Junior Infants 15th May 2020

Hello boys and girls in Junior Infants,

I hope you have all had a lovely week! I’m delighted to see that lots of you are continuing to post photographs, videos and voice messages to Seesaw. It gives me a great idea of how you are getting on at home and of the sort of things I should suggest for you to do each week. You might have noticed I am learning more things about Seesaw too. I figured out how to use emoji’s and I have started to use the voice messages too. I am going to try to do more of these from now on!

I am especially excited to see when somebody has posted for the first time on Seesaw! So if you have yet to post, please do so, when you get a chance, so I, along with the other teachers who work with Junior Infants can leave a nice reply. Remember, your parents can use Seesaw if they have a question for me or want to give me a message too. I will do my best to reply to all posts and messages as soon as I can. If you choose not to share pictures of your work, remember to hold on to it so I can look at it when we return to school.

Thank you to the children who posted voice messages or videos of them reciting some rhymes. I would love to hear and see some more this week. Saying nursery rhymes are a great way to help us prepare for reading in Senior Infants.

I hope you enjoy the suggestions I have made for this week. Keep up the great work all of you.

Still missing you all,

Ms. Leonard.

Phonics Practise – a little different this week

Reminder of Link to phonics resources on C.J. Fallon website             https://slp.cjfallon.ie/

  • If you’re using this resource this week you will need to click into Sounds Like Phonics Book B and C to find activities related to the sound you’re working on.
  • You will find ‘ai’ and ‘oa’ in Book B, Unit 1 (The Park)
  • You will find ‘ee’ in Book C, Unit 2 (The Doctor’s Surgery)
  • You will find ‘or’ in Book C Unit 4 (The Garage) Certain parts of these activities will be a little tricky for Junior Infants at this stage but they are very useful for the introduction to the sound animation and the mouth positioning video
  • ‘J’ will be found in Book A as in previous weeks.
  • Remember, some of the sounds this week can be found in the middle of and at the end of words, as well as at the beginning. Encourage your child to repeat the words and to listen for the sounds in them.
  • You may like these worksheets to practise ‘rainbow writing’. https://www.twinkl.ie/resource/t-l-023-large-phase-3-tracing-letters
  • You may like worksheets from the Jolly Phonics website https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/resource-bank/cartoonito-activity-sheets/

Here are a few other links to videos that will be useful when learning this weeks sounds

Reading Choice Board

Log onto teachyourmonstertoread.com  (Free and no sign-in required to play on computers).Click on Teachers’ Area > Classroom Toolkit > Monster Mini-games.

You will find a variety of fun games to help your child practise reading their phonics sounds.


Online stories – this week’s suggestion


Nursery Rhyme Practise

Maths Choices

Number Rhyme


Here is a link to the story of Goldilocks and the three Bears in Irish. By watching this, your child will hear lots of Irish words and phrases that have been taught throughout the year so far. Many of them are here for your reference.



National Drawing Day is taking place this week on 16th of May. You will find lots of information about it at the National Gallery of Ireland website at   https://www.nationalgallery.ie/explore-and-learn/national-drawing-day-2020. They, along with many other galleries and venues around the country want everybody to do lots of wonderful drawing on this day and afterwards. I would also love if you would have a look at paintings of a Spanish artist called Joan Miró. When I look at his paintings they always make me think and use my imagination!

Here are some things to know about Joan Miró:

  • He came from Barcelona in Spain.
  • He loved to draw birds, stars and women.

When you look at his paintings / drawings below think about:

  • What colours did Miró like to use?
  • Can you see any birds, stars or women?
  • Can you see anything else in the pictures?
  • Do you like the way he paints?
  • Do you like the names he gave to his paintings?

Figure, dog, birds

Figure in front of the sun

Figure, birds

woman, bird, star

figures and birds with a dog

Painting 1


Song on white background

The Awakening of the birds 1

Morning Star

Signs and Meteors

Here are links to some of Miró’s paintings animated!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDWPOkrJ0B8 The Garden


In St. Gabriel’s N.S. we are fortunate to be located very close to Dublin Zoo! I know that some of you can even hear some of the animals from your homes. Lots of people love to visit Dublin Zoo to see and learn about the animals that live there. Unfortunately Dublin Zoo also had to close their gates to help keep people safe. The zookeepers are still working hard taking care of all the creatures living there. RTÉ Home School Hub teamed up with Dublin Zoo to share what some of the animals get up to.

Click on the elephants below to learn a little bit about elephants.

You may also see what the elephants are up to right now with the zoo’s live webcam. Dublin zoo recommend 10.30 am and 12.30pm as the best times to catch a glimpse of the elephants. I think it’s their feeding time!

I was delighted to see lots of you sharing wonderful drawings on Seesaw of elephants as part of your ‘e’ words when practising your phonics.  For those of you who aren’t sure how to draw an elephant click on the link below.

Don’t forget –

  1. Have a look at activity suggestions made by some other teachers in our school
  2. Take pictures/videos of what you do and post them on Seesaw so I can see them.
  3. Read a story or rhyme every day.
  4. Count forwards and backwards every day.
  5. Do some colouring or drawing when you can.
  6. Play every day.
  7. Boys and girls help to tidy-up!