FAQs & Contact Info
How should I structure my child's day?
There is no perfect answer to this unfortunately as everyone's circumstances can be wildly different. The best advice I can offer is to keep to some routine. Exercise at a similar time, keep meal times and bedtimes as consistent as possible. Here are two suggestions 1) https://sites.google.com/carloweducatetogether.ie/covid-19teacherpack/suggested-timetable.. 2) https://www.theschoolrun.com/home-learning-timetables-for-coronavirus-school-closures.The Dept of Education's National Educational Psychological Service has produced this advice: https://twitter.com/Education_Ire/status/1256493835158466566. However, whatever works for you is the thing to go with.
I miss school :(
Us too! We’re thinking of ways to bring the school to you. Every week or two Mr. Roche will host a live online assembly. The link to this assembly will be emailed to you. Class assemblies will be organised too so you can keep in touch with your teacher and classmates.
What accounts should my child have access to and where can I find the passwords?
Your child should have their own personal account for Storyjumper.com, ReadTheory.org (2nd class up) and MangaHigh.com. Some children may have an account for Nessy.com. If you can't access these or don't have a username or password, please email email@example.com
I don't have a computer. What should I do?
We understand that some of you do not have access to devices in order to receive lessons. Most of the information & resources sent out so far can be accessed via a mobile phone. However, the most important thing right now is to do what you can and not to worry. If you want to connect with your child's teacher or me please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm working from home and finding it difficult to get school work complete with my children.
Please try not to stress too much about school work. You should view whatever work you can do as a bonus. Use supports such as RTE's Home School Hub, online yoga or Art videos, websites such as Manga High and ReadTheory to assist you. Encourage your children to read. However, if the work is causing stress then please leave it. Once your child is safe & as happy as can be that is the main thing.
I need food and/or basic essentials
Please email email@example.com in the knowledge that this information will be kept in the strictest of confidence and I will endeavour to help in whatever way I can.
I haven't heard from the school or my child's teacher?
We have been emailing you regularly so there must be some problem - perhaps we do not have the correct email address for you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our contact form below so we can sort it out!
What's going to happen to Communion, Graduation etc?
The Archdiocese of Dublin got in touch with us recently and have postponed all sacramental celebrations for May and June. They have said they will update us again when they know more.
We will have to wait and see what the government do regarding the school closure before we decide on the format for graduation.
Below you will find a list of containing many of the resources that have been shared with you so far. You will also find a list of Mr. Roche's top resources for the various subject areas etc.
Scoilnet - Primary Hub
PDST Video Content
RTE Homeschool Hub (An excellent resource; available on TV & catch-up with extra resources here.)
RTE Homeschool Hub - Podcasts (Extra stuff from Homeschool; Get it here or wherever you get your podcasts)
Junior & Senior Infants Padlet (contains links to various resources; I have not checked through all these)
Parteen NS's Lists of Resources - Padlet
Book Publisher Resources
Edco Learning - (Username: primaryedcobooks ; Password: edco2020)
Folens - (click register; Select Teacher; Fill in a username, email and password; For Roll Number use the code: Prim20)
SPHE, Health & Wellbeing
Everybody Worries (A book to help cope with worries)
Barnardos & Google Online Safety
Breathe: Self-Regulation & Relaxation Techniques for Children (Developed by the PDST Health & Wellbeing Team)
From Big Fish to Little Fish (A workbook about moving from primary to secondary school)
Healthy Eating (Scoilnet)
Ms Farley's Mindfulness Video
NEPS 10 Tips on Supporting Your Child At Home
NEPS Advice on Daily Routines
Water Safety At Home
HSE Stress Control: Relaxation & Mindfulness
Mindfulness Videos from Primary Teacher & Mindfulness Facilitator
1. Introduction Video
2. Mindfulness Worry Video for Kids
3. Mindfulness Anger Video for Kids
Tusla - Online Safety Videos by Parents for Parents
1. Start the Conversation
2. Setting Limits
3. Be Informed
4. How Much Time Was I Online Today?
5. Parents Share and Learn
StoryJumper (Allows users to create their own books; Requires a login)
ReadTheory.org (Login required)
Rivet (3,500 free levelled readers. Developed by Google. This works better as an app on tablet or phone but is available through the web too)
Oxford Owl (Free eBook Library)
Scholastic - Learn At Home
National Literacy Trust - Family Zone
Kids News Magazine
Storyline Online (Stories being read aloud)
BBC Bitesize English
Crickweb KS2 Literacy (Upper Primary)
Crickweb KS1 Literacy (Lower Primary)
Borrow Box Library App
Teach Your Monster To Read
Bia (Scoilnet Theme Page)
Snas ar Scéal
Graiméar Is Feidir Leat (from EDCO Publications)
CEA Cód na Gaeilge
Manga High (Login required)
Manga High Maths Videos
Khan Academy (Maths tutorials)
Maths Week: Maths At Home
Shape & Space / Geometry
2-D Shape Sorter
3-D Shape Sorter
Alien Attack Angles
Multiplication.com (Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide)
Fractions & Decimals
Maths Is Fun (A great website)
General Maths Games
Fun Brain - Maths Zone
BBC Bitesize Junior
BBC Bitesize Senior
Topmarks - Maths
Joe Wicks - The Body Coach
Ninja Fitness TV
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Active Schools' Padlet
SESE (History, Geography, Science)
National Geographic Kids (Great website for projects etc!)
Marvin & Milo Activities (From Institute of Physics)
Our World: Irish Aid Awards At Home Learning
Online Castle Visits!
Science Foundation Ireland: STEM At Home
Little Book of Irish Science
Egyptian Tomb Adventure
European Union Learning Corner
Virtual Field Trips
Out of the Ark - Music At Home
Draw with Don
Draw Your Hero - Art Competition
Files & Worksheets
Mr Roche's Top 13!!
1. RTE Homeschool Hub (This is time well spent. If you can watch it with your kids than great. Otherwise, just let them watch and maybe try out an activity. If you want more listen to the Homeschool Hub podcast).
2. Scoilnet.ie: Your one stop shop for a huge variety of primary school resources and it's an Irish website too!!
3. StoryJumper (This is a great way to get your children writing. It's free (with optional paid add-ons that I wouldn't bother with. A login and explanation email was sent to you about it!)
4. National Literacy Trust - Family Zone (A fantastic repository of resources and links for maintaining & developing literacy skills. Note: BBC content is not available in the Rep of Ireland)
5. Scholastic - Learn At Home (This is a great website containing frequently updated material.)
6. ReadTheory.org (For engaging with leveled, targeted reading comprehensions at home; Login required; For 2nd class up.)
7. Manga High (Online Maths games that have been set by your child's teacher; Login required)
8. Scratch: The best place to learn how to code. There are lots of advice and tutorials built into the website. For younger children (2nd and below) - try Scratch Jr app.
9. Teach Your Monster To Read: Really good for younger kids or for those struggling with reading. Available as an app too. Free at the moment.
10. Sorcha J.com: Good for younger kids for phonics, sight words etc.
11. Multiplication.com: Lots of games to practise your multiplication tables but also your addition, subtraction & division tables too!
12. Virtual Field Trips: Explore Mount Everest, Mars, The Louvre Museum, The Statue of Liberty and much more!
13. TED Ed: Video lessons on a huge variety of topics. You can sign up for a daily email of activities from them too.