While we try to ensure that the websites below are child friendly, parents are advised that children should be under adult supervision at all times when on the internet. Recommended links should be accessed initially by parents/guardians to satisfy themselves that content is appropriate and that pop ups are not appearing.
We are adding to this bank of resources regularly, so please check it out from time to time. Descriptions will be added to website addresses. There are also many FB pages which parents may access. I will compile a list of these and email next week. These will not be shared on the links page. Anyone who hasn’t shared a valid email, please update your contact email via Aladdin or email email@example.com
Virtual days out
Subject:SESE plus others
Go to Dublin Zoo. Watch their webcameras. See the animals during feeding time and throughout the day.
Subject: Visual Arts and other
Ages: Middle to senior classes and beyond, however younger children may also enjoy with guidance.
Pretend to travel the world..Go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums.
Subject: Cross Curricular
Virtual tours of Irish tourism sites, castles, historic houses
Subject: Cross curricular
Google Street View tours of world famous site inc. Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal etc.
Material previously not available to parents from publishers or websites which have now removed their paywall and are free.
Edco publishers have now provided free online access for parents and pupils to access Primary e-books.Please log on using the following details: Username primaryedcobooks Password: edco2020
CJ Fallon have opened their online resources for access to parents and pupils at home. Go to homepage to gain access. Click on yellow box, then select Primary.
Léigh sa bhaile books, used in 5th and 6th can be heard as audio files on this site.The direct link is https://my.cjfallon.ie/dashboard/student-resources
RTE 2 will be broadcasting a 1hr educational programme for pupils from 1st to 6th,Monday to Friday beginning Mon. 30th March from 11a.m to 12 noon. See tv schedules for up-to-date information regarding times.
TG4 Lots of animated programmes for children.
Download a free copy of The42’s colouring book and entertain the young sports fan in your house. See our very own Cavan golfer, Leona Maguire on p.24 & p.25.
“We at The42 thought we could help a little by making our colouring book available to the country for free.Produced with award-winning illustrator Chris Judge, She Can! features some of the best female sports stars we have; like Louise Quinn, Rachael Blackmore, Katie Taylor and Annalise Murphy.The book — which featured on the Late Late Toy Show — contains bios of each of the athletes along with fun Q&As”.
Flightradar 24 app for smartphone. This is a free app to dowload to phone. You can see the origin and destination of flights overhead and also globally. It is an excellent Geography resource as you could then locate the places on a map. It shows the departute time and arrival time and this could be used to calculate flight length. If you are out walking or outside your house you can point the phone up towards any airplane you see overhead and press AR and it will bring up the flight data. This is a great little app and fun to use.
Other online resources
I am an artist.
A visual arts site comprising 30 short tv programmes, each 6 mins in length, slideshows, lessons, weblinks and much more. This is a very child friendly site showing ideas for all areas of the visual arts curriculum.
Subject: Primary Curriculum subjects
Classes: Divided into four sections, Infants/1st & 2nd/3rd &4th/5th &6th
Subject: Literacy, phonics, reading.
Go to Log in and register, it’s free!
Classes: Material for all classes, including free ebook library.
Go to log in, register for a new account. It’s free!
Class: All class levels
If you or your child/children or parent/s are a member of the local library, you can access an App or website called BorrowBox. It is free. Great for audio books and also, ebook. There is a children’s section.
Notes: To register, you need your library card which has your membership number on the back. Your PIN will be the last four digits of the barcode. If you don’t have a library card you can fill in the online application at:
Class: 3rd Class up
Loads of games to practice Multiplication.
Subject: Talk/Play/Read/Write/Count Activity ideas for these areas
Classes: Done according to age ranges 3-4/5-7/8-9/10-12
Nice explanatory videos
Subject: Various Primary
You can access World Book Online via this site. There are dedicated pages to different subject areas and themed pages. Each themepage presents a series of links and resources on a particular topic.Excellent resource.
Excellent curriculum based resources
Irish online dictionary
Subject: SESE/Geography/Literacy and other
Ages: Primary and beyond
Fantastic resource divided into four sections:games/videos/animals/explore
Rí Ra http://www.ri-ra.ie
A collection of resources as Gaeilge, shows, games etc. Highly recommend.
Subject: All primary related curricular areas.
Classes: This is an extensive website with resources suitable for all ages and levels.
Lots of great Maths powerpoints to revise topics already covered. Powerpoints can be downloaded and saved.
Subject: Most primary related curricular areas.
Classes: Suitable for all.
Most resources will need to be printed.
Free for parents for one month. Thereafter there is a subscription charge. If you’d like to take advantage of one of the free codes codes please head to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and follow the instructions. Current code is IRLTWINKLEHELPS , please check that it hasn’t changed. Below are links to free Home Learning Packs for each primary year group. Each pack contains resources to help with distance learning. These are UK based year groups.
UK Curriculum based resources
EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage-up to 5yrs approx. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/xrh0w
KS1 Key Stage 1 5-7 yrs of age approx. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/qznc0
KS2 Key Stage 2 7-11 yrs approx. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/1bm381
SEND Special Educational Needs and Disabilities https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/z2mha
KS3 Key Stage 3, the first 3 years of secondary education in the UK, ages 11-14 approx. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/gywrf
(speed reading of words suitable for younger children)
(word machine games and phonics games, suitable for younger children)
Art for Kids Hub https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub
Classes: Suitable for all
This is a youtube channel where it shows step by step videos of ‘how to draw’. There is a set of ‘how to draw spring stuff’ which might be appropriate at the moment.
NB Parents should always be mindful of ads on Youtube.
Subject: Reading (broad range of books to include science, geography, etc.)
Classes: Early Reader section suitable up to 2nd class. An audiobook feature is available on most books in this section if it is too difficult for children to read independently.
Animals and Space section suitable for senior classes (3rd to 6th). These are fact books and a selection of these have audiobook feature.
All levels. NRICH maths is more user friendly for parents.
The NZ maths links directly to a set of maths probems you can work on at home.
https://www.cosmickids.com/ : Yoga and mindfulness lessons for children. Their videos are also available on YouTube.
Class:All class levels
GoNoodle is a really easy and good way to get kids moving. Popsico… Pop pop sico!
Go Noodle on YouTube: Short workouts for children, many are dance based.
http://www.giftedkids.ie/science.html : Irish site which links to third party sites where you can explore a topic of your choice
http://www.foldifyapp.com/ : An apple app. Create your own 3D figure on the app, print them out on paper and cut and fold to create your 3D model.
Subject: History (and excellent handwriting samples!)
Class: Older children with adult help and guidance
Browse handwriting samples from schools across Ireland in the 1930s. Older pupils would need adult help to access this site as there are a lot of filters to navigate.
Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.
*List of thinking games by grade: