Junior Infants 22nd -26th June
Dear Parents and boys,
I hope you are well! As we are entering our last week of Junior Infants the activities this week will fun and can be done outdoors. As the weather is picking up, I hope you get a chance to be out and enjoying it.
Thank you for the ongoing support through out the school year and during these unprecedented times. It has been an unusual year for us all and a steep learning curve. We have had to overcome many challenges put in our paths during these times. The boys have been fantastic and a credit to you all!
Please pass on to your child that we are really missing them and we hope that they are having a good time at home and starting to get out to see their friends again!
Ms. Hurley & Ms. Daly
- Continue daily reading and writing for 15 minutes daily (I would also highly recommend that this is continued to be carried out throughout the summer months).
- Listen to the story Little Red Riding Hood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W86K1jBJFI
- Retelling the story orally with a clear beginning, middle and end.
- Writing: Narrative. Write a short version of Little Red Riding Hood. Ensuring that the story has a clear beginning, middle and end to the story.
- Writing “My News” twice a week. Let the boys sounds out words to the best of their ability. Put focus on composing the full sentence orally before writing it onto paper. Encourage your child to use simple short sentences. Focus on full stops, capital letters and neat presentation.
Literacy- Phonics Revise. This is very important.
- Please see below the sounds learned to date.
- Encourage your child to practise the Jolly Phonics action as he says the sound.
- It helps them recall the story associated with the sound.
Encourage your child to listen to the videos below and sing along.
How to revise Jolly Phonics Sounds.
*Main focus should be letters and sounds a-z, to begin with.*
- Sing the songs, using the actions.
- Write each letter on a small piece of paper. Show him one letter and ask him to tell you the sound it makes. (Encourage him to use the Jolly Phonics action to help him remember the associated sound.)
- Call out a sound and ask your child to write the letter correctly.
- Next, begin to call out a variety of words. For exampleà zig, zag, yes, wag, get, rat, vet, van, yet, wig
- Shapes trial- Have a look for 2 of each of these shapes in your garden or house. This week, we are revising our 3D Shapes that we learned in school. When you are revising, be sure to remember not just the shape name but also how many sides and corners they have!
- Colour Hunt Activity: With the help of an adult, draw out a grid like below. Go around your house, or even better, go outside and draw what you can see to match each colour. E.g. draw item to match each colour- grass for green.
- Number Hunt – Go on a walk (bring a pencil and notebook) and record how many of the following you see along your way
- Cyclist wearing helmets
- Blue cars
- Red flowers
- Continue to practise number formation.
- Some examples of daily maths questions that you could practise regularly
- What day was yesterday?
- What day is today?
- What month are we in?
- When is your birthday?
- You had 2 cakes and your mum gave you 2 more . How many do you have now?
- What number comes before 5?
- What number comes in between 6 and 8?
- 2+1= ___
- 0 + 4 =___
- I had 3 balls. My friend gave me 1 more. How many do I have altogether?
- What shape is this?
- How many ___ do you see?
- Traffic Light Game
– Find a space in a large open outdoors area.
– On signal, children run around and respond to the following commands;
– Red: stop
- Knock Down Pinball
– Line up empty cereal boxes or cans of beans in a little group.
– Child stands about 10 feet away and rolls a ball on the ground, trying to hit the targets.
Basket Laundry Ball
– Use a laundry ball as the basket.
– Use small balls to try and score a basket.
– If you don’t have many small balls, just scrunch up paper to form balls.
- Gate Game
– Your child will need a partner for this game.
– Each partner stands on a spot facing their partner, about 6 meters away. Set up a little “gate or little goal” using two markers, about a meter apart.
– The partners pass the ball to one another, through the gate.
– Increase the distance to increase difficulty.
- Walk The Line
– The pupil walks along a line on the floor (this could be a line drawn from chalk) and practise balancing without falling off line.
– The pupil tries to do this with eyes closed.
– The pupil tries to hold a balance pose on the line e.g. balance on your right leg, left leg, 1 hand and 1 leg on the line without falling over for 10 seconds.
Jumping and Landing
– Set up different height objects around a green space to jump over e.g. buckets, laundry basket, ball etc…
– Encourage your son to concentrate on landing correctly, that is on 2 feet with knees bent and arms out straight in front of them.
- Draw a picture of you carrying out your favourite activity from the PE list.
- Use recycling material to build your very own robot. All you need is 2 empty boxes, toilet roll insert, kitchen roll inserts, egg cartons and tinfoil. Cover the boxes in tinfoil and stick them together. Decorate your arms and legs using different coloured paper or newspaper. Stick egg carton circles on for the eyes.
Other Suggested Activities:
- Lego Challenges – Build your favourite Character/Build a space craft and fly it to the moon/Harry Potter needs a new broom, could you help him build one?
- Learn how to try your lace.
- Learn how to cycle a bike.
- Puffy Paint – Glue, shaving foam, food colouring.
1. Add equal amounts of glue and shaving foam in a bowl.
2. Add food colouring and mix well
3. Paint a picture using this puffy paint!