11th August 2020
Dear Parent / Guardian, Staff Member,
RE: Physical Distancing and Safe School Attendance
We are currently working on upgrading our procedures and routines within the school to ensure that there is as much Physical Distancing as is possible in our building. We will apply physical distancing in a practical and sensible way, recognising that the learning environment cannot be dominated by a potentially counterproductive focus on this issue.
Physical Distancing will be achieved in two ways: –
Increasing Separation. This will be achieved by re-configuring the classrooms to maximise physical distancing. Each class will be referred to as a bubble and we will ensure that there is as little contact as possible between children in different bubbles. Within the bubbles, children will be organised into pods. A pod is a group of children (normally 6) who will sit together and who will stay in their pod while in the bubble, or classroom.
Decreasing Interaction. This will be achieved by decreasing the potential for children from different bubbles to interact. There will be marked routes for various bubbles to enter and exit the school and to access their classrooms. Bubbles will have different mid-morning and lunch-time access to the playground. We will make these routines enjoyable activities for the children, emphasising safety at all times.
While all children will be welcome back to school, we would remind parents that, where children are displaying colds, coughs or flu like symptoms, they should not be sent to school. Children who display such symptoms in school will be isolated and parents asked to collect them from the school.
Children who have travelled from countries not on the Green List should not attend school during the 14-day self-isolation period
Further information on COVID-19 symptoms in children is available at: –
Teachers will make children aware of the proper hygiene procedures regarding hand washing and etiquette related to sneezing, coughing or spitting. We would be grateful if you could also emphasise safe behaviour in this regard to your children at home as part of the preparation for returning to school.
Our aim remains to re-open the school in an orderly safe manner, while reassuring the children and making them feel comfortable, safe and relaxed with their friends in the new school environment. This will be achieved by all of us working towards this common goal.
__Deirdre Kerr Patricia Mc Keever
Cathaoirleach, An Bhóird Bainistíochta Príomhoide
27th July 2020
Dear Parents/ Guardians
Since I was appointed Minister for Education on 27 June, my first priority has been the full re-opening of schools. Today the Government approved a Roadmap for Reopening of Schools, and a funding package of €376 million to support this. I am confident that the supports and additional resources we have provided will enable our schools to open safely.
An enormous amount of work has been done to prepare detailed guidance based on the interim public health advice for schools, which we received in late June.
The plan has been developed by consulting with those who know best how schools run: representatives of students, parents, principals, teachers, SNAs, support staff and school management bodies, and. Their expertise has been crucial in putting this together and I am very grateful to all involved for their hard work over many weeks.
I know that school communities have a big job ahead of them to prepare for the return to school. We have put in place some practical supports and a significant financial package to help. This includes funding to make physical changes that schools may need, funding to employ an aide to move furniture, help re-organise rooms and get things ready before schools reopen, and funding for substitution and replacement of teachers. We will also be providing funding for hand sanitiser and for personal protective equipment, where appropriate.
Every school building and circumstance is different, and I’ve asked each school to communicate directly with parents and students about the changes that you can expect when term begins.
Before the return to school, the Department will provide schools with some communications materials that are age-appropriate, to help you to support your child’s return to school. They will also be available on Gov.ie/backtoschool. I hope you will find these useful.
I know that your children and you have experienced severe disruption as a result of Covid-19. Pupils, parents, teachers and schools have made enormous efforts to keep teaching and learning. But school is a special place, and some of the best parts of learning are being in a classroom with other children, and everyone has missed out on that.
I know some children and young people may be nervous about returning, and we will all be working to support them to settle in, to feel safe and to be happy in their school work, when schools return.
I hope you and your families have a lovely summer and get to enjoy some time together. Throughout this pandemic, we’ve all been in this together. This will be a time of change, and there will be new routines for the students and for us all to learn. We will
Norma Foley Sráid Maoilbhríde, Baile Átha Cliath 1, D01 RC96 An tAire Oideachas Marlborough St, Dublin 1, D01 RC96 Minister for Education T +353 1 889 2335 | Minister@Education.gov.ie
….. 2 learn this together, because we all have a role to play in keeping the whole school community safe.
With every good wish
______________________________ Norma Foley TD Minister for Education
I hope this post finds all our students and parents well and coping with the school closure.
As announced on Tuesday, the government has extended the school closure to 19th April.
We are all doing our best to support our pupils, parents and staff at this challenging and stressful time.
We have been asked to convey to students , the absolute need to practice social and physical distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This includes advice to avoid meeting up and in all circumstances to adhere to HSE guidelines. As part of our school community, parents and guardians are also urged to support their children to maintain the restrictions on congregating for the safety of all in their community.
Information notices (in 17 different languages) are available here: www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/covid-19-translated-resources/
As instructed by the Dept of Education CBS are providing continuity of learning for students in a number of ways.
Some teachers are using class dojo(Ms Sheridan, Mr Casey, Mr Dunlevy, Mr T o’Connor) and the other classes are using the school website to post suggested work for the children. (Check NEWS AND EVENTS on the website to find your class).
I want to stress that this work is suggested and not prescriptive. The work is up to Friday 3rd April. Easter holidays from 4th April to 19th April. Work will be updated if the school closure is extended beyond 19th April.
All school events due to take place during the school closure will be rearranged (eg 1st Confession).
RTE launches RTE HOME SCHOOL daily starting next Monday (weekdays from 11am) geared for children from 1st to 6th class.
David Walliams has released the audio story (free of charge)‘’The World’s Worst Children’’ at https://bit.ly/AudioElevenses.
NCSE have a list of resources for Learning Support children on https//ncse.ie/online-resources.
Check out Louth County Libraries Facebook page, where they read stories every day.
Scoilnet has a number of home usage supports for students to benefit from and Scoilnet will be updating the material available on its website regularly.
This is a very challenging time for schools, teachers, students and parents. It is critical that during these challenging times we continue to work together and that the focus of all is on the best possible outcomes for our students. The support of everyone is vital, as we all strive to ensure that this public health threat is dealt with as effectively as possible. The guidance provided by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) of this Department for parents, for young people and for teachers is also being updated on an ongoing basis, and is available at www.education.ie/covid19
Happy Easter to all and we are looking forward to seeing you all back in school.
Patricia Mc Keever
Ms King/Mr Hanratty:3rd Class
Hi all children and parents,
Hope you are all keeping well, keeping safe and most of all keeping positive ☺
Kids, we hope you are helping your parents get through this tricky few weeks and doing what they ask you to do, including a little bit of school work.
Over the next week, we would like to suggest you do as much of the following as possible:
***First thing is to sign up to ‘Folens.ie’ to allow access to the ebooks;
This is how to do that:
To lend a helping hand to parents, teachers and students over the coming weeks we are giving access to all our digital resources on FolensOnline.ie.
Depending on the book, the accompanying resources may include eBooks, printable worksheets, interactive posters, videos, audio exercises, games etc
Follow the steps below to get access:
Go to FolensOnline.ie and click register
Fill in a username, email and password
For Roll Number use the code:
Prim20 for primary book resources
3rd Class Suggested Work:
Planet Maths: Chapter 18_ Multiplication 3
Figure it out: Corresponding pages Pg. 71 ‘Written Computation’
Tables: X3 X6 X9
( Figure It Out Pg. 52-59)
I know you have done some of these pages, therefore you are just doing the parts you have not completed.
Consolidate these tables with playing ‘PushThe Button’ online.
4. The Reading Zone: work on the next chapter that you want to do. Please do all the sections including the Creative Writing (usually G & H).
5. Every day David Walliams is releasing a free audio story at 11am on www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses. Listen and discuss with siblings or family.
6. Try to have 30 minutes quiet reading time every day.
7. Abair Liom: Chapter 11 An Gúna Nua.
8. Unlocking SESE: The Greeks. Read through chapter. Answer questions orally. Research the Greek Myths online and using the Online Resources that come with Folens.ie.
There are so many resources out there that are fantastic and are there to help you and your child.
Since March 12th, I have been sharing some essential links on my FACEBOOK PAGE
‘Yoga with Liz’
Here you will find links and ideas which cover Academics, Art & Crafts, PE, Yoga & Mindfulness. I think you will find something here that you will find useful.
Other great resources are:
Twinkl – free login with the password IRLTWINKLHELPS
Top Marks- UK based website for maths games
Scoilnet.ie- Irish Website with plenty of activities
Here are some suggestions for 2nd class that cover all subject areas;
-Daily diary – including something they made (with Lego, play doh), daily exercise they did, a game they played, what they read, something they did to help in the house & something they practised (tables, art, handwriting, music)
-Instructional writing – how I made the dinner/paper plane, etc focusing on language eg;
Additional writing suggestions!
A story, diary, comics, about subjects of their choice, whatever they want. Check the common words are correct but don’t worry about spelling too much. (Aim to keep your feedback positive and encouraging) Kids of different ages can easily do this at the same time. Younger kids can draw and annotate, it’s still writing skills. In these unprecedented times it could be interesting to look back at diaries of this period. Diaries could be written, comics, poems, whatever works.
Personal topic/Project work- let your kids think of something that really interests them and allow them time to investigate it. They learn so much from this! Maybe you want to do this as a family so you can support each other or do it individually to allow each child freedom and choice. They can research in books, online or even watch documentaries about their subjects.
Reading for at least 20 minutes per day
Reading – ensure it’s something your child enjoys and talk about it. Discuss characters, setting and vocabulary. Older children that can technically read well can read solo but require chatting time. Children can even discuss their books together, it doesn’t need to be 1on1. Older children can read to or with younger children.
-counting – forwards, backwards and skip counting (2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, etc)
-practice tables both addition & subtraction
-Mental maths book in easons as it covers every topic, 10 questions per day
Home baking (integrates with maths);
This covers a number of topics including capacity, weight – use of language here is very important – discuss grams, kilograms, millilitres and litres, also fractions (halves & quarters)
Length is also a good topic that could be covered at home as it has lots of hands on related activities, estimating how many spoons to measure the kitchen table & then measure, then change the unit of measure to Lego, estimate and then measure, will it take more or less.
Then introduce standard units of measure, language to include centimetres, metre, half a metre, less than, more than
Similarly time – how long left, how long until (o’clock, half, quarter past/to)
Art – make and do, develop cutting skills
Gonoodle- excellent for indoor exercise
Incorporate jigsaws & boardgames to daily routine
Also twinkl have offered free membership for a month, an excellent website that covers every subject area, the password is IRLTWINKLHELPS
***Folens online have loads of online resources; this will link up to all our class text books
Go to FolensOnline.ie and click register
Fill in a username, email and password
For Roll Number use the code: Prim20
You can click on 2nd class books and they’ve loads of online games and activities. The children will be able to navigate this website well as they see it done in school everyday!
I would suggest getting outdoors, a lot, kids learn so much this way.
Walk, cycle, explore, create art, build dens, play, have fun. It’s great for physical health but mental health too.
Stay safe and hopefully see you all soon,
Over the next week I would suggest your child do the following;
● Continue on working with Mental Maths – Week 26
● Continue on working with Reading Zone – Unit 26
● Project on “ The Great Famine”
The Great Famine
Contents Page Page 1 – What was The Great Famine? What was happening? Page 2 – What was the “Blight”? Page 3 – What was “Black 47”? Page 4 – Tell me about the “Soup Kitchens”. What were they used for? Page 5 – Emigration and the Coffin ships. Page 6 – Changes after the famine.
*This ties in with our novel we read “Under the Hawthorn Tree”. Our SESE ebook is available on FolensOnline.ie (free registration).
● Read every day – In order to help them discuss it with you, get them to write a book review.
Title of book: Author: Cover Illustrator: Setting: (Where is the book set and when?)
List the main characters:
Describe your favourite character: Draw an illustration also. The plot: What is the story about? The climax: (High point-what the story is leading up to) Did you like it? The ending: (Don’t give away the story!!) Did you like it? Why/why not? Did you like the book? Why?/Why not? Grade the book: Easy to read/A little difficult/Just right/Difficult Rate the book out of ten: Would you recommend this book to your friend? Why?/Why not?
I would suggest getting outdoors as much as you can – be that in the garden or going for a walk (abiding by the social distancing rules). You can incorporate so many areas of the school curriculum in many ways; Baking/Cooking (maths – capacity/weight/fractions) – discussing measures such as grams, kilograms, millilitres and litres. Get them using mathematical language. Jigsaws – Great for spatial awareness and problem solving. Telling the time – What time is it? When is it dinner time? How long is left till? All again using the language of Maths. Length – Estimate how long the garden is; then measure it in feet/sticks or whatever instruments you may have to hand. Walks – Discuss the flowers/trees you see. Create a “Nature walk” trying to spot different things. (SESE and P.E) Gardening – Planting flowers, weeding or helping out. (SESE) Games/Colouring/Drawing/ Cycling/Explore/Build Dens/ Be Creative and HAVE FUN!!
There are plenty of resources out there to help. Here would be my top picks;
● Twinkl – Free login with the password IRLTWINKLHELPS
● FolensOnline.ie – Free using code Prim20 for roll number (Abair Liom/Unlocking SESE and planet maths)
● Top marks – UK based website for maths games
● Scoilnet.ie – Irish website with plenty of activities
● GoNoodle – Movement breaks/PE
● Joe Wicks Youtube – He is doing daily PE Lessons online
● Seomra Ranga – On their Facebook Page are doing a daily quiz for a chance to win a 20euro book voucher. Link is on their FB.
● Dundalk FC – Our very own Mr. Tom O’ Connor has designed a few dundalk fc based learning lessons! www.dundalkfc.com/learning-lessons-the-dundalk-fc-way/
● Grow in love – Free access with email of firstname.lastname@example.org and password of growinlove.
● Facebook “YogawithLiz” – Our very own Ms. Liz King has wonderful links and tips on her yoga page for mindfulness exercises and helping to cope during this difficult time.
Take the 2 weeks Easter Break as a break from work! Children need this time to play and be children and eat easter eggs! 🙂 Stay safe and hopefully we will see everyone again soon,
I hope everyone is keeping safe and well. I have included a broad programme of work below, it’s not prescriptive and should only be taken as guidelines.
Reading Zone, Abair Liom and Planet Maths , the publishing company have made both e-books available.
Go to www.folensonline.ie, select Teacher, fill in a username, email address and password. (Use the code Prim20 in place of the Roll Number)
Abair Liom (Up to Unit 12 has been completed)
There are lots of audiovisual resources here as well as encouraging pupils to watch TG4 and talk about their likes and dislikes.
I’ve also made a worksheet and audio files for a simple conversation which can be accessed here:
(Concentrate on revision rather than introducing anything new- these chapters have been covered already)
Unit 6- Fractions
Unit 8- Multiplication
Unit 14- Long Multiplication
Unit 23- Area
Watch a programme such as news2day (www.trte.rte.ie) and discuss the different stories, possible ‘interviews’ with the presenters or people involved etc.
Watch a programme (nature, cooking or sport etc) and encourage your child to provide a commentary- it may even be something that has previously been viewed and they could prepare a script.
All stories in Reading Zone as far as Unit 24 have been covered in class so reading aloud selected stories, paying particular attention to punctuation, speech etc. (If your child has a particular series of books, these books are also great resources)
Listening to the reading, reading alternate sentences and helping break up difficult words are all important strategies. (Any questions in the Reading Zone may also be answered orally)
(Please note these are just some ideas, not a prescriptive list. Just select those areas which your child is interested in)
Keeping a diary, writing TV programme reviews, writing match reports, writing recipes and instructions, writing imaginative stories (https://supereasystorytelling.com/story-ideas-generator.html is a great resource for topics, development of vocabulary etc)
Prepare a project on your favourite ‘famous’ person- include where they were born, lived, what they have done to inspire you and two unique pieces of information about them.
Prepare a project all about you- your likes, dislikes, favourite foods/bands/songs/YouTubers/sportsperson/ day of the week/sport/book etc. Also include your talents, favourite school subject, as much as you can think of that makes up you! : )
There are lots of templates available for the previous two project ideas on www.twinkl.ie (go to www.twinkl.ie/offer and use the code IRLTWINKLHELPS for a free one month trial)
Login email: email@example.com
As well as playing outside and observing social distancing, there are plenty of different games and ideas online to try out- anything which involves hopping/skipping/crawling/running/catching/throwing/striking a ball (all safely of course!)
If possible, listen to a variety of different genres of music and have a chat about what you like and don’t like about the various songs.
To help with this task try out www.sfskids.org which has great resources for explaining different musical terms in an interactive manner using the instruments of the orchestra.
Firstly we hope that you and your families are coping ok during these extraordinary times. We have put together some ideas/activities for the children to explore over the next week off. March 30th-Friday 3rd. Please do not put yourselves under pressure to do this work. We know these are stressful times and we would be happy if the children are being read to or practice reading their simple words – we just want to support you if you need it.
We have attached links to the Folens website where you can gain free access to the children’s Irish (Abair Liom) and Maths (Planet Maths) programmes along with resources/interactive games. Please follow the steps below if you would like to set that up.
Go to FolensOnline.ie and click register
Fill in a username, email and password
For Roll Number use the code: Prim20
Here are some ideas for the week:
Here is a Big Book resource you can read with your child. Please register with Folens before accessing this. https://content.folensonline.ie/programmes/Starlight/JI/resources/bigbooks/SL_JI_ACT_CH11_005/index.html
This is a nice game to help recap on sounds. It gets progressively difficult. Children will need to sign up and a little bit of help at the beginning. https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/?utm_expid=59585369-3.9uqaMHtqRySWcN9DeX7O7g.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.ie%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26rct%3Dj%26q%3D%26esrc%3Ds%26source%3Dweb%26cd%3D1%26ved%3D0CDAQFjAA%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.teachyourmonstertoread.com%252F%26ei%3DzHw_VdadMYjdar3ygbAD%26usg%3DAFQjCNG07JuPZ7Gafxv0XANEY087Te79YA
Oxford Owl has an ebook library with over 250 books in it and offers free access to teachers and parents once you create an account at www.oxfordowl.co.uk They also have some vocabulary and comprehension activities for most of the books.
Here are lots of resources to base oral language games and activities around. You could discuss the poster/story, play I spy, discuss plurals – lamb, lambs. sheep, sheep, discuss the names of baby animals and their parents. https://content.folensonline.ie/programmes/Starlight/JI/resources/posters/SL_JI_ACT_CH11_006/index.html
Some simple words for the children to practice sounding out and blending. You can write these out in bigger writing. If your child is finding these words ok you can encourage them to write it out themselves.
pot, pet, bad, stamp, get, drip, miss, rock, back, duck.
Encourage your child to use these words in sentences.
Fine Motor Skills: lego, cutting out, colouring, playdough
Some online counting games we use in school – you’ll need to sign up for folensonline to access these. https://content.folensonline.ie/programmes/PlanetMaths/PMJI/resources/activities/pm_ji_110/index.html
Patterns- making colour/shape patterns- lots of www.twinkl.ie worksheets available or get them to draw shapes with patterns, Draw a ‘shape creature’
Practice writing numbers 1-5. The children can practice counting while using their toys – show me five cars/dolls etc.
Don’t put yourself under pressure to do Irish – we know a lot of parents do not have any Irish. However you will be surprised at how well your child picks up the new vocabulary. Children can revise some of the colours we do no already: glás- green, gorm – blue, dearg – red, bándearg – pink, donn- brown, dubh – black, corcra – purple. oráiste – orange, buí – yellow. If you want to print this worksheet, you need to join twinkl – it is free at the moment.
We would have been learning about the zoo in Irish. Let your children interact with the online poster and they will pick up the words. https://content.folensonline.ie/programmes/AbairLiom/JI/resources/Poster/AL_JI_ACT_Postaer_L23_001/index.html
We love to use role play in Irish. Listen and re-create this conversation with your child. https://content.folensonline.ie/programmes/AbairLiom/JI/resources/Dialogue/AL_JI_ACT_Comhra_L23_002/index.html
Here’s a game to check if the children remember the new vocabulary.
Signs of spring hunt. Recap on what happens in spring. Go on spring hunt and find signs of spring. https://content.folensonline.ie/programmes/Explorers/ExplorersJI/resources/demonstrations/EX_JI_DEMO_005/index.html
Find an empty toilet roll holder and create something from it.
find some junk in your green bin and recreate something great.
Go Noodle/Cosmic Yoga[youtube]/Joe Wicks Exercise or similar
Again, please do not feel under any pressure to do everything that is listed or use all the resources we have gathered. Instead use these as a guide!
We hope to see you soon, wishing you a healthy and happy Easter!
Ms Brayden and Ms Haughey
Signs of Spring Hunt
Making Patterns – cut out these pictures and stick them in the correct boxes to complete the Easter pattern!