Category Blog, Junior Classroom

Hi again to Junior and Senior Infants!

Hello again girls and boys. I hope you are all keeping well and safe at home. I am well and when the sun is shining I go out walking and cycling, it’s nice to get some fresh air and exercise. I hope you are getting out too and enjoying the sunshine!. Unfortunately we won’t get back before the summer holidays but I am looking forward to seeing you all again, the next time I see you, you will be Senior Infants and First Class!! Thank you to those who have sent me emails, I really enjoyed hearing how you are doing and seeing all the work you have done 🙂


I hope you are all well, I’ve put together some work for the next fortnight for the children to complete. As before there’s no pressure to do it all but phonics and reading are the priority for the children to work on if possible. Also as before you can send pictures of any work or learning (from books and outdoor activities) to and I’ll get back to you. Thank you to those who have been in touch, it’s been lovely to see how the children are doing. In the meantime take care and stay safe.



Junior infants –

Learn 3 new sounds ue, er & ar. Work on each sound for 2-3 days before moving onto the next one. The children can do pages 74, 75, 76, 77 in their Just Phonics Books and practice writing the letters. They can also look up Geraldine the Giraffe on Yotube and Jolly Phonics jingles as last month and practice writing simple words using the sounds we have learned to date. Please if at all possible keep going over sounds learned and practice blending them together, there are examples of words at the bottom of the pages but feel free to make up more examples.

They can also play some games like ‘I Spy’ using sounds instead of letters or colours, write sounds on cards, turn them upside down and say the sound when you turn it over, call out different sounds for your child to write, practice writing sounds in sand, salt, play doh etc

Jolly Phonics Programme resources available at

Handwriting – continue Handwriting book, they can complete the next 5 pages.

Senior Infants –

Children can continue pgs. 78-79 learning ‘ay’ sound. This work can be done over a few days and they can then practice writing words with that sound as you say it. This is a good oppertunity to show rhyming words which end in ‘ay’

They can continue learning ‘Tricky Words.’ They can learn 4 more over the next few weeks. Again learn the letters which make up the word and then write 2 sentences with that word in it. As like last month I’m going to print out some and post them on to you. The words to learn are: one, old, by, only.

Like  last month they can play some games based on new tricky words and keep revising ones already learned. There are some great ideas for learning and revising tricky words on the following website.

There are many readers online which you could practice reading with. I’ve got some examples below.


Username: primaryedcobooks

Password: edco2020

Log in to website using the details above. Select English, then scroll down and select the following readers:
Danny to the Rescue
A Snowy Idea
Oh no Zeb
What a Box!
Wow! 2012

CJ Fallon

Select class level, subject& filter the title you require.
Suggested readers for Infants: A New Baby
Stories For You
Look at This!
Jen Plays Tricks
Len Likes to Hide

Handwriting – continue Handwriting book, they can complete the next 5 pages.

GAEILGE – As before if you wish to you can look up

Look up the book Abair Liom A – this is the Junior Infants  book.

Click onto different topics and listen or play games.  Pastimes –  Caitheamh Aimsire (co-hiv I-M-shir) which we did after Christmas. If you wish you could also access Food– Bia (bee-a) which was  our topic before that.


Junior Infants can continue to revise combining totals like last the last fortnight. They can also learn about capacity. Look at the picture below and discuss which are full and which are empty. You could get them to do some practical work around this topic like finding items which are full (can of food, toy box, milk carton, shower gel etc) and empty (box, used food containers etc) They could show you an empty container and then fill it for you.

They can also learn the number 0. There’s a video link on pg.83 of  Operation Maths Junior Infants on

They can count down to zero like in the video and practice writing it. We use the rhyme “Make a loop just like so, that is how you make a zero.”

They can also then practice combining totals including zero like the example below. Again 5-6 of these any day is plenty.

Senior Infants can practice ordering numbers. Below is a sample from the page 91 of their textbook. If possible you could make up some examples of your own for the children to complete.

The children could also practice writing the numbers between 1 and 10. Finally they could practice combining 3 numbers and calculating the total like below.


Log onto and open Explore With Me Junior Infants

On page 52 there is a story to listen to called Frank the Fisherman. Discuss the story and compare how fishing was when Frank was small and how fisherman work now. Can the children name some fish they catch?

They can also listen to the story The Fish Who Could Wish. After they can draw a fish and label the eye, scales, tail and fin on their fish.

You could also look at the experiment on page 54 of the textbook (link at top of page). Explain there is a lot of fat mixed in with the liquid in cream and as the jar with the cream is shaken the fat sticks together to make butter. The children could experiment and make their own butter in this way. Ask them what it looks like, smells like and tastes like (if they wish to try it!) Afterwards they could draw the items they needed to make butter and label them.


Drawing: Get children to write their name in big, colourful letters and decorate around it with pictures of their favourite things such as food, animals, hobby, place to go, people, tv show, weather, game to play etc.


Below is an idea for lots of different actions for different letters. The Children could spell out their name or Senior Infants could practice some tricky words with it.

There are lots of other great activities for all the family on the website.

There are some ideas for indoor activities on these cards.


As last month Joe Wicks workout is very good and just getting out for walks and cycles is also of great benefit for everyone. It was lovely to see pictures from some of you out and about in your gardens, on nature walks and helping on farms! Keep up the good work 😉


Continue to follow the videos Claire sent on from last month and there are some more uploaded in the last few weeks. I’ve put the link in below again.


There is a 4 day plan below but feel free to pick and choose activities as with other subjects there is no pressure to complete it all.

On Our Way

Water is Good

Scanned pages of lesson attached including pupil’s book and worksheet.


Day 1: Conversation about garden (story and discussion on pages). Pupils could draw or take photo of their garden.

Day2: Scanned page of pupil’s book attached and discussion questions in lesson.

Day 3: Bible story is available at

Day 4: This could be done at home – find all the things you need water for and draw or write a list.

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