Ms.Tolan's Senior Infants June 1st- June 5th

Ms.Tolan's Senior Infants June 1st- June 5th

Ms.Tolan's Senior Infants

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♥♥♥Hello everyone!!♥♥♥

Hope you had a wonderful bank holiday weekend! Hope you all made the most of all that sun we had! I know I did!!

Another week of great work from all! You are a super bunch! ♥♥




CJ Fallon Sounds Like Phonicshas a great website. You can find it at this link:

Choose the Sounds Like Phonics Cbook and go to Unit 1: The Aquarium

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Monday: Final sounds: -nt -sk -lt Play all activities for -lt

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Tuesday:Final sounds: -nd -lf -mp Play all activities for -nd

Wednesday: Final sounds: -nd -lf -mp Play all activities for -lf

Thursday: Final sounds: -nd -lf -mp Play all activities for -mp

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Friday: Final sounds: -ck -ng Play all activities for -ck



  • There are super online games, videos and activities for children to practise their blending of sounds.
  • Every day I will give children a1) blending practice video and a 2) word blending online game.


  1. - lt ​words blending video :
  2. Yes / No Yeti reading and blending game ,set 1-6 :

Tuesday :

  1. -nd blending video : ​
  2. Yes/ No Yeti reading and blending game , set 1-7 :


  1. -lf blending video ( watch at 6:35-7:30 ):
  2. Pick a picture reading/ blending game -Phase 3 , Set 6-7 :


  1. -mp blending video : ​
  2. Pick a picture reading/ blending game -Phase 3 , Digraphs :


  1. -ck blending video :
  2. Reading Robot Reading and blending game , Phase 3 ( Real and pseudo words ) :


Reading every day/ night with your child is fundamental at this age in order to foster effective independent reading! 😊


An amazing site to avail of many free ebooks is: .

Just simply sign up with a username and password. Then pick an appropriate level book for your child from their library here : .

On that page there is a simple test you can complete with your child to see which level of books is most suitable for them. I would suggest starting with a book from age 4-5 or 5-6.

As an exclusive partner with Collins Big Cat, Folens have joined with Collins in offering free access to hundreds of book-banded readers during school closures.

Follow this link to access 330+ free Collins Big Cat eBooks and a selection of downloadable worksheets to use alongside the books at home

Follow the instructions (additional link redirects to Collins Connect) and login as a teacher.


Password: Parents20!

The books are grouped by colours with pink being the first level and lime being the last level. Start with a pink level book and if you feel it is too easy for your child, move up a level or two to find a suitable book. You can send me a message on ClassDojo or an email if you would like me to suggest a suitable level of books for your child.

It would be brilliant to try and ask children comprehension questions about the story / text. I have attached some comprehension questions that may be useful!...

Questions to ask your child when reading –

  1. Before reading the book:
  • Can you point to the title? or What is this? (pointing to the title)
  • What do you think this story will be about? What might happen in the story?
  • What do we call the writing on the back of the book? (Blurb) or What does the blurb tell us?
  1. During the reading of the book:
  • What is happening in the pictures?
  • What has happened so far? Is it what you expected to happen?
  • What might happen next? How do you think the story might end?
  • What sort of character is….? Is he/she friendly/ mean/ nice…?
  1. At the end of the book:
  • Did you like this book? Why? (Encourage children to develop their opinion about books by encouraging them to explain their reasons)
  • What was your favourite part? Why?
  • What was the most interesting/ exciting part of the book? Can you find it?
  • What sort of character was….?
  • Why did that character do … (give a situation/ event from the story)?
  • What happened in the story?

Some other ideas include:

  • get your children to retell the story in their own words, sequence events in the story e.g. First, the mouse talked to the fox; Then, the mouse met the owl in his treetop house etc; draw and talk about their favourite character or create an alternative ending to the story

Dolch Words


Dolch or sight words are words that are the most common words in the English language. Therefore, it is important for children to be thoroughly aware of these words for more fluid reading.

We asking asking parents to work on 5 each day with your child:

  1. Monday: walk, two, or, before, eat
  2. Tuesday: again, play, who, been, may
  3. Wednesday: stop, off, never, seven, eight
  4. Thursday: cold, today, fly, myself, round
  5. Friday: Revision of all list 7 dolch words.

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Sight word practise:


For handwriting this week, the children can work on the ‘One Armed Robot Letters’. For this week they can practice all the one armed robot letters r b n h m k p.

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Here is a link to some handwriting worksheets Handwriting Worksheets 1-5 June.pdf

There are 5 worksheets, the children can do one each day. If you do not have access to a printer, they can practice a letter per day on a page. The following site shows a demonstration of how to form each letter Click on the letter your child is practicing and the aeroplane will show you how to write the letter.



In their Spellbound book the children can complete Week 30 pages 62 and 63.

  1. Monday : Exercise 1 - pg 62
  2. Tuesday : Exercise 2 - pg 62
  3. Wednesday : Exercise 3 - pg 63
  4. Thursday : Exercise 4 - pg 63
  5. Friday : Exercise 5 - pg 63 and spelling test. (Back of book on Week 30)

The spellings for this week are:

too, zoo, root, boot, pool, tool, fool, moon, soon, noon

Ask your child to think of a sentence for each word. You can also write out the list of spellings for your child and ask them to look, say, cover, write and check each day as they are used to doing for their homework. There is a section at the back of the Spellbound book for your child to complete their weekly spelling test on Friday, they should be on Week 30.

Oral Language


The Oral Language programme which we use in school, Rainbow by CJ Fallon , are kindly offering free access to all pupils and parents.

This programme is designed to develop children’s oral language thematically by expanding vocabulary, language skills and confidence in conversation.

Here is the link in order to access :

The topic focused on for this week will be Unit 16: We're Going to the Zoo



Every day in school we practice counting forwards and backwards to 20. Keep this up at home with your child.

  • Count forwards from 1-20 and backwards from 20-1. Ask your child to stand up and sit down for each number, touch their head then their shoulders for each number or shoulders and knees. They should be used to doing this as we do it every day in school!
  • Pick a different number to start and end each time. For example: start at 8 and count forwards to 18. Start at 15 and count backwards to 4. Keep the starting and ending numbers between 1 and 20.
  • Number sequence: Parent says two numbers and the child says the next number. For example: 12, 13, ? 7, 6, ?

For maths this week we are doing some more work on addition up to 10.

Here are some online games to work on addition.

  1. Monday: Robot Addition Select Up to 10
  2. Tuesday: Addition to 10
  3. Wednesday: Marble Math
  4. Thursday: Molly Adds Up To 10
  5. Friday: Count and Add


If your child has their Cracking Maths book at home they can do pages 122-126 this week.

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Monday: page 122

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Tuesday: page 123

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Wednesday: page 124

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Thursday: page 125

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Friday: page 126

Gaeilge - Irish

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Bua na Cainte is the interactive programme we use to teach Gaeilge in the classroom.

During the school closures, Edco has offered free access to Bua na Cainte for parents, however you will need a computer or laptop to install the software.

To access this excellent resource, do the following:

Go to

    1. Click on the folder that matches the device you are installing it onto – mac or PC.
    2. Choose Senior Infants and click on the setup icon to install it on your device. It takes about 15 minutes to install.
    3. Once it is installed, you can open up the programme and enter the login details

Password: trial Username: trial

The children are very familiar with the characters and the layout so they should be able to navigate through it to find stories, lessons, games and songs.

If you have downloaded and installed Bua na Cainte on your computer you can access the following Irish lessons. If not, you can still teach the vocabulary and play some word games!

This week we are working on the theme Siopadóireacht (Shopping).

  1. Monday: Ceacht 1 (Lesson 1) Click on the yellow speech bubble to watch 2 videos (Comhrá 1.1 and Comhrá 1.2) click on the green music note for a song and then click on the grey game controller for some games.
  2. Tuesday: Ceacht 2 (Lesson 2) Click on the yellow speech bubble to watch a video (Comhrá 2.1), and then click on the grey game controller for a game (Tasc Éisteachta 2.1).
  3. Wednesday: Ceacht 2 (Lesson 2) Click on the yellow speech bubble to watch a video (Comhrá 2.2), and then click on the grey game controller for a game (Tasc Éisteachta 2.2).
  4. Thursday: Ceacht 3 (Lesson 3) Click on the yellow speech bubble to watch a video (Comhrá 3.1), and then click on the grey game controller for a game (Tasc Éisteachta 3.1).
  5. Friday: Ceacht 3 (Lesson 3) Click on the yellow speech bubble to watch a video (Comhrá 3.2), and then click on the grey game controller for a game (Tasc Éisteachta 3.2).

The new words for this theme are:

  • Siopa éadaí (shup-ah ay-dee) clothes shop
  • Siopa bia (shup-ah bee-ah) food shop
  • Siopa bréagán (shup-ah bray-gawn) toy shop
  • Teach (chock) house
  • Scoil (skull) school
  • (zoo) zoo
  • Cangarú (kangaroo) kangaroo
  • Eilifint (ell-ih-fint) elephant
  • Béar (bear) bear
  • Sioráf (shur-aff) giraffe
  • Leon (low-in) lion
  • Moncaí (monkey) monkey
  • Tíogar (tee-gur) tiger
  • Nathair (nah-hur) snake
  • Tarracóir (tar-ah-core) tractor
  • Leoraí (lurr-ee) lorry
  • Carr (car) car
  • Bus (bus) bus
  • Rothar (ruh-her) bicycle
  • Veain (van) van
  • Eitleán (et-ah-lawn) aeroplane


Tips :

  • It would be great to print the flashcards out if you can, or write these words (with pictures if you can) on paper / card and play some simple games in order to help the children remember the words.
  • You could play a scavenger hunt with the flash cards and get them to go find it e.g. "Ba mhaith liom ..." (I would like...) and they must go find it
  • Playing memory games with the flashcards are great too. Lay out 3 or 4 of the cards, let them memorise where they are, close their eyes and take away one. Ask “Cad atá imithe?”Cod a-taw im-ee-ha? (What is missing?) They must remember the missing word and answer “Tá ________ imithe!” Ask them to challenge you too!
  • You could print or make 2 sets of the cards and play ‘Pairs’ with your child. Lay the cards out upside down. Turn a card over and say the word on it, turn another card over and say the word. If the 2 cards match you can keep them. If they don’t match, the cards are turned upside down again and it’s the next player’s turn. The trick is to remember which cards are where. The person with the most matching pairs at the end of the game wins.

You can play a guessing game with the flashcards. Hide a flashcard behind your back and get your child to guess what it is by asking “An __________ é? On _______ ay? If they are correct you can answer “Sea” Sh-ah , if they do not guess correctly you can answer “Ní hea” nee hah. You can also let your child hide the flashcard while you guess what it is!


World Environment Day Quotes | All About our Home

World Environment Day is June 5th , so we will focus on the themes of “My Environment “ and “Recycle”!

Informational Videos :

All about Plastic Pollution :

Reduce , Reuse and Recycle :

How to Save Our World :

Recycling for Kids :

‘The Messy Magpie’ – Ebook to support learning about recycling :

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The Messy Magpie ebook.pdf

‘The Messy Magpie’ – read aloud video :

All About Recycling Powerpoint based on ‘The Messy Magpie’ :


The Messy Magpie All About Recycling Powerpoint.ppt

Junk Jumble Recycling game :

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Small world pages based on topic :



Pg 31


Pg 32


Pg 33

Additional worksheets :







Environment / Recycle Poems and songs :

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Use it again Sesame Street Song :



Drawing :

How to draw earth pop out :

How to draw earth as a heart :

Painting / Printing :

Painted earth paper plate craft :


Handprint earth craft :


Construction :

Earth Man Craft :


Cupcake liner earth daisy craft :




  1. Monday : Joe Wicks Live @ 9:00
  2. Tuesday : Cosmic Kids – Mike and Muttnik on the Moon :
  3. Wednesday :Go Noodle –Indoor Recess 3:
  4. Thursday : 10@10 , Episode 6 :
  5. Friday :Joe Wicks Live @ 9:00



Out of the Ark have provided free access to their website during school closures. You can find it at this link This week we are going to try some songs from the Get Moving’ section of the website

Here is a sample daily timetable to give some structure to your day. Please note this is just a sample and does not have to be followed!




Handwriting and Spellbound




Phonics activities


Snack and break time (go outside or GoNoodle/Cosmic Yoga)


Sight Word Activities/Dolch Words




Maths games, counting and worksheets






Art, Play- lego, jigsaws, playdough, colouring etc.


School finished

Please Note :

  • **If your child works with Doherty, Ms. Staunton, Ms. Hanrahan, Ms. Lindon, Ms. O’Rourke or Ms. DeForge please check their page on the website for more home learning activities for your child**
  • Extra activities and challenges will be posted on our Class Dojo page so make sure to have a look there too! If you would like to send me a picture of your child's work you can upload it to their portfolio or send it in a message to me and I will look at it.
  • Again there is no pressure to get all of the work documented done but every little helps!

If you have any questions at all please do send me a message and I will answer as swiftly as I can!

My email is : 😊 or message me on Class Dojo!

Keep up the great work, stay safe and happy!

My kindest regards:

Ms.Tolan 😊


22 2021
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10 2021
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13 2021
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22 2021
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24 2022
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Monday 30th August 2021 School Re-opens.
June 7th, 8th & 9th School Closed.
School closed Monday 17th May.
May Bank Holiday Closure 2021.
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