June 22nd – June 26th
I can’t believe it is the last week of school. Well done on all the work you completed at school and especially the work you completed at home. This has been a very challenging time but a huge well done to you and your parents for all you hard work.
This week we will be focusing on virtual sports activities. Keep an eye on the website where activities will be posted.
To the pupils of 6th class I wish you all the best in secondary school. We will miss you and I hope you enjoy every minute of this new and exciting adventure.
I hope you all have a fantastic summer and remember to stay safe. I look forward to seeing you all and catching up when we return to school.
June 15th = 19th
I hope you all had a nice weekend and are all keeping safe and well. This week we are going continue look at maths games and genre writing this week focusing on report writing. As always look at the pages of the other SET teachers for a broad range of resources. You can contact me at email@example.com.
Enjoy the week,
Click on the links below to get a range of maths resources
This week we will look at report writing. A report is written to describe or classify the way things are or seem to be. The organise and record information. The main features of report writing are generalised participants impersonal objective , timeless present tense and subject specific vocabulary.
Below find examples of report writing
June 8th – 12th
I hope you enjoyed the weekend and are all keeping safe and well. This week we are going to look at managing anxiety, maths games and continue our work in genre writing this week focusing on narrative writing. As always look at the pages of the other Set teachers for a broad range of resources. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the week,
When experiencing anxiety it can be difficult to communicate how you are feeling. Visual supports can support communication and allow a child convey they are experiencing anxiety . This week we will look at resources provided by Middletown Centre for Autism. Click on the link for more information and resources https://best-practice.middletownautism.com/approaches-of-intervention/anxiety-management/?fbclid=IwAR2OxYn4SRm4Wl5kyg03m3mm0ZtOviQDFNt4gIoqhNSIHvimsMQt_07kSiM
The School Hub Balloon Challenge – This is a great resource to practice number facts.
Hit the Button is an interactive game with questions on doubling, halving, time tables, number bonds, multiples and square numbers.
This week we will look at narrative writing. It is written to engage the reader in an imaginative experience. It is organised according to setting, event leading to a problem and a solution. The main features are characters , descriptive characters and past tense.
Below find examples of narrative writing
June 3rd – 5th
I hope you are enjoying the fine weather and keeping safe and well. This week we will take a break from genre writing and return to it next week. It is a short week so we will continue to look at social stories and we will look at resources that will support children who are worried and provide resources to keep calm. As always look at the other SET Teacbers’ pages for useful resources. As always you can contact me on email@example.com
Enjoy the week,
Click on the link to avail of free printable social stories
The Coronavirus has caused a lot of us to to worry but it is normal for everyone to worry. Remember to talk to others about your worries a problem shared is a problem halved
Tools to keep calm
Click on the link below for resources to help support children keep calm
and manage hard to have feelings.
May 25th – 29th
I hope you enjoyed the weekend and are all keeping safe and well. This week we are going to look at more social stories and continue our work in genre writing this week focusing on persuasive writing. As always look at the pages of the other Set teachers for a broad range of resources. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the week,
As discussed Social stories are a useful tool to support children and can be a useful resource to support children during the Covid 19 pandemic. This week we will look at resources provided by Middletown Centre for Autism.
This social story presents the main points of social distancing and may use as reference or teaching tool to support children. https://www.middletownautism.com/news/coronavirus-social-distancing-social-story-3-2020
Doing school work at home
Below find a link to a social script to support children adapt to this new situation. https://www.middletownautism.com/covid19/doing-school-work-at-home-5-2020
Seeing others wear masks
This story from Autism Little Learners sets to explore and examine this new situation. https://www.middletownautism.com/covid19/seeing-others-wearing-masks-5-2020
This week we will look at persuasive writing. It is written to argue persuade and is written from the writer’s a point of view.
Below find examples of persuasive writing
May 18th – 22nd
I hope you are all keeping safe and well and enjoying the fine weather. This week we are going to look at social stories this is a hard time and these stories might help support children in these difficult times. This week we will move from procedural writing to recount writing. As always look at the pages of the other Set teachers for a broad range of resources. You can contact me at email@example.com.
Enjoy the week,
Social stories are a useful tool to support children during the Covid 19 pandemic. Social stories provide a description of a particular situation, event or activity, which includes specific information about what to expect in that situation and why ( National autistic Association , 2018). Furthermore they provide visuals to support learning.
- Carol Gray has created a social story to support children understand the Coronavirus. https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus-1.pdf
- Dublin North City Speech and Language Therapy have created a social story on what to expect if you need to go to a test centre for testing. Http://ncse.ie/online-resources
- Enable Ireland have a number of short simple stories that further support children’s understanding of what is happening around them click on the link to access these resources https://www.enableireland.ie/parent%E2%80%99s-resources
This week we will look at recount writing. It is often based on the experience of the writer and their purpose is to tell what happened in their experience or event. There are three types of recount writing
• Personal for example a day at the beach
• Factual for example the county final
• Imaginative for example a trip to space
Recount writing is organised by setting, events in chronological order and a concluding statement.
The main features are specific participants, action verbs and past tense.
The PDST recommend using http://www.xtimeline.com to create a written or pictorial timeline of an experience.
My Story App 2 which was suggested last week could also be used.
Click on the link to find tips on how to write a recount piece https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z2yycdm/articles/zgfhcj
Below find examples of recount writing
11/5/2020 – 15/5/2020
Dear Parents, boys and girls
I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather yesterday and got to play outside and enjoy precious time with your family. This week we will focus on procedural writing looking at an explanation of procedural writing, examples of it, checklists and a writing frame. I have also added a link on how to My Story app which could be used practice procedural writing in a fun and innovative way. Remember you can link this work to the fantastic science experiments provided by Ms O’Brien use them to practice your procedural writing. Can I remind you to look at the pages of the other SET Teachers’ pages for a broad range of resources. You can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe and well,
A procedure is an established way of doing something. It is a list of actions or steps to make or do something. Examples include recipes, experiments instructions or manuals. There is great resources to help you with procedural writing on Twinkl you can get free access by going to http://www.twinkl.ie/offer and entering the code IRLTWINKLHELPS
Examples of procedural writing
Examples of procedural writing can be found on Twinkl but also below are example from the PDST.
RTE School Hub
On Thursday the RTE School Hub looked at procedural writing click on the link
Here you will find a checklist for procedural writing, look at John’s recipe for a cup of tea and a framework for making your own cup of tea.
My Story App
Below find a link to My Story App 2 which can be use to develop procedural writing in a fun anew innovative way. https://ncse.ie/useful-apps
Dear Parents, boys and girls
This is not how I imagined my return to work I was really looking forward to seeing you. I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Like you I am also missing my family and friends but we must try our best and follow the guidelines. Please God we will continue to stay safe and well and life will start returning to normal soon. Remember this is a hard time for mammies and daddies too and I hope you are helping out as much as you can. I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather we have been getting and playing outside.
I have been speaking with Ms. O’ Sullivan and she filled me in all the super work you have done so far this year. I will post resources online and can I remind you as always to look at all the other SET teachers’ pages for fun and helpful activities. If you would like to show me any of your work or activities you can send them to email@example.com
I look forward to the day we return to school where we can continue our work face to face and have great fun and chats while we do so. In the meantime it will give me time to try and get faster for our running races.
Keep in touch and stay safe,
Animal Yoga Cards
These yoga cards develop motor planning and coordination in a fun and calming manner. They also enhance learning and self-regulation. Children have the opportunity to pretend they are different types of animals and copy their positions.
Brain break cards
These movement activities help to keep children regulated and prepare their minds and bodies for learning.
Dealing with anxiety
Please find attached some meditation resources which you may find useful if your child is experiencing anxiety at this time