Congratulations to the Green School Committee and their coordinators Ms McHugh, Mrs Sheridan and Mr O’Connor following the news that the school has received their ninth Green Flag, meaning that CBS Primary Dundalk is now among the schools with the highest number of Green Flags in the country. This is a remarkable achievement and it now means we proudly boast flags for Travel, Energy, Waste, Litter, Biodiversity, Green Homes, Global Citizenship- Energy and Global Citizenship- Litter and Waste and our new flag, Global Citizenship-Marine. Each flag is a two year cycle and the school first took part in the programme almost 20 years ago under the stewardship of current principal Mrs McKeever. Over the years the school has continued to add environmentally friendly routines with each new Green Flag and recently eliminated single use drinks bottles- a major source of pollution worldwide. Other developments include a state of the art rainwater harvesting system, motion sensor lights throughout the school and a revamped recycling and composting structure. The school is extremely proud of our environmental record and this flag is testament to the hard work and effort of the entire school community. Thank you to all staff, parents and children who have an active role to play every day in keeping the school environmentally aware.
PRACTICAL TIPS FOR HOME BASED LEARNING
Here are some practical tips on home-based learning, during the current school closure.
Many pupils will be familiar with the concept of “free writing” and may have a special notebook or journal in which they write freely about any topic of choice, and in any genre. This is a simple idea that can be continued in the home setting. Children have the autonomy to decide what they wish to write about and there are a variety of different styles that they can practice:
• Diary writing (personal accounts)
• Recount writing (a report of an event)
• Fiction (short stories)
• Instructional writing (e.g. rules of a game *the children can even come up with a new idea and create their own game!)
• Poetry (Limericks, acrostic poems etc.)
https://storybird.com/member-family-plan (offer a free 7-day trial)
Post from a pen-pal and the anticipation of awaiting the arrival of a response may be lost in our global world where social media has taken over the art of writing, but this may be the time to resurrect that magic!
Another interesting idea is to chart the journey of a letter from the writer to the recipient. An Post have an educational resource on their website https://www.anpost.ie/anpost/schoolbag/primary/our+people/the+journey+of+your+mail/
Children can also design their own stamp or begin a collection of stamps and look out for special commemorative stamps that were commissioned by An Post to celebrate a particular occasion.
If parents are venturing out to shop and stock up on groceries, children can help by writing the list of what is needed. Depending on the age of the child, elements of mathematics could be incorporated here estimating prices and weights etc. Children could also work out which option is better value (e.g. two individual boxes containing 80 teabags or one box with 160 etc.)
We all know that a love for reading is one of the most important gifts that we can pass on to our children. Use this opportunity to read a wide selection of books. Children can then write a review, give their personal opinion, talk about their favourite character and give a star rating. They may have a chance to present this in front of an audience in their own home (i.e. immediate family – maintain social distance!)
Caint agus cómhrá( only if possible)
Bí ag caint as Gaeilge chomh minic as is féidir!
Try to incorporate Irish into daily activities. As well as cartoons on TG4, children can play games such as “I spy” (Feicim le mo shúilín) as Gaeilge and perhaps put labels (lipéid) on items around the house. There are some useful websites online to support the learning of Irish (mar shampla Duo Lingo agus Seomra Ranga).
Cooking and baking (weight and time)
• How many / how much of an ingredient is needed?
• If a recipe is to serve 2 but the meal is for four people, we must double the amount.
• If the dish takes 45 minutes to cook, what time will it be ready at?
• Make an analogue clock.
• Convert time on an analogue clock to digital time.
A “shape hunt” in the home / garden (shape and space strand in primary maths curriculum). Children identify and classify as many items as possible.
Children can look at a tv guide from a newspaper and work out duration of programmes.
Children can incorporate distance into football / hurling drills. How far do they think (estimate) they can throw a ball? Use a measuring tape to obtain an accurate answer.
Children can work on a longer-term project based on a theme of their choice.
A scrap book is ideal, and children can cut and paste articles, pictures, diagrams and pieces of writing.
Other children may prefer to use their IT skills and create a PowerPoint presentation.
Children can devise a list of questions for a member of their family / wider family circle. For example, with grandparents / aunties / uncles they could explore aspects of the past (school life / pastimes / festivals and traditions around Easter etc.). This can link nicely with the “Then and Now” strand of the History curriculum.
If possible, where children can communicate with grandparents via phone / facetime / skype this is a good way of keeping contact during this period where circumstances dictate that they must not visit older relatives.
Most homes will have a “bits-and-bobs” box or a bosca somewhere with nets, buttons, lids, wrapping paper etc. Now is a good time to use those recyclables and create a piece of artwork. Children should be encouraged to be original, be creative – and don’t forget to take a picture!
Outdoors / physical activity
There are endless opportunities for physical activity. Even if children are playing on their own or in very small groups, there are many fun ways of keeping active:
• Obstacle courses
• Treasure hunts
Local GAA clubs and county teams have been posting videos on their social media outlets with some of their star players demonstrating drills that children can follow.
This is one for parents and children. It is so important to remember to get active and get outdoors to open spaces.
Incorporate science, geography, oral language, drama and music into a walk whether it’s in a nearby park, along a beach or in the countryside.
Back to basics – other enjoyable, but educational activities
• Board games
• Card games
• Flying a kite
• Memory games (e.g. stop the clock with one letter of the alphabet and come up with words beginning with a specific letter under certain headings such as boy name; girl name; country / city; food; item of clothing; activity; kitchen utensil etc.)
• Recreate “Countdown” television programme with word puzzles and maths problems.
Revise all letter sounds
Read and write Tricky Words I, was, my, like, he, she, me, we, be,
The, They, do, to, are, all.
Practice writing all capital letters
Encourage children to create their own short sentences using 3 and 4
letter cvc words
READING ‐ Read a story to your child daily
Get your child to practice some reading daily
(Oxfordowl.co.uk) look for Oxford reading tree books
Counting forwards and backwards numbers 1-20
Count in 2's
Practice doubles eg 2+2 = 4 , 3+3=6
Practice number formation 1-10
Practice adding numbers 1-10
Revise story of 6,7,8,9,10
(Folensonline.ie) look for Planet Maths Senior Infants
Use code Prim20 to log in.
(Folensonline.ie) look for Abair Liom Naíonán Shínsearacha
Use code Prim20 to log in.
Get lots of fresh air
Exercise- Joe Wicks daily P.E lesson on youtube
,Gonoodle.com or Justdance online
“I Spy" using colours or sounds
Art and crafts
Listen to “Spring song" and “Hungry Caterpillar" from the
Learning Station on YouTube.
Author Oliver Jeffers reading a story daily online
Twinkl Ireland are giving 1 month free access using the code
FOR THE NEXT WEEK
For children who took home “Word Wizard" book and “Planet
Maths" workbook , complete 5 more pages in each book.
For children who took home English and Maths booklets ,
complete the next 5 pages in each booklet
Please do not complete any extra pages in books
Stay safe everyone
Looking forward to seeing you all soon
Ms Tarrant , Ms Kenny, Ms McNally