Home Learning (COVID-19)*

*Please adhere to the most up-to-date advice from HSE/Gardaí/Government

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve decided to give you a few ideas of things you can do to help your child to learn. Please remember that the work is completely optional. Teachers may send you other things to do, and again, you are welcome to do them. Our suggestion is that you give your days some routine and maybe dedicate an hour or two to schoolwork.

You can pick as many of the activities below over the 2 weeks. Every subject is covered below and some require the help of family, some can be done on a computer, but most can be done on your own. Each activity has an explanation so click on it to read more.

Some of the activities below have a link to click on for more information. Others link to a website with further instruction.

Finally, there are lots of teachers outside of the school making YouTube videos, Instagram Stories, and all sorts of other ways to help your child learn each day.

This is a Website for a Covid-19 Time Capsule! Click Here to see!



Body and Mind

HIIT Homework

Stick on your favourite upbeat playlist and try out these exercises one after the other. To give yourself a bigger challenge, do each circuit twice or three times or more!


Have a family disco - stick on your favourite tunes and bop around the room for 20 minutes!

Get Outside

Try out as many of these exercises outside (keeping social distance!) that you can and tell your teacher which ones you’ve done.

● Cycle your bike for 10 minutes

● Go for a walk

● Ride your scooter for 10 minutes

● Draw your own hopscotch with chalk and play

● Throw a ball against a wall and catch

● Create your own obstacle course

● Run for 5 minutes

● 10 minutes of free play outside

● If possible walk home from school one day

 ● Jump on your trampoline

● Walk your dog

● Bubble bashing - get someone to blow bubbles for you to try and burst all of them

● Do 3 laps of your house or up and down the hall 10 times

● Keepie uppies - how many can you do in a row?

  ● Skip sideways up and down the garden 5 times

Skype with a Relative

This can be a nice idea if you have a family member who may have to self-isolate or who you may not be able to visit. It’s a way for children to use oral language and it might be a nice kind of game to play to keep boredom away.

Ideas include:

1. Play 20 questions - take turns in thinking of an object and the other person can only ask questions which have a yes or no answer.

2. A-Z - Pick a topic and take turns in naming something beginning with A then B then C and see if you can get to Z Without skipping any letters.

3. The Big Interview - child prepares 10 questions they’d like to know about the relative and then asks them

4. More ideas here: https://www.fluentu.com/blog/educator-english/esl-vocabulary-games/


Even if you can’t speak Irish, there are some great ways to pick up some vocabulary. One really easy activity is to pick a topic, for example: food, household objects, colours, and so on, then write down 20 words associated with that topic in a list. Next go to https://www.focloir.ie/en/ and translate the words. The great thing is that almost every word on the website has an audio recording of it so you can listen to how to pronounce the words! As a family, you could try and learn a few words every day!

For more advanced speakers, how about doing any of the tasks in the grid through Irish? The news is probably the easiest one to do as Gaeilge.

Another idea is to sign up to https://www.duolingo.com/course/ga/en/Learn-Irish to learn some Irish - 5 to 10 minutes a day and who knows how fluent you’ll be when you get back!


● This is a useful Irish interactive site with 'ceachtanna' for 1st-6th classes, pupils could work away on their own!

The Daily News

This task can be done with any age from Junior Infants to 6th class. It can be done in a number of ways but here is a suggestion for 2 different age groups:

Infants to 1st Class 2nd Class Upwards

Read a Book with a Parent

Snuggle up on the couch and spend ten minutes reading for no other reason than the joy of reading a book. Of course, there are loads of benefits to reading every day but what a nice time to drop everything for a short time.

Family Tree

Make your family tree with your child. You can do this digitally or by hand and you can go back as far as you want!


These instructions are for these projects:

● The History of my Family  An extension of the Family Tree Project - tell us about your family

● Peace     What does peace mean to you? How will we get there?

● Who is your favourite artist?  Tell us something about your favourite artist - A singer? A painter? A poet?

● My Holiday    Tell us about your last holiday

Here are some ways you can produce it for your teacher

1. Write it!   Make your project on paper and bring it to school. (No bigger than A3 please!)

2. Type it!  Using Google Docs, make your project adding text, images and maybe video

3. Build it!  Using whatever materials you want, build and make your project

4. Present it!  Make a Google Slideshow about your project

5. Make a Book!  Use Book Creator on an iPad or Chromebook to make a book about your project

6. Your way!  Present your project in whatever way you want - whether it’s a virtual tour or even a podcast, do what you like!

You can do this project in Irish or English or in a language of your choice(note-teachers may not be able to decipher Klingon!).

A Sketch A Day

If you have a copybook or sketchpad, this would be useful but you don’t really need anything except paper and a pencil. Your job is to create one sketch a day for the duration of the project. The only catch is you have to pick a theme. Choose from:

- Healthy Foods

- Happy Things

- Things that need batteries

- Famous People

- Objects that are usually red

Learn a musical instrument

Do you have a musical instrument at home? If not, it’s not too expensive to get yourself a tin whistle, recorder or even a ukulele. It’s never been easier to learn with loads of apps and websites to bring you along the way.

Tin Whistle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdUH1QZvEm8

Piano / Keyboard: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJOfTzSYW-9q2WSmGH1CNjmP3--2qaXN5

Ukulele: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bTE5fbxDsc

Puppet Show

Making a puppet show can be a fun way to spend some time and there’s lots of different ways to do it now.

1. Make a sock puppet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-mfUBQE3_s

2. Make finger puppets - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eq370x_lvo

3. Make an online Puppet Show - Puppet Pals App

The main thing is to write the scripts and record them! If you have a puppet show stage, great; if not, use a table to hide underneath!


● Log in to your Mathletics account and play for 5-10 minutes. https://www.mathletics.eu

● Maths is Fun website   https://www.mathsisfun.com/ Very good for senior classes. Good simple explanations of all areas of the curriculum with practice interactive exercises

● Maths ideas  http://www.haveyougotmathseyes.com/wp-content/uploads/resources/mathseyes_resource_pack.pdf

● Maths problems different levels  https://nzmaths.co.nz/problem-solving

● Maths activities  https://nrich.maths.org/primary

You Cubed at Home https://www.youcubed.org/resource/youcubed-at-home/

● Maths Week Activities at Home https://www.mathsweek.ie/2019/

Cool Patterns

Patterns are everywhere - some of them simple like the sequence of a traffic light and some of them are really difficult like the swirls on a snail’s shell. Your job is to make a pattern using any medium you want. You could knit a scarf in 2 different colours or you could build a tower using Lego with different patterned levels. You could even write a long sequence of numbers that follow a pattern. Be inventive and try and think of something someone else might not do.

Miscellaneous links:

●  Literacy

● Cork City Library Covid-19 writing Project.Write a poem or short story giving a snapshot of your life staying at home in these strange times. Cork City Libraries will compile your work for a social history archive.Email patricia_looney@corkcity.ie with your entry.

● Free ebooks for tablet - registration required  https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

● Story starts for young writers. https://storystarts.co.uk

● Audio books. https://www.storylineonline.net  and https://www.storynory.com

● Plenty of great books on World eBooks especially for project work.


Prim-Ed books:

● Download Free Learn at Home Packs Parent Information Centre

● SEN:

● Some good online resources here for children with Special Educational Needs  https://ncse.ie/online-resources

● There are some good ideas/resources for behaviour management / children with behavioural issues here https://www.sess.ie/resources/behaviour-management


●  Junior and Senior Infant Teachers

Daily Journal Template.pdf (324.6 KB) Cluichí Clóis.doc (39.0 KB) School closure activities.doc (59.5 KB)

Giving Back:


● Padlet for all classes:


● Mindfulness:


● Cyber Safety:



Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam online


 Rijksmuseum Art Gallery in Amsterdam   (Senior Classes)

Virtual visit to Rijksmuseum Art Gallery in Amsterdam. Walk around the gallery. Pictures with a headphone icon have an audio you can play.

 Pick an artist. Read about the artist. Look at their work and listen to audio clips.


 Extra challenge – see can you recreate an art piece at home. Send it to a friend. See examples in this link.



Keeping Active





HIIT Workout

Skype with a Relative

 Family Tree

 A Sketch a Day

Play Mathletics

Go Noodle

The Daily News

The History of my Family

Learn a Musical Instrument

 Maths Worksheets

Mindfulness Session

 Irish Times


 Puppet Show

Make a cool pattern

Get Outside

Read a book with a parent/family member

 My Holiday

Who is your favourite artist?

Board Games with Mathematical Thinking

Session 1 - 5 x 25

Session 2 - legs moving

Session 3 - up and down

1. 25 jumping jacks

2. 25 squats

3. 25 seconds run on the spot

4. 25 push ups

5. 25 seconds plank

1. 30 seconds run on the spot

2. 30 seconds high knees

3. 30 seconds jumping jacks

4. 30 seconds butt kicks

5. 30 seconds jog on the


1. 30 seconds jumping jacks

2. 30 seconds mountain climbers

3. 30 seconds run on the spot

4. 30 seconds plank

5. 30 seconds burpees!