Senior Infants 25th-29th May Ms. Collins & Ms. Hurley

Senior Infants 25th– 29th May 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you all so much for continuing to engage in distance learning. We  appreciate it is a challenging task and your efforts are fantastic!

As you are aware the work outlined below is a guide. You can pick and choose activities that you feel will help your son learn at home.

We are delighted to receive samples of the boys work via email or MS Teams. We would be thrilled to give positive feedback to the boys, as this may help motivate them to continue engaging with school work at home.

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Remember we are also available daily on MS Teams from 10-11am for instant chat. This is also an opportunity for the boys to interact with one another.

Thank you for your support!

Ms. Collins & Ms. Hurley

General Theme : Summer.

Literacy – Oral Language

This week, we will be focusing on ‘The Seaside’. 

  • Some useful seaside vocabulary

Explain each of these words and encourage your son to use some of them when chatting about the beach:

packing, ocean, beach, seashore, sea, harbour, coast,  lifeguard, lighthouse,  strand, tide, waves, crashing, sand dunes, foot prints, shells, pebbles, rock pools, seaweed, crabs, jelly fish, seagulls, paddling, surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, canoeing, rowing, splashing, fishing rod, fishing line, hook, bait, picnic, picnic basket, picnic rug, sand castles, exploring, searching, finding, excitement.

Here are a few suggestions to begin conversation:

  • What is happening in the above picture? Tell me what you can see.
  • Describe where it is.
  • Who can you see?
  • What are they doing? Tell me about a time you went to the beach.
  • Is the beach different at different times of the year?
  • What sounds might you hear at the beach?
  • How do you feel when you go to the beach?

Activity Time

We’re Going to the Beach – Visualisation Activity

  1.  Read out the visualisation below giving plenty of time for your child to imagine each stage.
  2. Instruct your child to close his eyes (they may also rest their heads on their arms) and listen very quietly.
  3. Tell them that you are going to describe a day at the beach and that they are to imagine it in their heads.

This is a quiet activity so nobody is to say a word until it is finished.

Visualisation à ‘It is a warm sunny day. You’ve arrived at the beach. Who are you with? You pick your place on the beach and spread out your towels. Now you’re off to do your favourite thing on the beach. You have lots of fun. You start to feel hungry – picnic time. You eat your favourite picnic food. Now it is time for a walk. You go exploring the beach – what do you find? “It’s nearly home time!” says Mammy. It is time to do one more of your favourite things on the beach. The sun is starting to set, it is time to pack up and head home. Will you be back tomorrow?’

Afterwards, encourage your child to discuss what he did on his beach trip.

Literacy- Poetry

Use fingers whilst saying/singing the poem.

Can you hear the rhyming words? (five- alive, ten- again, go-so, bite- right)

Literacy- Phonics

This week the boys will be revising the short and long “00” sounds.

  • Short oo sound e.g.  look, book, hook, rook, hood, wood
  • Long oo sound e.g. room, spoon, moon, spooky, boo, hoop, broom, pool

Practise singing the long and short oo sound Jolly Phonics

Watch the videos below to help the boys understand the short and long oo sound.

  • . You will find oo activities in Activity Book B – Unit 2 The Doctor’s Surgery. 
  • Task: See how many long oo words you can write down in 3 minutes. Repeat this activity using short oo words. Have a race against an adult to see who can write the most words in 3 minutes.
  • Task: Call out the following sentences and encourage you son to write them down independently;
  1. The dog will land on the moon.
  2. I am coming to your house soon.
  3. You need a spoon.
  4. There is a bed in the room.
  5. The spooky house was dark.
  6. I love books.
  7. Look at the big cow.
  8. The pirate had a hook.
  9. He took my bike.
  10. Put up your hood.
  • Rhyming Words: Discuss words that end in “ip” and “ell” e.g. ship, hip, rip, pip, zip / shell, well, fell, bell. 

Task: Encourage your son to orally list out “ip” words and then “ell” words to you. Then progress to writing these words out independently.

Literacy – Reading

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  • Listen to the story The Snail and The Whale
  • Listen to the story Sharing A Shell
  • Ask your son questions based on the stories e.g. What is the title of the story? Who is the main character in the story? Who helped the snail travel the world? How did the snail help the whale? How did the whale get lost?  What happens at the end of the story? Can you retell the story in your own words?

Tricky Words

Literacy-Tricky Words

  • Please watch the video below and practise/revise reading and spelling the following tricky words (set 2) ; you, your, come, some, said, here, there, they, go, no, so, my

I wonder if any boy can read these faster than the teacher in the video? Race him!

Tips for learning how to spell words:

  1. Look at and say the word.
  2. Trace it with your finger.
  3. Copy the word down.
  4. Cover the word and write it independently.
  5. Check to see if you got it right.
  • Call out the following sentences and encourage you son to write them down independently;
  1. You are a good friend.
  2. Is that your garden?
  3. Can I come to the shop too?
  4. I will eat some cookies.
  5. She said I was happy.
  6. Come over here and we can play.
  7. I wish I could go there.
  8. They are great fun.
  9. Dan will go to school.
  10. I have no treat in my lunch box.
  1. Tricky Word Game
  • Against the Clock – Speed and fluency are very important when it comes to reading “tricky” words, and this game is great for developing these qualities.
  • Write out some tricky words on pieces of paper.
  • Put the pile of tricky words in front of your son. 
  • He has 1 minute to read as many as he can (Use an egg timer (or stop watch on your phone).
  • Tricky Words Bingo
  • Draw 9 boxes on a page and write 1 tricky word in each box.
  • Call out a word for your child.
  • They need to find the word on the page and colour it in.


  • Revise forming capital letters A, B, C, D

Creative Writing

Encourage your child to write about A Trip To The Beach.

  • Use some of the following words and questions for ideas;

build, sand castles, shells, cold, sea, waves, rock pools, picnic.

  • Who went on the trip?
  • When did you go?
  • What did you do at the beach?
  • What was in your picnic basket?

Report Writing

Encourage your son to write a report on The Shark. When writing a report you focus on the following (it is like you are answering these questions, without writing the questions out)

  1. What is it?
  2. What does it look like?
  3. Where does it live?
  4. What does it eat?
  5. An interesting fact.

Example of a report:     

 The Spider

The spider is an insect.

It is brown and has eight legs.

Spiders live in houses and gardens.

They like to eat insects.

Some adults are afraid of little spiders.

Maths– Numeracy

Months of the Year/Seasons by Sunshine and Laughter by Deno | TpT

Numeracy- Topic of the Week à Months of the Year/Time

Task 1: Listen to this song about the 12 months of the year

Task 2: Describe occasions that happen throughout the year e.g. It is your birthday in June. It is Christmas in December. It is Granny’s birthday in September. You have holidays from school in July and August

Task 3: Parent writes the names of the months of the year on pieces of paper. Place them randomly on the table. Now ask your child to put the months in the correct order.

Task 4: Child practises writing out the months of the year.

Task 5: Match the months to the seasons eg. Winter – November, December January Spring – February, March and April Summer – May, June, July Autumn – August, September, October.

Task 6: Revise time. Remember your child needs to be able to read the clock in one hour intervals by the end of Senior Infants. Explain that there are 2 hands on a clock’s face. The large hand tells you the minutes and the small hand tells you the hour. Ask you child to tell you the time regularly throughout the day (make sure it is on the hour when you ask).  

Interactive Time Game –

Some examples of daily maths questions that you could practise regularly

  • What day was yesterday?
  • What day is today?
  • What month are we in?
  • What year are we in?
  • When is your birthday?
  • You had 5 cakes but your mum ate 2. How many do you have left?
  • What number comes before 7?
  • What number comes in between 9 and 11?
  • 2+5= ___
  • —- + 4 = 8
  • I had 2 fish. My dad gave me 3 more. How many do I have altogether?
  • What shape is this?
  • How many ___ do you see?

Game Time


*You can view this week’s Irish videos on Microsoft Teams, Under Files > Class Materials > Irish *

Video 1

Tá Oisín, Niamh agus Teidí ag an trá. (Oisín, Niamh agus Teidí are at the beach.)

Tá buicéad ag Teidí. (Teidí has a bucket.)

Tá spád ag Oisín. (Oisín has a spade.)

Tá liathróid ag Niamh.( Niamh has a ball.)

 Tá caisleán ar an trá. (The castle is on the beach.)

Tá gaineamh ar an trá freisin. (The sand is on the beach too.)

Tá bád agus iasc san uisce. (There is a boat and fish in the water.)

Tá an ghrian agus scamall sa spéir. (The sun and clouds are in the sky.)

Video 2

Tá Teidí ag iascaireacht.( Teidí is fishing.)

 Tá Niamh ag snámh san uisce. (Niamh is swimming in the water.)

Tá Oisín ag déanamh caisleáin (Oisín is making a castle.)

Video 3

Amhrán – Táimse Féin ag Iascaireacht ( I’m Fishing…)

Táimse féin ag iascaireacht, Ag iascaireacht, ag iascaireacht.

 Táimse féin ag iascaireacht, Ag iascaireacht atáimse.

Táimse féin ag snámh san uisce, Ag snámh san uisce, ag snámh san uisce. (I’m swimming in the water…)

Táimse féin ag snámh san uisce, Ag snámh san uisce atáimse.

 Táimse féin ag déanamh caisleáin, Ag déanamh caisleáin, ag déanamh caisleáin.( I’m making a castle …)

 Táimse féin ag déanamh caisleáin, Ag déanamh caisleáin atáimse.

Video 4

Cé leis an teach deas? Who owns that nice house

Is liomsa / Ní liomsa – I own/ I do not own…

  • Encourage your son to watch one cartoon in Irish on TG4 from 8 am and again at 1500 (PJ Masks, Sponge Bob, Curious George)
  • Cúla4 at 10 am ar scoil, it is also available online

S.E.S.E- History

S.E.S.E- Science

  Topic:  Fish

 Task: Watch this video to learn all about fish à

  • Key Words: scales, spine, fin, gills, aquarium, school of fish 
  • Have a discussion about fish, here are some discussion points to get started;
  1. Where do fish live?
  2. What do they like to eat?
  3. What do they look like?
  4. Chat about the scales on a fish.
  5. Discuss the different shapes, sizes and colours of fish.


This week, you will learn how to draw a fish. We would love to see what colours and designs you will choose for your new pets.


Topic à Water Safety  

Have a chat with your child about water safety. Below are some discussion points;

  • I must always tell an adult if I am going into the water.
  • Explain that you can never go above your depth when in the sea.
  • Discuss the dangers of rivers and lakes and how water can get deep very suddenly.
  • Chat about the power of water and the strength of currents.
  • Discuss inflatables and their associated dangers.
  • Explain the role of the life guard.
  • Discuss the different flags the life guard has e.g. red and yellow means it is safe to swim/ red means danger and no swimming. 


  • Game: Have a game of Dodge Ball – Throw soft balls at each other and you have to try to dodge the ball without it touching off you.

Other ways to keep active:

  • 10@10 has great 10-minute work outs.
  • Click on Go Noodle for short movement breaks, stretches and dance routines.
  • Cosmic kids yoga on You Tube
  • The Body Coach on YouTube channel at 9 am.
  • Go for a cycle/scoot/walk with a member of the family.



God our Father I have come to say,

Thank you for your love today,

Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me,

Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning send your light,



Angel sent by God to guide me,

Be my light and walk beside me,

Be my guard and protect me.

On paths of life direct me.


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