Covid- 19 Information Page:
Please find various
suggested Activities and Resources
We hope everyone is safe and well during these uncertain times. Over the past two weeks, our wonderful teachers have been delivering lesson ideas that you can do from home. We will continue to do this, however, the manner in which we communicate these lessons may change depending on whether or not there will be an extended period of closure. Any changes will be communicated to you in advance via email. All work sent to you by our teachers is specific to your class level. Should you require any additional suggestions or further activities, please see this page for some ideas. We would like to assure you that the children have a lot of work completed already this year, and when we return to school we will pick up where we left off to ensure all children will be able to catch up.
For now, the team at Grace Park ETNS thought it would be a good idea to start a collection of suggested resources/activities and to store them in one easy accessible place. We have noticed that there is an over whelming amount of information available and it can be hard to keep up! Our advice to you is this - Keep it simple.
If your home environment allows for you and your children to do some suggested activities, great! If it does not, do not feel under any pressure to do them. They are here if you want them! We ask that you simply enjoy the time that you spend with your family, however that looks for you. This is a lovely opportunity to bring it back to basics and simply enjoy each others company. Families can be so busy, so we ask that you try to embrace the peace and slow pace of life that these measures have allowed us.
As the Great Albus Dumbledore once said,
"Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light".
- Caroline & The Grace Park ETNS Team
Tusla have provided the following information:
This is a link from a US colleague which is being continually updated with resources:
Here are some of the managing stress / anxiety / mental health links within it:
In regards to families who are being triggered by the fear of another death of a loved one, our service is open / contactable by phone / email and we are working on offering Skype sessions.
Here is our Helpline: 01 473 2110
Play Therapist,Amy Fogarty was on NEAR FM with some practical advice on how to manage children's anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic, link below.
The following is some updated information from Barnardos:
The icon on the right (word .doc) is a copy of the new (02/04/20) Barnardos National Parent Support Service Response to Covid-19 Pandemic.
This service will be staffed by Barnardos project workers who are trained professionals in the areas family support and social care.
Through the dedicated telephone and email support service Barnardos staff can provide support and advice to parents on the following issues:
• How to talk to your children about the corona virus
• Setting a good routine
• Managing children’s behaviours and sibling dynamics
• Managing aggression and family discord
• Home schooling/managing school expectations.
• Fostering natural learning opportunities in the home
• Healthy eating
• Accessing fun and educational activities for families and individual children
• Managing your child’s worries
• Self-care for parents
• Helping parents manage their own worries and anxieties
• Managing children’s online activity
Barnardos also provides specialist services and support in relation to bereavement, adoption and fostering.
You can make contact with this service by phoning 1800 910 123 between 10.00am and 2.00pm Monday to Friday or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Following are non screen related activities:
Suggested links to various resources and activities :
The Ark @ Home is a way for children who are home from school to connect with The Ark through at series of at-home arts activities, virtual events, online screenings of live performances and much more.
https://www.twinkl.ie/offer - Click ‘New to Twinkl’ and enter the following code: IRLTWINKLHELPS
Any school books we have are published by Folens. They have an online portal which they have opened for parents & children during these few months.
Go to FolensOnline.ie and click register
Fill in a username, email and password
For Roll Number use the code: Prim20
Distance learning website with a lot of links and resources and guide sheets. https://www.pdst.ie/DistanceLearning/SourcesofInformation
https://padlet.com/ciarareillymarino/primarydistancelearning This is a link to a 'padlet', a bank of resources, tools and apps that can be used in the home.
https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses A free audiobook from popular author David Walliams.
https://www.scoilnet.ie/pdst/physlit/ - Physical literacy
This site covers phonics, dolch, Jolly Phonics including tricky word lists and practice reading sentences following the Spellbound order of words and more. www.sorchaj.com
Oxford Owl has an ebook library with over 250 books in it and offers free access to teachers and parents once you create an account at www.oxfordowl.co.uk They also have some vocabulary and comprehension activities for most of the books. www.oxfordowl.co.uk
If you or your child/children or parent/s are a member of the local library, you can access an App or website called BorrowBox. It is free. I use it for audio books and also, ebook. There is a children's section. https://www.borrowbox.com/ Notes: To register, you need your library card which has your membership number on the back.
https://readingeggs.com/ Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities.
Symbaloo - Online Gaeilge resources
Gaeilge ó bhéal (Oral Language)
Soundcloud - Irish language stories read aloud online/ scéalta i nGaeilge ón nGúm https://soundcloud.com/search?q=An%20G%C3%BAm
Anam an Amhrán - Youtube https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Anam+an+Amhr%C3%A1n
https://dabbledoomusic.com/ - Music - Access code was sent via email
Will Sliney https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmtQsXI3211I2eumTVKh4Kg coaches drawing of marvel characters
Art for kids hub https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub coaches simple drawings
Draw so cute https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3dEvA1is6-0_yuei9iCdEw coaches drawing simple cartoons
Use your hand as a template for drawing simple pictures- 10 ideas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJNSOte9h4I
Craft ideas using materials in the home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSsdnC896pU
Body & Mind:
https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga - Cosmic Kids Online yoga
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2YBT7HYqCbbvzu3kKZ3wnw - GoNoodle Online exercises
https://www.pdst.ie/PSSI-Lessons - PE Lessons
A small number of resources to support the SPHE curriculum including the Webwise programme https://www.scoilnet.ie/primary/theme-pages/sphe/
Ethical Education(Learn Together):
Covid 19 Resources: