Below are some activities that your child can complete over the course of the school closure, if you wish. This is not mandatory, it is not work I will be looking to see, but, it might be helpful to keep your child engaged to some degree in material we have covered.
There is a mix of Literacy, Maths, Gaeilge and SESE as well as Music and Art. Please do not be alarmed by the volume of activities. Do as much or as little as you feel appropriate. I fully understand this is a stressful time for both parents and children.
The school website www.holycrossns.ie will be updated every fortnight to help children revise topics covered throughout the year. Please keep an eye on the school website for these updates. I have included two weeks of activities and a further set of activities if, school closure is prolonged. You are under no obligation to complete everything/anything. This is a guide. There are also some general activities that could be incorporated over the course of the school closure. Feel free to pick and choose activities.
Please tell your child I was asking for them and I hope they are well. If you have any issues/concerns please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kind regards, and wishing you all good health,
Second Class Teacher
School Closure Activities-2nd Class
23rd March – 3rd April
Attached are some activities that your child can complete over the course of the school closure. This is not mandatory but a collection of revision activities children can complete.
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Maths Games/Activities Online:
- Daily 10 (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 - Go to Level 2 and pick topic. Your child is familiar with this game as we play daily. If you want to challenge your child you could also go the level 3
- Week 1 - Go to Level 2 and pick Ordering (time decreases each day)
- Week 2 - Go to Level 2 and pick Digit Values
(Daily 10 can be completed on whiteboards provided in packs)
- CJ Fallon Online – Your child could complete a page a day for the next two weeks (work is quite simple for the child and should try to be completed independently if possible) Here is the link: https://my.cjfallon.ie/preview/student/1321/16 - give it a couple of seconds to load.
- Planet Maths Satellite Book (homework book) – if you could complete the following
- Week 1 – P. 31-35 (page per day)
- Week 2 – P. 36-40 (page per day)
Counting (these activities could be completed while doing other tasks like helping out at dinner, helping with jobs around the house, tidying etc).
- Forwards (from 1 or from another given number) up to 200
- Backwards (from 1 or from another given number) back from 200
- In 2’s/ 5’s/ 10’s/ 3’s etc.
- Fill in 100 Square and use to support child when they are skip counting
This is one of the most important areas in Maths. If children have a good understanding of place value then this will help them with different operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
We have worked on Place Value and your child should be familiar with hundreds, tens and units.
Using a deck of cards or magnetic numbers
- Pick out 2/3 cards
- What’s the biggest number you can make?
- What’s the smallest number you can make?
Reading is key – read a range of fiction and nonfiction texts. Read together and encourage your child to read independently.
- Predict what might happen before reading the story/predict using illustrations/ predict next chapter
- Design a new cover for the book
- Write a book review (sheet provided in pack)
- Summarise the book/ chapter in 100 words or less
- Complete a character profile (draw the character on a piece of paper and write words to describe the character around the drawing – find evidence to back up what adjectives you use)
- Go on a noun hunt/verb hunt/ adjective hunt in one chapter
- Write a letter to the author
- World E Book have given free access to many books online with range of reading genres https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxMjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==
- Read at Home
- Week 1 – P. 13-17
- Week 2 – P. 18-22
- The Green Genie
- Week 1 – P. 72-75
- Week 2 – P. 76-79
- Jolly Phonics
- Week 1 – Silent b activity (sheet provided in pack)
- Week 2 – Silent w activity (sheet provided in pack)
Phonics Games using target sounds (different words will be added every fortnight)
Fly Swat - Fly Swat is a game for building speed and confidence with identifying sight words. The adult says a word, and the child has to spot the word and splat it with a fly swat. Children find the physicality of the activity fun;
Fly Swat is a great way of giving your child the repetition they need to achieve mastery while keeping them engaged. Because the game is so physical, it is a good game for channeling their energy when they are feeling a bit wiggly (words for particular sound on worksheet attached and your child can cut them out).
Bean Bag Toss - The goal of Bean Bag Toss is to provide continued exposure to a set of words, with opportunities for repetition and confidence building.
A child simply tosses a bean bag toward an array of flash cards, reading whatever word the bean bag lands on. It is a simple game with a fun physical element to help children use up some of the fidgety energy. You can also introduce a time element where you time your child or their siblings can time them and see if they become quicker each day.
- (Homework copy will be sent home and, if possible, could children write four silly sentences based on the sounds revised that week – this activity is also completed weekly. Therefore, your child will understand how to do this activity independently)
- Your child could also search for target sounds in material they are reading/watching a TV programme/playing a game on the tablet...eg. ‘Can you find as many words as you can using silent b and silent w?’
- Talk about what is happening around the world.
- FaceTime or video call family members and friends you can’t be with at the moment.
- Websites such as Pobble365 are fantastic – there is a new photo shared daily and lots of ideas for discussion
- Guess Who – a game where your child can only ask questions that give a yes/no answer (favourite tv character/ sportsperson/ movie etc.)
Below are just a few ideas or topics your child could write about
- Write a letter to grandparents or other relatives who you can’t see at the moment (if you’re worried about going to post it etc. take a photo of the handwritten note and send it by message/WhatsApp or email and ask them to write back by letter too)
- Write a weather report using the vocabulary provided
- Write and information report about their favourite character from a story they like (sheet provided)
- Your child could also continue with their ‘Go with the Flow’ workbook
- Week 1 – next 3 pages
- Week 2 – next 3 pages
- Look at the ‘good news’ stories as well as the news and have discussions about different things.
- Weather and Temperature was a topic we were covering in Geography and Science. Encourage your child to give daily reports on the weather using the vocabulary provided.
- You could also encourage your child to record a weather report using resources around the house.
- Learn about the local area – walk around the local area, investigate where the names of estates/ streets came from. What are the local landmarks or tourist attractions? Create a brochure advertising the local area.
- Go on a nature walk – what sounds can you hear? What birds can you see? What trees do you recognise? What signs of spring do you notice?
- Useful websites:
Science Foundation Ireland https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/discover-primary-science-and-maths/activities-search/index.xml#result
- Listen to a piece of music and write about it – what does it remind you of? how does it make you feel?
- Learn a song that your parents loved when they were your age? 5 years ago?
- Listen to the different instruments of the orchestra
- Listen to a variety of different pieces of music
- Art activities can be based from Weather topic
- Useful ideas on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ie/pin/94857135890703569/
- Walk, jog, run, cycle around your local area.
- Create an obstacle course in your house or back garden.
- Youtube/Go Noodle/Cosmic Yoga - YouTube
I think during this period of time it is really important that children have a place to go for some independent time and space. I can imagine that it may feel a bit cramped in lots of houses with everyone working at home but having a space or a time where your child can go to just have 10-15 minutes of time on their own is really important.
Continue with your usual family routines where possible. Have breakfast/dinner together, play board games or watch TV, do a workout together.