Recommended Apps and Websites
–Cúla 4 app: Excellent for younger pupils for Irish vocabulary. There are also videos of your children’s favourite cartoons here as Gaeilge which would be useful to watch occasionally to keep up with Irish.
–Duolingo app: most suitable from 2nd class upwards. This tests your child Irish ability level at the start and they work away at their own level for 10 minutes daily.
–Mathduel app: For tables. Fun and interactive.
–Mathletics: Online maths programme to support learning at home through interactive games, activities and challenges.
–Math Playground: Interactive games and challenges.
–Starfall app: For spellings. Very child friendly and useful to keep spellings progressing without feeling like schoolwork.
–Jolly Phonics App: to keep up phonics learning for infant classes.
–Dolch words Apps (there is a wide range available): for the development of sight words.
–Nessy Apps: for reading for pupils with dyslexia or difficulties.
–Toontastic: useful for digital storytelling – pupils can devise their own digital story, pick a range of characters, settings, even musical background. They plan a beginning, middle and end to their story and can record their own voices to tell the story.
–Puppetpals: similar to toontastic – useful for younger pupils. They can record themselves telling the story also.
-All pupils in the Republic of Ireland have open and free home access to a collection of all eBooks from World Book Online at Scoilnet – World Book.
–Children’s Books Ireland provides access to reading materials, guides and lists.
–Libraries Ireland, the national library system, is providing free online access to eBooks, audiobooks, online magazines and newspapers.
–Teach Your Monster to Read, available in both website and app, supports children in learning to read.
Other Online Resources
–Lightbot app: Coding app – super for all ages.
–National Geographic Kids has a wide range of videos, games and quizzes which relate to History, Geography and Science.
–GoNoodle provides videos of dances, exercises and physical activities. It is used in schools to keep children active.
-The Irish visual arts website, I Am An Artist has short videos, slideshows, lessons and projects for primary school pupils.
–tRTÉ News2Day: Online resource to keep up with the news from Ireland and around the world.
–Discover Primary Science and Maths: Online resource providing experiments and resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
–Scoilnet: Really useful website with lots of suggestions for lessons and resources across all areas of the primary curriculum.
-The NCSE website outlines a wide range of resources suitable for children with special educational needs. The site has a new dedicated resource section that includes Online Resources for Teachers, Online Resources for Parents and useful apps for home use. There are also links to many useful educational websites to direct parents, guardians and teachers towards further online supports. NCSE’s network of advisors also remain available via NCSE’s online application form to provide support and advice by telephone and email to schools and teachers of pupils with SEN.
–Griffin Occupational Therapy Resources: Useful content for parents particularly for fine motor skills and sensory processing.
The RTE Homeschool Hub, a teaching initiative for primary school children covering elements of the primary school curriculum, can be accessed at RTE Learn.
The Cúla 4 ar Scoil is a school program through Irish for primary school children covering elements of the primary curriculum and can be accessed at TG4 Cúla 4.
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