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Active Home Week April 27th-May 3rd 2020.

All  our families in Cloonakilla N.S. school  participated in the “Active Home Week” challenge.

The aim of this challenge was to get our recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. We asked the children to find four different ways of being active every day, adding up to 60 minutes of activity each day and to record their activities in their Active Home Week Challenge Chart.

Watch this space as the different classes share their experiences in photos and diary form!

Our Fifth Classes were very active this week!

Our  Second  Classes  have been very active during the school closure. During active schools week they perfected their running techniques by watching videos and then practising the skills taught. The children have been running outside and some children have even been running on treadmills. The children have completed physical activity challenges every day – eg. How many jumping jacks can you do in a minute? They have also created and completed their own obstacle courses. Other children have been busy on bouncing on trampolines and on pogo sticks. Lots of children have been dancing too!

Our Junior Infant Classes were also very active! Here are some of them in action!

Active Home Week April 27th-May 3rd 2020.

Click on the image below to enter the Active Schools website with challenges and resources for Active Home Week.

Additional Supports for Parents During School Closure


There is a wide range of supports available to parents who are supporting their children’s learning at home. We have compiled links to these supports as well as links to useful websites, which provide extra activities that may be of benefit to some of you.

National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)

The Department of Education and Skills’ NEPS psychologists have developed advice and some resources for young people to manage and stay well when schools are closed. Please click on the link below.

Department of Health and the HSE Covid-19 Resources.

The Department of Health and the HSE have produced Covid-19 resources in a range of languages other than Irish and English, which can be accessed at the following link:

The languages currently available are Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Latvian and Lithuanian.

The site above will continue to be updated with more resources, so we are all encouraged to check it regularly.

Online Teacher and Parent Resources.

In addition to the normal supports, the NCSE is currently preparing online resources for children with Special Educational Needs who are at home as a result of the schools’ closure. Click on the link below



R.T.E. to broadcast “School on TV” .

R.T.E. to broadcast “School on TV” .

RTÉ has confirmed that it will broadcast over an hour of “school on TV” to support primary school children and their parents at home.

It is part of a cross-platform teaching initiative that has been developed by RTÉ at short notice with the support of the Department of Education.

The one-hour programme will begin on Monday 30 March 2020.

It will run from 11-12 Monday to Friday on RTÉ 2, with a shorter “catch-up” segment later in the afternoon. It will be aimed particularly at children in 1st to 6th class.

Cloonakilla’s N.S. Good Reads Online!

Creating eBooks for our school website.

This term children are using Book Creator a simple tool for creating awesome digital books. Students combine textimagesaudio and video to create interactive stories, digital portfolios, research journals, poetry books, science report, instruction manuals, ‘About me’ books and comic adventures. The children in 5th and 6th class created eBooks using Book Creator on World Book Day Thursday the 5th of March 2020.  

Home-Based Learning for 6th class.

Here are some websites that Ms. Kiely and Ms. Connaughton suggest for 6th class pupils.


 Séideán Sí        Choose your province and class level to view Irish games, activities and stories.

  ‘Ceol’ (YouTube)   Irish tunes, Eoghan McDermott got some chart topping artists on board to sing their tracks as Gaeilge. Search ‘Ceol Eoghan McDermott’ on Youtube.

 TG Lurgan also have a variety of recognizable songs. (Search TG Lurgan on YouTube) Worth a listen!


 Twinkl have a range of Irish resources – suitable to each class level. Download worksheets, or revise vocabulary by playing bingo!  Enter code IRLTWINKLHELPS upon registration to

 Cúla 4 Aimsir (YouTube)

 TG4 have a range of Aimsir videos on Youtube. Search ‘Cúla 4 Aimsir’


Maths Games – Websites (Covering various strands) 

 Top Marks


 Primary Games


 Math Playground


  Maths is Fun


 IXL               Provides challenging tasks, divided by class group and strands. 


 Manga High


  Manga High are now providing full access to their resources at no cost. The site promises engaging content on maths and coding. Also available on the app store. 

 Khan Academy                   Interactive challenges with helpful videos to support. (



 World Book Online


 Through Scoilnet, the Republic of Ireland now have access to World Book Online’s wide availability of books. 

Into the Book

Practice reading comprehension strategies with this handy online tool and accompanying videos. 


 Children’s Poetry Archive   Listen to the world’s best poetry read aloud. 


 Book Creator          Create your very own book on desktop or tablet

 Read-Write-Think: Acrostic Poems   Create your own acrostic poem using this handy online tool.


 National Geographic – Kids

 Games, videos & factual articles covering all SESE subjects, pitched at a child’s level. 


DK Findout

 Research across all SESE subjects on this child-friendly site.


 Ask About Ireland

 Science Foundation Ireland

Educational websites for Home-based Learning-First Class

Here are some websites recommended by Miss Ryan and Miss Kilmartin.


Encourage your child to read as much as possible and read to them. Read stories, rhymes, poems etc. Discuss the characters in the books, poems etc.  Ask questions based on the book/story/poem to develop comprehension.


Continue to expose children to Irish in the environment e.g. Cúla 4 agus ag labhairt Gaeilge i rith an lae.


In particular check out the Place Value category for a number of games about tens and units.

Tables: Recap over tables completed so far this year.


Try to encourage at least 60 minutes of exercise/active play each day (outdoor if possible). or for indoor activities. Try  and the Cosmic Kids Yoga channel for lots of fun yoga, relaxation and guided mediations for kids.


Easter Art ideas on and  

Free play:

Board games, jigsaws, play-doh, sand, water, cutting activities, lego, blocks, dress-up, bake with your child, plant some seeds etc.