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Activity Grid for learning at home

 We’ve decided to give you a few extra ideas of things you can do to help your child  learn at home. Please remember that the work is completely optional. Our suggestion is that you give your days some routine and maybe dedicate an hour or two to schoolwork.  

1.. Please check out the  links on our Learning Zone tab, where you’ll find lots more activities.

2. All the main educational publishers are now offering free access to their schoolbooks online:

 

Click on these pictures to access them:

 

 

 

     

 

 

Activity Grid

You can pick as many of the activities below  as you wish over the coming weeks. Every subject is covered in the grid below. Some require the help of family, some can be done on a computer, but most can be done on your own. Each activity has an explanation so click on it to read more. 

 Some of the activities below have a direct link to a website with further instruction. For others which say “see below” you need to scroll down the page for more information and further links.

 

Keeping Active/PE Literacy SESE Arts Numeracy
HIIT Workout

(see below)

Skype with a Relative 

(see below)

 

Family Tree

(see below)

 

A Sketch a Day

(see below)

 Math Games – Puzzle, Number, Strategy, Logic and Multiplayer Math Games
Go Noodle The Daily News/ Daily Diary

(see below)

The History of my Family

(see below)

Learn a Musical Instrument

(see below)

Maths Worksheets
Mindfulness Session Irish Times…..little bit of Gaeilge

(see below)

History Topic/Famous Person

(see below)

Puppet Show

(see below)

Make a cool pattern

(see below)

Get Outside

(see below)

 

Read a book with a parent/family member

(see below)

My Holiday

(see below)

Who is your favourite artist?

(see below)

Board Games with Mathematical Thinking

Body and Mind

HIIT Homework

Stick on your favourite upbeat playlist and try out these exercises one after the other. To give yourself a bigger challenge, do each circuit twice or three times or more!

 

Session 1 – 5 x 25

Session 2 – legs moving

Session 3 – up and down

  1. 25 jumping jacks
  2. 25 squats
  3. 25 seconds run on the spot
  4. 25 push ups
  5. 25 seconds plank
  1. 30 seconds run on the spot
  2. 30 seconds high knees
  3. 30 seconds jumping jacks
  4. 30 seconds butt kicks
  5. 30 seconds jog on the spot
  1. 30 seconds jumping jacks
  2. 30 seconds mountain climbers
  3. 30 seconds run on the spot
  4. 30 seconds plank
  5. 30 seconds burpees!

OR

Have a family disco – stick on your favourite tunes and bop around the room for 20 minutes!

Get Outside

Try out as many of these exercises outside (keeping social distance!) that you can.

  • Cycle your bike for 10 minutes
  • Go for a walk
  • Ride your scooter for 10 minutes
  • Draw your own hopscotch with chalk and play
  • Throw a ball against a wall and catch
  • Create your own obstacle course
  • Run for 5 minutes
  • 10 minutes of free play outside
  • Jump on your trampoline
  • Walk your dog
  • Bubble bashing – get someone to blow bubbles for you to try and burst all of them
  • Do 3 laps of your house or up and down the hall 10 times
  • Keepie uppies – how many can you do in a row?
  • Skip sideways up and down the garden 5 times

 

Skype with a Relative

This can be a nice idea if you have a family member overseas, or a relative who may have to self-isolate or who you may not be able to visit. It’s a way for children to use oral language and it might be a nice kind of game to play to keep boredom away.

 

Ideas include:

  1. Play 20 questions – take turns in thinking of an object and the other person can only ask questions which have a yes or no answer.
  2. A-Z – Pick a topic and take turns in naming something beginning with A then B then C and see if you can get to Z Without skipping any letters.
  3. The Big Interview – child prepares 10 questions they’d like to know about the relative and then asks them
  4. More ideas here: https://www.fluentu.com/blog/educator-english/esl-vocabulary-games/ 

 

Irish Times……Gaeilge

Even if you can’t speak Irish, there are some great ways to pick up some vocabulary:

  1. One really easy activity is to pick a topic, for example: food, household objects, colours, and so on, then write down 20 words associated with that topic in a list. Next go to https://www.focloir.ie/en/ and translate the words. The great thing is that almost every word on the website has an audio recording of it so you can listen to how to pronounce the words! As a family, you could try and learn a few words every day!
  2. For more advanced speakers, how about doing any of the tasks in the grid through Irish? The news is probably the easiest one to do as Gaeilge…….Nuacht an Lae
  3. Another idea is to sign up to https://www.duolingo.com/course/ga/en/Learn-Irish to learn some Irish – 5 to 10 minutes a day and who knows how fluent you’ll be when you get back!

The Daily News/Daily Diary

This task can be done with any age from 2nd to 6th class. 

  • Child writes/types her own personal news as well as news happening outside the world.  
  • You can create your own little newsroom on the kitchen table or you can use an iPad and record your child reading their news. 
  • You can send it to loved ones to keep in touch.
  • Write a daily diary keeping account of all the things you do during the school closure.

 

Read a Book with a Parent- DEAR Time

Snuggle up on the couch and spend 15/20 minutes reading for no other reason than the joy of reading a book. Of course, there are loads of benefits to reading every day but what a nice time to Drop Everything And Read.

Family Tree

Make your family tree with your child. You can do this digitally or by hand and you can go back as far as you want! 

BIGGER PROJECTS

Instructions  for these projects:

  • The History of my Family An extension of the Family Tree Project – tell us about your family
  • Pick a topic/famous person you have studied in history and research further e.g. War of Independence, The Famine, The Stone Age etc.
  • Who is your favourite artist? Tell us something about your favourite artist/ favourite singer/favourite author/ favourite poet etc.
  • My Holiday  Tell us about your last holiday

Here are some ways you can produce it :

  1. Write it!   Make your project on paper 
  2. Type it!     Using Microsoft Word or Google Docs, make your project adding text, images and maybe video
  3. Build it!    Using whatever materials you want, build and make your project in a 3-D Model
  4. Present it!  Make a PowerPoint about your project

A Sketch A Day

If you have a copybook or sketchpad, this would be useful but you don’t really need anything except paper and a pencil. Your job is to create one sketch a day for the duration of the project. The only catch is you have to pick a theme. Choose from:

  • Healthy Foods
  • Happy Things
  • Things that need batteries
  • Famous People
  • Objects that are usually red ……or choose a different theme of your own.

Learn a musical instrument

Do you have a musical instrument at home? If not, it’s not too expensive to get yourself a tin whistle, recorder or even a ukulele. It’s never been easier to learn with loads of apps and websites to bring you along the way.

Tin Whistle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdUH1QZvEm8

Piano / Keyboard: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJOfTzSYW-9q2WSmGH1CNjmP3–2qaXN5 

Ukulele: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bTE5fbxDsc 

Puppet Show

Making a puppet show can be a fun way to spend some time and there’s lots of different ways to do it now.

  1. Make a sock puppet – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-mfUBQE3_s 
  2. Make finger puppets – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eq370x_lvo 
  3. Make an online Puppet Show – Puppet Pals App

The main thing is to write the scripts and record them! If you have a puppet show stage, great; if not, use a table to hide underneath!

Maths

Check out the fun Maths activities recommended in the grid above

Cool Patterns

Patterns are everywhere – some of them simple like the sequence of a traffic light and some of them are really difficult like the swirls on a snail’s shell. Your job is to make a pattern using any medium you want. You could knit a scarf in 2 different colours or you could build a tower using Lego with different patterned levels. You could even write a long sequence of numbers that follow a pattern. Be inventive and try and think of something someone else might not do.