Suggested Activities 8th-12th June



  • Watch Ms. Toomey’s video where we will learn about and identify 1c, 2c and 5c coins for Junior Infants and 10c and 20c coins for Senior Infants. 



  • Watch “Identifying Coins: Activity 1 and 2” videos 
  • Collect as many coins as you can. Make coin rubbings and when the picture is finished, match the coins to the correct rubbings. Encourage your child to say the name of the coin as she matches and encourage her to say “cent” as children often say “euro” instead. 


  • Sort the coins. Again, encourage your child to say the name of the coin and to describe what it looks like.  



  • Watch Ms. Toomey’s video: Adding Coins 



  • Junior Infant children should be able to add coins with totals of up to 5c. Challenge your child to add the following combination of coins: 
  • 1c and 1c and 1c and 1c makes _____ 
  • 2c and 1c makes _____ 
  • 2c and 2c makes _____ 
  • 2c and 1c an 1c makes _____ 
  • Senior Infants children should be able to add coins with totals of up to 10c. Challenge your child to add the following combination of coins: 
  • 5c + 2c = _____ 
  • 2c + 2c + 2c = _____ 
  • 5c + 5c = _____ 
  • 5c + 2c + 1c = _____ 


  • Junior and Senior Infant girls can watch Ms Toomey’s video “Let’s Go Shopping 1” 



  • Senior Infant girls can watch the follow up video “Let’s Go Shopping 2” 




This week we are learning about phonicsspecifically word families, digraphs and blends. You can watch Ms. Mc Geough teaching word families and digraphs below. 

Words that have the same rime ending and rhyme with each other are called word families. These include -am (jam, ham, Mam), -ad (Dad, mad, sad), -in (pin, bin, tin..), -it (sit, hit, pit…), -ot (hot, cot, pot..) and so many more.  

A digraph is when two letter sounds come together to make just one single sound. You can’t hear each letter sound. Eg. ‘c’ and ‘h’ cannot be heard when saying ‘ch’. During the year, the Senior Infants learned the following digraphs through Jolly Phonics:  

ch, sh, th, qu: these four digraphs can be used at the start of a word  

ai, oa, ie, ee, or, ng, oo, ou, oi, ue, er, ar: these digraphs are usually used in the middle or at the end of words 

These digraphs can be revised through singing the Jolly Phonics songs at the link below. Your child should practise singing these songs everyday to retain their learning. 

A consonant blend is when two or more letter sounds come together but each letter sound can be heard. Eg. ‘b’ and ‘l’ can be heard when saying ‘bl’. Example of consonant blends are: bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl (these blends are easiest to say), br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr etc. 

For the following activities, try to focus on digraphs and consonant blends that can be used at the beginning of words such as: ch, sh, th, qu, ph, bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl, br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr. Encourage your child to think of words beginning with these digraphs.  

You can obtain further information from the Jolly Phonics website and its resources:  


Follow-up activities: 

  • If possible, try Miss Mc Geough’s cup activity to make word families. If you can’t use cups, ask an adult to give you a consonant letter sound and a word family ending. Practise blending the sounds together. Eg. s + at = sat. Try using digraphs to make word families too! Eg. ch + at = chat. 
  • How many words can you think of for each word family? Eg. -at word family: cat, mat, fat, hat, sat etc. Can you draw a picture for each word you make?  
  • Could you put words from the same word family to make a silly sentence? Eg. A fat cat sat on a mat. Draw a picture of your silly sentence. 
  • If possible, try Miss Mc Geough’s stacking cups activity to practise reading word families. How many words can you read correctly? Can you read a word that starts with a digraph eg. sh + op = shop? How high can you stack your cups? 
  • If possible, play Musical Plates! Remember when the music stops, you have to think of five words for that word family. Eg -ut word family: nut, cut, put, but, hut. 
  • If possible, add digraphs into the middle of your Musical Plates circle. Can you add digraphs to any of the word families? Eg. ch + at = chat, fl + ip = flip, cl + am = clam, dr + op = drop. Draw pictures of the words you make.  
  • Play Word Tennis with a sibling! Pick a word family (eg. -op word family), get your partner to say a rhyming word (eg. mop) and then you say a rhyming word (eg. top). 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 rhyming word. The other person wins! 
  •  How many words can you and your partner think of for each word family? Count them and try to beat your highest score! 

Visual Literacy: Try Miss Mc Geough’s Visual Literacy Challenge 6 ‘If It Is Not a Flower, 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 ‘Musical Plates’. 
  • Play ‘Word Tennis’. 
  • Could you put words from the same word family to make a silly sentence? Eg. A fat cat sat on a mat. How many silly sentences can you make? 


Teidí agus Ainmhithe na Feirme (Teddy and the Farm Animals) 


Listen to Ms. Gilroy read the story. 


The following words are pronounced in the video above. 

  • Teidí (Teddy) Phonetically pronounced the same as in English “Ted ee 
  • Feirm (farm) Phonetically pronounced “furm 
  • Ocras (hunger) Phonetically pronounced “uk rus 
  • Ubh (egg) Phonetically pronounced “uv 
  • Madra (dog) Phonetically pronounced mod ra 
  • Cat (cat) Phonetically pronounced cot 
  • Caora (sheep) Phonetically pronounced qu air a 
  • Uan (lamb) Phonetically pronounced “oo in 
  • Muc (pig) Phonetically pronounced “muck” 
  • Banbh (piglet) Phonetically pronounced “bon uv 
  • Bó (cow) Phonetically pronounced “bo 
  • Capall (horse) Phonetically pronounced “cop ul” 
  • Cearc (hen) Phonetically pronounced “cyarc 
  • Gé (goose) Phonetically pronounced “gay” 
  • Lacha (duck) Phonetically pronounced “lock a” 
  • Turcaí (turkey) Phonetically pronounced the same as in English “tur key” 
  • Fuair mé (I got) Phonetically pronounced “fur may” 
  • An bhfuil ubh agat? (Do you have an egg?) Phonetically pronounced “On will uv og ut?” 



Suggested activities:  

  • Draw pictures of each of these animals and make your own flashcards. 
  • Watch the video again. This time when Teddy asks each animal for an egg, point to the correct animal that Teddy is asking. (‘Have you got an egg sheep?’ Pick up the sheep flashcard). 
  • ‘Who Am I?: In pairs or in a group, make the sound of an animal on the farm. The other person must guess (in Irish) which animal they are. 
  • Cluiche Kim: Line the flashcards up in a row. Point to each card and say the word. Tell your child to close her eyes and then remove one card. When she opens her eyes again, she must guess which card is missing. 
  • Do you know how to say any of these words in a different language? 
  • Act out the story. Help Teddy to ask the animals for the eggs: ‘An bhfuil ubh agat?’ (Do you have an egg?) Phonetically pronounced “On will uv og ut?” 
  • Don’t worry if your child does not understand every word in the story. It is only important they understand the main vocabulary. 
  • TG4 an Irish Broadcaster on television has a version of RTÉ’s Home School Hub. Explore its Irish resources at the following link: 


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: 

– Mé Féin 

– Rainn 

-Is Mise an Madra 




Watch Ms. Meenagh go on a minibeast hunt!   



  • What minibeasts did she find?  
  • How many legs does an insect have?  
  • Does an insect have antennae?  
  • Can you tell if the minibeasts in this picture are insects or not?   






Head outside and see if you can find any minibeasts near you. Take photographs or draw pictures and send them into us 




Click onto the link below and draw one of the farm animals on the right-hand side of the website. 



Listen to Ms. Meenagh sing The Bare Necessities on the ukulele. There are two minibeasts named in the song – did you hear what they were?  

Sing along if you know the words!  




Watch any of the teachers’ challenges from the Active Home Week section of the school website and try to get fit for Active Home Week 2020! 



 Ms. Tiernan’s Activities:

Let’s keep working on sounds this week. Click on the following links to work on sounds: