2nd Class Suggested Routine and Activities

Hi everyone! I hope you and the children are keeping well. I have put together a few ideas for learning activities at home.

It is important to note that each child is different and that the following  are suggestions and guidelines. I understand that parents may be working, either at home or otherwise and that all activities and suggestions won’t be practical or possible. Anything that you can do to support your child during this time would be great!

  • I have set each child up with an account on the following 2 sites for reading comprehension and maths games: mangahigh.com and readtheory.org
  • If a device is available to the child at home they can log in and complete an activity each day. I have set up a temporary email address for you to email me if you would like to receive your child’s login details: fionac.scoil@gmail.com
  • Please give time for me to respond to emails. I haven’t used these sites in this way before so there might be teething issues!


Suggested Routine




  • learn and put into sentences
  • spelling activity or game



Maths Homework Book

  • Maths activity from Home-links 
  • Maths games online


Break – Snack and Movement Break


Middle Section 

Literacy Activities

  • Reading Comprehension and writing activity from Green Genie


  • Writing Activity – narrative, procedural or recount


  • Free Writing



– Duolingo 10 -15 mins


Big Break – Eating, playing and exercise 


End of Day

  • Free Reading 10 mins
  • Choose another activity from suggestions below
  • Handwriting – 5-10 mins




Spellings – Continue on as per usual with spellings and sentences they get for homework. Look, say, cover, write check x 3

Spelling games and activities: 

  • Give the children a clue, or describe the word and they have to write correct spelling.
  • Dictation – call out a simple sentence that includes one or more of their spellings for the day/week. Judge your own child’s ability. 
  • Children write down as many words with spelling pattern as they can in 2 mins
  • Give the children a long word, eg. Grandfatherand the children mix up and use the letters to make as many different words as they can
  • Hangman
  • Count Down – Write down 7 letters and ask the children to make as many words or the longest word that they can from the letters. 


Comprehension and Reading 

  • Read a story from the Green Genie book that was sent home and complete the various activities in copy or on piece of paper. Please do not write in book. Some children can do this independently, others will need support. 
  • Re-reading stories where needed can be helpful for fluency, comprehension and expression. Ask the children to read aloud as if they were reading to an audience. 
  • readtheory.org gives children a short test and then assigns them reading comprehensions based on their ability. (Some of the questions can be a bit funny as it is an American site)
  • Independent Reading – reading a book of their choice each day for at least 10 minutes. (Some children will be happy to read for hours) 
  • Parent Read Aloud or Shared reading – reading a book with your child, discussing the story, ask them to make predictions, connections, to summarise what has happened so far in their own words, 
  • Book review – find template on twinkl.ie



  • We have covered the genres of recount, procedure and narrative so far this year
  • We have been focused on Narrative writing this term. They have been learning about the key components of a narrative – character, setting, problem, resolution 
  • They can plan a story and then write it over a number of days. Encourage them to add description about their characters and settings. They could make their stories into a book adding a cover and illustrations. 


  • Write about an event, real or imagined that has happened. Include sequential words, a beginning, middle and an ending.

Procedural – (instructions)

  • Children can write step by step instructions for something like a recipe or a game.
  • This could be a time when you could make something with the children and work together to write the recipe. 


Handwriting – children were sent home their handwriting books, they can continue on, or go back and complete any unfinished work

Free Writing – in class the children have a free-writing copybook where they are the boss and they can choose to write whatever they like, without the teacher correcting their work. 


Maths Homework Book

  • Complete a daily maths quiz as they normally would for homework

Maths Activities

You can complete one of the activities from the Home-School Links pages that were sent home daily.

Mental Maths

The children are used to this activity during school – write the answers on a piece of paper. You can alter the level and difficulty: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10

Maths games



  • If you have any Gaeilge yourself use it with the children where you can conversationally, ask them to ask for things in Irish, to describe the weather, to tell you how they are feeling.
  • If, like a lot of people, you are not confident with or have no Irish, Duolingo for the children could be really useful at this time.
  • https://www.cula4.com/en/is the children’s section of TG4. There are lots of great Irish-language programmes and activities to be found here.



 Wellbeing and Exercise

As children are more than likely to be kept indoors the majority of the time over the next few weeks, it is really important that they get as much physical activity in as possible. Here are some ideas:

  • goonoodle.com
  • Joe Wicks 5 minute classroom workouts – search on youtube
  • 10 @ 10 rte jnr
  • Cosmic kids yoga  – search on youtube
  • Just dance – search on youtube. 

It is also really important that the children have time to play and have fun off screens where possible, such as; board games, lego, imaginative play etc


Other Activities

  • Walks in their local environment, map out route to various locations in the locality
  • Draw an aerial view map of the room they are in, or your home. 
  • Google maps street view – child follows or gives directions 
  • Construction – construct a bridge or a tower from different materials 
  • Make playdough


  • This could be a good opportunity for you and your child to complete a mini-project based on a topic of their choice. 
  • They could find out about an animal, or a famous person that they admire, or about a country or place they are interested in. 

Art Ideas

  • Design a comic book 
  • Paint or draw landmark of their choice
  • Paint or draw a Spring picture


  • Revise songs we have learned this year, most are available on youtube
  • Design a stringed instrument
  • Learn a pop song of their choice.
  • Create 4 beat rhythms using ta and ti-ti
  • Listening to  different genres of music


  • Go into role as a character from a story 
  • Tell the story from the perspective of different characters



Not my expertise, but the children might enjoy exploring these sites. 



Communion Songs and Prayers

If your child is making their communion, they could make a head-start on some of the songs and prayers they will be learning:




Prayer before Communion

Lord Jesus, come to me. Lord Jesus, give me your love. 

Lord Jesus, come to me and give me yourself. 

Lord Jesus, friend of children, come to me. 

Lord Jesus, you are my Lord and my God. 

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Prayer after Communion

Lord Jesus, I love and adore you. 

You’re a special friend to me. 

Welcome, Lord Jesus, O welcome, thank you for coming to me.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, O thank you for giving yourself to me.

Make me strong to show your love wherever I may be. 

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay close by me forever and love me, I pray.

Bless all of us children in your loving care and bring us to heaven to live with you there.

I’m ready now, Lord Jesus to show how much I care.

I’m ready now to give your love at home and everywhere.