Junior/Senior Infants

Subject:Junior Infant work – April Week 1
From:Kate O’Brien
To:Junior Infants, Ms. K. O’Brien
Message:

Work for Junior Infants – April Week 1

Dear parents,

I hope children and parents are well? These are strange times and I can only imagine what it must be like for you all working and now teaching at home.  I want to explain my plan for the rest of the school closures.  I am going to set homework and “school work” for the children for each day in one combined table.  One thing I really want to emphasise is that I am doing this;

A. To make sure I am doing my job, properly and to the very best standard I can despite the distance

B. For it to be helpful to you, not to overload or stress anybody out with work. 

Please feel free to engage with the work in whatever way suits your family and circumstances.  Do as much or as little of it as circumstances allow, I will most definitely not be looking for completed work etc.  It’s hard to know what to do – on one hand I really don’t want to be the cause of anybody feeling overwhelmed etc and on the other hand I want to make sure that you and the children all have as much resources and work as you need.  As I cannot judge how much work is suitable for your home during this time, I am just going to plan and make it all available to everyone and you can make your own decisions.  I hope that this makes sense.  Please keep an eye on SeeSaw throughout the school closures as this is how I will be communicating.  I am available if anyone wants any guidance etc so please feel free to contact me!

Reminders / NotesI will be uploading videos of the readers onto SeeSaw for the children.  After a lot of research, I feel this is the best way to give them access to appropriate reading material.  Of course, physical books are preferential, but we have to work with what we have in these unusual times.  I will video the book and the children can pause it on each page and read along with it. I hope this proves successful!

Reminders / Notes: As we continue with our handwriting please remind children that ALL letters except ‘d’ and ‘e’ start from the top.  Correct letter formation is very important, especially at this age as they commit it to memory.  Here is a link to a video which shows the correct way to form each letter (note: a and q are not 100% correct) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYYSBProJH4.

The Writing Wizard app is another great way to practice letter formation. Also Learning without tears has a practice activity – it is a bit hard to navigate but let me know if you are interested and I will send a How-To video.

Reminders / Notes: We are beginning our third review of the phonics sounds this month.

Reminders / Notes: This month the Explore with Me theme is Transport, Poster 8 – “Let’s Go!”.

Reminders / Notes: In school our class does a Thankful Minute each day.  This is where we think of all the good things in our lives and take the time to be thankful for one eg. “I am thankful for…. the lovely lunch my Mam/Dad packed / that the sun is shining / that I get to play outside today / that we have as much clean water as we want etc”.  We try to focus on things other than toys and physical things but anything goes.  They must think of a different Thankful Minute each day.  This creates a strong foundation for mindfulness and positive mental health in young children.  Now more than ever this is vital.  I think you will really enjoy what they come up with(:

Week 1: Monday 30th March: Uploaded Plan of weekly work

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Reminders / Notes:

  • We are revising our phonics for the third time now.  We are back to the PINK and YELLOW sounds.

Here are a list of words your child could make using the sound of the day  and the sound boxes:

er: her, river, never, sister, butter

ar: arm, bar, start, farm, star

s: sat, sun, sad, sin, set

a: ant, arm, can, sat, pan, nap

t: ten, tap, tip, mat, pat

Suggested Activities:

  • Unstructured play: trains / dolls /puppets / figures / masks /  make a fort in the sitting room / imaginary play of any type
  • Role Play / Drama: Set up a shop (food / hardware / clothes / toy) / a post office / a castle / a fire station / a police station /a kitchen / a birthday party / a picnic / a zoo with teddys  etc to play and act in.
  • Construction: Build something out of Lego / wooden blocks / cubes / cardboard boxes, kitchen roll holders etc / Knex / whatever you have at home
  • Outdoor Activity: Sand / planting / gardening / play with water and containers / make a picture or build something out of natural objects like leaves, pebbles, grass, flowers etc.
  • Creative: Paint / draw / make a collage / Junk Art (build something out of recycled materials ) / make playdough
  • Fine Motor Skills: Playdough / threading beads or buttons / cutting and pasting anything (find, cut and stick things that begin with the letter X, things that you would find outside / things that you would find inside / things that you would want if it was hot / things your Dad would like / things a teacher could use). Dexteria – Is a great app for developing fine motor skills.
  • Games: Snap, memory, go fish, old maid with your phonic sounds / Board games / card games / eg.snap, memory, go fish / jigsaws / puzzles / Treasure hunts (Find 5 things beginning with the letter …. / Find 5 things that fit in a small box / Find 5 small blue things) / Hangman / Charades
  • Outdoor P.E.: Football / hurling / soccer / tennis / basketball / throwing and catching / / go for a cycle with someone / 
  • Indoor P.E.:  Hide and Go Seek / Obstacle course / dancing to music / Listen to Kidzbop and dance / Go Noodle: https://app.gonoodle.com/channels /
  • Gaeilge: Cula 4 – https://www.cula4.com/en/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwu6fzBRC6ARIsAJUwa2S2GR9-  / Edcolearning.ie – Bua na Cainte B
  • Maths: Topmarks / Folensonline.ie / Enrich.com

Shape: Draw a picture made out of 2D shapes / Find 2D and 3D shapes  in your house and garden

Number: Count in 2’s / Count a group of  … (spoons / toys / fruit / socks) and write the number five times / simple addition sums using real objects (SI) / Play hopscotch / Count a set of X, someone take away one X, how many are there there now? Repeat but this time add another X

Measures: Capacity – Use different containers to measure water

Length – Use different items to measure how long something is eg. How many teaspoons long is the table? How many hands high is the sofa? / How many of your own feet long is your sitting room? How many books high is the door?  

Weight – If you have a weighing scales and explore how heavy… an apple…. is? How many grapes would it take to weigh the same as that apple? Etc.

  • English:

********************Happy Easter everyone! *********************

Subject:Senior Infant work – April Week 1
From:Kate O’Brien
To:Senior Infants, Ms. K. O’Brien
Message:

Work for Senior Infants – April Week 1

Dear parents,

I hope children and parents are well? These are strange times and I can only imagine what it must be like for you all working and now teaching at home.  I want to explain my plan for the rest of the school closures.  I am going to set homework and “school work” for the children for each day in one combined table.  One thing I really want to emphasise is that I am doing this;

A. To make sure I am doing my job, properly and to the very best standard I can despite the distance

B. For it to be helpful to you, not to overload or stress anybody out with work. 

Please feel free to engage with the work in whatever way suits your family and circumstances.  Do as much or as little of it as circumstances allow, I will most definitely not be looking for completed work etc.  It’s hard to know what to do – on one hand I really don’t want to be the cause of anybody feeling overwhelmed etc and on the other hand I want to make sure that you and the children all have as much resources and work as you need.  As I cannot judge how much work is suitable for your home during this time, I am just going to plan and make it all available to everyone and you can make your own decisions.  I hope that this makes sense.  Please keep an eye on SeeSaw throughout the school closures as this is how I will be communicating.  I am available if anyone wants any guidance etc so please feel free to contact me!

Reminders / NotesI will be uploading videos of the readers onto SeeSaw for the children.  After a lot of research, I feel this is the best way to give them access to appropriate reading material.  Of course, physical books are preferential, but we have to work with what we have in these unusual times.  I will video the book and the children can pause it on each page and read along with it. I hope this proves successful!

Reminders / Notes: As we continue with our handwriting please remind children that ALL letters except ‘d’ and ‘e’ start from the top.  Correct letter formation is very important, especially at this age as they commit it to memory.  Here is a link to a video which shows the correct way to form each letter (note: a and q are not 100% correct) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYYSBProJH4.

The Writing Wizard app is another great way to practice letter formation. Also Learning without tears has a practice activity – it is a bit hard to navigate but let me know if you are interested and I will send a How-To video.

Reminders / Notes: This month the Explore with Me theme is Transport, Poster 8 – “Let’s Go!”.

Reminders / Notes: In school our class does a Thankful Minute each day.  This is where we think of all the good things in our lives and take the time to be thankful for one eg. “I am thankful for…. the lovely lunch my Mam/Dad packed / that the sun is shining / that I get to play outside today / that we have as much clean water as we want etc”.  We try to focus on things other than toys and physical things but anything goes.  They must think of a different Thankful Minute each day.  This creates a strong foundation for mindfulness and positive mental health in young children.  Now more than ever this is vital.  I think you will really enjoy what they come up with(:

Week 1: Monday 30th March

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Suggested Activities:

  • Unstructured play: trains / dolls /puppets / figures / masks /  make a fort in the sitting room / imaginary play of any type
  • Role Play / Drama: Set up a shop (food / hardware / clothes / toy) / a post office / a castle / a fire station / a police station /a kitchen / a birthday party / a picnic / a zoo with teddys  etc to play and act in.
  • Construction: Build something out of Lego / wooden blocks / cubes / cardboard boxes, kitchen roll holders etc / Knex / whatever you have at home
  • Outdoor Activity: Sand / planting / gardening / play with water and containers / make a picture or build something out of natural objects like leaves, pebbles, grass, flowers etc.
  • Creative: Paint / draw / make a collage / Junk Art (build something out of recycled materials ) / make playdough
  • Fine Motor Skills: Playdough / threading beads or buttons / cutting and pasting anything (find, cut and stick things that begin with the letter X, things that you would find outside / things that you would find inside / things that you would want if it was hot / things your Dad would like / things a teacher could use). Dexteria – Is a great app for developing fine motor skills.
  • Games: Snap, memory, go fish, old maid with your phonic sounds / Board games / card games / eg.snap, memory, go fish / jigsaws / puzzles / Treasure hunts (Find 5 things beginning with the letter …. / Find 5 things that fit in a small box / Find 5 small blue things) / Hangman / Charades
  • Outdoor P.E.: Football / hurling / soccer / tennis / basketball / throwing and catching / / go for a cycle with someone / 
  • Indoor P.E.:  Hide and Go Seek / Obstacle course / dancing to music / Listen to Kidzbop and dance / Go Noodle: https://app.gonoodle.com/channels /
  • Gaeilge: Cula 4 – https://www.cula4.com/en/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwu6fzBRC6ARIsAJUwa2S2GR9-  / Edcolearning.ie – Bua na Cainte B
  • Maths: Topmarks / Folensonline.ie / Enrich.com

Shape: Draw a picture made out of 2D shapes / Find 2D and 3D shapes  in your house and garden

Number: Count in 2’s / Count a group of  … (spoons / toys / fruit / socks) and write the number five times / simple addition sums using real objects (SI) / Play hopscotch / Count a set of X, someone take away one X, how many are there there now? Repeat but this time add another X

Measures: Capacity – Use different containers to measure water

Length – Use different items to measure how long something is eg. How many teaspoons long is the table? How many hands high is the sofa? / How many of your own feet long is your sitting room? How many books high is the door?  

Weight – If you have a weighing scales and explore how heavy… an apple…. is? How many grapes would it take to weigh the same as that apple? Etc.

  • English:

**************** Happy Easter everyone! *************