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March 2020

School Closure – Educational Resources

Parents, here are some website links that may support you and your child during this time of school closure due to Covid-19. We hope they are of some use to you during this time. If you have any other suggestions of websites that you have used with your children, please let us know by emailing principal@craggaghns.ie

 

Literacy

Folens are offering free access to over 330 Collins Big Cat ebooks and printable worksheets for teachers and parents. These books are graded readers similar to the Oxford Reading Tree graded readers we use in school. There are a large range of fiction and non-fiction ebooks available. To access these, visit

https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/portal.aspx

Click Teacher Login

Enter username: parents@harpercollins.co.uk

Password: Parents20!

 

Oliver Jeffers, children’s author is reading a book every evening at 6pm on his instagram account. He then adds the videos to his website. They are available at the following link:

https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books#/abookaday/ 

 

www.storylineonline.net is a storytelling website where picture books are read aloud by actors.

 

www.storytimefromspace.com is another storytelling website where astronauts read stories from the international space station!

 

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen is an audio book streaming service run by amazon. They have made all audio books free during this time of school closures.

 

David Walliams is reading a book a day at 11am during the time of school closures on his website. www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses 

 

To improve your child’s reading comprehension. https://readtheory.org/

 

Gaeilge

www.focloir.ie is an online Irish dictionary.

 

TG4 have a range of children’s shows ‘as Gaeilge’ available on their website also. This is a great way of immersing children in the Irish language. They may not understand every word but they will understand the general meaning.

https://www.cula4.com/en/shows/  

 

https://www.seideansi.ie/ is a website with many Irish vocabulary games that children will love from Junior Infants up to 6th class. 

 

https://www.duolingo.com/ is a language learning website. You can study a wide range of languages including Irish. It can be accessed through the website or an app.

 

Maths

https://www.themathsfactor.com/ gives pupils free access to Carol Voderman maths website.

 

https://www.worksheetworks.com/ If you would like to print tables or specific maths that you would like your child to work on.

 

https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/ Game based learning in maths for 6-16 year olds. Free access at this time.

 

Practice your multiplication tables here. http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fruitshoot/fruitshoot_multiplication.htm 

 

SESE

https://www.worldbookonline.com/kids/home is a website that the children will be very familiar with. It is an online children’s encyclopedia that we use regularly in school for research on a particular topic.

 

http://www.askaboutireland.ie/learning-zone/ is a fantastic website with lots of information on Irish history and geography. This will be very useful to your child when completing project work.

 

PE

The Body Coach – Joe Wicks – is teaching a PE lesson every morning on his YouTube channel at 9am. These videos are saved and can be viewed at any time. You can follow along here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8 

 

www.gonoodle.com is a fantastic website to get children moving. There are lots of videos with dances, movement breaks and other physical activities.

 

https://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10/ is another website with 10 minute movement activities for children.

 

https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/ has some fabulous yoga videos for children done through storytelling. There is a great yoga session video which tells the story of The Twits by Roald Dahl.

 

Publisher Online Resources

 

The main publishers have also made their online resources available to all parents for the duration of the school closures. Most of the books we use in school are by Folens and the online activities can be accessed through folensonline.ie.   

  1. Go to www.folensonline.ie and click register
  2. Select Teacher
  3. Fill in a username, email and password
  4. For roll number use the code: Prim20

 

Resources

Twinkl is a website that offers thousands of resources for primary school children. Here you will find a wide range of worksheets and activities based on a variety of themes.

Go to www.twinkl.ie/offer and enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS to gain free access to this website during this crisis.

 

Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html  

 

www.scoilnet.ie is a website that offers a wide range of educational resources – from web links to videos and other resources. 

https://www.worldbookonline.com/kids/home is an online encyclopedia for kids. We use this in school to research topics for SESE. There are lots of interesting articles on this website.

 

As we approach Easter and Holy Week, Scoilnet have a range of videos and resources around the theme of Lent and Easter.  These resources can be found here:

https://www.scoilnet.ie/primary/theme-pages/events/holy-week/  

 

To help teachers, students and parents during this difficult time we are granting free access to our Grow In Love AND Soul seekers online series. Simply login on the website https://www.growinlove.ie/en/  with the following details:

Email: trial@growinlove.ie

Password: growinlove

 

PrimEd have also made at home learning packs available for parents to download. They are done by class level, so you can download the worksheets that are relevant to you.

https://www.prim-ed.ie/blog/post/parent-information-centre/

 

Just for fun!

Keep an eye on the animals in Dublin Zoo with their live webcams.

https://www.dublinzoo.ie/animals/animal-webcams/

 

World Book Day 2020

We gathered together this morning for World Book Day to “share a story” with one another. The children all brought their favourite books to school and we spent the morning sharing them with their friends. Check out some of our favourite books below!

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