Hollypark At Home

A Message from Ms. Gunning to all the girls in Hollypark

We know that our girls love to learn. In these changing times we want to make sure they have the opportunity to continue their learning at home! We have a great Hollypark community and it is important that we all keep each other safe! There are lots of different activities available online which can be accessed below.

Make sure to keep up to date with us on our school Twitter account @Hollyparkgns. You can also tweet us and show us your learning using the hashtag #HollyparkAtHome.

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Please find below our suggested work for distance learning for

Junior Infants - 6th Class.

Week beginning 30th March 2020 - Theme: Easter




Information for Parents


Please find attached a guide for parents from the Department of Education and Skills on supporting children and young people with daily routines while schools are closed. There is also a great article developed by the DES National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) on advice for young people during school closures. Click the links below. 




Decade of Centenaries Irish History Competition

A fantastic History competition organised by Scoilnet.

Closing date: Friday 29th May 2020



Closing date: Friday 10 April 2020


Conradh Na Gaeilge - Colouring Competition

Download a Jersey template, colour it in, take a picture of the entry and send the picture to snag@cnag.ie 


Trócaire Game Changers competition is for young people who want to change the world and believe games are a way to do this! Games submitted must explore a Development Education theme, and fall under one of the following game formats: board game/card game/video game. 

Closing date: Friday 3rd April 2020


Wallace and Gromit Cracking Ideas! Can you reinvent an everyday object, making it better than before? Come up with a Cracking Idea that helps get boring jobs done quicker and better, draw it and explain how it works. If you’re aged between 4-11, be sure to enter.

Closing date: 24th April 2020


Mr. Hughes' Sock Challenge
Mr. Hughes' Sock Challenge
Mr Hughes' Ball into Bucket Challenge

Physical Education

RTÉ Junior daily 10 minute exercise



Diversity Dance Troupe have given everyone full access to their dance classes and tutorials until May 1st.

You can find them here https://20dv.co.uk/

Daily Exercise with Joe Wicks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8


The 6th class girls have been learning An Dreoilín.

Perhaps they could teach their siblings (and parents too!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arPPLy8r-1U


Active Schools Irish Heart Foundation https://irishheart.ie/your-health/our-health-programmes/healthy-schools/active-schools/


Go Noodle https://www.gonoodle.com/

Cosmic Yoga https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

The Arts 


Environmental Awareness- Activities to do at home booklet

This booklet has a range of ideas for all ages and promotes activities such as upcycling which prevents waste, reduces our carbon footprint and is good for the environment.




The Glucksman Gallery in Cork have amazing online art projects called 'Creativity At Home' http://www.glucksman.org/projects

Daily Art Challenge - Irish artist Will Sliney from Cork has come to the rescue! He has worked on Marvel's Star Wars, Spider-Man, and artwork for Everton Football Club. Last week he came up with an idea to set a daily art challenge for everyone who is stuck at home. You can find his challenges following this link to his Twitter page:


Art Ideas for Easter!

There are many great ideas for arts and crafts for Easter on Pinterest on the following link: 



There are also many Easter art activities on Twinkl. All downloads are free at the moment when you create an account and use the code IRLTWINKLHELPS. Follow this link for an example: 


Design an Easter egg. 

Make an Easter bonnet using an old hat in your house

Design Easter decorations for your house

Keep learning your songs and dances for Mary Poppins! 

Follow the link to Mary Poppins Junior songs: 


Violin with Martha! Senior Infants & 1st Class
Violin with Martha! Senior Infants & 1st Class.
Violin with Martha! 2nd Class
Violin with Martha! 3rd Class



Coronavirus - A Book for Children

A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. 



Online Creative Writing Pack.

This is a pack containing ideas for creative writing activities for parents and teachers of primary school age children. 



David Walliams is doing live readings of his books at 11am each day 


RTÉ2 is broadcasting daily ‘school’ on TV to support parents and kids at home. These broadcasts are on Monday to Fridays from 11am to 12pm.

Children’s book author Chris Haughton is doing online readings of his book with art activities


Amazon have cancelled the subscription of books and audio stories for children and students while the schools are closed. All of the stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link https://stories.audible.com/start.listen

Diary Entries - Encourage your girls to write a diary entry every day about what they are getting up to, what’s happening in the world around them, how they are feeling. They can record this in their homework journals or in a notebook of their choice. Remember to tell them to write the date of every new entry! Encourage them to stick in newspaper snippets or draw pictures or perhaps they would like to use technology and create a little book using



Duolingo is a fantastic app to practise Irish phrases, grammar and sentence structure. Specially designed to slowly introduce the user to the language through listening, reading and writing, the app is easy to use and adapts to the pace of the learner. The daily progress chart allows you to keep an eye on how you're doing and the app also offers an option to practise your weak skills so you can work on the areas you need to. 



There are many different shows available online on the TG4 player. Encourage the girls to watch one show a day https://www.tg4.ie/ga/player/catagoir/gasuir/

There are audio resources for every story in Bun go Barr and Léigh sa Bhaile available online at CJ Fallon. Just choose your class level. https://my.cjfallon.ie/dashboard/student-resources/?levels=0&classes=0&subjects=0&serieses=0&booktitles=0&types%5B0%5D=Book+Sample

Frásaí Úsáideacha!

Glan suas i do dhiaidh, le do thoil (Clean up after yourself please)

Ar mhaith leat tuilleadh? (Would you like some more?)

An bhfuil cabhair ag teastáil uait? (Would you like some help?)

Téigh amach ag spraoi (Go out to play).


An Fáinne Questions

Please click on the interactive link to download An Fáinne Ceisteanna for 5th & 6th Class.



Kelly's Easter Egg Hunt!

Here you will find a link to a worksheet with 6 maths word problems. All these word problems have an Easter theme. The questions have multiple choice answers and have an answer sheet to accompany them. The word problems are based on fractions.



Mathsweek.ie will have daily activities that pupils and parents/ guardians can easily manage. These resources will be available on their website and offer a fun way for students to engage with each other while also practising mathematical proficiency.  These recreational maths activities are a great way to keep the brain sharp, learn and have fun.


Problem solving –  Check out the following link for many different types of puzzles. 



There is a daily maths challenge posted to our school twitter account (@hollyparkgns)


https://nrich.maths.org/ is a fantastic website developed by educators at Cambridge University.  It provides opportunities for children to apply their mathematical learning in a fun and meaningful way. It also includes answers so children can self-correct.



contains useful web tutorials on all elements of the primary curriculum. 


Sixth Class Busy At Maths 6 online Book and answers available on the Sixth Class News page here:



​​Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation. They send children’s books to the International Space Station. While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth. These videos are being edited and placed on this Story Time From Space website- look under the heading ” Story Time Videos”. https://storytimefromspace.com/ada-lace-part-1/ 


Science With Me is an excellent fun website designed by two Galway pharmacists


Dublin Zoo have a lovely resource available where children can watch the animals being fed throughout the day through a special zoo webcam! 


National Geographic Kids is an excellent resource for children. It is a fun, educational and interactive place where children can learn all about the world around them. https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

BBC History for kids -Students can walk through ancient history, or choose specific countries for more deep learning. BBC History for Kids is an adventure through time.https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/



Ms. Scally has created a padlet online for a Hollypark At Home Yoga Kit! 

In her yoga classes you can practise different ways of noticing your breath, how you can move your body in weird and wonderful ways and how you can make connections with yourself and others.

You can relax your mind and body but most importantly you can have FUN!!


Headspace is a wonderful app to help you take some time to yourself and meditate. They are offering free trials at the moment. According to their website, 'A study with students found that just 10 days of Headspace increased positivity and well-being.' Try it out here: 


Have a look at the attached ‘Coping Calendar’.

It has lots of useful ways to keep calm, stay wise and be kind.

Coping Calendar.jpg

St. Patrick's GNS, Hollypark, Foxrock Avenue, Dublin 18.  D18V659

Phone: 01 2893293  

Email: hollyparkgns@gmail.com