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Literacy and Reading

Gearoid H and Andrew have written and illustrated a fantastic comic book story (click to read).

Ireland Reads  A new national day to celebrate reading.  How many hours will St.Joseph's, Dromore pledge??

Home Learning Packs:  'tts' have created a curriculum-focused independent learning resource with over 120 home learning activities all planned and all prepared.  They have activity packs for different ages and also a well-being pack suitable for all ages.  Scroll down to end of this page to download the PDF's.

Jolly Phonics. This may be of interest to some children who would like more reading material. Jolly Phonics have made their decodable readers free until the end of May. 


World Book Day website has different resources for reading.  Check it out.  Some lovely stories read by authors etc. - to sign in username is sdublin and password is libra.  A good collection of books.

Cork Library January bookshelf - click on the book and it takes you to the reading link.  Highly recommend.

Literacy in the Kitchen - a useful resource with tips and support for parents to engage with emergent literacy at home.  Highly recommend downloading for your own convenience.

Spellzone is a useful website for phonics. link to an article by PDST on Reading at Home. It’s very accessible and full of practical tips.

Collins Big Cat eBooks free for parents to access. offering free fairy tales and stories with lovely illustrations. some great activity sheets and lesson plans for Penguin books. A great article talking about teaching your child phonics.  Worth a quick read. -Some lovely ideas here.


Classroom Secret - Reading and Maths home learning packs - offering free access to child version of site.


Phonics Play


Phonics Bloom


Letters and Sounds


Cbeebies - Alphablocks and other tv shows and educational games available

Teach Your Monster To Read - website is free, paid app.

Oxford Owl  eBooks and reading. list of apps etc.

Vooks -Storybooks brought to life.

Spelling Shed- (paid app) - Free counting and alphabet app - made in Ireland - Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss - Practice your phonics skills  - Picture story books read aloud  Free audio books - World book online Home-School support in reading  Practice reading strategies (Building Bridges)  Practice reading skills at all levels

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Maths and Science

NASA's Kids Club - lots of science and space resources for kids


STEM at home with Discover Primary Science and Maths- this is great page with ideas for how to incorporate STEM in activities at home.  some have been done in school already but it is always interesting to put your own twist on it at home!

TheMathsFactor with Carol Voderman

Maths Week are providing online resources for maths at home during Covid-19

The Dad Labs has many videos showing simple science experiments.

Earth Based Fun on Facebook has some good links/thoughts to check out.  E.g. David Walliams  is releasing an audio story every day for the next 30 days.


White Rose Maths - maths home learning packages available during school closure.

Master The Curriculum - have made resources free for parents. -Maths games for all ages


Primary Stars

Top Marks

Dragon Box  - (paid app)

BeeBot App for Computing - (free app, go to your app store)

Cbeebies - Numberblocks

Explorify for Science

ICT Games - Maths and literacy

Prodigy Maths - (free app)

iXL- for maths and literacy. -Free tutorials in coding - Code club for 9-13 year olds -Hour of Code: Minecraft lesson on

coding -Create stories, games and animations -Learn about animals -Science Experiments Food Dudes are updating weekly activities for children at home.

Maddie Moate channel on youtube for lots of different science and nature educational videos.  Live at 11 daily. But can watch back at a time that suits you.

Khan Academy

Gaeilge Resources


Cupla focail - this is a link to a great PDF.  Would recommend downloading as will come in handy at some stage.  Laid out very clear and easy to follow. has a variety of resources for learning (through) Irish.


Edco have made Bua na Cainte available to parents.  However the files are Large and you will need a laptop and fast broadband.  Junior room are working on BnC,B.  If you are interested check here, username and password are both 'trial'.  Any problems let us know.

Seo Linn on YouTube has some great song covers as gaeilge

Glor na nGeal have uploaded stories as gaeilge on their facebook page  - Learn Irish on duolingo

Geography and History


To find out more about your townland/areas history or anywhere in Ireland click here

Logainm - place-names database of Ireland

Children's Section of Áras an Uachtaráin - see inside the Áras, learn about the President (Who is He, What Does He Do, Where Does He Live) and then take the quiz and test your knowledge.

Dublinia - a fully interactive tour where you can learn all about the Viking and Medieval history of Dublin

Cork City Gaol - opened in 1824 but now operating as a museum, you can take a tour of the gaol.

The Cliffs of Moher - you can take a look around the Cliffs.

The Giant's Causeway:

Enniskillen Castle Museum:


Titanic Experience Cobh - children's art and story competition.

Heritage in Schools online tutorials and competition. 


Heritage council have a discover Ireland's walled towns workbook.


History with Dan Snow.  Podcasts available here.  Links to 12 museums with virtual tours - Decade of Centenaries History Project Competition  - Learn all about geogrpahy

Ask About Ireland has a dedicated "Learning Zone" for kids to learn about Ireland's history and geography

Mindfulness and Keeping Active

Fetch - a PDF by Cork Sports Partnership.  Another useful PDF to download full of PE related ideas and activities.

GAA learning portal - this looks like fun!

Cork Sports Partnership have lots of resources on their page for keeping active.  Ideas, games and challenges for all ages and abilities.  They also look at well-being and health tips.

Smiling Mind - Short audio sessions to help with mindfulness. - For older children.

Cosmic Yoga - YouTube

BBC Supermovers - interactive videos that support maths and literacy.

Go Noodle

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