Suggested Activities 11th-15th May


  • Two Little Frogs – Unit 21 ‘The Lion with the Smelly Breath’ p. 84-87 (Do one page each day)  
  • Discuss the magic ‘e’ with your child and how it changes a word’s sound, for example, cub – cube, ask your child to come up with her own magic ‘e’ words and make some sentences. 
  • Spellcheck – Week 30 – Practise 3 spellings each day and have a spelling test on Friday   
  • Reading – 2/4 pages of reader each day and any other books you have at home. Read ‘The Lion with Smelly Breath’ in Two Little Frogs. Discuss new words and retell the story orally.  


  1. Handwriting: Continue with Handwriting Booklet.  
  2. Get your child to trace the letter in the air with her finger.  
  3. Make the letter with playdough.  
  4. Try and think of words that begin with the letter.  
  5. Make sure that your child is sitting up straight and holding her pencil properly before she begins. 


  • Make an acrostic poem about ‘My House’. Follow the pattern below and draw a picture of your house too. 










  • Mental Maths – Week 30 p.60 & 61 (Use each question as a teaching point)  
  • Data – Your child will be learning how read data from a chart over the coming days This will be done by means of games and activities using concreate materials. 
  • Mathematical Language: How many? Count, more, less, fewer, pictogram, graph, most, least, equal, same amount, altogether, chart 
  • Representing and Interpreting Data: Data can be organised in many ways in everyday life, from pictograms, bar charts to line graphs etc. In Senior Infants, your child was expected to represent and interpret data (information/objects, etc.) in two columns or rows. In First Class, she is asked to represent data in four rows or columns. It is best to introduce your child to data by using a range of objects that are familiar to her. 
  • Making Rows: Give your child up to 10 buttons/pasta shells/clothes/pegs/fridge magnets etc. It is best to start with only two rows or columns and build up to four rows/columns. Ask her to place a row of 7 buttons, then ask her to put 5 pasta shells directly next to the row of buttons. These rows should be in one to one correspondence (directly under each other). Your child should be able to see the pasta shells in the bottom rows that correspond to the buttons in the top row. She should be able to see that there are two extra buttons in the top row. Ask questions like: 

How many buttons are in the top row?  

How many pasta shells in the bottom row?  

How many more items are in the top row than in the bottom row?  

How many fewer items are in the bottom row than in the top row?  

  • You can now ask your child to add a row or column of clothes pegs and ask similar type questions. 
  • Make a pictogram/bar chart of the amount of fruit/vegetable in your house. 
  • Practise +5 tables (5+1=6, 5+2=7…) Time your child and see how long it takes her to add 5 from 0 – 12 



  • Parents can download Bua na Cainte to use at home. Go to Username: trial Password: trial. We are following the 1st Class programme and are working on the topic of Éadaí at the moment.  
  • You can also practice with the below activities. 
  • Bain úsáid as an app ‘Duolingo’ nó ‘Cula 4’ chun Gaeilge bunúsach a fhorbairt  
  • Do your best to write some simple Irish sentences in your news – Inniu an ______ Inné an _______ Amárach an________. Tá an aimsir gaofar/tirim/grianmhar/fliuch/ceomhar/ fuar/te  

Eadaí (Clothes)- Discuss the following vocabulary and draw a picture of each one-   

Léine ghorm (blue shirt)  

Carbhat dearg (red tie)  

geansaí dúghorm (Navy jumper)  

sciorta bánbearg (pink skirt)  

briste dúghorm (Navy trousers),   

stocaí bán (White socks)  

Tá _____________orm (I am wearing __________)  

Níl ________________ orm (I am not wearing__________)  



Léamh agus abair an dán ‘Éadaí’  


Féach ar mo bhriste (look at my trousers)  

Féach ar mo chóta (look at my coat)  

Féach ar mo hata (Look at my hat)  

Agus féach ar mo charbhat (And look at my tie)  

Ach cá bhfuil mo stocaí? (But where are my socks?)  

Agus cá bhfuil mo bhróga? (And where are my shoes?)  

Ní fheidir liom dul ar scoil ( I can’t go to school)  

Gan Stocaí agus bhróga!! (Without socks and shoes!!)  


Tarraing pictúir: Draw a picture of this poem  



Timelines: Discuss different parts of your child’s life so far and what it meant to you as a parent. You can include things like your child’s birth, their first word, their first toy, their baptism, their first day of school etc. Make a timeline with your child charting these significant events, from birth until now, feel free to include as much as you like. You can add pictures and photographs and write a little bit about each event underneath 













Nature Colour Hunt 

  • Divide a piece of paper/cardboard into sections 
  • Use paint/crayons/colouring pencils (whatever you have available) to add strips of colour (white, pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red) to your paper/cardboard 
  • Take your paper/cardboard outside (to your garden or for a walk with your family) and see if you can find things in nature that match the colours on your card.  
  • Add these to the paper/card using glue and take a photograph of your work! 
  • Once you’ve finished, compare the shades of the various items you have collected and discuss which colours are harder to find in nature and why that might be. 




Grow in Love 1st Class – Theme 6 Reconciliation – Lesson 1: We offer gifts  

To access   

  1. go to  
  2. Sign in using the following details: Email: Password: growinlove  


Extra Activties  

Home School Hub on RTE 2 every day from 11a.m to 12p.m. Watch our very own Ms Ní Chíosain!  

If you have any pictures of any work or activities you have done, feel free to send them to our email before Thursday at  





If you go to Ms. Kelly:   


Hi girls. Hope you are all keeping well. Well done with all of the hard work so far! Keep it going.  


*Please only complete these activities if you get a chance to do so *   


The Local Community:   


At the moment lots of our favourite places are closed like the swimming pool, our school and the shopping centre.   


  • Discuss with your family what you would like to do when things get back to normal. Where will be the first place you would like to go? Who do you miss seeing? 


  • Speak in English and in your own home language when making plans. I look forward to hearing them!   


  • Draw a map of all the places you can go near your house. Draw in where you can go for a walk and other places which you miss going to. 


  • You can send pictures of your work to Please include your child’s name, her teacher’s name and whether you’re happy for us to share the picture on our website. 


Ms O’Shaughnessy’s Group/Ms. McKeon’s Group:  

Hello girls, we hope you are all well and had a good weekend. We miss seeing you in school every day. Here are some activities that you might like to do if you have time. You do not have to do them, only if you want to.  


Reading: My Read At Home Book 1 (Ms O’Shaughnessy’s girls should have this in your yellow folders) or go to  

Read the stories and answer the questions orally (you do not need to write the answers, this reading is just for enjoyment). You may need to ask someone to help you or to listen to your reading.  

Monday: p.67 Keep in Touch  

Tuesday: p. 68 Trog the Troll  

Wednesday: p.69 The Magic Box  

Thursday: p.70 The Sun  

Friday: p.72 Super Monster Raffle  

Activity: If there is somebody in the house to help you, complete the experiment on p.67. Follow the instructions and explore how the various things feel. You might like to record the results by drawing a picture and writing a word to describe how each object/ thing felt.   

Ex: water =wet. You could send us a picture of you doing the experiment to Please include your child’s name, her teacher’s name and whether you’re happy for us to share the picture on our website.  

Extra Activity: Click on this link to listen to the story The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson:   


You can visit for an overview of the Jolly Phonics sounds.  

We will revise the first 3 groups on Monday and Tuesday and introduce the second half of group 4 on Wednesday and Thursday. If you need more time, don’t worry; just play variations of the games each day until you’re ready to move onto a new group. Do some, or all of the following activities. It can be a good idea to write the letters on a piece of paper or card and cut them out. Some of you may have a little bag of letters in your folders:  

Group 1: s, a, t, i, p, n  

Group 2: c, k (make the same sound), e, h, r, m, d  

Group 3: g, o, u, l, f, b  

Group 4: ai, j, oa, ee, or ( we did ai and j last week and are going to look at ee and or this week).  


Monday and Tuesday: Groups 1-4 (ai, j), Revision  

  • See how many different 3 or 4 letter words you can remember that use the letter sounds from the first 4 groups: Ex: jog, boat, goat, mail.
  • Can you write them down?
  • Ask an adult to call out some words and make them with your letters.
  • Ask an adult to call out some words and write them down without looking at your letters.
  • Challenge: What is the biggest word you can make?

Wednesday and Thursday (New Activity): Group 4: ee, or.  

Wednesday: ee  

  • How many words do you know that have the ee sound? If you can’t think of any here’s a hint, can you think of any words that rhyme with bee? 
  • Look at Groups 1-4. What letter sounds can you use from these groups to make an –ee word?  
  • How many words can you make? 

Thursday: or

  • How many words can you think of that have the or sound? Ex: for, fork. Some of the words will have the or sound in the middle of them while some of them will have it at the end 
  • Can you write any of them down? 
  • Using the other sounds from Groups 1-4, how many words can you make that have the or sound? 

Friday-extra challenge:  

  • What new sentences can you make with your 4 groups? Ex. I sat on a black sack with a fork.
  • Ask an adult to call some sentences out to you and write them down. Draw a picture to go with the sentence.
  • Look at all the words you made this week. Set a timer and write down all the ones you can remember in 5/4/3 minutes!

Dolch Sight Words:  

Dolch Words are lists of some of the most common words in the English language. You can visit the following link to play a quick memory game to help your daughter practice the first list of words. Try writing the words from the game on flashcards/ pieces of paper and use them for practice. Can you read the word? Write the word? Use the word in a sentence? and click on Dolch Primer Games. Why not try the primer matching game this week? You can move up or down the levels depending on how well you are getting on.  


We added some new games last week so we’d like you to try them out for one more week. If you do get a chance to play them, why not take a picture and send them to the school’s photo gallery. You can send pictures of your work to Please include your child’s name, her teacher’s name and whether you’re happy for us to share the picture on our website.  


You can also visit the website for some good revision games  


Monday: The Sound of a Number Game.   

You need: A tin and cubes/ marbles/ coins-anything that makes noise when dropped. How to play: Person A drops coins/ objects into a tin while the child counts silently in their head. You can alternate the person who is “on”.  

Tuesday: Two more than:   

You need: Number cards 1-20 or 1-40, whatever range your child is comfortable with.   

How to play: Pick a number and ask the child to show you the number that is 2 more. Extend the number range 1-30, 1-40 or 20-40 etc if it is too easy. Narrow the number range 1-10, 10-20 if it is too difficult.  


Wednesday: Move your counter:   

You need: A “number line” 1-10, 1-20, 1-50 or as appropriate. A counter/ marker/ coin/ button.  

How to play: The adult gives instructions ex: “Put your counter on the number that comes before/ after 10”. “Put your counter on any number greater than 17/ smaller than 20” etc.  

Thursday: Stand and sit game.  

You need: Someone to play with, a chair, a number line or Hundred Square or numbers written on card or paper.  

How to play: Choose a sequence to focus on Ex; 10-20, 20-40, 30-50. Start standing up, then sit down for every second number.  

Ex: Number range: 20-40.  

20- Stand up  

21-Sit down  

22-Stand up.  

If you miss a number or do the wrong action you must start again!  


Friday: Why not check out this nice little Maths activity? It explores different ways of making ten. You can use your fingers to help you count!