IDEAS FOR ACTIVITIES THAT ARE NOT ONLINE BASED: Feel free to pick any that interest you and put them into your timetable.

ENGLISH

Reading

Read with your child/encourage them to read books for pleasure/ to find out about a topic of interest.

Writing

Many pupils will be familiar with the concept of “free writing” and may have a special notebook or journal in which they write freely about any topic of choice, and in any genre. This is a simple idea that can be continued in the home setting. Children can  decide what they wish to write about and there are a variety of different styles that they can practice:

  • Diary writing (personal accounts).
  • Recount writing (a report of an event)
  • Fiction (write a short story)
  • Instructional/procedural writing (e.g. rules of a game *the children can even come up with a new idea and create their own game!,  how to make cookies, care for your pet, make a sandwich, play your favourite game)
  • Poetry (Limericks, acrostic poems etc.)

Book reviews

We all know that a love for reading is one of the most important gifts that we can pass on to our children. Use this opportunity to read a wide selection of books. Children can then write a review, give their personal opinion, talk about their favourite character and give a star rating. They may have a chance to present this in front of an audience in their own home (i.e. immediate family – maintain social distance!)

Lists

If parents are venturing out to shop and stock up on groceries, children can help by writing the list of what is needed. Depending on the age of the child, elements of mathematics could be incorporated here estimating prices and weights etc. Children could also work out which option is better value (e.g. two individual boxes containing 80 teabags or one box with 160 etc.)

GAEILGE – Caint agus cómhrá

Bí ag caint as Gaeilgechomhminicagus is féidir!

Try to incorporate Irish into daily activities. As well as cartoons on TG4, children can play games such as “I spy” (Feicim le moshúilín) as Gaeilge and perhaps put labels (lipéid) on items around the house.

Learn one to three new words in Irish every day e.g. colours, objects in the house, animals, numbers, types of food and drink, the weather. Older children can put these into sentences and helped younger brothers and sisters.

 

MATHS

  • Cooking and baking (weight and time)

How many / how much of an ingredient is needed?

If a recipe is to serve 2 but the meal is for four people, we must double the amount.

If the dish takes 45 minutes to cook, what time will it be ready at?

Make an analogue clock.

Convert time on an analogue clock to digital time.

  • Time (schedules)

Children can look at a tv guide from a newspaper and work out duration of programmes.

  •  Distance

Children can incorporate distance into football / hurling drills. How far do they think (estimate) they can throw a ball? Use a measuring tape to obtain an accurate answer.

 

PE: Outdoors/physical activity

There are endless opportunities for physical activity. Even if children are playing on their own or in very small groups, there are many fun ways of keeping active:

  • Hopscotch    Skipping      Hula-hoops   Obstacle courses   ball skills
  • Treasure/scavenger hunts (Ms. Moran has emailed some to families)
  • Obstacle courses
  • A “shape hunt” in the home / garden (shape and space strand in primary maths curriculum). Children identify and classify as many items as possible.
  • A “colour hunt” in the home
  • Walks – This is one for parents and children. It is so important to remember to get active and get outdoors to open spaces.Incorporate science, geography, oral language, drama and music into a walk whether it’s in a nearby park, along a beach or in the countryside
  • HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, SCIENCE/THE ENVIRONMENT 
  • Treasure/scavenger hunts
  • Project work:Children can work on a longer-term project based on a theme of their choice.A scrap book is ideal, and children can cut and paste articles, pictures, diagrams and pieces of writing.Other children may prefer to use their IT skills and create a PowerPoint presentation.Do activities based on art, watching a documentary, using kiddle.com to do online research, write a poem, whatever you like. Enjoy what your are doing.
  •  Gardening/The Environment – planting bulbs and seeds – keeping a record of how they are growing (take photos or draw different stages)/ naming trees, flowers & plants in your garden or on your walks. Plant sunflower seeds and see how tall they grow (79c per packet in Lidl 😉 – take regular photos. Draw/paint them when they bloom. Write about what you have planted.
  • Bird Watching: It’s nesting season! Why not place a nest box and/or bird feeders in your garden. Try finding out the names of the birds visiting your garden.

CREATIVE ARTS

Most homes will have a “bits-and-bobs” box or a bosca somewhere with nets, buttons, lids, wrapping paper etc. Now is a good time to use those recyclables and create a piece of artwork. Children should be encouraged to be original, be creative – and don’t forget to take a picture!

Try lots of different kinds of art – Painting/sketching/making collages using lots of fabric & fibre/try construction using lots of different materials/boxes at home. Make sure to take photos for the school website!

BACK TO BASICS! – other enjoyable, but educational activities

  • Board games          Card games            Lego            Jenga       Jigsaws       Flying a kite          Connect 4 etc, etc, etc.
  • Memory games e.g. Stop the clock with one letter of the alphabet and come up with words beginning with a specific letter under certain headings such as boy name; girl name; country / city; food; item of clothing; activity; kitchen utensil etc.&I went to the shop (lots of children know how to play this alphabetical game)
  • Play I Spy

HELP OUT AT HOME

Don’t forget that helping out in the house and garden is a great way to learn – Empty the dishwasher, tidy your room, hoover, set the table, unpack the groceries, hang out/take in the washing, mow the lawn, weed the garden, feed the birds……whatever is helpful at home.