Here at Scoil Chlíodhna, we use technology in our teaching and learning every single day! For instance, our GMGY programme, Math and Irish schemes are all online based – providing the children with a huge range of interactive resources. A lot of our Jolly Phonics work can also be completed using technology and the children really love learning through ICT (Information and Communications Technology). We are also really lucky to have a set of iPads which the children can use to reinforce their learning in different areas, and to create exciting digital projects. Watch our Facebook page and Twitter feed for examples of their work.
The apps we use for the creation of digital projects are freely available and will be updated on this page regularly. Why not download them and have a go at home?
September app – Scratch Jnr
October app – Lensoo Create
November app/online resource – Animoto
Below are some key sites you may find useful. Happy exploring!
Webwise Ireland – a super resource for parents where you will find “…all the information and support you need to ensure your child makes the most of their time online.” (www.webwise.ie)
Community National School - The Community National Schools main website.
Barnardos - Contains lots of information on childcare, bullying and a new booklet on your child's numeracy development.
Help my kid learn - A wonderful website which is full of ideas for learning, initiated by the Irish Department of Education and Skills. The site can be tailored to suit the age of your child. Check it out!
Department of Education and Skills - This is the website of the government department. It contains a section on information for parents, as well as all school related guidelines, circulars and inspection reports.
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) - Did you ever wonder exactly what your child learns in an Irish primary school everyday? This link provides excellent information on the content covered in each class level in the primary school, as well as very helpful videos and tip sheets to help your child's learning at home.
Starfall - This is a brilliant website for practising phonics. It is also very helpful for parents, as it says the sound that each letter makes in the English alphabet.
Cula4 - Soláthraíonn an suíomh seo cláracha agus cluichí a thacóidh le scileanna teanga sa Ghaeilge. Is mór an leas a bhainfidh do pháiste as éisteacht leis an nGaeilge labhartha go minic sa bhaile, agus is cinnte go dtaitneoidh na cartúin ar Chúla 4 seo go mór leo. Mura bhfuil tú muiníneach leis an nGaeilge, gliogáil ar 'English' chun an suíomh a aistriú.
This site provides programmes and games that will support language skills in Irish. Your child will benefit greatly from listening to spoken Irish regularly at home, and it's certain that they'll enjoy the programmes on Cúla 4. If you're not confident at reading Irish, click on the 'English' button to translate the site.
Scoilnet - A portal that contains many links to educational sites, updated regularly.
Nationalgeographic kids - A brilliant, colourful site, full of information on different countries, animals, science, and much much more.
Woodlands Junior School - An amazing array of activities in all subject areas, including online games to practise skills in maths and English.
ispcc - The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland’s oldest and most well-known children’s charity.
National Parents Council Primary - National Parents Council Primary employs a Chief Executive and staff based in Dublin. Volunteers from Parent Associations form NPC County Branches in Cavan, Clare, Cork East, Cork West, Dublin North, Dublin NW, Dublin South, Dublin SW, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Sligo, Tipperary and Wexford.
Green schools Ireland - Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-Schools, is an international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment.
Rainbows Ireland - Rainbows supports children and young people in groups. There are groups for children and young people who have been affected by the death of a close family member and there are groups for children and young people whose family has changed because their parents have separated or divorced.
Staysafe - The CAPP programme (Stay Safe) is a primary school based approach to the prevention of child abuse. The aim of the programme is to reduce vulnerability to child abuse and bullying through the provision of a personal safety education programme for children at primary school level, continuing professional development for teachers, training for Boards of Management and information sessions for parents.
Useful apps for learning Irish - This link provides some useful apps for reinforcing your child's learning in Irish.
Useful online resources for parents of children from infants to 2nd class. - "This resource page is designed for parents of children who are currently in the junior classes or early middle classes such as first and second class. This page contains a range of easy to use, reliable educational resources, ideas and suggestions for parents of these pupils. All resources on this page are primary curriculum referenced and can be used at home to aid, support or extend your child’s learning." Clare Education Centre