Educational Links during Covid 19

Dear Parent,

We hope that you and all of your families are well and managing at this time of great uncertainty. Please find listed below a list of educational sites and sources which you and your children might enjoy dipping into. All of these sites contain ideas and resources which we hope might make the whole ‘learning from home experience’ a little easier.  Be Safe!

Regards

Spa N.S. Staff

(Principal)

‘Learning from Home’ Resources. 

1)Twinkl

All Classes

Twinkl are offering all parents and teachers a One Month FREE Ultimate Membership to Twinkl.ie. This will allow parents and teachers unlimited access to every single resource for every single curriculum subject from junior infants to sixth class.

www.twinkl.ie/offer

Notes: Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.ie/offer and enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS. This code will only work for new memberships. If you are an existing member with a Core or Extra membership, please get in touch and we will upgrade you to Ultimate right away.

2) World Book

All Levels

The World Book is a resource offered by the PDST. It’s like a virtual encyclopedia except a lot more interactive.

https://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/products?ed=all&gr=Welcome%21 

3) EPIC

All Levels

Epic! is an online library which offers over 35000 resources including “Read to Me” books, audiobooks, student tracking, reading level linkage with Accelerated Reader and other reading levelling schemes. It also offers high interest texts such as National Geographic Kids and Guinness Book of Records. It is suitable for children from ages 4-12.

https://www.pdst.ie/DistanceLearning/SourcesofInformation#epic 

4) Gill Explore

Junior Infants to 2nd Class

Gill Education has provided free access to gillexplore.ie to all of the pupil resources from Junior Infants to 2nd Class from our Over the Moon complete Primary English Language programme.

 Pupil resources for programme include:

  • Skills Books

  • All readers

  • Pupil’s digital resources

https://www.gillexplore.ie/ 

Notes: Sign up required. For any digital support queries, please contact 01 500 9542 or digitalsupport@gill.ie.

5) Edco Learning

All Class Levels

Pupil resources for programme include:

  • Skills Books

  • All readers

  • Pupil’s digital resources

https://www.edcolearning.ie/

Notes: Username: primaryedcobooks  Password: edco2020 

6) BorrowBox

All class levels

If you or your child/children or parent/s are a member of the local library, you can access an App or website called BorrowBox. It is free. I use it for audio books and also, ebook. There is a children’s section. 

https://www.borrowbox.com/ 

Notes: To register, you need your library card which has your membership number on the back.

7) Vooks

All class levels

Vooks is committed to being a resource for families to keep kids reading at home.  Vooks can also be a welcome distraction for parents, allowing them to enjoy time with their kids, watching and discussing books together. To help, we have created take-home lesson plans that can be shared with parents and guardians – built to provide children with 20 minutes a day of read aloud time and activities.

https://www.vooks.com/ 

Notes: Free one month, sign up required

8) Oxford Owl Ebook Reader Library

Junior Classes

Oxford Owl has an ebook library with over 250 books in it and offers free access to teachers and parents once you create an account at www.oxfordowl.co.uk They also have some vocabulary and comprehension activities for most of the books. 

 www.oxfordowl.co.uk

 

9) Writing Legends

Junior Classes

As part of their Assistance for Schools response to Coronavirus they are providing Writing Legends free of charge through to July 31, 2020. Writing Legends is a comprehensive writing program, containing hundreds of activities for students in grades 3 to 6. The regular price is $11.50 (USD) per student. 

 https://www.writinglegends.com/

 

10) www.sorchaj.com

Infants to Fifth Class

This site covers phonics, dolch, Jolly Phonics including tricky word lists and practice reading sentences following the Spellbound order of words and more.

www.sorchaj.com

11) Rivet Reading

Infants to Fifth Class

Rivet Reading App by Google is not available in the EU, but the web version of the books, with reading is. High Interest Reading books are available with help for pupils with words that are not easily decodable. Topics range from Animals to History, Sport to Science .Very useful for reluctant readers and self-guided.

https://rivet.area120.com/read/#/libraryScreen

 

12) Teach Your Monster to Read

Infants to 1st Class. 

Teach Your Monster to Read is a fun activity that helps infants work on everything from initial sounds, CVC words, blends and digraphs all the way to full words and sentences. The Web platform is free for teachers and students (the App costs, but is not necessary). Teachers can set up a class quite easily and can simplify passwords. Great fun game that children can engage with at home (although teachers cannot set sounds – pupils work through independently).  

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/

13) Duolingo – Gaeilge

2nd – 6th Class

Duolingo can be used for learning any language but I use it in school to improve Gaeilge. Teachers can set up a class and input their pupils. This generates a username and password which can be shared with your pupils. They can use Duolingo on phones, tablets, computers. Teachers can set a weekly goal for pupils to reach or set a new skill to be learned.

https://schools.duolingo.com/ 

 

14) Áiseanna Gaeilge ar líne:

Symbaloo List of Gaeilge Web Sites

Symbaloo: Gaeilge Websites

Léitheoireacht: Séideán Sí (gach leibhéal)

https://www.seideansi.ie/aiseanna-eile.php

15) Teanga ó Bhéal: Scéal an Lae – TG4

1st – 6th Class

Short stories i nGaeilge read aloud online. Perfect for first – 6th classes i Scoil T2 or rang ar bith i Scoil T1.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Sc%C3%A9al+an+laeLink to the website

 

16) Teanga ó Bhéal: Soundcloud – An Gúm

Soundcloud – Irish language stories read aloud online/ scéalta i nGaeilge  ón nGúm

https://soundcloud.com/search?q=An%20G%C3%BAm

 

17) Irish songs online / Amhráin i nGaeilge ar líne

Anam an Amhrán – Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Anam+an+Amhr%C3%A1n

Numeracy / Maths Resources

18) Manga High

All Class Levels

Manga High offers maths games for all class levels. School needs to register, and then pupils can be added by bulk upload, with username/password then being provided on a little card. Possibly a challenge to set up and share details with pupils at present. 

www.mangahigh.com 

 

19) Multiplication.com 

3rd Class up

Loads of games to practice Multiplication.

https://www.multiplication.com 

20) Top Marks – Hit the Button

Class Level

 

Hit the Button is an interactive maths game with quick fire questions on number, bonds, times tables, doubling and halving, multiples, division facts and square numbers. Games are against the clock and develop number fact recall. Designed for 6-11 year olds. 

 https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

Notes: A paid app version is available from Apple/Google Play/Amazon but the web browser version is free to use.

21) Top Marks – Daily 10

Class Level

 

HiDaily 10 is a primary maths resource which covers addition, subtraction, ordering, partitioning, place value, rounding, multiplication, division, doubles, halves and fractions. It has been designed primarily for use on an interactive whiteboard. The aim is to help teachers deliver 10 maths questions many which can be used for mental maths practise.

Sets of questions can be timed or untimed and the activities are ideal for starter and plenary sessions. They are graded in levels of difficulty which match year group levels in England’s National Curriculum Maths requirements. This means the resource is suitable for children from 5 to 11 years of age.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10

22) Science Resources Scholastic Learn at Home (Free)

Day to day projects (USA based) for children Infants to Sixth Class. 

 

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html 

23) Science Foundation Ireland

Infants to 6th Class

Any science experiment you could ever think of is nicely organised into lots of different sections. Much of the equipment you can find at home but well worth exploring to try and do a science experiment every few days.

 

https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/discover-primary-science-and-maths/activities-search/

Geography Resources

24)Ask About Ireland

Infants to 6th Class

An oldie but a goodie. This web site covers both History and Geography from infants to 6th class including some great project ideas. There’s probably enough here to cover the entire curriculum. Hard to believe it’s almost 20 years old!

http://www.askaboutireland.ie/learning-zone/primary-students/

 

25) Scoilnet Geography

Infants to 6th Class

 

Teachers working with Scoilnet have produced a number of subject-based themed pages. Each theme page presents a set of links and resources on a particular topic. This page contains a number of resources on different Geography topics. Many of them also tie in to Educate Together’s Learn Together Curriculum.

 

https://www.scoilnet.ie/primary/theme-pages/geography/ 

History Resources

26) Ask About Ireland

Infants to 6th Class

An oldie but a goodie. This web site covers both History and Geography from infants to 6th class including some great project ideas. There’s probably enough here to cover the entire curriculum. Hard to believe it’s almost 20 years old!

 

http://www.askaboutireland.ie/learning-zone/primary-students/

 

27) Seomra Ranga History Links

Infants to 6th Class

Seomra Ranga does not maintain any of the web sites provided as links so it assumes no responsibility for their contents, nor does any link constitute an endorsement of any other site, its sponsor or its contents. These links are just suggestions of websites that teachers may wish to visit to compliment their classroom teaching. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each individual teacher or school to determine whether the links provided are suitable for children to visit.

 

https://www.seomraranga.com/links/sese-links/history/ 

SPHE Resources

28) Busy Bodies

4th to 6th Class

Busy Bodies Adolescent Development Programme provides information on the physical and emotional changes that children may experience during puberty, to reassure them that puberty is a normal part of growing up.  Busy Bodies is a useful resource to help support both teachers and parents in providing information on puberty to children aged between 10 and 14.

 

https://www.healthpromotion.ie/health/inner/busy_bodies 

 

29) Scoilnet SPHE Page

Infants to 6th Class

 

A small number of resources to support the SPHE curriculum including the Webwise programme

https://www.scoilnet.ie/primary/theme-pages/sphe/ 

 

30) Tools to Stay On Task

Class Level:  Everyone, including adults

Tools designed to help a person work steadily for a set time interval, then take a five-minute break. These programs can help students eliminate distractions while they work by blocking access to content that isn’t used for learning.

Block Site (Chrome Extension)

Stay Focused (Chrome Extension)

Strict Workflow (Chrome Extension)

Resources to support PE or Exercise at Home

31) GoNoodle

All class levels

GoNoodle is a really easy and good way to get kids moving. Popsico… Pop pop sico! 

 

https://www.gonoodle.com/

 

32) PSSI PE Lessons

All Levels

 

  Included on this resource is a set of support materials for the five strands of the physical education curriculum for primary schools. The materials have been designed to complement this curriculum and to assist primary teachers in its implementation. 

 https://pssi.pdst.ie/clickme.html

Music Resources

33) Dabbledoo Music

All Classes

 

Dabbledoo are offering all content for free to parents of schools with DabbledooMusic.

 

Please email shane@dabbledoomusic.com to let them know if your school would like to avail of this, and we can set up your access details.

 

Notes: Only available to schools signed up to Dabbledoo

 

34) SoundTrap

www.soundtrap.com :: A great way for students to experiment with loops and sounds through layering tracks and building songs. Supports GSuite and Office365 logins which means all work saved to the cloud. Free version gives students five compositions to explore. Lots of learning in students playing around with the built in demo songs and their use of sound recording techniques, musical effects and layering of sounds (texture etc.) (@stephenmcf)

Visual Arts Resources

35) I Am An Artist

All Classes

A very oldie but a very goodie. One of the best produced Visual Arts guides for the curriculum. The site may be dated but everything in it is gold!

 

http://www.iamanartist.ie 

Ethics / Religion Resources

35) Catholic Confirmation Study “Chosen”

Confirmation classes (5th/6th)

www.confirmationstudy.com  Has great videos (and worksheets/books.) Sample videos are on the website. Many of the full videos are available on youtube or vimeo to view for free, just search “Chosen Confirmation Study”. Books and dvds available to buy but resources on website are free. 

Catholicicing.com

All class levels

 

Has a wide range of resources and ideas including art and crafts, worksheets and “How to draw” videos. Resources to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Lent, Holy Week and Easter. 

 https://www.catholicicing.com/

SEN-related resources

36) Education Nation

Online learning for all school staff to better help all pupils with special needs.

https://educationnation.ie/register/covid-19-free-access/

Free access to all Education Nation courses for all schools until March 31st 2020

37) SEN Teacher

One of the oldest sites dedicated the Special Education Teaching but has expanded its use to any type of learning environment. Loads of printables and interactive resources.

https://www.senteacher.org 

Learning about COVID-19 

Information Worksheet for Children about Covid-19

All Classes

 

Free downloadable PDF  for children about Coronavirus which is information but also acts as an activity sheet.