In addition to a pared back plan of work for your child/children, we suggest the following Apps for your child’s use too, if you can access them. If not, do not worry, they are helpful but not essential.
● Cúla 4: Excellent for younger pupils for Irish vocab – very child friendly. There are also videos of your children’s favourite cartoons here as Gaeilge which would be useful to watch occasionally to keep up with Irish.
● Doulingo: most suitable from 2nd class upwards. Excellent app. Tests your child Irish ability level at the start and they work away at their own level for 10mins daily.
● Mathduel: For tables. Fun and interactive.
● Starfall: For spellings. Again, very child friendly and useful to keep spellings progressing without feeling like schoolwork.
● Jolly Phonics App: to keep up phonics learning for infant classes.
● Dolch words Apps (there is a wide range available): for the development of sight words.
● Nessy Apps: for reading for pupils with dyslexia or difficulties.
● PinkFong: Digital stories for infant classes. Excellent and engaging.
● Khan Academy: Useful for maths for older pupils especially.
● Kahoot: for general knowledge and quizzes.
● Toontastic: probably the best app ever for digital storytelling – pupils can devise their own digital story, picking a range of characters, settings, even musical background. They plan a beginning, middle and end to their story and can record their own voices to tell the story.
● Puppetpals: similar to toontastic – useful for younger pupils. They can record themselves telling the story also.
● Lightbot – Coding app – super for all ages.
- Scratch/ Scratch Junior
Other useful websites: –
www.topmarks.co.uk – Maths games that children can play independently.
www.storylineonline.net – storybooks read by actors.
The NCSE website, www.ncse.ie, outlines a wide range of resources suitable for children with special educational needs. The site has a new dedicated resource section to support home learning during this time that includes Online Resources for Teachers, Online Resources for Parents and Useful apps for home use. There are also links to many useful educational websites to direct parents, guardians and teachers towards further online supports.
• Folens, www.folens.ie, is offering free access to all of its eBooks and resources.
• CJ Fallon, www.cjfallon.ie, is offering free access to all of its online textbooks.
• The Educational Company of Ireland, www.edco.ie, is offering free access to all of its eBooks and digital resources.
Online reading resources
• All pupils in the Republic of Ireland have open and free home access to a collection of all eBooks from World Book Online at Scoilnet- World Book. (https://www.scoilnet.ie/scoilnet-services/world-book/)
• Britannica is offering free access to its Science and Humanities LaunchPacks to all Scoilnet users during the school closure period. (www.scoilnet.ie)
• Children’s Books Ireland, www.childrensbooksireland.ie, provides access to reading materials, guides and lists.
• Libraries Ireland, www.librariesireland.ie, the national library system, is providing free online access to eBooks, audiobooks, online magazines and newspapers.
• Amazon, www.stories.audible.com/discovery, is giving free access to books and audio stories available.
• The RTE Homeschool Hub, a teaching initiative for primary school children covering elements of the primary school curriculum, can be accessed at RTE Learn. (www.ret.ie/learn)
• Cúla 4 ar Scoil, a school program through Irish for primary school children covering elements of the primary curriculum can be accessed at TG4 Cúla 4. TG4 Cúla 4 provides a range of daily programmes and competitions. (www.cula4.com/en/)
• World news in many languages from the BBC is a useful resource for EAL pupils. (www.bbc.co.uk/ws/languages)
General online resources
• National Geographic Kids has a wide range of videos, games and quizzes which relate to History, Geography and Science. (www.kids.nationalgeographic.com/)
• Dorling Kindersley has videos, fun facts and quizzes on a range of topics, especially on the area of SESE. (www.dkfindout.com/uk/)
• Starfall available in both website and app, has games and stories to support the learning of phonics and reading. It is particularly useful for Junior Infants to 1st Class. (www.starfall.com/h/)
Teach Your Monster to Read, available in both website and app, supports children in learning to read. (www.teachyourmonstertoread.com)
• GoNoodle provides videos of dances, exercises and physical activities. It is used in schools to keep children active. (www.gonoodle.com)
• Matific are offering free access for 60 days to its digital Mathematics resources for primary schools. (www.matific.com)
• This Irish visual arts website I Am An Artist has short videos, slideshows, lessons and projects for primary school pupils. (www.iamanartist.ie)
The HSE webpage Your Mental Health website, www.2.hse.ie/mental-health/, provides information and signposting on all mental health supports and services that are available nationally and locally provided by the HSE and its funded partners.
• The HSE webpage Mental Health Supports and Services during COVID-19, https://www2.hse.ie/services/mental-health-supports-and-services-during-coronavirus/mental-health-supports-and-services-during-coronavirus.html, gives details of the service providers that offer online and phone mental health supports and services during the current crisis. It lists a range of services and resources to help young people cope and manage themselves in the current crisis. Contacts for Jigsaw; BeLong To; Reach Out; Spunout; Barnardos, Childline etc. are listed. The webpage also gives details of mobile apps that may be used to manage anxiety.
It’s very important to teach your child internet safety skills. You will find a lot useful information on Webwise, www.webwise.ie