Latest Update

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 competitions@queenoftheuniversens.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.

Cathal

New email

Dear Parents,

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 competitions@queenoftheuniversens.com 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.

Kind Regards,

Cathal Cole

Email to all parents

Dear Parents,

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 info@queenoftheuniversens.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. 

Stay safe.

Cathal Cole  (please complete the form below)
https://forms.gle/KEBTeRL86cvUbHDC6

Useful links for parents and teachers.

GENERAL – ALL SUBJECT AREAS

ENGLISH
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
Alphablocks Phonics 
Soundcloud – Lots of free audio books
TYPING
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

CODING
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

GAEILGE
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
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 ​
HISTORY
Ask About Ireland – facts about Ireland, readings from museums
Irish History Links – dedicated Irish History website
National Museum of Ireland

GEOGRAPHY
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

MUSIC
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
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​​

ART
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