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 

School Closure

Dear Parents,

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.surname.student@queenoftheuniversens.com) 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. 

Kind Regards,


Cathal Cole
Principal

Coronavirus/Covid 19

As I’m sure you are aware, Covid 19 has arrived into Ireland recently.

Please see below the most up to date information (as of 2/3/20) on the virus.

https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/information-for-schools-preschools-and-third-level-institutions-on-the-coronavirus.html

Click to access Advice%20for%20schools%20preschool%20settings%20and%20parents%20V3.pdf

If your child is displaying any of the symptoms mentioned above please follow the advice of the H.S.E.

In order to prevent the spread of the Covid 19 virus and indeed many other viruses which make members of our school community sick please speak to your child about the importance of good hand hygiene. The follwoing link has many good videos and links for use with children.

https://www.scoilnet.ie/go-to-post-primary/collections/coronavirus/