Suggested Activities 18th-22nd May



Combining within 10 and Time 

  • Watch Ms. Gilroy’s Maths lesson. 
  • Ms. Gilroy is showing us how to count to ten while doing ten different exercises. Can you try to count with her? Can you think of any other exercises? Can you count to ten in another language? 
  • Watch Ms. Gilroy’s video “Making 5” and try to play this game at home. 
  • For this game, you will need: one cup per player, a dice, some paper, sticky-tape and counting objects (counters, lego, lollipop sticks or anything you can find!) 
  • How many different ways did you make five? Eg. 2 and 3 make 5 
  • Try to complete these basic number sentences: 

Number Sentence 1: 2 + 3 = ____? 

Using Dots: .. + … =  ____? 


Number Sentence 2: 4 + 1 = ____? 

Using Dots: …. + . = ____? 


Number Sentence 3: 3 + 2 = ____? 

Using Dots: … + .. = ____? 


  • Challenge your daughter to combine within 10 by completing the following sums: 

Number Sentence 1: 5 + 2 = ____? 


Number Sentence 2: 6 + 4 = ____? 


Number Sentence 3: 7 + 3 = ____? 


Encourage her to draw pictures to work out these sums using dots etc. 

  • Can you think of any more number sentences? Try to write your own! 
  • Continue to use the mathematical language “___ plus ___ equals ___” when adding the two sets together.  
  • Ask questions like ‘How many do we have in each set? ‘If we combine both sets, how many will we have altogether? Count. 
  • How many different ways can you make 10? 
  • Use your number line to check if these sums are correct (eg. Start at 2 and make 8 jumps to see if 2 + 8 = 10) 
  • Practise counting on with your number line- ask your child addition sums within 10. (Eg. ‘What is 6 + 3?’ You start at 6 on your number line, jump forward three times and say what number you land on)  
  • Keep practising the ‘Days of the Week’ song. 
  • Ordering Game: Practise putting the days of the week in order. Singing the ‘Days of the Week’ song might help with this. The first day of the week is Monday and the last day of the week is Sunday. 
  • ‘Can You Find…?’ Game: With the day of the week in the right order, say different days of the week ask your daughter to point to it. You can challenge your daughter further by asking them what day comes before/after another given day. 
  • ‘If today is…’ Game: Choosing different days of the week, ask your daughter ‘If today is ____, what day was it yesterday? What day will it be tomorrow?’  
  • Play this game to help you put the days of the week in order! 



This week we are reading the story “We Are Family” by Patricia Hegarty. You can watch Ms. Meenagh reading this story below. 

Follow-up activities: 

  • Draw a picture of your family.  
  • Describe who is in your family, what their names are, and what age they are. 
  • Can you write the name of each family member above their picture? You might need to ask for help to spell out your family’s names. 
  • What activities do you like to do with your family? 
  • Did you see a family like yours in the story? How are they like your family? 
  • Did you see a family different to yours in the story? How are they different to your family?  
  • Write 2 sentences about your family: ‘There are ____ (eg. five) people in my family.’ ‘I like to ____ (eg. go to the park, play games) with my family’. 

Poetry: Watch Ms. Meenagh reading the poem “Families”. 

Visual Literacy: Try Miss Mc Geough’s Visual Literacy Challenge 4 ‘If It Is Not a Wave, Then What Is It?’ in the Extra Challenges section of the school website. Challenge your child to finish drawing the given picture and send in their illustrations to  

Stories to Practise Reading: 

Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Games: 

Handwriting: Continue with Handwriting Workbook. 

  • Get your child to trace the letter in the air with her finger. 
  • Make the letter with playdough. 
  • Try and think of words that begin with the letter. 
  • Make sure that your child is sitting up straight and holding her pencil properly before she begins. 

Oral Language:  

  • Order the family members by age and height. 
  • Describe each family member in detail using comparative phrases like ‘older than ____’, ‘younger than ____’, ‘taller than ____’ and ‘shorter than ____’. 
  • Describe the likes, dislikes, talents, skills of each family member. Eg. “Laura’s favourite colour is ____ because ____”. 


Caitheamh Aimsire (Hobbies) 

Listen to and practise saying the vocabulary and phrases in Ms. Mc Geough’s video: Caitheamh Aimsire. 


  • Ag siúl (walking) Phonetically pronounced “egg shool 
  • Ag rith (running) Phonetically pronounced “egg rih 
  • Ag léim (jumping) Phonetically pronounced “egg lame 
  • Ag snámh (swimming) Phonetically pronounced “egg snawv 
  • Ag damhsa (dancing) Phonetically pronounced “egg dow sa 
  • Ag ithe (eating) Phonetically pronounced egg i ha”    
  • Ag ól (drinking) Phonetically pronounced “egg oh l”    
  • Teidí (Teddy) Phonetically pronounced the same as in English Ted ee”    
  • Caitheamh Aimsire (Hobbies) Phonetically pronounced “Ki hov I’m Sha ra” 
  • An bhfuil Teidí ag ____? (Is Teddy ____ ing?) Phonetically pronounced “On will Teddy egg ____?”    
  • Tá Teidí ag ____.  (Teddy is ____ing) Phonetically pronounced “Taw Teddy egg ____.” 
  • Níl Teidí ag ____. (Teddy is not ____ing) Phonetically pronounced “Neel Teddy egg ____.”    
  • Tá mé ag ____.  (I am ____ing) Phonetically pronounced “Taw may egg ____.” 
  • Níl mé ag ____. (I am not ____ing) Phonetically pronounced “Neel may egg ____.”    


Suggested activities:  

  • Ask your child to act out these activities. Challenge her to say “Tá mé ag ____.”  (I am ____ing-phonetically pronounced “Taw may egg ____.”) while she is doing the activity. 
  • Draw pictures of each of these activities and make your own flashcards. 
  • Cluiche Meaitseáil (Matching Game): Make 2 of each card eg. 2 running cards, 2 swimming cards etc. Put all of the cards face down. Mix them around. Ask your daughter to find the 2 matching cards eg. Ag rith agus ag rith (running and running). See how fast she can match all the cards! 
  • “An bhfuil tú ag ____?” (Are you ____ing?): Act out one of these above activities for your daughter. Challenge her to guess which activity you are doing using the Irish words only or by using the phrase “An bhfuil tú ag ____?” (Phonetically pronounced “On will too egg ____?”    
  • Simon Says: You will tell your daughter to act out one of the above activities by saying “Bí ag ____” (Phonetically pronounced “Bee egg ____”). If you say “Ná bí ag ____” (Phonetically pronounced “Naw bee egg ____”) then she shouldn’t do the activity. See if your daughter can successfully follow your instructions. 
  • Draw a picture of you doing your favourite activity. 
  • Do you know how to say any of these words in a different language?  


Once you know these words really well, listen to Ms. Mc Geough saying the rhyme: “Is Féidir Liom Rith” (I Can Run) 

Suggested activities:  

  • Draw pictures of you or your Teddy doing these activities. Which activities can you do that your Teddy cannot do? 
  • Can you act out this rhyme or say it in another language? Maybe you could make a video or voice recording and send it to the school website! 
  • Don’t worry if you or your child doesn’t understand every single word in the story. It’s important that they understand the main vocabulary that we have practised in other videos but you can use context to guess the vocabulary that we have not covered.  


Downloading Bua na Cainte B (your child’s Irish programme) 

If you decide to download it, the username is “trial” and the password is “trial”. However, you will need a laptop and fast broadband as it is a huge file. A free version is available at this link . Click Mac or PC (whatever your computer or laptop is-the majority are PC), then click on ‘Senior Infants’, and finally click on ‘Bua-b-setup-pc.exe’. Your computer should automatically start downloading a trial version of Bua na Cainte. When you have downloaded this free trial, click onto the theme ‘Caitheamh Aimsire’ (‘Hobbies’-it has a picture of a doll and ball beside it) on the left-hand side of the page. Then click onto ‘Rainn’ (‘Rhymes’-it has a picture of a music note beside it). Click onto ‘Is Féidir Liom Rith’ and the dog will sing the rhyme that Ms. Mc Geough sings in the video. The rhyme features 4 of our new Irish words this week: rith (run), léim (jump), ithe (eat) and ól (drink). 


  • Draw a picture of your family 
  • Draw a picture of you doing your favourite activity. 



Watch Ms. Toomey’s video where you will learn the song “Ickle Ockle”. 

Ickle Ockle blue bottle, fishes in the sea, 

If you want a partner, please choose me! 

  • Practise clapping the rhythm of other songs and nursery rhymes you might know, for example, “Twinkle Twinkle”, “Ring-a –Ring-a-Rosie” and “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. 
  • Watch Ms. Toomey’s video where you will learn how to play the Traffic Lights Game. 
  • Make your own traffic lights and play the Traffic Lights Game with the rest of your family. 


  • Watch Mr Maguire’s workout in the Extra Challenges section of the school website and try to get fit for Active Home Week 2020! 
  • Watch Ms. Gilroy’s video where she counts to ten while doing different exercises.  
  • Dance to ‘Saturday Night’ with the teachers!


Activities for Ms Tiernan’s Students: 

This week we are going to be working on lots of fun listening activities. I think you will enjoy them!

Don’t forget to take pictures of your fantastic work and share them with us by sending them to