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Active Home Week

Dear Pupils, Parents and Staff

Our school has been working towards the Active School Flag this year. This week is Active Home Week and we are asking everybody in St. Mary’s NS to take part.

ABOUT the Challenge

The idea of the #ActiveHomeWeekchallenge is to:

· Reach out to parents/guardians to support the work that is taking place in their school

· Support parents by providing them with ideas and a challenge format to encourage children to build physical activity into their day

· Encourage children to find NEW ways of being physically active that they ENJOY

· Raise awareness about the fact that children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day

To complete the challenge children have to find four different ways of being active every day making sure that this add up to 60 MINUTES, or more. Children are encouraged to try something NEW, have FUN with a family activity and to ENJOY the week!

You can record your daily activity on the Challenge Chart which you can print and post back to us at school or there is a fillable version which you can send back to

We need over 50% response for it to count as one of our activities towards achieving the Active School Flag. We are sure you will have lots of great ideas for being active. Be sure to check out the Ideas Word Cloud attachment. We would love to receive a photo of your activity which you can email to the school.

Best of luck everybody and let’s get ACTIVE AT HOME!!!! #ActiveHomeWeek #StaySafe #TogetherButApart

Ms. Elliffe and Mrs. Horgan

Junior & Senior Infants

Junior & Senior Infants

The following is a list of some suggestions for educational activities that junior and senior infants can engage in during the school closure:

  • Literacy – Enjoy plenty of stories together, discuss the stories, discuss the pictures/characters/covers of books, ask your child questions on stories, ask them to retell such stories, invite them and encourage them to read along themselves where they can, practice words, practice writing your name and members of your family, writing lists, drawing, colouring
  • Phonics – Revising letter sounds and actions, words that begin with _____, what does _____ begin with, sounding out words, practice writing letters, names, sentences (senior infants)
  • Maths – Any opportunity for maths in the home, e.g counting, making sets, sorting and arranging things in size order/by colours, shape hunt, writing numbers
  • Art – Painting, crafts, playdoh, cutting and gluing, drawing, colouring, junk art
  • Games – Board games, card games, snakes and ladders, I-Spy, Simon Says, making up new imaginative games, construction games, jigsaws, dice games, Lego, blocks
  • Ensure children are getting plenty of time to play, move and have fun, both indoors and outdoors. GoNoodle has lots of exercise and movement videos you can try.