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.

Senior Webmix 2

This page, SENIOR WEBMIX 2 contains a menu of activities you might like to try at home. Plenty of options here, so hopefully you will find something that will appeal to you and your child.

These will date from after the Easter Holidays. If you would like to see the activities for Infants to 2nd Class from before Easter click on THIS link for the first Senior Webmix. Do check back here from time to time as we will be adding to these suggestions.


@threeundertherain

Wicklow Arts Office have an exciting line-up for this year’s virtual Cruinniú na nÓg: Creating together while staying apart! There are loads of ways to win great prizes in film making, baking, writing, upcycling and song writing competitions. You can also sign up to take part in a range of creative workshops. All activities are online and FREE to enter.For details go to Wicklow.ie – part of the Creative Ireland Programme Supported by RTÉ

This was to be a significant week for many students in 6th Class who were going to celebrate their Confirmation on Thursday 28th May in Holy Rosary Church. This is always a very special and proud day for 6th Class, their families and all our school community. It may not be happening this week but we are all thinking of our wonderful 6th class and wishing them well.

Children’s writer, Sarah Webb invited well known people to record messages for all 6th Class students as they come to the end of 6th Class. Writers, actors, sports people and scientists have all come on board with wise words and good wishes for 6th Class students across Ireland.

A number of parents have said  that while their child is managing with Maths and English, Irish is presenting challenges. So the staff have suggested some ideas that you might find useful.

This has been updated last week

and again today 24th May 2020

Thanks particularly to Ms. Mangan and Mr. Dodd for their advice.

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Children reading and children being read to, is always a valuable use of time. Children enjoy being read to, right the way through primary school.

Why not check out the Recommended Educational Links on the school website? Click HERE to learn to type or to work on Fine Motor Skills HERE for Maths Activities 2nd – 6th approximately, HERE for Music

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Learning to type? Click on this LINK for a number of typing activities. The bottom two lines of the webmix are suitable for 3rd to 6th class approximately. Now it an ideal time for your child to learn to type.

For students in 3rd and 4th, just starting out the BBC Dance Mat typing course might be appealing. You will find on the bottom link of the webmix. Learning can be revised by using the Kidztype website, also on the webmix.

The more formal learning platforms like Typing.com or Typing Club may suit Senior Students better.

In additon there are a lot of typing games on the link. They can be used as a ‘reward,’ a follow up after typing practice. The better a child gets at typing, the easier these games become. Once a week perhaps your child could try Alpha Quick to see how learning to touch type correctly helps one to type faster.

10-15 minutes typing practice at least four times a week would be effective (with perhaps 5-10 minutes after the typing practice spent on a game). It’s a case of ‘a little and often’.

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Here are some short videos from NEPS

Some useful reminders for staying on track. Stay active & connected: a useful short video from NEPs (National Educational Psychological Service) It will only take a minute!

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You might like to start with THIS resource for helping around the house. Following on from that, here are …

from the We Are Teachers website.

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Parents, children and teachers are high in their praise of RTE2’s ‘Home School’ for primary students (1st -6th class) Monday to Friday 11am to 12. In addition there are activities that can be downloaded from the RTÉ website: rte.ie/learn And students can upload their pictures and videos on this link also.

RTE are now providing the topics that are being covered each week in advance: For what’s on this week on Home School Hub, click on THIS link

From 10-11 am each morning there are lessons through Irish on Cula4 Scroll down the link to see the lesson content planned for the week.

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Staying Positive and Calm – another useful reminder from NEPS

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Play At Home Playbook for play time, traditional and new from Playworks

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Take a look on our home page, middle column at all the competitions at the moment. The most recent one is in garden design. Fun to enter – and if you are not in, you can’t win.

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Sourced from Emily Van Gundy Stockwell’s Facebook page

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From ‘The Bray People’:
‘It’s hard being away from those we love at the moment, which is why it is more important than ever to remind those we love just how much they mean to us.

We would like to give our younger readers the opportunity to send a message to their grandparents and loved ones, telling them how much they miss them and how much they mean to them.

We want the children of Wicklow (with mammy and daddy’s help and permission!) to email us a photo of themselves with a short message for their grandparents. We will print all the photos and messages in our paper – guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of all the grandparents out there!

So Mammies and Daddies, please email your photos, message, name and address to: wemissyouwicklow@peoplenews.ie’

Sourced from Emily Van Gundy Stockwell’s Facebook page

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The Seomra Ranga Quizzes are no longer happening daily after four wonderful weeks, however the quizzes are still available on the Seomra Ranga home page

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Click HERE for the link to a 36 page activity book: ‘The Great Isolation Activity Workbook’ created by @TeacherTeacher_

See these ideas more clearly on THIS link

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HERE we have some great ideas from The Scouts

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Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Chair of the National Public Health Emergency Team, Dr Tony Holohan, answering children’s questions about Covid-19 and more:


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NATURE

Interested in bird life. Take a look at this lovely interactive website page HERE

HISTORY

Here is a Time Capsule Challenge that your child might enjoy. It is from ‘GreatMindsTogether.co.uk

There is a long alternative HERE with other activities. Created by Natalie @LongCreations, both are an opportunity to create a memento of this historic time.

SPHE

Weaving Well-Being is a programme for schools which aims to enhance WELL-BEING in children aged from 8-12 years. We use it here in St. Brigid’s, Greystones. A Well Being Journal for students has been published, while the school buildings are closed to us. You can download it HERE A page a day might be helpful. Take a look and see what you think.

 

Roll a positive question
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Ten Indoor Family Fun Activities

COVID-19_Family Activities

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If you didn’t get the Imagination Nation Playbook from ‘An Post’ you can download it here:

ImagineNation-Playbook-April-2020

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And here is a challenge for any students who enjoy taking photographs

Click HERE for the Photo Challenge.

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Some useful reminders about being responsible and informed from NEPS (National Educational Psychological Service). This will take less than a minute!

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Let’s Play, Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at promoting play for all children living in Ireland during the COVID-19 emergency.

Playing is central to children’s physical, mental, social and emotional health and wellbeing. Children learn through play while developing resilience, flexibility and understanding of their world. Play in families enriches childhood. All children and young people have a right to play

Safety Notice: The following poster from ‘Get the Kids Outside’ mentions a ‘rail trail’. Google says this is a ‘Purpose built off-road shared pedestrian and cycleway trail, along disused railway track’. The train track is a different place and is dangerous!

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You might find this helpful for children from Third/Fourth approximately.

UK teacher Mr. Mike Forde wrote a story ‘How not to go to school’ for his 3/4 class to help them come to terms with school shutdown. Since then, it’s been read by thousands of families all around the world. Parsley Mimblewood is the hero and each chapter explores an issue that might be on children’s minds at the moment such as missing friends, dealing with emotions and feeling cooped up. Since then he says ‘I’ve been overwhelmed to hear from parents of all kinds who’ve used this book as a tool to help their families discuss emotions and well-being during this time.’

The free download of the book which Mr. Forde has very generously shared is parsleymimblewoodsavestheworld. He is raising money for the NHS.

The WordPress Blog from which this story comes features Mr. Forde reading the story too.

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For Harry Potter fans Click HERE to see Daniel Radcliffe read the first chapter of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’.

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Some suggestions from Greystones Tidy Towns Committee

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NEW 24th May 2020: Just in case you missed this elsewhere on this page: ‘CUMANN NA mBUNSCOL would like to invite you to participate in an exciting COMPETITION that will celebrate the iconic moments in Irish sporting history. We want you to use whatever materials and props that are available in your own home to recreate these iconic sporting moments.

Perhaps you will be delivering a famous speech from the Hogan Stand in Croke Park. Will you be one of our famous Olympians?? Maybe you’ll be saving or scoring penalties at Italia 90, winning golf majors or bringing home the snooker world championship trophy. It’s completely up to you. We have lots of prizes to give away so please email your photographs (or short videos) to james@cnmb.ie , runai@cnmb.ie or share via twitter‘

from Sunday Times, 24th May, 2020.

This time where schools are closed and children are at home, is an opportunity. Who knows these activities may unlock another talent, a life long interest or a career path in later life!


Graphic sourced from Sensory Friendly Ireland UK Facebook page

June in school is always an interesting month and the focus of many of the activities on the website will be less academic in the up and coming Senior Webmix 3