Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

Homework

Re: Allocation of Homework/ Schoolwork when a child is Absent from School

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Reposting this information in relation to the allocation of Homework / Schoolwork when a child absent from school. Originally emailed home 9th September 2020. Updated to include some more information about the educational links on the school website that children can use while they are absent from school

Scenario 1

Our School Policy in relation to providing homework / schoolwork for children who are absent due to a short term illness or away on holiday during term time still applies i.e. they are not provided with work. We would encourage them to read while they are absent. There are also a number of useful educational links on our school website which they can tap into. The teacher will work with them when they come back to school.

Scenario 2

Awaiting on COVID Test Result – No homework/ schoolwork is provided. Again, there are educational links on the school website that children can use while they are absent from school.

Scenario 3

If your child has to quarantine due to a positive COVID test or is designated as a close contact of a person who tested positive – Homework/ schoolwork will be provided.

Scenario 4

If a child has an underlying illness and is not attending school, work will be provided.

On a personal note, I would like to thank all the parents for the part you are playing in keeping your children home from school when they are unwell. We are all in this together and the health and safety of the whole school community is a top priority for us all.

Thanks again for your support and cooperation as we adapt to new routines and protocols.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

Educational Links:

On the left hand menu, there is a drop down menu under the tab that says ‘Recommended Educational Links’.

Last term we referred parents to the first two ‘Senior Webmix’ and ‘Junior Webmix’ while the school building was shut and children were learning from home. These two pages are being updated. But there are lots of others to choose from.

Parents also made use of the ‘Links to Learn Tables’. It is still a very useful webmix for children to practice their tables. Last term we also recommended the ‘Foghlaim na Gaeilge’ webmix.

Teachers find integration a very useful concept in school. It is acknowledged that the curriculum is overcrowded. It is hard to find time to cover everything. Integration encourages us to teach language in Art, Music, History, Geography and other languages.

The History and Geography webmix on this list is interesting. Working on it will involve integration with language: reading, comprehension and developing vocabulary.

The Arts are important too, and there is an interesting Music webmix (with a couple of Art activities included). While working on this webmix children are also developing their computer skills and seeing another way in which technology can be used.

There is also a Fine Motor Skills and Typing webmix. Some students used last term to learn to type. Touch typing is a valuable skill to have. It also helps children with their spellings through ‘muscle memory.
-Of the activities on the webmix Typing.com is recommended for children 3rd to 6th.
Dance Mat Typing can be used by children from 2nd class approximately.
However the other activities on the webmix provide variety, give children a chance to practice their keyboard skills and to have fun.

In St.Brigid’s NS, Greystones we aim to educate the ‘whole child’. The activities on these links appeal to children with differing interests. They also develop different aspects of the child.

I check the links from time to time to check that they are working. However sometimes links are broken. I will fix them when I update the webmixes. Bear with us.