Junior Infants Ms. Hurley & Ms. Daly 5th-8th of May

Dear Parents,

Thank you all for engaging with the online learning platform last week. We were delighted to see such wonderful work from your children.

We are so proud of all the boys in Junior Infants! 🙂

Please remember the work below is completely optional. It is not to cause any stress at home.

  • Please feel free to contact us by email if you have any questions or concerns regarding your sons work. ahurley@togherboys.com/ cdaly@togherboys.com
  • You can also send us some photographs of your childs work via Teams or email, if you wish.
  • Remember we will be available on Teams daily between 10-11am.

Once again,we would like to thank you for your continued support and understanding at this time.

All the best,

Ms. Hurley & Ms. Daly

Literacy- Oral Language

Our theme this week is ‘The Garden’.

Here are a few suggestions to develop conversation:

  • What is a garden?
  • Do you know someone who has a garden?
  • Have you ever seen a garden?
  • Did you know that there are different types of gardens (vegetable, flowers)
  • Who works in the garden?
  • What sort of jobs does a gardener do?
  • What tools would a gardener need?

*Have a look at different types of flowers online with your child or in the garden. Discuss and compare their colour, shape, smell.

*Use a poster to identify the various flower parts.

*Invite your child to taste different types of fruits which can be grown in a garden (berries, tomatoes, etc.)

*Gather gardening tools and accessories. Let your child touch them. Name each tool. (shovel, glove, rake, etc.)

  • Which vegetables can be grown in a garden?
  • What must we plant to grow in a garden? (seeds)
  • What do seeds need in order to grow ? ( water, sunlight, proper care)

Literacy- Poetry/Rhyme

Literacy- Phonics

This week the boys will be learning the ‘oo’ sound. There are two types of ‘oo’ sound. – short ‘oo’ and long ‘oo’.

Brainstorm some words with your son.

Short/ Little ‘oo’ words – foot, look, book, hood , cook etc

Long ‘oo’ words- zoo, moo, moon, tool, cool, pool etc

Task: Watch the video below and try to think of long & short ‘oo’ words. You may even write them down, if you wish.

Literacy – Reading

Encourage your child to keep practising the three readers on cjfallon website. Please let us know if you cannot access the readers online.

Core Reader 1- New Friends       Core Reader 2- Fun at Home     Core Reader 3- Fun at the park

Audible stories are great, as they develop children’s imagination.

Use the link below to listen to Stinky Winky Silly Willy Off-Key Donkey Story.


http://www.starfall.com has online books for your child to read.

https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/Portal.aspx is another online resource with many online books.

1.Click teacher log in.

2.Enter User name > parents@harpercollins.co.uk

3.Password> Parents20!

Literacy-Tricky Words

Please watch the videos below and practise/revise reading the following tricky words;

  • Practise writing out the tricky words  
  • Practise putting them into simple sentences orally.

Remember to practise last weeks tricky words- by, like, have, live, give  

Game: Tricky Word Reveal– this game requires two pieces of paper. Write a word from the list on a piece of paper and then cover the word completely with the other piece of paper. Slowly reveal the first letter of the word. Ask your child if they can guess what the word will be from looking at the first letter. Then move on to reveal the next letter etc.

Creative Writing

Encourage your child to write/ draw about something they like.

Perhaps they could write/ draw about our theme this week, ‘The Garden’. 🙂

Some Writing Prompt examples:

  • What would you see in the garden?
  • What activities could you do in the garden?
  • Describe your favourite/dream garden.

Gaeilge/ Irish – Téama/ Theme – Ag Siopadóireacht

Tuesday/ Dé Máirt 
Wednesday/ Dé Céadaoin 
Thursday/ Déardaoin
Friday/ Dé hAoine

Numeracy Counting 1-10

  • Count forwards and backwards 0-10
  • Start at any number between 0-10 and ask your child to count ON TO 10.
  • Start at any number between 0-10 and ask you child to count BACK to 0.

Numeracy- Topic of the Week – Money

Below is a list of useful suggestions/ ideas relating to this topic!

S.E.S.E- History/S.P.H.E.

Task: Let your child listen to the story a couple of times and discuss the moral of the story!

What is the moral of the story?
You can be more successful by doing things slowly and steadily than by acting quickly and carelessly.

S.E.S.E- Science

Task: Plant Sunflower Seeds (or anything you have at home) If you have nothing to plant, that’s fine too.

What you will need:

  • Seeds
  • Compost

You can plant the seeds in things you may have around the house e.g. empty egg shells, cartons. (basically anything that will decompose when placed in the ground.


  • Half fill your carton/ egg shell with compost, using a spoon.
  • Place seed on top.
  • Place more compost on top.

It’s as easy as that!

***Tips to remember***

  • Keep the seeds in the sunlight
  • Keep watering the seeds.
  • This will help them grow! 😉

Seedlings will appear in 7-10 days!


  • Create colourful paintings/drawings of gardens. What might you include in your picture? (flowers, grass, bees, butterflies, birds etc)
  • Learn how to draw a sunflower. Watch the following video and follow the step-by-step instructions carefully.

Keeping Active:

  • Join Joe Wicks on youtube daily at 9a.m ‘P.E. with Joe’.
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga on youtube
  • Practise football skills- throwing/catching a ball
  • Go for a run/scoot/cycle with someone in the family

Religion– The Church

Start your conversation with sitting down and thinking through who your child would like to pray for.  Have them think of 10 people for each of their fingers.  Then after that have them put their hands on a piece of paper and draw their hands.  Next on each finger have them write one of the names.  Cut out a little piece of paper with “People I’m Praying For” written on it.  Then glue the hands to the small piece of paper.