Suggested Activities 25th-29th May


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Look at the Maths Problem of the Week in our Extra Challenges section!

Combining within 10 and Time 

  • Watch Ms. Meenagh’s ‘10 Little Mermaids’ video below. Sing along with her Maths song. 



  • Ms. Meenagh is showing us how to count from 1-10 and 10 back to 1 using mermaids. Can you try to count with her? Can you hold up the correct number of fingers as you sing along? 
  • Hide and Peek- Watch Ms. Meenagh explaining this Maths game below. Practise your estimating and counting skills. 




  • Addition- Continue practising your number sentences with Ms. Meenagh’s addition video below. How many different number sentences can you write? 



  • Money- Next week, we will be looking at counting money and shopping. It would be great if you could look at 1c, 2c, 5c and 10c coins at home and practise matching these coins and ordering by worth. 
  • Watch Ms. Gilroy’s video from last week “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: 1 + 4 = ____? 

Using Dots: . + . =  ____? 


Number Sentence 2: 3 + 2 = ____? 

Using Dots: … + .. = ____? 


Number Sentence 3: 5 + 0 = ____? 

Using Dots: .. +  = ____? 


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

Number Sentence 1: 8 + 2 = ____? 


Number Sentence 2: 6 + 3 = ____? 


Number Sentence 3: 7 + 1 = ____? 


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 7 and make 3 jumps to see if 7 + 3 = 10) 
  • Practise counting on with your number line- if possible, your parents could ask you addition sums within 10. (Eg. ‘What is 5 + 4?’ You start at 5 on your number line, jump forward four times and say what number you land on)  



This week we are learning about phonics and phonemes (letter sounds), specifically cvc words and tricky words. You can watch Ms. Mc Geough teaching cvc and tricky words below. 

Cvc words are three letter words (consonant-vowel-consonant). They are decodable by breaking/segmenting the words into its three phonemes (letter sounds), sounding them out individually and blending them all together eg ‘c-a-t’ ‘cat’. During the year, both classes have been learning to recognise and read tricky words. These are words that are not decodable by sounding out each individual letter sound eg. ‘The’ cannot be recognised by sounding out ‘t-h-e’. Writing tricky words down and showing them quickly to your child is an easy way to teach/revise tricky words. You can obtain further information about tricky words from the Jolly Phonics website and its resources: This link below will show you some of the tricky words that can be revised with your child. This list can be ticked off when your child can read these tricky words: 

Follow-up activities: 

  • Write down cvc words for your child to read. She should break the word down into its three letter sounds, sound them out one at a time, and blend them all together. She could draw a corresponding picture to show she can read each word. 
  • Show your child a picture of a cvc word (eg. hat) or call out a cvc word. Ask your child to say the word slowly, sound out each letter sound and write it down. She should have three letter sounds written down eg. h a t.  
  • Can you think of any other words with 3 letter sounds? Can you draw pictures to match these words? You could play a matching/memory game with these words and pictures! How fast can you match the words to their pictures? 
  • Create your own tricky word flowers/necklaces. Wear them at home. When a grown up asks you what your tricky words is, read the word and shout it out loud! Change the tricky word flower every day to learn as many tricky words as you can! 
  • Play the ‘Tricky Word Game’ on your own or with a sibling. How fast can you read, say and swat the word? 
  • Write a mix of cvc and tricky words onto labels. Stick these labels onto the bottom of bun cases or bowls. Ask a grown up to hide a treat under the bun cases/bowls. Read the words to find out what’s hidden underneath! 

Visual Literacy: Try Miss Mc Geough’s Visual Literacy Challenge 5 ‘If It Is Not a Diamond, 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 

  • Play the game ‘Tennis’ using cvc words. You say a word that has three letter sounds (eg. dog), then your partner has to think of a different one. The game keeps going back and forth (like a tennis ball) until someone repeats a word that was already said or until someone can’t think of another cvc word. 
  • How many cvc or tricky words can you find in your house? Can you see any outside? (eg. hat, dog, cat, man) 
  • Can you think of any cvc words that rhyme with each other? See how many you can think of! Eg. fat, hat, sat, pat, cat, mat etc. 


An Aimsir (The Weather) 


Listen to and practise saying the vocabulary and phrases in Ms. Toomey’s video: An Aimsir. 


  • Fliuch (wet) Phonetically pronounced “fluck 
  • Fuar (cold) Phonetically pronounced “fur”/ “foor 
  • Te (hot) Phonetically pronounced “che 
  • Tirim (dry) Phonetically pronounced “chirim/ “trim” 
  • Gaofar (windy) Phonetically pronounced “gwee fur”/ “gway fur” 
  • Scamallach (cloudy) Phonetically pronounced “scom ul lock” 
  • Cén saghas lae é?( What kind of a day is it?/ What’s the weather like?) Phonetically pronounced “Cane sighs lay ay?” 
  • Tá an lá _____. (It is a _____ day.) Phonetically pronounced “Taw on law che.” 
  • Tá an cailín ag an trá. (The girl is at the beach.) Phonetically pronounced “Taw on col een egg on traw.” 
  • Tá uachtar reoite aici. (She has an ice-cream.) Phonetically pronounced “Taw ook tar row che ecky.” 
  • Is maith léi uachtar reoite. (She likes ice-cream.) Phonetically pronounced “Is my lay he ook tar row che.” 


Listen to Ms. Toomey singing “Tá an lá fliuch inniu”. Copy the actions and sing along! 



  • Tá an lá …. inniu. (It is …. today). Phonetically pronounced “Taw on law ____ in you/yuv.” 


Suggested activities:  

  • Your child can draw weather symbols and use these to present “The Weather Forecast” in Irish every morning. 
  • Make two sets of flashcards for the above vocabulary and use them to play the Matching Game and Snap. 
  • Learn and sing “Tá an lá fliuch inniu”. 
  • Do you know how to say any of these words in a different language? 


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.  


If you are using Bua na Cainte this week, go to: 

– An Aimsir 

– Ceacht 1 



Click onto the links below (whatever video is easier to follow) to draw a mermaid just like Ms. Meenagh’s ‘10 Little Mermaids’! 



  • Watch Ms. Toomey’s video about the “Signs of Summer”. 
  • Can you think of any other signs of summer that were not mentioned in this video? 
  • Draw a summer picture and try to include as many signs of summer as you can. 
  • Write a sentence “My favourite thing about summer is ____.” 


  • Watch Ms. Toomey’s “Nature Walk” 
  • Scavenger Hunt: Write down or draw pictures of the following words on a sheet of paper. 
  • Daisy 
  • Buttercup 
  • Bluebell 
  • Ladybird 
  • Butterfly 
  • Bumblebee 
  • Green leaf 
  • Bird 
  • Spider 
  • Fuchsia 
  • Go for a nature walk or go out into your garden with your list and put a tick beside the things you find. 
  • Can you make your own scavenger hunt for someone else in your family? 



  • Follow the GAA lessons by Colm, our GAA coach, in the extra challenges section. 
  • Go to the Active Home Week section on our school website and try out all of the different activities. 

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!




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