Abbeyleix South National School

Scoil Náisiúnta Mainistir Laoise Theas

Junior Infants

Junior Infants- Work at home

Hello Junior Infants,

It’s so lovely to be back in touch with you all, even if it can’t be in our usual classroom setting.

Ms. McCarthy has been telling me how hard you are working and I am so proud of all that you have done this year. I will set out some more activities below and as Ms. McCarthy has explained please do not feel any pressure to complete all of these tasks. We are all living in very busy homes so just try to do ‘’what you can, when you can, if you can!’’

These are strange and difficult times and I hope you are all staying safe and well. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me at and I will reply as quickly as possible.


  • Continue to revise the letters a-z at home. The children need to know the sound and name of the letter as well as being able to write the letter. They could also start making/writing simple words by putting the sounds together eg sit, bit, pit. Jolly phonics songs are all available on youtube
  • CJ Fallon have allowed parents access to their website All three junior infant readers are available on this site. This week(18th-22nd) please read the story Yoga from the second reader which is called Fun at Home. There are tricky words in this story: yoga, one, down and good. Ensure the children recognise that these words are tricky and don’t follow the rules.
  • Next week (25th – 29th) begin the final reading book Fun at the Park. Read story one Emma’s Kite.
  • The skills book A will help when reading these stories and over the next two weeks try to complete pages 46-63. Pick and choose if preferred.
  • The children also have their handwriting books. Each week, time permitting, they could complete two pages.
  • Excellent extra reading books are accessible on just register for a free account and there are an abundance of free ebooks. I find them great for my own Junior Infant!

Other resources:


For maths we would be covering the topics capacity and combining over the next two weeks.

Please complete these pages in the home maths book pages 28&30. More written tasks are available to view online in the At School Book pages 82 and 84-89.

Activities for teaching capacity:

  • Give the children pairs of items- (egg cup/coffee cup, pencil case/school bag) to compare. Use the language of capacity ie Which can hold more?
  • Ask children to empty a container of blocks and fill another, discuss which is now full and which is empty. Check around the house for things which are full or empty……the milk carton, bin, dishwasher (is it ever!)
  • Draw pictures a glass which is full to the top, draw an empty glass, draw a glass which is almost full and one which is almost empty.

Activities for teaching combining:

  • Make up questions eg: If I had one Lego block and you gave me four Lego blocks how many would I have? Allow children to use blocks, counters, lollipop sticks if needed.
  • Engage in lots of addition games online such as:
  • Try this number game my/index.html

Choose “+up to 10”

  • Try this adding game robot-addition

  • Try this number game- B_AlienAddition.html

Other resources:

Google Caterpillar Count as well it’s a fun number game

Twinkl again have great maths activities

Also get the children to practice number formation- writing the numbers 0-5. Other activities you can do could be playing dice games, snap or other card games, tall towers using blocks or Lego, grouping items at home using colour or number or making the numerals using straws or matchsticks.


  • As you may be aware have also allowed free access to their website. We use Abair Liom B (it says Senior Infants but it is used by both classes) and if you go to the resources section and look for the lessons called Turas Scoile go dtí an bhFeirm(School Tour to the Farm) they will lead you to some fun activities. The children can listen to the story. There is also an amhrán (song) and dán (poem). They can listen to them. Ask them also to play the games with foclóir (vocabulary) and allow them to teach you some new words 😊


1. Explore some library books to do with water, sinking and floating, sea creatures any title that grabs the imagination from

2.What do we use water for? – Think of ways we use water and write a list of 5 ways- eg 1.washing clothes, 2.swimming etc – Draw a picture of one and upload your list and drawing

3.Science Experiment- – Make a boat that will float – use absolutely anything you can think of! – a lid from a jar, Lego, a piece of wood, cake tin…… – Don’t forget to put something in your boat- a doll, a car, an animal – Put your boat out to “sea” – in the sink/bath/a basin.

4. Sing some songs – Row your boat

 The handwashing song

5. Look at these 2 stories

1. The Rainbow Fish -rainbow-fish/

2. Mister Seahorse

6.Which of the fish was the nicer one throughout the story? – the Rainbow Fish or Mr Seahorse. In the end, do you think the Rainbow Fish and Mr Seahorse might become friends? Draw a picture of the two fish meeting up. Put in 2 speech bubbles and write in what they might say to one another.

7. Lets talk about fish:

Watch some of this underwater world

 What are fish covered in? How do they breathe? Do they have eyelids? Do they sleep? How are baby fish born? By the end of the week after you do some more activities and look at the stories below, you might have the answers to all the questions!Learn about sharks –

8.Set up a Beach Shop selling sun cream, towels, snacks, toys etc…..have fun with imaginative play. Write/draw lists of things you would need for a beach trip.

9.Andy’s Aquatic Adventures on CBeebies television is also very popular in my house for all water themed creatures.



  • For art a useful website is She has many lessons up on the website. Lots of playtime using items from the recycling bin is also wonderful (in school we call it junk art or the art station/table). I have a Cornflakes box that became a tractor this week and a larger cardboard box that became a castle so let’s get creative and email me a picture 😊


  • Have an outdoor listening and responding lesson. Ask children to close their eyes and describe what they hear outside….birds, cars, tractors, dogs.
  • Listen to Vivaldi’s piece ‘Summer’ and draw a picture to go on the cover of the C.D.