Additional Resources and Websites
Distance learning tips for parents/guardians
Here are some websites that you may find useful over the next few weeks. From a school teaching point of view, do not worry, your child has already completed over 6 months of tuition in this academic year. Children will be exposed to learning experiences throughout their new daily routine and will learn in a way that is different to formal schooling. Do not underestimate your own input and take the opportunity to teach your child some invaluable life skills. As we mentioned in our email earlier, distance learning is not home schooling. You are welcome to pick and choose from the suggestions below remembering to skip any activities that cause headaches!
www.rte.ie RTÉ are to broadcast school on TV. The one-hour programme will begin on Monday. It will run from 11-12 Monday to Friday on RTÉ 2, with a shorter "catch-up" segment later in the afternoon. It will be aimed particularly at children in 1st to 6th class. The TV programme will be presented from a real primary school classroom by teachers with television experience. The programme will also be available on the RTÉ Player and supporting worksheets and other material will be on www.rte.ie/learn
www.cula4.com TG4 is delighted to announce that a new programme, Cúla4 Ar Scoil will commence on Monday 20 April 2020, broadcasting on weekdays at 10a.m.
The half-hour programme will be broadcast and will be presented from 10.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. by primary school teachers, Caitríona Ní Chualáin and Fiachra Ó Dubhghaill, with contributions from teachers and facilitators.
The programme will have a weekly theme and the lesson objectives and learning outcomes drawn from the primary school curriculum will be presented in an engaging and interactive manner. Core curriculum subjects will be included such as Irish, Mathematics, History and Geography, and there will also be an emphasis on creativity, the arts, oral traditions, health and wellbeing.
During the programme Cúla4 ar Scoil, children will be invited to participate at home and will be asked to send in pictures or videos of their work to the programme. The content will also be available online on Cula4.com and on Cúla4 YouTube.
A Southampton intensive care nurse, Molly Watts, has created a book to help reduce anxiety in children caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. The book aims to give children information without fear. With everything that is going on at the moment; big changes to children’s routines and lots of stories on the news it can be a really scary time for them. This book aims to open up the conversation about coronavirus and some of the things they might be hearing about it and provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner. You can access the book using the following link: https://nursedottybooks.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/dave-the-dog-coronavirus-1-1.pdf
Additional Education Needs - NCSE has created a range of occupational therapy and speech and language therapy online resources for pupils with additional needs, categorised by pupil class level: https://ncse.ie/online-resources
Check out www.dublinzoo.ie where there are live webcams to a variety of animals.
This is a list of services that have been made free during the Covid 19 pandemic. http://covid19.shanehastings.eu/giveback/
Several lists of other activities for pupils to complete at home, created by Irish educators and teachers, were made available to us at the following links.