Junior Infants 20th – 25th April

Junior Infants 20th April – 25th April 2020

Dear Parents and boys,

I hope you are all doing good and had a lovely Easter break considering the circumstances. I hope the Easter bunny came and you enjoyed the nice weather.

Please see the below list of activities to do at home during the week. Again, please remember these are only suggestions and don’t feel under pressure to complete them.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions cdaly@togherboys.com or you can use our Junior Infant group on Microsoft Teams.

I will be in touch with you by phone during the week.

Take care and stay safe.

Many Thanks

Ms. Daly



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Then click on Collins Big Fat Cat. Click on the pink band books.


  • Watch Jolly Phonics Video sound ‘ng’ and practise singing the song with the actions.  
  • Think of 5 words with the letters ‘ng’ (sing, ring, song, strong, ding dong etc )  
  • Keep revising all letters and sounds. Repetition is very important! Call out words which include these sounds and encourage your son to write them down.  
  • Below are the sounds learned to date; 
  • Group1: s,a,t,i,p,n 
  • Group 2: c,k,e,h,r,m,d 
  • Group 3: g,o,u,l,f,b 
  • Group 4: ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or 
  • Group 5: z, w, ng 

Tricky Words  

  • Revise 1-20 
  • New tricky words : go, no, so, my, one  
  • Practise writing out and spelling the new tricky words  
  • Practise putting them into simple sentences. / Dictation sentences: Parent calls out a simple sentence three times and child writes.  
  • Play a game: ‘Matching Pairs’- Write out 10 tricky words twice. Mix them up and turn them over, facing the table. Take turns at picking 2 tricky words. Whoever has the most matching pairs is the winner.  


  • Practise writing words with ‘ng’.  
  • Revise practise forming letters a, g, 
  • Write a daily diary entry and draw a picture  


Topic: Vertical Addition 

Vertical Addition Example  

O  O  O  O   and    O   make    ? 

Questions to ask: 

  • How many circles in the first column? 
  • How many circles in the second column? 
  • How many circles are there altogether? 

Using the vertical addition example as a guide complete the following sums for your son. 

  • 2 and 2 
  • 3 and 0 
  • 0 and 4 
  • 1 and 3 
  • 5 and 0 
  • 1 and 4 
  • 2 and 3 
  • 3 and 1 
  • Continue practising correct number formation 
  • Encourage your son to write the number words: one, two, three, four, five 
  • Keep practising the days of the week/ months of the year songs 
  • To access the maths book please use this link: https://my.cjfallon.ie/dashboard/student-resources Click on links maths, junior infants, busy at maths
  • Extra Activities – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ has some lovely maths activities. You will find plenty of maths games listed under Whiteboard Resources  


  • Encourage your son to watch one cartoon daily in Irish on TG4.
  • Cúla4 www.cula4.com
  • If you do have a little Irish yourself practise some general questions/answers:
  • Dia duit. Dia is muire duit.
  • Go raibh maith agat. Tá fáilte romhat.
  • Cad is ainm duit? ____ is ainm dom.  Or Cé tusa? Is mise …….
  • Conas atá tú? Tá/Níl mé go maith.
  • Cén aois thú? Tá mé 4/5/6 bliana d’aois.
  • Cén sort aimsire ann inniu? Tá sé ag cur báistí (raining). Tá sé scamallach (cloudy). Tá sé tirim (dry). Tá sé fuar (cold). Tá sé té (hot). Tá an ghrian ag taitneamh (sunny).


Soccer skills

  •  Practise dribbling the ball using your strong leg and then your weak leg in straight lines.
  • Prctice dribbling the ball weaving in and out of cones (use some household objects to represent your cones).
  • Practise kicking the ball against a wall, at a target or passing to a family member.
  • Practise shooting at a goal using your strong leg and then your weak leg.
  • Go for a run with someone in your family.

Hopping – (one leg off the ground) try to …..

  • Hop on the spot
  • Hop forwards/backwards/sideways
  • Turn in the air

Other Activities

  • RTE Junior have several 10-minute work outs that the children love to do https://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10/
  • www.gonoodle.com for short movement breaks, stretches and dance routines.
  • Cosmic kids yoga on You Tube
  • The Body Coach on YouTube channel


Environmental Care

  • Discuss the different ways we can care for our environment e.g. not littering, use bins, picking up rubbish, recycling, not wasting electricity and water, kindness to animals, walking instead of driving, planting trees etc.. Write a few sentences and draw a picture based on the topic.
  • Recycling – Discuss the different materials that can be recycled. Practise and encourage proper recycling of rubbish at home. Take a trip to your local bottle bank to recycle glass if possible.

SPHE – Stay Safe Programme: Secrets and Strangers


  • Talk with your child about the Secrets and Telling
  • Tell your child it’s okay to say ‘No’ to an adult. Distinguish between good and bad secrets Learn that they should never keep bad secrets including secrets about touches. Learn that sometimes it’s difficult to tell if there are bribes or threats involved.
  • Revise the 5 people that you can trust to tell if you have a secret that makes you feel “unsafe”.


  • Discuss the concept of strangers.
  • Learn the 2 golden rules of 1. Never go with a stranger 2. Never take anything from a stranger


  • You can now assess Grow In Love website and resources using the email trial@growinlove.ie and password growinlove. There are stories, songs and prayers available here. The boys are up as far as Theme 7.
  • Infants Prayers: Morning and night time prayer, Oh Angel of God.


 Material Scavenger Hunt:

  • Find something silky
  • Find something that is bumpy.
  • Find something that is metal.
  • Find something that is wooden.
  • Find something that plastic.
  • Find something that that you can put together.
  • Find something that you twist.
  • Find something that you can roll.
  • Find something squishy.
  • Find something clear.
  • Find something that you can bounce.
  • Find something you can reuse.


  • Making pictures using recycling rubbish.
  • Using cereal/milk cartons to create houses/buildings.

Other Suggested Activities

  • Boardgames
  • Baking – and then write out the recipe in steps.
  • Lego project: You and your friends decide to build a tree house. Can you build a fabulous creation? Maybe design your tree house on paper first and then get building.
  • Help out at home
  • Go for a walk- remember social distancing and stay within 2 km from your home.


Clink, clank, jangle,

Ring, chime, jingle

Break the bottles,

Smash the bottles

In the bottle bank.

Scrunch, tear rustle,

Crunch, rip, crackle,

Shred, fold, bundle,

Press the paper,

Push the paper,

In the paper bin.

The Bee

1,2,3, I can see a bee,

4 and 5 – flying to a hive

6,7,8, – he’s a little late 9 and 10 – out he flie