Parents and Guardians Supporting Students with Additional Needs during the COVID-19 Closure Period
Students with additional needs are just like any other students; this period of school closure and uncertainty will raise issues in terms of anxiety, routine and learning.
It is very important that students develop a good routine and make a plan for the day. This plan should include defined start and finish times for each activity and consist of physical activities, rest, food and fun. Try to spend a small portion of every day monitoring your child’s work and praising their effort.
Some Useful Resources:
Making a plan: Some great examples of schedules across the age range here from Khan Academy: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/e/2PACX1vSZhOdEPAWjUQpqDkVAlJrFwxxZ9Sa6zGOq0CNRms6Z7DZNq-tQWS3OhuVCUbh_- P-WmksHAzbsrk9d/pub
And here is one from the DES: https://www.education.ie/en/TheDepartment/Announcements/plan-your-day.pdf The length of the day/ time slots should be adjusted based on what you know about individual children. Some will do more, and many will need to do less!
The National Council for Special Education (ncse.ie) have compiled fantastic resources for teachers and parents during these changed times:
Parents: https://ncse.ie/online-resources-for-parents https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Sara/STAYING_SAFE_A_BOOKLET_FOR_POST_PRIMARY_PUPILS_0.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3dCnNLJ-tWc-M0ovX-4L2JaLOiKwLhkvt2SFhhfhZOi3AARKEdeWNCQoU
Physical Activity: Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) is doing great kids & adults workouts each morning live on YouTube ( or can be played back at a different time). It is only 30 minutes and it can be done in front of the television or computer very easily: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ.
Touch Typing: this might be a good opportunity for kids with Assistive Technology to improve their touch typing and IT skills. • https://www.typing.com/ This is a popular and accessible free site for developing touch typing. We could probably all do with spending some time developing this skill!
Literacy • Use audio versions of books for revision purposes (audible.com; borrowbox.ie): Reading is so important for our academic development. Listening is a good substitute if some children’s reading skills are not where they might like them to be.
Numeracy: https://www.mathsisfun.com/: Free, easy-to-use and detailed Maths site.
Aontas Project May 2020
During these uncertain and uneasy times of remote teaching, learning and living, we would like you, our school community, to reach out to each other virtually.
To support our school ethos of Aontas and each other, we are asking you to send a picture or short video to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 18th May 2020. Please see the YouTube video below as an example of what we could do.
We think we can do bigger and better! Looking for positivity and creativity.
During these uncertain and uneasy times of remote learning during school closure Covid-19, the staff of Scoil Mhuire made this short video to remind their students to stay positive. Music credit …
‘Thank you’ to all the local businesses and to the Parent Association for your amazing support and hard work.
We hope everyone and their family is doing well and had a relaxing Easter holidays.
As always, we want to remind you about the importance of being active during this time to not only help your physical well-being but your mental well-being also.
We are here to set you all a new CHALLENGE! This challenge is keeping within our daily 2km radius of our home and again remembering to practice social distancing when outside.
- We want you to send us evidence of your steps/the distance you have walked/run/crawled!
- We will then add all of these steps together to see how far in Ireland/The World we have travelled.
- We will run a little competition between tutor classes, year groups and staff vs students (staff have been training 😉).
So, every time you go for your walk or run, screen shot your fitness app, fitbit, health app on phone or whatever device you have counting your steps/distance and email the picture to:
1st Years email@example.com
2nd Years firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Years email@example.com
4TH Years firstname.lastname@example.org
5th Years email@example.com
6th Years firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be sending out updates at the end of each week to see who is traveling the furthest and how far as a school we will go.
Remember, 30 minutes of physical activity each day will help you to focus, study better and remain healthy. Please keep sending in your pictures of any physical activity you are doing and they will go on the website.
Thanks, and we look forward to seeing how far LucanCC can travel in the world without getting in a car or on a plane.
The PE Dept 😁