We have received recent guidance from the ETI (Education and Training Inspectorate) regarding learning at home during the school closure. (PDF document below) You will see that some of these websites mentioned are already on the list given out for your class and there are some others for you to explore. The ETI state that “It is also very important that there is a balance between online learning, written and practical activities, outdoor learning and free time.” The teacher guidance given for your child includes written and practical activities as well as outdoor learning and free time. Many of these activities particularly lend themselves to the home environment, taking the pressure off parents who feel they need to recreate a mini classroom at home – you will be relieved to know, you don’t!
Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding the current covid-19 emergency, we are making some suggestions as to work activities your child could be doing while at home. I have already provided your child with a jotter and some detailed suggestions for the immediate period ahead. Please encourage them to continue to work their way through the website sections - particularly in maths and reading.
In school we generally do :
Perhaps this will help you to schedule a "timetable" of sorts to keep your child in a routine to prepare for return to school.
I wish you and your family well going forward and will update this information as and when necessary. Give your son or daughter a cuddle and tell them I am thinking of them and wish them all well. Hopefully all will be back to normal soon and we'll see each other then. Moira McGouran
I thought you'd be interested in this article on RTE.ie:
This YouTube channel is by Irish artist, Will Sliney - he draws for the Marvel comics and your child would be really inspired by his work. He has just started doing an online lesson every day at 2pm to encourage little ones in the creative arts - so any of you who'd appreciate an opportunity to let your child draw and display their work, then tune in and enjoy this lesson. It really is fabulous.