Activities and Resources: Exceptional Closure

16-March-20
Activities and Resources: Exceptional Closure
  • Over the next 2 weeks there may come a time when these words are heard so here is a list of different ideas that could help!
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  • Twinkl are offering a one month free subscription to everyone. This site is packed full of fun activities, ideas and resources and well worth checking out!

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  • Twinkle Ireland have School Closure Packs

COMING SOON !!!! Our team have been busy creating a variety of resource packs for children from Junior Infants to 6th Class. Each pack contains fun, challenging, engaging and interactive work so children can continue their learning at home. These packs will keep your children busy during school closures. These packs will be live on our site very soon. Keep an eye for updates 😍😍

  • For any boys with an interest in science the link below will allow them to explore different areas of interest to them with clearly explained activities.

Click the link below:

https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/discover-primary-science-and-maths/activities-search/?fbclid=IwAR3PAWJSatXRu--wYS9AEy6DynZBPu38TP1KKHZzndG8obaje9CqPR0fDfs

  • Mind your Mental Health

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  • Information and Resources from the Department of Education

DES information for schools: https://www.education.ie/…/scoilnet-and-pdst-letter-to-prin…

  • More Activities to be found below

Ciara Reilly (@primedteacher) is a lecturer in ICT and Digital Education at Marino Institute of Education and has put together lots of resources suitable for distance learning on this Padlet 😊 If you are on Twitter, go an give her a follow at the Twitter handle above.

  • Brilliant page with lots of links to ideas and apps

COOL APPS FOR SCHOOLS

https://www.facebook.com/coolappsforschools/

Welcome to all the new followers today (almost 1000 in the past 36 hours 😊)

Schools closed at such short notice yesterday that it would be very easy to feel overwhelmed. I have been posting lots of #distancelearning materials. If I was to narrow it down to the essentials, I would suggest:

πŸ”Έ The excellent activity sheet linked here from Magic Múinteoir
πŸ”Έ A reading tool as libraries are now closed: posts below for Epic! and Oxford Owl information.
πŸ”Έ A Maths website: Topmarks.co.uk has long been one of my most used websites and most games are tablet friendly.
πŸ”Έ A physical activity website: GoNoodle.com to keep the kids active.

As always please feel free to share and add any other useful tools you have come across. ☺️

Thanks for the continued support πŸ˜€

  • How about this for an activity challenge!

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  • Tips for reading at home with your child.

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  • More resources to explore especially as the rain falls outside🌧
A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators.
Feel free to share.
Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org/
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com/
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com/
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Blockly
https://blockly.games/
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming
Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com/
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com/
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com/
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com/
Wide range of cool educational videos
Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com/
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience
Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org/
Science awards you can complete from home.
iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk/
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk/
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com/
All kinds of making.
Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com/
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.
Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetect…/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!
Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page
Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com/
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com/
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games
DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes
Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
  • NON-SCREEN ACTIVITIES FOR HOME

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  • Websites to explore by curricular area

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  • We are all keeping an eye on our physical health, but it’s also important to keep our mental well-being in mind, as stress levels, worry and anxiety may be heightened due to the uncertainty at this difficult time.

    This is worded for those in the workplace, but the concepts can be applied to any scenario.

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  • Now this is a really lovely idea!

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  • Books coming to life!
Olivers Jeffers on FACEBOOK
For all you folks stuck at home in the coming weeks. Starting on Monday, at 6pm GMT / 2pm EST / 11am PST
I will be reading one of my books every weekday, and talking about some of the things that went into making it.
We are all at home, but none of us are alone.
Let’s be bored together.
Also, my pal, and one of the best storybook writers in a generation @macbarnett will be doing the same with his books daily, an hour later.
And the genius minds behind @kaleidoscopeire are doing a daily creative project called ‘Home Club’, also starting Monday.
ADDITION:
I will make it available to watch later for those in other time zones.
Stay tuned for more details.
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  • ☘️☘️☘️Some St Patrick’s Day themed activities for you! ☘️☘️☘️

CLICK the link below

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/blog/st-patricks-day-stem-activities?fbclid=IwAR1CGtf0JmS4RQ_VIJscer8__QBQ6LHn4NcytOvgd0nkDXbzZvAnYjcBfrM

  • ART Activities
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Read, Read, Read!

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  • ☘️☘️☘️Why not add to the virtual parade! Or send us your photos and we will create our own!!!!☘️☘️☘️
  • Why not have a parade in your own home? Or join some of the virtual parades going on around the country....send them your photos, the opportunity to fill social media with some positivity is very important right now! If you want you can send us your photos and we will post them here on our page! We would love to see how all our boys are getting on.

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  • While implementing social distancing some of us may still have good access to outside spaces so here’s another few ideas to allow the children burn off some energy!

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  • A step-by-step step guide to joining the Library online. What a fantastic facility for Adults & Children alike. Thank you @LibrariesIre @corkcolibrary
    #KeepReading

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  • Some Activity Lists that may give you some new ideas!!!

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