Hospital Video Resource

by admin on 29/07/2016

ben_and_taraAward-winning animation studio Cartoon Saloon has teamed up with Temple Street Children’s University Hospital to create a short video to help prepare children who are going into hospital for an operation.

Called “Ben and Tara’s Visit to the Hospital”, the video is narrated by “Moone Boy” star Chris O’ Dowd. [click to continue…]

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Word Analysis 01

by admin on 29/07/2016

word_analysisThis resource deals with looking at and analysing language. Pupils should have a prior knowledge of consonants, vowels and syllables. The resource requires pupils to read the words and then count the letters, consonants, vowels and syllables in the word, recording their answers in the table. [click to continue…]

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Dúchas.ie Website

by admin on 29/07/2016

duchasieThe National Folklore Collection, located in UCD, contains 740,000 pages of folklore and local tradition compiled by pupils from 5,000 primary schools in the Irish Free State between 1937 and 1939.

Known as “The Schools Collection”, the material includes oral history, topographical information, folktales and legends [click to continue…]

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Adobe SparkOn my return from holiday I noticed that while I was away the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, announced that coding was to be introduced into primary schools.

I’ve been trying to catch up on the reaction by educators to the announcement – I emphasise that it was the reaction of educators I was interested in as they are the people I trust [click to continue…]

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120 Square

by admin on 23/06/2016

120_squareThis resource is a 120 Square on an A4 page. Its aim is to cross the bridge of the number 100. It can be used for work on patterns in the 120 square or for addition and subtraction on the square. It can also be used to do lots of oral maths lessons. [click to continue…]

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ORT Character Flip Flop Matching

June 23, 2016

This resource is aimed at younger pupils who are using the Oxford Reading Tree set of graded readers. Its aim is to help pupils to learn and recognise the names of the eleven main characters in the series. The resource is a matching activity with a summer flip-flop theme.

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Comprehension Book 02

June 1, 2016

This literacy resource book is aimed at pupils in middle classes or SEN pupils, with the focus on reading comprehension. It is made up of ten pages, each page containing a strong image (from the My Cute Graphics website) and a sentence placeholder. The ten sentences that go with each page are at the end […]

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Sentence Strips 13

May 29, 2016

This resource is aimed at pupils in first to third classes or SEN pupils. Its purpose is to assist with the understanding of both sentence structure and reading for meaning. These sentences are made up of six words. Laminate all of the pages in the resource. Cut out the five sentence strips and the corresponding […]

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Comprehension Book 01

May 29, 2016

This literacy resource book is aimed at pupils in middle classes or SEN pupils, with the focus on reading comprehension. It is made up of ten pages, each page containing a strong image (from the My Cute Graphics website) and a sentence placeholder. The ten sentences that go with each page are at the end […]

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Guest Post: DabbleDoo Primary Music Resource

May 20, 2016

A New Method For Music Education In 2008 I created a new system of music notation as part of a Masters in Music and Media Technology in Trinity College Dublin. My aim was to create a type of musical notation that could be used and understood by everyone, regardless of their previous musical experience. I wanted to […]

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Excited Digital Learning Festival 2016

May 12, 2016

In 2014 EXCITED held the first Digital Learning Festival in Dublin Castle. Last year it returned with a theme of “Growing the Network”. On Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May it once again visits Dublin Castle with a theme of “Celebrating Success and Sharing Innovation”. Over the course of the two-day festival teachers, students, academics, […]

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Sentence Strips 12

May 10, 2016

This resource is aimed at pupils in first to third classes or SEN pupils. Its purpose is to assist with the understanding of both sentence structure and reading for meaning. These sentences are made up of six words. Laminate all of the pages in the resource. Cut out the five sentence strips and the corresponding […]

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Alphabetical Order Ladder 04

May 10, 2016

This resource is aimed at giving pupils practice of ordering words by alphabetical order. The vocabulary used pertains to various items of clothing. There are five different sets of five words to place in order, based only on the first letter of the word. There is a reference image beside each word. Laminate all pages in […]

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Statutory Vetting Has Commenced

May 7, 2016

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, has announced that the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 is being commenced from 29 April 2016. The Acts provide a statutory basis for the vetting of persons carrying out relevant work with children or vulnerable persons. The Act also creates offences and penalties […]

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Book Review: Arrivals

May 7, 2016

“Arrivals” by Brian Gallagher is a book about a girl called Ciara and her granddad who has just died. She goes to visit his home in Ontario, Canada. She is excited because he left her a letter. In the letter she finds a riddle. Together with her Dad, she solves the riddle and it leads […]

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