Here is a nice booklet with scavenger hunts to keep children busy at home or on trips over the summer.
Book lists for the school year 2020/21 have been added to the website.
As the weeks are moving on I wish to thank you for your engagement with school work. Keep it going as best you can and keep in mind that every little bit you can do helps in the long run. As always teachers are available to help and would love to hear from you.
As per the recent Government announcement, teachers can access school buildings from next Monday, 18 May, to distribute books etc. to parents. This however needs to be done in a manner so as to keep everybody, teachers and parents, as safe as possible. Our staff are meeting via video call today to discuss how this will work in our school. When the plan is finalised, we will send you the details.
Sadly, last Saturday should have been the First Communion day for some of our pupils. While the ceremony had to be cancelled, it will be rescheduled in the future and as soon as we hear anything we will let you know.
Last weeks competition was to draw your hero of Covid 19. There were lots of brilliant entries and there is a video of the entries on our school Twitter and Youtube.
This week I would like to ask children to think about their favourite school subject. Have a chat with your parents about why you like that subject and send me a sample of your work to email@example.com
For example, if your favourite subject is maths, send me some maths, if its art send me a picture or other artwork, if its history, maybe a history project, if its P.E. maybe a picture of you doing some P.E. It doesn’t matter what you send me, all will be included in the draw.
Congratulations to this weeks winner who will receive their €20 book token by email today.
Remember book shops are delivering during this time to keep up the reading at home if you prefer a book to reading online.
https://stories.audible.com/discovery have free audio books for children.
Stay at home, keep your distance and wash your hands.
Just a quick update to thank all of you for your engagement to date. We are delighted to see lots of children working hard and continuing their learning.
To date some parents have not been in contact with their child’s teacher. Again I urge you to contact them and let them know all is OK or to let them know if you are having difficulties accessing the work. If internet access or access to devices is a problem we need to know so we can help to provide alternatives for you. While we do not wish to cause stress or worry, we do want to continue your child’s learning to the best of our ability. You can reply to this email and I will forward the message on if you do not have the teacher’s email address. I will contact those parents we do not hear from on Friday to see how we can help.
To try to engage the children and to reward them for their hard work we would like to run a competition for a €20 book token. To enter, just send a picture of your child’s work to the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org and give your child’s name. Closing date Friday 1st May at 3 p.m.
Winner will be chosen at random so get your entries in. Next week we will have another competition so lots of chances to win.
We look forward to hearing from you as the week passes.
I hope you and your families are keeping well both physically and mentally at the moment. The current situation is a strange one for us all with different families coping in their own unique ways.
As we approach Easter and what would typically be our Easter break, our teachers will not be sending work to students. They may give one or two small activities for children who may like to do them for fun. I urge you to relax as much as possible over the Easter break, let the children take a break too and we will be ready to go again once more in two weeks time. That may be back in school but could well be the continuation of home schooling.
At this stage, children have missed 15 days of school. While this seems like a lot of time, a good number of our students are engaging with their teachers online and completing work assigned. We are fully aware that home situations are different with access to devices or broadband an issue for some. With this in mind, could you please complete the survey below to give us some idea of what children have access to and the possibilities for us if this situation continues after Easter.
Work assigned by teachers is a guide for you as parents. If you can complete this, great. If not, do not worry or stress about this. However, please continue to engage with your child and use those interactions to teach them. Bake (measuring), do some gardening, use chalk outside to draw shapes and pictures, read, read, read!! Contact Grandparents by phone or video and ask them about the past (history), look at maps and other countries (geography), sing and dance (music and P.E.).
Again if you can, take a look at the school website (https://queenoftheuniversens.wordpress.com/useful-links-for-parents-and-teachers/) or school Twitter (https://twitter.com/qofuns) which both contain lots of links to guide you and help you to keep your children busy! As this is a strange time for them, play and fun is still very important and they are probably enjoying having the family together.
If you have not completed the form sent in a previous text message about consent for online platforms please do so.
Through the School Meals fund, we now have the capacity to help families of children in our school who might not otherwise have access to food. Guidance has been given to schools around the types of food items that can be included to support those in crisis, with items similar to that of a breakfast club.
The organisation of this procedure will be decided upon in due course to meet the demand of families who are in acute need of this support.
If your family needs this support for food provisions please contact the school in strictest confidence on email@example.com or phone Paula Hughes on 086 0439172
To finish, thank you for your engagement so far. Hopefully things will return to normal sometime soon and we look forward to laughter ringing through the school halls again. Please fill in the form below and do not hesitate to contact myself or the teachers if you require support.
Wishing you every blessing for Easter.
Cathal Cole (please complete the form below)
Calm.com have offered some meditations and sleep aids to help mental and emotional wellbeing in these strange times.
Parents mind find them useful to use themselves or with children to relax over the coming few weeks.
GENERAL – ALL SUBJECT AREAS
- Wakelet – Senior Infants home survival kit created by Niamh Brady
- Wakelet – Collection of resources suitable for 3rd-6th created by Niamh Brady
- Padlet – Online resources across a range of levels to support parents during the school closures – Created by Maggie Green
- Padlet – Tools, apps and websites to support Irish primary pupils working in the home – List created by Ciara Reilly, Lecturer in Education (ICT and Digital Education) http://www.mie.ie
- Mr MC – Primary School Teacher sharing free resources
- Maeve Mullins Keep Fit– warm ups, energetic dance routines, strength and conditioning workouts, and cool downs.
- Classroom Secrets – Resource packs for home learning
- Primary School Curriculum
- https://www.dkfindout.com/us/ Interactive Encyclopedia
- https://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/products?ed=all&gr=Welcome%21 Interactive Encyclopedia (KIDS) and Ebooks
- www.duchas.ie Collections of Stories from Primary Schools from the 1950s
- Google Treks – bringing famous landmarks and locations to your class and home
- Scoilnet – portal site for Irish education
- Ask About Ireland – information about Ireland under a variety of topics
- BBC schools – educational website for children
- Department of Education and Skills – Department of Education website
- Primary Games – interactive games
- Crickweb – primary interactive resources
- Teach the children well – portal site for educational websites
- Enchanted Learning – learning by topic across a broad range
Read, Write, Think– Create Trump Cards, Poems, Letters plus many more
Storyberries – Online Books
Storyline Online – Movie Stars reading book
EPIC! – Digital library for kids under 12
Phonics Websites and Apps
Starfall – English Language Development focusing on Literacy
Literactive – reading and phonics for early years pupils
International Children’s Digital Library
British Council – Learn English Kids – literacy activities
ICT Games – literacy games
NY Library “On-Lion” for Kids
Cbeebies – activities for early learning years
Writing Fun – interactive writing website
Rivet – reading practice
Oxford Owl – reading practice
Soundcloud – Lots of free audio books
https://www.typing.com/ Free online typing tutoring site without frills
https://www.nessy.com/uk/ Nessy Fingers have a free log in for a few weeks like Twinkl for Covid 19
https://blockly.games/ Level coding games
https://code.org/learn Leveled coding games for all ages of children and interests Run Marco, Kodable and Star Wars are particularly good
TG4 – Cúla 4 – programmes, competitions and gallery / cláracha, comórtas agus gailearaí
Focal – online Irish dictionary / foclóir Gaeilge ar líne
https://seideansi.ie/ Interactive Irish site
http://robo.ie/ Interactive Irish stories
Maths Week Ireland – International Day of Mathematics (Pi Day 3.14) 14th March 2020 – Lots of free resources and games
Maths is Fun – basic Maths skills
Cool Math 4 Kids – wide range of activities for all ages
ICT Games – numeracy games
IXL Maths – activities for JI to 6th under all Maths areas
Teaching Tables – interactive website dedicated to tables
Sums Online – numeracy activities
Ask About Ireland – facts about Ireland, readings from museums
Irish History Links – dedicated Irish History website
National Museum of Ireland
National Geographic Kids– resources for natural environment
Kids Geo – information on a wide range of Geography topics
DLTK Kids – countries and culture activities
Fact Monster – see world facts section & areas such as Science & Maths also
Dabbledoo Music – fun and easy music lessons
Classics for kids – classical music website for children
Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – orchestra instruments
San Francisco Symphony Kids – instruments & make your own music
Sphinx Kids– learn about the orchestra & play interactive games
The Karaoke Channel – songs to sing along to
The-North-Pole.com – sing along Christmas carols
Science Foundation Ireland
WOW Science – excellent free activities, experiments, games and videos
Primary Science – interactive activities based on curricular areas
Science Kids – Science and Technology for kids
Science Bob – fun interactive experiments
Mooney goes wild – resources for mammals, insects and birds
NASA – information on Solar System with child friendly student section
Science Experiments Around the Home
Will Sliney – Drawing Challenge on Twitter and How to Draw videos on youtube
Google Arts and Culture – Have a look around Artistic landmarks including famous Art Gallerys
I am an artist – visual arts initiative aimed at primary school children
Art Attack – creative ideas and activities for children
Kinder Art – art and craft ideas for children of all ages
Incredible Art – ideas for Art activities
National Gallery of Ireland – National Art Gallery website
NGA Kids – excellent resource for Visual Arts for children
Yesterday An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of all schools nationwide from 6 p.m.
This came as a shock to us in school as it did to you, our parents. We communicated the news to students in a calm way so as not to upset or unduly worry them. Parents may be unsure how to speak to children about the current situation and the Department of Education have given guidelines at the following link. https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/talking-to-children-and-young-people-about-covid-19-coronavirus-advice-for-parents-and-schools.pdf
I want to pay tribute to the teachers, SNAs and all staff who worked tirelessly to create booklets of work for younger students at such short notice and ensured children in older classes had access to online resources to enable us to communicate with them over the coming weeks. Senior classes will be using a mixture of Google Classroom and school email addresses to enable teachers to set work and allow students to respond and submit their work online. School email addresses can be used at home by logging into Gmail.com with the students full school address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) and their own password. These school email addresses can only be used to communicate with other students and teachers in our school. By logging into the address the student has access to their own documents etc. that they are used to using at school. There they can create projects or slideshows and use Google Docs for story writing. These can then be shared with the teacher or with other students.
I remind parents that many of our students have access to online programmes such as Reading Eggs (https://readingeggs.co.uk/), Mathletics (https://www.mathletics.com/uk/), Math Seeds (https://mathseeds.co.uk/) and Accelerated Reader. These are powerful tools and are a very useful way for children to fill their time over the next two weeks. Children will hopefully know their own log in details and have been shown how to log in to their own account. If your child does not know their details please send an email to the school and we will get back to you as soon as we can. The school might also send occasional emails with some ideas for work the children can undertake or other relevant information.
We would also encourage children to enjoy traditional activities like reading, jigsaws, board games etc. and younger students should do plenty of cutting, sticking, colouring and working on fine motor skills.
To finish I want to thank you for your understanding in these unprecedented times. We will keep you updated as and when we hear more information from the Department of Education and the Government. The relevant page on the Department of Education website is https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/information-for-schools-preschools-and-third-level-institutions-on-the-coronavirus.html
We hope all members of our school community stay healthy and we look forward to returning to school in the near future.