1st  Class Suggestions for work  2 March 30th -April 3rd

Hello First Class and Parents/Guardians,

I hope everyone is keeping well and that all the boys and girls are helping out at home and doing lots of jobs for mams and dads. I am sure you are all missing school and your friends but enjoying spending extra time with your family.    Here is some more suggested work that first class could complete. These are only suggested activities – please do not feel any pressure to do everything. Pick and choose what you think will work best for you and your child.


Our next topic in Maths was weight- you can do lots of activities on this topic at home.

Take a selection of items from the kitchen cupboard

  • Estimate which item is the heaviest/lightest ( pick them up and feel their weight)
  • Weigh the items using kitchen scales (Kg)
  • Order them from the heaviest to the lightest
  • Find something that is approximately 1kg (e.g bag of sugar, box of rice)
  • Then gather up an assortment of objects from around the house ( eg. A teddy, clothes peg, a book, chair, socks, bag of flour) sort the objects into 3 categories: less than a kilogramme, about a kilogramme and more than a kilogramme.
  • Talk about a balance and how the heavier side tilts downwards ( get them to picture a see-saw) and how if two items weigh the same the balance is level.
  • Think about why a kg of sugar is so much smaller than a kg of feathers.
  • Bake something – let your child do all the weighing.



Tables – Please continue to revise all addition tables and subtract 1 and 2.

Try out the tables tests – Test 13 and Test 14 pg 68 (focusing on subtracting 1 and 2) at back of Table Toppers. Go back over the ones you get wrong.

To see what addition tables you are still unsure of take on The Fifty Fivers challenge on pg 74 do one column per day.

For those who have internet access

https://arithmetic.zetamac.com/game?key=c4d91d7d    tests addition tables

https://arithmetic.zetamac.com/game?key=74d89a62  tests subtraction tables

https://www.mathplayground.com/grade_1_games.html – games based on maths used in 1st class

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button  great game for quick table recall



Reading: What I think is the most important thing during these times is to keep up the daily reading. Read back on old pages from Read at Home up to page 87. Supplement their reading with age appropriate novels and reading material at home. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page  is a fantastic resource with free e-book library – if you are running out of books at home! When you join you get access to all their e-books and you can do a quick test to see which level your child will be comfortable reading. Also read to your child or let them listen to a book

When reading with your child stop during and after to question your child on what they have just read. Predict what might happen next. Design a new book cover. Write a book review (A couple of sentences about what the book was about and why you enjoyed). Go on an adjective hunt in the book – we have been working on adding amazing adjectives in class, see if you can find any in your reading material.

David Walliams is reading excerpts from his books daily at the moment which the children may enjoy listening to https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/.


Oral language:

-Talk about the people who are helping us at this time (nurses, doctors, truck drivers, Gardaí, ambulance drivers, supermarket workers, scientists, the government, journalists, pharmacists, those working in factories and hundreds of other people)

– Face time or video call family members and friends that you cannot be with at the moment.


– Continue with your diary write 4 or 5 sentences and draw a picture showing what you are getting up tp. Encourage your child to become an expert editor – checking their work for capitals, full stops and spelling mistakes.

-Write a letter/postcard to a family member that you cannot see at the moment. If you cannot post it take a picture of the letter and send it to them. An Post should have delivered two postcards to each household which can be posted free of charge.

– Continue to practise cursive handwriting – copy a page from a book they are reading in the cursive handwriting style. Complete Go With the Flow pages 35-37

Spelling: Continue revision of all old spellings and complete Week 23 in Spellcheck pages 56 + 57

Phonics: This work can be done in their phonics copy. Ask the children to come up with a list of words containing the ‘ch’ sound (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGSFG37LewA ). Ch may come at the beginning, middle or end of the word e.g. chair, couch, ketchup). They should try to come up with as many words as they can. Then pick 5 of the words to put into sentences, remembering to try to use adjectives. Complete Exercise Your English pg 47 focusing on sh and ch sounds. If you do not have your Exercise Your English book at home you can access the online book www.edcolearning.ie  using the username primaryedcobooks and the password edco2020



– Our Abair Liom book and resources are available online. To access the resources go to www.folensonline.ie and click on Register, select Teacher, then fill in name, email and a password for roll number use the code Prim20. You can search for Abair Liom C and click on resources, here the children can revise old songs and poems and play the online games. The children are very familiar with the layout of this site and we have covered up to Lesson 19 Ar an Teilifís.

– Cúla 4  www.cula4.com is a television channel as gaeilge for children. You can access programmes on TG4 or through their website.

– Children could try listening to 10@10 exercise break through irish https://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10/



– Go on a nature walk – what sounds can you hear? What birds can you see? What trees do you recognise? What signs of spring do you notice?

– Materials – Windows on the World 1 pgs 60 + 61 (If you do not have your book at home you can access the online book www.edcolearning.ie ) Think about what different materials things are made of. Brainstorm what type of things are made from wood, glass, plastic, paper, stone, metal and fabric. You could do a material hunt at home. Think about what materials are soft, heavy, strong or smooth. Complete the pages in book.

– Dublin Zoo is posting an activity booked themed around one of the animals each weekday see https://www.dublinzoo.ie/news/dublinzoofun/


  • Learn a song that your parents loved when they were your age.
  • https://dabbledoomusic.com/ Dabbledoo music are providing full access to their resources which cover the full primary music curriculum. This entails videos, interactive games and sing-alongs.

S.P.H.E: (Focus on Well-being)

– Cosmic Kids Yoga provide free yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids. Children engage in thematic adventures as they learn to build strength, balance and confidence. www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

-Play some music and print off some mindfulness colouring from Mrs Mactivity or Twinkl. The code IRLTWINKLHELPS gives free access to Twinkl resources. https://www.mrsmactivity.co.uk/free-home-learningresource-

covid19/     https://www.twinkl.ie 

Some life skills that can be worked on during this time:

– learn your address, date of birth and parents phone numbers

-help set the table

-help fold towels

-learn how to introduce yourself

– help to put away the shopping

-practise taking a phone message

-help with dinner

-learn how to tie laces


It’s almost Easter – you could design your own Easter Card for a family member and include a special message.


Grow in Love are offering free access to their resources at the moment. Log onto https://www.growinlove.ie/en/ and use email trial@growinlove.ie  password growinlove     Theme 7 has videos based on the theme of Easter.

For anyone who is interested in more online resources there are some excellent suggestions on https://padlet.com/ffarry1/firsec  which are aimed at first and second class level.

If anyone has any questions or needs to contact me my email address is asunderland@tarahillns.ie  and if children want to take a picture of their work and send it to me please do.

Please see below for some other suggestions from the SET –  Special Education Team 

If you have any questions you can contact us on our school emails pgrey@tarahillns.ie, rmcgirr@tarahillns.ie or hfurlong@tarahillns.ie

Suggested Spelling Activities for First and Second Class

Compose your own Mnemonics for difficult to remember words e.g.

Sure- Santa usually rushes everywhere

Friend- You don’t fri your friend/ i to the end will be your friend

Again- angry goldfish attack innocent nemo

  • Look for rhyming words/Put words in families e.g. fold, hold, cold, sold, told etc
  • Find little words inside big words
  • Twinkl have super resources for spelling activities for all abilities.
  • Other websites to use are



  • Apps – spellingcity.com


  • If you have Magnetic/plastic letters you can use the method

Read it

Make it

Write it

This is a method that is highly recommended.

  • Crosswords

Remember – the more books your child is exposed to will give them the ability to “see” if a word looks correct or not.




1st Class Suggestions for suitable work to be completed in the event of Emergency School Closure March 12th

Please complete the following work from schoolbooks:

  • Brainteasers pages 40 – 43
  • Table Toppers Learn -1 and -2 tables pages 31 – 35
  • Spellcheck Unit Week 20 pages 50 + 51 Week 22 pages 54+ 55
  • Read at Home Pages 78 – 87
  • Go With the Flow pages 29 – 34


Other Activities:

  • Read a variety of different books every day. Ask your child questions on what they have read, ask them to predict what might happen next and discuss characters and settings.
  • Keep a diary of the days you are off. Write 4 or 5 sentences and draw a picture showing what you did each day. Encourage your child to become an expert editor – checking their work for capitals, full stops and spelling mistakes.
  • Practise cursive handwriting – copy a page from a book they are reading in the cursive handwriting style.
  • Revise the spelling they have learned from Spellcheck and put some of their spellings into sentences.
  • Bake then write up and illustrate the recipe.
  • Do a short project on a chosen topic e.g. an animal or place of their choice in their scrapbook.
  • Revision of addition tables. Encourage your child to give quick responses – play games such as Tables Shoot Out. Use concrete materials or fingers if needed.
  • Play card games and board games.
  • Revise foclóir and frásaí na seachtaine that are stuck in homework journals.
  • Continue Super Troopers journal to stay active and get plenty of exercise at home.
  • Do riddles and puzzles.
  • Continue to cut, colour, play with play-doh and make jigsaws.
  • Twinkl is a great site for lots of really good resources and they are offering free access for 1 month due to school closures which is brilliant.


  • Special Education Team work links below also

Some Useful Websites:

https://www.mathplayground.com/grade_1_games.html – games based on maths used in 1st class

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button  great game for quick table recall

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page   a fantastic resource with free ebook library – if you are running out of books at home!

http://www.familylearning.org.uk/phonics_games.html   – links to phonics games

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p    – lots of fun games and activities


Special Education Team – Emergency Work

Below are some really useful websites that you might like to have a look at:



www.readingbear.org – phonics


www.sightwords.com – good for sightwords

www.oxfordowl.co.uk – ebook library and other bits