Abbeyleix South National School

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Senior Infants

Senior Infants- Work at home

Hello Senior 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.


  • The children can revise letters and sounds (medial sounds in particular oo, ee, ai). Jolly phonics songs are all available on youtube
  • The children all have the reader Rainy Day Fun so please read all three stories in this book. The publishers of this reader are CJ Fallon and they have allowed parents access to their website- All three senior infant readers are available on this site as well as extra readers for any children wanting to do extra. Skills books can also be viewed online to go with the readers.
  • Encourage the children to write in their news copies or create stories in these copies. Ask them to begin their writing with the sentence….. Today is Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday
  • Write a list of rhyming words in their copy once or twice a week. Try simple words that rhyme with 1. Dog and 2. Cat
  • The children also have their Sounds in Action books and their handwriting books. Please continue with these books. If the children could complete two pages a week from each book that would be great.
  • Keep revising word boxes sent by Ms. McCarthy
  • I am also sending another list of phrases for the coming weeks these contain some words from the word boxes. Please go over these phrases and read them confidently over the next two weeks. The words will help with your child’s reading and they may like you to record them reading the phrases to hear how competent they have become. 😊

Other resources:

Maths –

In maths we would be covering the topics capacity, analysis of number and comparing and ordering over the next two weeks. Please complete these pages in the home maths book pages 31, 32, 37&38. You can also view the At School book on to find more similar activities and vocabulary.

Activities for teaching capacity:

  • Revision from JI: 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 of 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.
  • INTRODUCE the maths language- more than, less than, most and least. Ask children to write statements using these words. The bath holds more water than the bucket. The cup holds less tea than the teapot. The egg cup holds the least amount of water.
  • Identify household objects with similar and varying capacities.

Activities for teaching analysis of number and comparing and ordering:

  • Children draw number lines 0-10 putting numbers in correct order or parent draws number line and leaves blanks for child to fill in missing numbers. Orally ask child what number comes before ____ or  after ____.
  • Adding two or three numbers by counting on a number line.

Try some of the following games

Try this number game- B_AlienAddition.html

Move up to higher levels if your child completes the game with ease.

There are many great websites for maths-

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 0-10. 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 😊

S.E.S.E-For Science, History and Geography use websites like and as well as youtube.

During these coming weeks we were going to explore The theme of water/the sea/the beach… encourage children to do some of the following:

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 alist 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 – the rainbow fish and Mister Seahorse -rainbow-fish/

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 just using items from the recycling bin are 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.