Some useful information (documents and websites) to help your child in school:
In our school we use Restorative Practice, you may find these questions useful at home too.
What were you thinking then/since?
Who could have been affected by what you did, and how?
What could you have done differently?
What needs to happen now to make things right?
Department of Education and Skills – This website 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.
Help my kid learn – A wonderful website which is full of ideas for learning, initiated by the Irish Department of Education and Skills.
Barnardos – Contains lots of information on childcare, bullying and a new booklet on your child’s numeracy development.
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.
Focal.ie – A database of Irish terms containing over 270,000 terms, searchable under both Irish and English versions.Focal.ie is a gateway to selected language and research resources developed by Fiontar agus Scoil na Gaeilge, Dublin City University and its partners.
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.
PrimaryScience.ie – The Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme (DPSM) is part of Science Foundation Ireland Education and Public Engagement Programme, which aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among students, teachers and members of the public.
Scratch – Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts and used widely by teachers who say it is a great opportunity for kids to wake up their bodies, engage their minds and be their best.
Kidsites.com -Links to the best of the children’s web sites and all of the sites have been checked and approved for kids.
Healthy Eating, HSE – The Healthy Food for Life guidelines and resources provide practical support for individuals and families to make healthier food choices and to ultimately improve their health and wellbeing.