Junior Infants

Dear Parents,

I hope you and all the children in Junior Infants are all safe and well at this time. I have put together some work for your child to complete over the next two weeks. We will be updating the outlined plan of work on a fortnightly basis so keep an eye on the school website for information. Please note that I am well aware that it may not be possible for you to complete all this work but it will serve as a guideline for you over the next coming weeks. You know your child best! Please tell your child I was asking for them and looking forward to seeing them again!.If you need to contact me regarding workload, please feel free to contact me on my school e-mail address ursularyan@holycrossns.ie

Keep Safe,

Kindest Regards,

Ursula Ryan.


Week 1 Monday 23rd March-Friday 27th March

Revise all Letter Sounds taught to date-choose 1 or 2 activities each day from the Letter/Sound Recommended Activities.

When revising sounds ask your child: what sound the letter makes, the name of the letter and to say a word that starts with the particular letter.

Revise all the Tricky Words (See List) and choose 1 or 2 activities from the Tricky Words Recommended Activities.

Learn two new Tricky Words: so, no.

I have given you a new list of Tricky Words. Following are some ideas for embedding the new word in your child's memory. Write the word on a page and encourage your child to say the word, use the word in a sentence and look for the word in a book. Stick the word on the fridge or the wall so your child will see the word throughout the day, whenever the word catches your eye, refer to it in some way for your child.

Planet Maths: Complete Planet Maths Workbook: pg 24-pg 26 ( You will notice that I have dates in the workbook, they are a guide for you to use and it ensures that your child will complete a reasonable amount of work each day).

Continue to practice counting to and from 10.

Play ‘I Spy’ and look for squares, triangles, circles and rectangles in the home.

Make jigsaws.

Folens are giving access to all digital resources for teachers and parents.

1. Go to FolensOnline.ie

2. Select Teacher

3. Fill in a username, email and password.

4. For Roll No use the Code Prim20.

5. Search for: Planet Maths Junior Infants. Click resources

Recommended Games for this week: Are they the same? How Many?, Match Game 1 and 2.

Go with the Flow Handwriting: pg 40, pg 41 and pg 42. Again I have dated each page for the week ahead.

Reading: Continue to read with your child . There is an excellent website called Oxford Owl. Below is a link to the website. You can access levelled ebooks on this website,

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Audible Stories is a free website where kids of all ages can listen to hundreds of Audible stories. Below is a link to the website

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen.

The children in the class are familiar with Cosmic Yoga. If you google cosmic yoga for Kids, you will find lots of activities.

Fine Motor Skills: Practice cutting shapes such as a triangle, square, rectangle and circle. I am sending home The Rainy Days Colouring Book. Your child may choose a page to colour each day.

Week 2 30th March-3rd April

Revise all Letter Sounds taught to date-choose 1 or 2 activities each day from the Letter/Sound Recommended Activities

Revise all the Tricky Words (See List) and choose 1 or 2 activities from the new Tricky Words Recommended Activities.

Learn two new Tricky Words: you, your

I have given you a new list of Tricky Words. Following are some ideas for embedding the new word in your child's memory. Write the word on a page and encourage your child to say the word, use the word in a sentence and look for the word in a book. Stick the word on the fridge or the wall so your child will see the word throughout the day, whenever the word catches your eye, refer to it in some way for your child.

Planet Maths: Complete Planet Maths Workbook: pg 27 and 28 (note the dates)

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Recommended Games this week: Which has less?, Which has more?, Joining sets, Sorting colours

Go with the Flow Handwriting: pg 43-47 Again I have dated each page for the week ahead.

Reading: Continue to read with your child . Reading is invaluable. Your child might like to listen to ‘Fairytales and Stories for kids’ on youtube.

www.storylineonline.net has lots of stories also!

Fine Motor Skills: Continue to practice cutting shapes. I am sending home The Rainy Days Colouring Book. Your child may choose a page to colour each day.

Cosmic Yoga Activities



Letter/ Sound Recommended Activities

Dear Parents,

I have covered all the letter sounds of the alphabet in the following order ( s, a, t, i, p, n, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, g, o, u, l, f, b, j, z, w, y and x.

When revising each letter ask your child the following questions

  • What sound does this letter make?
  • What is the name of the letter?
  • Can you name a word beginning with the initial letter?


Here are some activities to help your child become familiar with his/her letter sounds. Remember children this age learn best through play. They need a variety of activities to stimulate their brains and to reach them the way they learn best. It’s important for children to understand that learning can be fun, so try to incorporate play and games into your letter sound activities.

  1. If you google ‘Jolly Phonics letter sounds in order’ your child will be familiar with all of the songs and encourage your child to sing along with the songs.
  2. Play the game ‘I Spy’ with a particular letter. From my experience children love to play this game!
  3. If you have magnetic letters at home ask your child to find you the letter p, r, etc.
  4. Talk to your child about the shape of the letters…. Is it a tall letter?, does it have straight lines?, Does the letter have curved lines?, Ask your child to identify all the letters in their ‘Sound Copy’ that have curved lines, straight lines, look for letters that have both straight and curved lines.
  5. Get your child to identify the letters in his/her name.
  6. Write letters on pieces of paper and put them in a paper bag. Let your child reach into the bag and take out letters. Have them say the sounds that match the letters.
  7. Point out words that begin with the same letters as your child’s name, brothers and sisters names e.g John and jump, Peter and pet.
  8. Draw a grid and draw something in each box to represent each letter of the alphabet. Examples of simple drawings for each letter of the alphabet include an apple, a banana, a comb, a door, an egg, a feather, a girl, a hat, an ice cream, a jar, a kite, a light bulb, a mitten, a nose, an orange, a pan, a queen, a ring, a spoon, a table, an umbrella, a vase, a worm a xylophone and a zip.
  9. Sing the alphabet sound song.
  10. Say two words: Say two words and have your child stand up if the words begin with the same sound and have your child sit down if the words do not begin with the same sound.
  11. Downloads the Jolly Phonics App.
  12. Label items around the house with the initial letter using sticky notes/paper.
  13. Hunting for Letters Outdoors –hide letters in different places around the garden using magnetic letters or letters written on card.
  14. Pick a particular letter and have your child cut up pictures from old magazines/newpapers etc and make a simple collage of pictures that all start with a particular letter.
  15. Phonis Pop is a bubblepop phonics game online. Choose the set of sounds you want to use. Then listen to the voice and pop as many bubbles with that sound as you can.

Tricky Words Recommended Activities

Dear Parents,

Here are some fun ways to help your child master tricky words

  1. Magnetic Letters: use magnetic letters to build the words.
  2. Flashcards: Write the words on flashcards/hard card or even a piece of paper and get your child to say the word.
  3. Sight Word Game: (Using the flashcards with the words on them) This game is played with a partner. Use 2 stacks of sight word cards, each player at the same time flips over a card. Whoever reads the word first keeps the cards. The person with the most cards wins!
  4. Sight Word Tallies: Write 3/4/5 words on a piece of paper. Search through books and magazines and put a tick mark next to the words as you find the words.
  5. Flashlight Tag: Write the tricky words on sticky notes and place them on a wall. Turn down the lights and give your child a flashlight. Have your child shine the light on the words and read each word.
  6. Climb the Stairs: Put a word on each step. Say the word as you climb the stairs. Lay words on floor if there are no stairs.
  7. Hide and Seek: Hide words around the room. Find the words one at a time
  8. Memory Game: Make a tricky word memory game. Write each tricky word on two different pieces of paper. Then turn the words over and invite your child to find the matches.
  9. Sight Word Bingo: Make a grid and write a word in each square. Next, give your child some counters and read one of the words out loud. If your child can find the correct word, he/she gets to place a counter in the square. When your child has completed a row or a column, he/she has won the game-Bingo!
  10. Action Game: Place 5 words on the table. Ask your child to ‘shake hands with the word the’, ‘give high five to the word on’, place your right hand on the word he’ and so on. Feel free to use your imagination!.

Enjoy and have fun!


Revision of Tricky Words

I

a

the

is

in

on

he

she

me

be

we

was

do

are

all


New Tricky Words

so

no

you

your

come

some

said

my


Your child might like to choose some of the following activities over the next two weeks in the following subjects

Art: The Art Hub for kids is a youtube channel. There are lots of ideas available on this channel such as How to draw an Easter Chick, How to draw a kite.

Make an Easter picture for your home using crayons or colouring pencils.

Draw and colour a Spring scene

Draw and colour a Farm scene.

Junk Art Materials: Design A Farm Scene/ A Spring Scene using cereal boxes, toilet rolls, empty cartons of different shapes and sizes, colouring pencils etc (use your imagination!)


P.E: From my experience children enjoy gonoodle activities. These can be found on www.gonoodle.com

Operation Transformation 10@10. http://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10/

Go for a walk.

Free play outside.

Throw a ball in the air and catch it with one hand, catch it with two hands.

Create your own obstacle course in your garden.


SESE: History, Geography and Science

Discuss with your child what season it is and some signs of Spring i.e buds on the trees, flowers growing in the garden.

Go on a nature walk observing signs of spring.

If you have created a Folens account, search for Explorers Junior Infants Digital Resources. Click on Spring on page 2. There are lovely online resources on Signs of Spring, The Daffodil story and The Blue Tit Story.

Listen to the story The Three Little Pigs/ The Little Red Hen and get your child to retell it. Ask your child what happened at the beginning, the middle and the end of the story.

When out and about encourage your child to recognise and identify a variety of sounds in the environment such as birds singing in the trees, a lawnmover etc.

Religion: Grow in Love have granted free access to parents. Simply login on the www.growinlove.ie website with the following details

Email: trial@growinlove.ie

Password: growinlove

Click on The Junior Infants Book-Look at Theme 6.

Continue to say The Morning Prayer, The Night Prayer, Grace Before Meals, Grace After Meals with your children.

Complete the next 4 pages of the Grow in Love Workbook. Two pages per week.

SPHE Encourage your child to help you with simple chores in the home.

Music: Listen and sing along to the song on youtube Spring is Here with lyrics -Kids songs by The Learning Station.

Listen and sing along to the song on youtube 12 Months of the Year-kids songs by The Learning Station.

You can play Relaxing Disney Piano Music on youtube as part of mindfulness activities or when your child is working on other educational tasks.