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Learning At Home – Week (30th March – 3rd April)

Hi everyone,

I’ve devised a weekly plan below focusing on numeracy, literacy, play and physical activity. These are recommendations and ideas so that you and your children have a guide to learning if that’s what you want. I’ll shorten as time goes by and you become more familiar with the terminology.

Please email me if you’d like more guidance or further ideas.

Please remember there is no pressure to undertake this, do what works for you and your family.

Stay safe, enjoy this time with your loved ones and take care


Junior Infants

Daily counting songs

Play counting songs daily – the children love them

Search in Youtube for count to 5, 10, 20 and 100 songs

Children sing and do actions (you can to!)

Daily practise of forming numbers’ 0 – 5

Use sand, playdough

Rainbow numbers = parent/guardian writes the number and child traces over it using lots of different colours

Write into small Planet Maths book

Keep an eye on pincer grip – play and do actions to Crocodile Snap

Senior infants as above 0-10

Weekly focus – combine sets of objects to 5


You’ll need a page

Concrete objects (cotton buds, small toys, lollipop sticks etc – anything that will physically help your child count)

Card or paper – write the numbers 0 – 5 and cut out

Senior infants as above 0-10


Divide a page into three

Place some objects (for example 2) into one part of the page

Place more objects (for example 3) into the second part of the page

Place the relevant numbers under each section

Discuss how many and the number under each set

Move all the objects into the third part of the page and ask how many

Senior infants as above 0-10

Try pages’ 110-115 in the Planet Maths Book

Different abilities

Do this using different combinations of number

If your child gets this done without difficulties, try to 10

Likewise use lower numbers if too difficult

Senior Infants

 Maths as above but for topics when forming numbers and combining sets go to number 10 (this will be all revsion but please continue to practice and form numbers over and over again.

For example what does 9 look like

0+9,9+0, 1+8, 8+1, 7=2, 2+7. Spend a week on a number this week we will form the number 10

New topic this week

TIME (1)

Pick a nursery rhyme and sing start middle and end.

Develop an understanding of the concept of time through the use of appropriate vocabulary (yesterday, today, tomorrow, before, after, soon, not yet, early, late).  Name the 4 seasons = plenty of songs on you tube we use Seaons of the Year ask them to sing it, Let them trace over your writing of Spring Summer Autumn Winter

We sing days of the week to the Adams family.

Discuss  7 days of the week and the sequence in which they occur,  If today is Friday what day will tomorrow be, Rearrange the days of the week now whats 1st ,2nd, 3rd, etc.  Take away a day how many days are left.  It s all about using the language

Cut out days of week and order whats the 1st day of week whats the last use a calendar.  What are the weekend days.

Order the day 1st we get up after that we next we in the afternoon we at night time

Look at a calendar and discuss the days

Look at a clock and discuss the numbers.

Book pages for your reference pgs 84-87 available online


Below are four sections – phonological awareness, phonics, reading and writing. Oral language connects them all through talk and discussion and exploring each area.

Try and do a few minutes of each. Or you may pick a couple of areas one day and look at others the following day. Whatever works.  

Phonological awareness

Junior and Senior Infants

Identifying and listening to rhyming words are a great way to enhance and support reading

If you have a book of nursery rhymes, poems or action rhymes, choose one or two each week. Read to your child and ask if they can identify the rhyming words. The children can do actions with them.

Here is a link of lots of action rhymes to try



Junior infants and Senior Infant revision – sounds v and w

Do each sound individually and follow the ideas below

Do action and sing the song to the sounds v and w – see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qpn2839Kro

Do a house search for items containing the sounds v and w. Ask where the sound comes in the words (start, middle or end). For example w is at the start of wardrobe etc

Form the letters using sand, playdough

Trace and write the letters

Junior Infants can also do the v and w pages in their Just Phonics and Jolly Phonics books

Senior Infants

Focus on the y sound which gives the ee sound (Y is ee’s best friend , she says ee too!)

Watch this video and discuss how y can have an ee sound

Identify words with a y at the end (i.e happy, sorry, worry etc)

Create a poem with words ending in y (four lines) – record it and email it to me!

Try to write 5 words with an y at the end

Pages 80-81 in Just Phonics

Blending and spelling

Write and cut out sounds (based on the Jolly Phonics stages – we’re up to z in Phase 5). This can be a fun activity whereby the children can colour and help design the sounds.

Join these sounds and ask your child to blend for reading, for example c a t; b ee p etc

Call out CVC words and ask your child to join the sounds together to make the word

To differentiate, extend the length of words for children who are able.

Jolly Phonics Phases


Listen to stories for enjoyment

Choose a picture book; source digital books (free) from the library; use Twinkl and search for Estories. There’s lots of ways to get access to stories and books! Read and explore one book each week. Some ideas then are to –

At the beginning –

Discuss who the author and illustrator are (explain/revise what their job is)

Predict what will happen in the story based on the front page and name of the story

During the story –

For comprehension – Ask questions (who, what, where, when and why)

For vocabulary – ask your child to identify things in the pictures

At the end –

Retell a story in sequence (what happened at the start, middle, end)

Discuss significant events in the story

Connect events in a story to personal experience and discuss

To differentiate, ask lower order or factual questions initially (who, what, where, when). For those who are able, try higher order or thinking questions such as why, what would happen, what would you do, how do you think they feel etc? These are questions where the answers are not obvious and children have to infer.

Shared reading

Practise reading www.oxfordowl.co.uk was recommended by Lynn. There’s a free ebook library for 3 – 11 year olds so you should find a reader suited to your child’s ability. Choose one book per week.

Step 1 – read the story to your child

Step 2 – child reads with you (you’re still the dominant reader)

Step 3 – child reads with you more assertively

Step 4  – child reads while you listen. If child doesn’t know a word after two attempts, tell them the word. But, see can they use decoding skills such as sounding out the letters, blending the sounds before telling them



f, b and j in their cursive writing books

Form letters in the air for the correct movement

Form letters in sand

Trace letters

Write letters


Senior infants

Practise writing short simple sentences as called out by parent/guardian, for example – I like my cat; I went to the shop

Try one sentence each day

Encourage any freewriting

Junior Infants

Encourage doodling, scribbling, forming letters and short CVC words such as cat, dog, fun etc

Remind and encourage pincer grip

This is plenty for infants to be doing at home. Encourage lots of play. You can join in as a parent-in-role depending on what play is occurring. For example, you can be a dinosaur, robber, vet, doctor etc.

Encourage lots of physical activity. GoNoodle is a fun site for this. There is also guided mindfulness which the children love and benefit from. Cosmic Kids Yoga is also a great site and way for you and your children to exercise and improve that core. It’s tough – trust me!

I’ll also be in touch about setting up Zoom video conferencing if you would like your children to catch up with each other. We’ll share news, I’ll read stories and we’ll see what else materialises.




The Junior Infants have been learning lots in Maths during November including identifying and extending patterns, learning about 2D shapes, matching sets of objects to numbers and forming the numbers’ 1 and 2. Much of this learning involves using concrete materials, pair and group work and we incorporate as much song and movement as we can!!

As always, the children continue to learn or revise sounds. This month we focused on d, g and o while the Senior Infants also revised middle sounds and vowels. There has been plenty of practise blending CVC words and also learning and revising sight words.

Our Aistear (Learning Through Play) theme was The Restaurant and the children explored what it is like to visit and work in a restaurant through oral language (English and Gaeilge), role play, small world, art and construction activities. I was very impressed by some of the food presentation (with playdough) and swift service by the restaurant staff! The children also learned about the texture and colours of food during Science.

As LGBT Awareness Week occurred in November, we looked at the poster – Different Families, Same Love – and explored how we all come from different families and experience the same love. The children also listened to the story A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager and discussed all the jobs and things two mothers did with their children.

The children had a wonderful experience playing a variety of African drums thanks to a visit from Paul of Afro Beats. Fiona, a dental nurse, also visited and taught the children how to brush their teeth properly and why dental health is so important.

Towards the end of the month, the children started practising some Christmas songs for our Winter Concert in December. It’ll be an interesting few weeks ahead….


In October, the children explored the theme of home and family. They made homes from Lego and playdough, they performed the roles of different families, during role-play, and they played with houses, figurines and cars during small-world play. The theme of home and family was also integrated into literacy, geography and music.

For Climate Action Week, the children learned about the impact on climate from human action and how converting to renewable energy, conserving energy and changing to electric transport can help our planet.

Lessons related to autumn and Halloween were never far from our thoughts during October. During art the children made leaf prints on squirrel templates. The children responded, through movement, to Vivaldi’s Autumn from his Four Seasons, while they sang and did actions to Halloween songs. They also listened to the story Room on the Broom and learned new Irish vocabulary about Halloween.

As always, we keep active throughout the day and not only during PE where the children have been practising catching and throwing with beanbags and balls. The infants also danced and moved between lessons!!


In September, our Junior Infants have classified and sorted objects in Maths. They have also explored how things are bigger/smaller and longer/shorter.

During transitions between lessons, our Infants get active through guided workouts and dance – they love it!!

Learning through play is an essential and fun part of Infant education. The children have enjoyed free play for much of this month. They will now be exploring play through a variety of themes at our Socio-Dramatic, Construction, Creative and Small-World stations.

For SPHE, Learn Together and Literacy, we were delighted to welcome some of our senior pupils who asked our Infants questions about their families. We also discussed how we all come from different types of families.

Finally, we were very excited to take down our Aldi poster, to be replaced by a new blank one! Thank you so much to all families for bringing in stickers. Fingers crossed we’ll be one of the lucky schools. Now, let’s see can we fill a second!!

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