Senior Infants 8TH jUNE – 19TH jUNE 2020 mS. cOLLINS & mS. hURLEY

Dear Parents,

Thank you all for continuing to support your son’s learning at home. We are missing the boys terribly and looking forward to seeing them back in school in September.

We are aware that it is challenging to motivate the boys during these final few weeks of school, especially if the weather is good (which hopefully it will be!).

Try and do a little work regularly, this will help maintain their standard. Remember continuous practise and repetition of sounds, words and facts is important at this young age.   

We have created a fortnightly plan, giving you more time to complete the work. We hope this will help keep everyone on track for the last few weeks and avoid stresses and battles about school work at home.

Again, if anyone would like a phone call or you have a query please email or and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

As always, we are available daily on MS Teams from 10-11am for instant chat and to provide feedback on work. This is also an opportunity for the boys to interact with one another. We will also continue to upload some video files on Microsoft Teams to assist your child’s learning.

In the meantime, I hope everyone is well and staying safe.

As always, we really appreciate your support!

Warmest Regards,

Ms. Collins & Ms. Hurley

Homework 8th June – 20th June 2020


Theme – Summer / Camping

Oral language

  • Read, recite and learn of the following poem.
  • Discuss the following vocabulary based on camping;

campsite, tent, airbed, sleeping bag, roll mat, pegs, poles, backpack, deckchair, stool, table, saucepans, gas stove, water, container, barbeque, grill, toasting, marshmallows, sausages, cooler bag, caravan, trailer, picnic blanket, picnic basket, roof rack, touch, logs, fire, lantern, compass, map, binoculars, tree, forest, woods, insect repellent, deer, owl, fox, squirrel etc….

  • Encourage your son to lie on the floor, close his eyes and relax. Tell him to imagine he is on a camping trip. Ask him to describe the camping scene which he sees in his mind.
  • Draw a picture of the camping scence that you have imagined or experienced– Describe the picture to a family member.
  • Listen to the following story A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee

Did you hear any rhyming words in the story?


Task 1

  • Listen to the story Curious George Goes Camping (or mute your computer and your child can read independently)
  • Ask your son the answer the following comprehension questions based on the story;
  1. What is the title of the story?
  2. Who unpacked the camping gear?
  3. Did George help put up the tent?
  4. What were they planning to roast over the campfire?
  5. What did George have to get from the river?
  6. What did he carry this in?
  7. Why did George run into the forest?
  8. What animals did George see in the forest?
  9. George saved the day. What did he do?
  10. How do you think George felt when he became the hero?
  11. How did George get rid of the bad skunk smell?

Task 2

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Take turns reading with them using some of these strategies:

  • My Turn, Your Turn. You take turns reading a paragraph of a page.
  • Choral Reading. You read at the same time.
  • Echo Reading. You read first and your child echoes the same sentence or paragraph you just read.
  • Act It Out. You act out the story together or pretend to be characters in the story and read the lines.


Sound 1 – ou

This week the boys will be revising the ‘ou’ sound.

Examples of words include;

shout, mouth, out, pout, loud, house, cloud, couch, spout, mouse, hound, sound, pouch etc…

Practise singing the Jolly Phonics Song

Watch the videos below to help the boys understand the “ou” sound.

  • Task: See how many ‘ou’ words you can write down in 3 minutes. Have a race against an adult to see who can write the most words in 3 minutes.

Literacy- Spellings

  • Encourage your child to practise spelling the following words during the week.
1. out
2. house
3. mouse
4. loud
5.  sound
6. loud
7.  proud
8.  round
9.  sound
10. hound

**Challenge Time**

  • Why not have a little challenge at the end of the week. This is a good way to revise the sound learned that week.
  • Call out the above spelling words. Mix them up.
  • Encourage our child to write them in a vertical, numbered list, like he does in his Spellings copy.

Task: Call out the following sentences and encourage you son to write them down independently;

Dictation Sentences

  1. I have a mouth.
  2. He lives in a nice house.
  3. The mouse ran across the road.
  4. Do not shout at me.
  5. I would love to play outside.
  6. The music was loud.
  7. The hound was very proud.
  8. We got a new couch.

Sound 2 – oi

This week the boys will be revising the ‘oi’ sound.

Examples of words include;

oil, coil, foil, coin, oink, soil, point, toilet, spoil, moist, joint etc…

Practise singing the Jolly Phonics Song

Watch the videos below to help the boys understand the “oi” sound.

  • Task: See how many ‘oi’ words you can write down in 3 minutes. 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;

Dictation Sentences

  1. Ken has lots of coins.
  2. We would like to dig in the soil.
  3. The point of the pencil is sharp.
  4. I need to go to the toilet.
  5. The cake is lovely and moist.
  6. I have a joint in my leg.
  7. The pig says oink.
  8. Could you go to the shop and get some oil.
  • Rhyming Words: Discuss words that end in ‘all’ and ‘and’

all –  ball, call, fall, hall, mall, stall, tall,

and- hand, band, sand, grand, stand, land,

Task: Encourage your son to orally list out “all” words and ‘and’ words to you. Then progress to writing these words out independently.


  • Revise forming capital letters I, J, K, L

Creative Writing

Task 1 A Camping Trip

Encourage your child to imagine they have been on a camping trip. Write about it. 

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

tent, camp fire, barbeque, sing song, forest, sleeping bag 

  • Who went on the trip?
  • When did you go?
  • Where did you go camping?
  • What did you do while camping?

Task 2 My News

  • When writing about your news don’t forget to answer the following questions; Who? When? Where? What? Why?

Maths –Revision of Capacity

Maths language used when chatting about this topic include words such as full, empty, holds more, holds less, pour, fill to the top, enough, level

Task 1 Mental Maths Puzzles ( The answers can be checked practically, and the boys will enjoy this activity)

  1. If a jug holds 4 cups of water. How many cups of water would 2 jugs hold?
  2. A glass holds 6 egg cups of water altogether. If I poured 4 egg cups of water into the glass, how many more would I need to fill the glass?
  3. A saucepan holds 5 jugs of water. How many saucepans could I fill with 10 jugs of water?
  4. If 2 milk bottles holds the same amount as 1 coke bottle. How many milk bottles would I need to fill 2/3/4 coke bottles.

Task 2 Sum Time.

Write out sums and encourage your son to answer them (these are examples of the expected level, operations within 0-10)

  • 4 + 4 =
  • 3+5 =
  • 2+5 =
  • 6 +4 =
  • __ +7 = 10
  • 3 + __ = 9
  • __ + 4 = 7

If you wish to challenge your child use sums that add up to 20

Task 3: Lots of fun adding games here for the boys to enjoy!

Task 4 Learn to count in 2’s up as far as 20 (or higher if your up for the challenge!)

This is a great rap video that the boys would enjoy

See below 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?


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

Video 1

Cuig Lacha – Five Ducks

Video 2

Cé atá ___? (ag snámh, ag rothaíocht, ag imirt peile, ag caint) – Who is ___? (swimming, cycling, playing football, talking)

Tá ___ (Niamh, Daidí, Teidí) ___. (ag snámh, srl.) – Niamh is ____

Video 3

Cad atá ag ___? (Niamh, Teidí) – What does Niamh have?

Tá ___ ag Niamh/Teidí. (ríomhaire, eitleán, bábóg, bád, rothar, leabhar, carr, liathróid, brící, tarracóir) – Niamh has a (computer, plane, doll, boat, bike, book, car, ball, bricks, tractor)

Video 4

Rann – Is Féidir Liom

Is féidir liom rith. I can run.

Is féidir liom suí. I can sit.

Is féidir liom léim. I can jump.

Is féidir liom luí. I can lie.

Is féidir liom ithe. I can eat.

Is féidir liom ól. I can drink.

Ní féidir liom tiomáint go fóill. I can not drive yet.

Video 5

An féidir leat ___? (rith, suí, léim, luí, scríobh, léamh, eitilt, rothaíocht) Can you ___? (run, sit,jump, lie, writing, read, fly, cycle)

Is/Ní féidir liom ___. (I can/ can not _____)

S.E.S.E- Science

If you went on a camping trip you might be lucky enough to spot an owl!

  Topic:  The Owl

Task: Watch this video to learn all about owls à

Key Words: Nocturnal (comes out at night), bird of prey, hunts, eye sight, rotates head (can turn head around nearly all the way), claws, can’t move eyes, hoots.   

  • Have a discussion about owls here are some discussion points to get started;
  1. Where do owls live?
  2. What do they look like?
  3. What do they like to eat?
  4. What senses do they use to catch prey?
  • Write out 5 facts that you have learnt about the owl. Or better still type out your facts and email them to me at


Task 1 Drawing – Step by step guidance on how to draw an owl

Task 2 Make a pair of binoculars – Use 2 empty toilet rolls, connect them with string and decorate using pieces of coloured paper and glue.

Task 3 Make your own bird feeder – Use an empty milk carton and cut a hole out in the front. Paint/Decorate the carton and then fill it up with seeds.


Topics – Feelings and Worries

Task 1 – Listen to the following story A Huge Bag Of Worries

Discussion Points:

  • Why was Jenny upset?
  • Did you every worry about anything?
  • Do you think it is important to chat to someone if you do feel worried?
  • Who would you chat to if you had a worry?
  • If you saw someone that had a worry, what would you do?
  • A problem shared is a problem halved!

Task 2 – Write out a worry you have on a piece of paper. Then rip it up into tiny pieces. Feel your worry drift away!


  • Target Throwing – Use a laundry bin as your basket and see how many baskets you can score from 3/4/5/6/7 steps away.
  • Aerobic exercises – 10 jumping jacks, jogging on the spot using high knees for 60 seconds, jogging on the spot kicking your heals to kick back as far as you can for 60 seconds, marching on the spot for 60 seconds, stepping onto a step and off a step for 60 seconds.
  • Jogging – Go for a run with a family member.

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.


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

  • This video is all about the church and how it was built. Chat to your child about your local church. Discuss all the things that you would expect to find there e.g. alter, bible, statues, candles, tabernacle and pews.

Other Activities

  • Build your own fort out of blankets, cushions, chairs etc… (or if you are lucky enough to have a tent and garden, pitch it!)
  • Pretend you are going on a camping trip, pack your own backpack with supplies.
  • Build a forest/camping scene out of your lego/blocks.
  • Practise tying your laces (as this could come in handy when building a fort!)