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Homework Tips

Junior Infants

  1.  Phonics –  A letter is introduced  every week.  It is very important to revise these every day at home.  Practice the letter name, sound, action and key word. e.g. s says ssssss for snake, a says a a a for ant etc.
  2. Writing –  The children  usually  have some letters to trace/write every night.  It is very important to make sure your child is holding his/her pencil correctly.  They may also be asked to draw a picture of something beginning with a certain letter.  Please colour these pictures as well (improves grip).
  3. Reading will begin based on each child’s reading readiness.  Short books will be sent home to read with the key words written inside the back cover to reinforce word identification.  Ask questions about the reading to ensure you child understands what he/she is reading .  What is….doing? What do you think will happen next? etc
  4. Words – Your child will be given a little folder where new words will be kept.  It is important to encourage your child to read these words as quickly as possible, on sight.  If your child finds this difficult , encourage him/her to sound them out.  Keep practicing the words your child finds difficult. I will remove the words once I feel they are mastered.
  5. Maths – e.g. number formation,  counting etc
  6. N.R. –  Nursery Rhyme for the week to practice.  Let children supply rhyming words e.g Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great ……. Make mistakes and let the children  correct e.g. Humpty Dumpty sat on the chair. Clap the rhythm of the nursery rhyme.
  7. Make sure homework is coloured in.

 

Senior Infants

  1. N.R.-Nursery Rhyme for the week to practice.  Let children supply rhyming words e.g Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great ……. Make mistakes and let the children  correct e.g. Humpty Dumpty sat on the chair. Clap the rhythm of the nursery rhyme.
  2. Reading  – Short books will be sent home to read with the key words written inside the back cover to reinforce word identification.  Ask questions about the reading to ensure you child understands what he/she is reading .  What is….doing? What do you think will happen next? etc
  3. Words –  Your child will be given a little folder where new words will be kept.  It is important to encourage your child to read these words as quickly as possible, on sight.  If your child finds this difficult , encourage him/her to sound them out.  Keep practicing the words your child finds difficult. I will remove the words once I feel they are mastered.
  4. Spellings – Spellings will be based on word families that can be sounded out e.g. (cat, rat, bat, sat etc), sight words e.g. (the,  we) and commonly misspelled words.  Use the Look/Say/Trace/Cover/Write/Check method.  Each night your child will have 2 spellings to learn and put into sentences.  The spellings learned on the first night should be revised again on the second night and so on.  This helps retain the spellings.
  5. Writing – Initially, the children will copy a sentence written by the teacher and draw a picture based on the sentence.  Later,  the children will be encouraged to write 3 sentences based on a picture.   Please avoid spelling words for your child (unless they are very irregular), encourage him/her to sound out the words.
  6. Column from Mental Maths Book

 

First & Second Class

  1. Spellings – Spellings will be based on word families that can be sounded out e.g. (bang, rang, sang), sight words e.g. (they/where) and commonly misspelled words.  Use the Look/Say/Trace/Cover/Write/Check method.  Each night your child will have 2 spellings to learn and put into sentences.  The spellings learned on the first night should be revised again on the second night and so on.  This helps retain the spellings.
  2. Reading – Short books will be sent home to read with the key words written inside the back cover to reinforce word identification.  Ask questions about the reading to ensure you child understands what he/she is reading .  What is….doing? What do you think will happen next? etc
  3. Maths – Column from Mental Maths Book and a problem solving question.
  4. Tables – Each week we will be doing a set e.g. Week 1 = +1,  Week 2  = + 2, Week 3 = +3.  Get your child to say them in sequence e.g. 0 + 1 = 1, 1 + 1 = 2, 1 + 2 = 3, 1 + 3 = 4 etc  Then ask random questions to see if they can recall the answer quickly e.g. 1 + 5 = ???
  5. Writing – Based on work covered in class.

 

 

Spellings:

Look – Look at the word. Can you see a little word? Has it tall letters?  Has it small letters? Has it a letter that goes under the line?  What is the tricky part of the word to spell? Can you sound it out?

Say – Read the word clearly. Listen to the sounds.

Trace – Trace over the word with your finger.  Trace it on the table, on the palm of your hand, in the air etc

Cover – Once you think you know it, cover the word.

Write – Write the word down.

Check – Check if you spelled the word correctly.  If you did, practice it again every night until your spelling test to make sure you remember it.  If you didn’t spell it right, start again and look at the word and see where you went wrong, then follow the steps again until you get it right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why choose Cloonloo National School?

  • Low pupil-teacher ratio – 1:1 teaching
  • DEIS School – This means extra grant to the school to subsidise school activities, outing and cost of books etc
  • Heavily subsidised books – total book cost this year was €20 which included all books, copies, pencils, colours etc
  • Heavily subsidised school outings, tours
  • Heavily subsidised swimming classes for all children
  • Teachers very accessible and available to talk to
  • Uniform – Very practical. White or blue t-shirt, navy or black trousers/tracksuit bottoms