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.

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HURRAH! It’s June! This is always an exciting month in school. True we are always busy, finishing the curriculum, but there are lots of diversions too:

  • Nature Walks
  • History Walks
  • School Tours
  • Sports Day
  • and Seaside Scavenger Hunts.

The DES require us to keep up with Maths and Literacy to the end of the school year.

But as it is June, the focus of many of the activities on the website will be less academic. Check back as activities will be added as the month goes on.

NEW: Important to be safe over the summer holidays:

Click HERE to see the RSA ‘Safe Cross Code Dance.’ It is always a big hit in the Junior Classrooms.

NEW: CHALK OBSTACLE COURSES were the surprise hit of SPORTS’ DAY. Here are some ideas from ‘The Inspired Treehouse’

Helpful hint: ‘It’s a good idea to squeeze in some ”break” activities such as make a wish, give high five to the sky, say your name, empty your pockets, etc. It makes the obstacle course more fun.’

Scroll down this link to get more ideas.

10 Creative Sidewalk Chalk Games & Activities

SCAVENGER HUNTS in Nature

Another big hit was scavenger hunts and being outside.

Here are five easy onesfrom Mums’ Little Explorers suitable for infants.

No need to print any of these out. You can view them on your phone.

Here is a range from Coppell Nature Park

What you can find under a rock or a log

A hunt for living and non-living things

A scavenger hunt for your five senses

A spending time outside observation sheet
Just give your child a blank sheet of paper and see what they can observe and record.

And here is an information sheet about finding: Evidence of Animals

Combining a love of reading with a scavenger hunt, click on this link to download a Reading Scavenger Hunt from the Modern Parents Messy Kids blog. Again no need to print off, as you can read it on your phone.

VISUAL LITERACY

The Little Miss Teacher website has an entertaining activity on Visual Literacy. This link will take you to her site where you can see ‘explore, doodle, draw, talk and discuss’ what you find there.

Great Reading Challenge from ‘We Are Teachers’ is HERE

Motivating for children:
Can they read under a tree?
Read for an hour straight?
Read to a furry toy and much much more.

MATHS WITH A TWIST

NEW: From the ‘Lucky to be in First’ blog ‘Connect Four’

It’s an End of Year Math Scavenger Hunt for Infants to 1st Class approximately. For ‘playground’ please read ‘garden’ or ‘yard’.

OUT AND ABOUT


VIRTUAL SCHOOL TOUR

There is no need for a permission slip

and no end to the places a class can go on a virtual tour.

Dublin Zoo have virtual tours or perhaps you would prefer to go to the Aquarium

SEASIDE SCAVENGER HUNT
Seaside Scavenger Hunt
Written especially for Greystones South Beach

We will choose only the things that we can collect

and return safely and without damage. 

 

  1. A small black pebble
  2. A feather
  3. A pebble with a hole in it
  4. A mermaid’s purse

(dog fish egg case or whelk egg case)

  1. A limpet (or part of)
  2. A mussel (or part of)
  3. A whelk (or part of)
  4. Something beautiful
  5. Some sea lettuce
  6. A sea belt
  7. Some bladder wrack
  8. Something that makes a noise
  9. A small white pebble
  10. A pink flower
  11. Something soft
  12. A yellow flower
  13. Something important in nature

(Everything in nature is important!)

  1. A small grey pebble
  2. Any part of a crab
  3. Something that reminds you of yourself
  4. A white flower
  5. A sun trap (This is anything that captures the sun’s heat)
  6. More than 100 of something!
  7. Something that the sea has changed
  8. A creature’s home (make sure it is empty).
  9. Something round
  10. A big smile

At the end we will leave what we have found on the beach.

We will:

‘Leave only footprints.

Take only memories’.

 

Ms. Murray is working hard on a VIRTUAL SPORTS DAY for the 12th June. More details on the website closer to the time.

WATER SAFETY

Water Safety is an important part of the school’s curriculum for the Summer Term. The Irish Water Safety Association has been in touch with THIS resource which you might find of interest.

RTE2’s HOMESCHOOL HUB & CULA 4 AS GAEILGE

Finally no webmix would be complete without The Big Hit for homeschooling during this time was RTE2’s ‘Home School’ for primary students (1st -6th class) Monday to Friday 11am to 12. Further activities can be downloaded from the RTÉ website: rte.ie/learn And students can upload their pictures and videos on this link also.

RTE provide the topics that are being covered for the week in advance

Friday 19th June’s ‘Class of 2020 Home School Hub GRADUATION SPECIAL’ was the last ‘live’ Home School Hub but you can watch the lessons and all the ‘fun and games’ all over again on RTE Player.

Still on this last week of June 10-11 am each morning there are lessons through Irish on Cula4 This is the schedule for this week:

 

FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION of IRELAND

Ms. Murray asked me to bring the following to your attention.

FAI HOMESKILLS

Every weekday at 11am on the FAI Grassroots FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages, a new skill is introduced by our Ambassadors, current and former Republic of Ireland internationals, with a demonstration of the skill by our FAI Development Officers, and current Domestic and International players. Each day, we invite viewers to submit their own video of performing the skill for a chance to win a FAI Goodie Bag. The library of all 35 skills is available on YouTube: FAI Homeskills.  All children need is a ball and a small area of space.

Every Summer the Library Services run a SUMMER READING CHALLENGE. Each year children from St. Brigid’s NS take part. It is really beneficial and has resulted in many children discovering the joy of reading and to become real bookworms. This year more than ever this initiative is of GREAT value.
Click HERE for details of this year’s Summer Stars Challenge 2020
Summer Stars is the national reading programme for children taking place in all 330 public libraries and online throughout the country from the 15th of June until the end of August. Summer Stars is a completely free programme and open to all children.
Because of the impact of Covid-19 on library services, there are some changes this year. Children can now access activities online at the Libraries Ireland website HERE They can access e-books and e-audio HERE

UPDATED: Note from Wicklow Library Services

‘As part of our Summer Stars Reading Adventure we are doing an online reading of Charlotte’s Web everyday at 3pm, from Monday 22nd June.
We also have copies of Charlotte’s Web available so your child can read along. To reserve your copy call 0404 67025 or email wicklib@wicklowcoco.ie’