Fine Motor Skills ·         Children could help to peg washing to dry, make puzzles or pop the bubbles in bubble wrap.

·         Practise tying laces –

 

  Writing ·         Children could draw some clothes and colour them.

·         Then a parent/sibling could write a sentence which the child copies/traces e.g. I like the pink dress. My socks are little. This is my yellow hat.

Numeracy Counting rhymes ·         One Two Buckle my Shoe –

·         Months of the Year –

 

  Number ·         Practise writing a number a day 1-5.

 

Music Songs & Rhymes ·         Mary Mary Quite Contrary –

·         If You’re Happy and You Know it Clap Your Hands –

Art Drawing ·         Make a May Day collage using real flowers if you see some in your garden or out for a walk, esp daisies and maybe dandelions (watch the white sap inside the stem though!) If it’s not possible to use real ones you can draw/ paint some of your favourite flowers.

·         Draw and decorate a picture of your favourite clothes.

SESE Geography ·         Earth Day celebration around the world –
  Science ·         Day & Night – Talk about the difference between day & night, light & shade and how shadows are formed .
PE Athletics

 

·         Mr. Knickerbocker Song & Dance –

·         This is the way we get dressed song & actions –

 

SPHE Self-care skills ·         Hand hygiene, social distancing, coughing etiquette, cocooning.

·         Helping at home putting dirty washing in laundry basket & putting clothes away when washed.

       

 

 

 

Uploaded April 20th 2020: 20/4/2020   – 24/4/2020
Theme Clothes  
Literacy Oral language ·         jumper, t-shirt, shirt, trousers, dress, skirt, shorts, coat, scarf, gloves, hat, shoes, runners, boots, socks, tights, tie

·         clothes for hot and cold weather

·         I spy – describing clothes you are wearing

  Phonics & Reading ·         Jolly phonics -revise letters – c, k, e, h, r, m, & d

·         Tablet/Device – Phonics Island – Letter Sounds Game & Alphabet Lite ( free app) letter tracing, letter matching, sound recognition, sound bingo, memory matching game

·         Revise: and, are, big, blue, can, come, for, going, green, like, little, out, play, red, see, this, to, yellow, you

·         Pick 2 words a day to practise: children could say a sentence using the word, write the word out 3 times, find the word in a book, use some card (e.g. cereal box) to make flashcards of the words.

  Stories ·         Aliens love underpants –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEwlhaNcGZw

·         Ella Sarah Gets Dressed –

·         Mrs. McNosh Hangs up her Wash –

  Fine Motor Skills ·        Children could use buttons, zips, laces when getting dressed/undressed
  Writing ·         Children could draw some clothes and colour them.

·         Then a parent/sibling could write a sentence which the child copies/traces e.g. I see a blue dress. This is a green jumper. Look at the red t-shirt.

Numeracy Counting rhymes ·         Ten in the Bed –

·         Joanie Works with one Hammer –

  Number ·        Counting visible items at home, eg, socks, shoes, gloves

·        Clapping while counting 0-5

 

Music Songs ·        Let’s Get Dressed –

·        Clothes Song –

Art Drawing ·        Make and dress your own little people from toilet rolls – https://www.newidea.com.au/kids-crafternoon-toilet-roll-people

 

SESE Geography ·        Dress for the season – http://d3tt741pwxqwm0.cloudfront.net/KET/evlearnket/Dress-For-The-Season/index.html

 

  History ·         Talk about what the family did that day. Put things in order of when they happened, e.g. In the morning we…. At lunchtime we…. Later we….
PE Athletics

 

·        Activities if it’s safe to do so…

·        Start with a warm up to stretch the muscles. Go for a walk.

·        Running – Sprinting – sprint distances of 10 to 20 m

·        Hurdling – run over flat markers evenly spaced.

·        Finish up with a cool down, eg., stand up straight and stretch your arms up to the sky gently. Bend over (gently) keeping your legs straight as if picking flowers on the ground.

SPHE Self-care skills ·        Hand hygiene, social distancing, coughing etiquette, cocooning.

·        A free in formation book explaining the coronavirus to children illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler – https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/

       

 

Uploaded April 3rd for April 6th – April 17th 2020
Theme Wild Animals
Literacy Oral language ·         elephant, lion, giraffe, tiger, zebra, bear, monkey, snake, penguins, descriptions of these animals, zoo, jungle, African grasslands

 

  Phonics & Reading ·         Jolly phonics -revise letters – s, a, t, i, p, n www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4IfiKiQ-3I

·         Tablet/Device – Phonics Island – Letter Sounds Game & Alphabet Lite ( free app)letter tracing, letter matching, sound recognition, sound bingo, memory matching game 

·         Revise: a, am, at, go, here, I, is, in look, me, my, said, the up & we

Pick 2 words a day to practise : children could say a sentence using the word, write the word out 3 times, find the word in a book, use some card (e.g. cereal box) to make flashcards of the words.

  Stories ·         Elmer – www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSo9fQmpZs0

·         Giraffes Can’t Dance –

·         Handa’s Surprise – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bcdzh31As4

  Fine Motor Skills ·         Cutting activities/tearing paper

·         Insert jigsaws

·         Attaching clothes pegs to a page

·         Lego/block building

·         Popping bubble wrap

·         Draw a picture of Elmer 

  Writing ·         Draw some animals, e.g. Elmer, a giraffe, the Easter bunny on a page and label the animal ( links included below). Write some sentences with help, e.g. “ I see Elmer. Elmer is big. Look at the bunny.” The children will need assistance with writing sentences – if parent/sibling writes it first they might copy it underneath.
Numeracy Counting rhymes ·         5 Grey Elephants Balancing – www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f51KUdZNjg

·         Alice the Camel – www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM7Jnetdf0I

 

  Shape ·         Using a cereal box trace and cut out (mum/dad) a circle, square, rectangle and triangle. Walk around your home and match these shapes to shapes you see.

·         Topmarks.co.uk – Browse by subject and age – Maths- Early Years – Shape Puzzle(7th game on page 5) If it’s a little too hard practice Shape Monster from last week

·         Easter Egg Hunt – use positional language e.g. under, over, near, beside, left, right, in , on

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  Time ·         Days of the week, seasons, Spring, morning, afternoon, evening, etc.
Music Songs ·         Elephants have Wrinkles – www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRvMB9zJvsg

·         Baby Elephant Walk –www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYu7c4Vkmp0&feature=youtu.be

·         Let’s go to the Zoo – www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwRmivbNgQk

Art Drawing

 

·         Draw an elephant – www.youtube.com/watch?v=od1o91pFjJ8

·         Draw a giraffe https://easydrawingguides.com/how-to-draw-a-baby-giraffe/

·         Draw a bunny https://proudtobeprimary.com/easter-bunny-directed-drawing/

SESE Geography ·         Watch the elephants live on the Dublin Zoo webcam. The elephants can usually be seen daily around 10.30am and 12.30pm.  www.dublinzoo.ie/animals/animal-webcams/elephants/

 

  History

 

·         At bedtime (maybe) chat about what you did during the day.

 

PE Dance

 

Athletics

Gymnastics

·         Dance Monkey – www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNb53djljkw

·         Going for a walk if it’s safe to do so.

·         Movement – move like different wild animals, eg,  dance like Gerald, walk like an elephant www.scoilnet.ie/uploads/resources/22332/22055.pdf

 

SPHE Self-care skills

Myself & my family

·         Hand hygiene & social distancing

·         Talk about how families take care of each other and the things you do together e.g talking, eating, playing, relaxing,

 

 

Uploaded March 27th 2020
Theme Wild Animals  
Literacy Oral language ·         elephant, lion, giraffe, tiger, zebra, bear, monkey, snake, penguins, descriptions of these animals, zoo, jungle, African grasslands

 

  Phonics & Reading ·         Jolly phonics -revise letters – s, a, t, i, p, n www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4IfiKiQ-3I

·         Tablet/Device – Phonics Island – Letter Sounds Game & Alphabet Lite ( free app)letter tracing, letter matching, sound recognition, sound bingo, memory matching game 

·         Revise: a, am, at, go, here, I, is, in look, me, my, said, the up & we

·         Pick 2 words a day to practise : children could say a sentence using the word, write the word out 3 times, find the word in a book, use some card (e.g. cereal box) to make flashcards of the words.

  Stories ·         We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – www.youtube.com/watch?v=Waoa3iG3bZ4

·         Handa’s Surprise – www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuMS5UQ1kyE

·         Polar Bear what do you hear? – www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehoGdGokXfc

 

  Fine Motor Skills ·         Tearing paper

·         Jigsaws

·         Attaching clothes pegs to a page

·         Lego/block building

·         Popping bubble wrap.

 

  Writing ·         Draw some animals (see penguin art below) on a page. Label the animals/parts of the animal.
Numeracy Counting rhymes ·         5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pRtNLj_-yY

·         The Ants go Marching One by One www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjw2A3QU8Qg

 

 

  Shape ·         Find different 2D shapes around the home – circle, square, triangle & rectangle.

·         www.topmarks.co.uk  – Browse by subject and age – Maths- Early Years – Shape Monster (10th game on the page)

·         Matching activities- matching socks, shoes, cutlery, etc

 

Music Songs ·         The Penguin Song – www.youtube.com/watch?v=He5Xu11HBkM

·         Daddy’s  Bringing us to the Zoo Tomorrow – www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBF1G4EDvqA

·         Walking in the Jungle – www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoSq-yZcJ-4

Art Drawing ·         Draw a penguin – www.youtube.com/watch?v=Coqgz3PttqY

 

SESE   ·         Watch the penguins live on the Dublin Zoo webcam. They get fed at 2.30 every day. www.dublinzoo.ie/animals/animal-webcams/penguins/

 

PE Dance

Athletics

Gymnastics

·         Hokey Pokey  www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZinb6rVozc

·         Going for a walk if it’s safe to do so.

·         Movement – move like different wild animals

 

SPHE Self-care skills ·         Hand hygiene & social distancing

·         Tablet – App: Children’ doctor:dentist (yovo games)

 

Hi all,
Hope you are all keeping safe and well.
We have compiled a list of resources that we think you might find useful at home. These resources reinforce the learning that has been taking place in Junior Infants to date. These are suggestions only for you to use as you see fit. (Copy and paste the links into google and this will bring you to the appropriate pages)

English:
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/u/5030791
– Covers letters and sounds initially with an aim to reading full sentences.
https://slp.cjfallon.ie/
– Junior Infants will be focusing on Activity book A (Unit 1-4) Some lovely games and activities to reinforce learning in phonics to date.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_qs3c0ehDvZkbiEbOj6Drg
– Your children love watching and learning the sounds through the Alphablocks. Its a great way to reinforce letter sounds already covered.
https://content.folensonline.ie/programmes/Starlight/JI/resources/GuestView/EN18_JI_10_CORE/index.html
– Interactive core reader – A wet day. Children can practice the sight words initially, then read the story with an adult and then play the sight word game
https://www.sess.ie/sites/default/files/Resources/Cirricular_Material/DolchWord_List_220.pdf
– Junior Infants are working through list 1 of the Dolch words – above is a link to the first list.
http://www.dolchword.net/dolch-pre-primer-memory-game-1.html
– An interactive game to reinforce learning of the Dolch words. (sight words)

Sight Words Games


– If you’re feeling very creative here are a few simple games you can make and play to help children memories these new words.

Maths:
There are so many interactive maths games available online also, below are a few examples:
https://nrich.maths.org/9086
– great for problem solving activities
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting
– great Maths and English games to play at home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/kids-activities/fun-maths-games-and-activities/

Take care and we hope to see you all soon.
Ms O’ Donnell & Ms Mc Loughlin 🙂