St. John Bosco SBS St. John Bosco SBS
Learning Online 2021

Boscos gets creative; Learning Online!




With the Covid 19 impacting our face to face learning opportunities in our school building, we would like to share some fun ways in which we can stay connected with our pupils in St. John Bosco SBS.

Our staff have been researching some useful resources and websites in order to make learning fun at home during this time for pupils.

Please share your progress and work by sending photos and files to either the school email; 

with the subject "Learning Online 2021" and your son's name and class. 

We will share some interactive and collaborative work on our website!

Please do not hesitate to share your exciting learning with us on our new school Twitter account; 


Sample daily schedule;

With school timetables on pause, create your own home timetable or use this sample timetable to ensure you are learning, keeping active and getting the necessary breaks each day!

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Many educational sites have are offering free subscriptions to their sites over the coming weeks;


1. Twinkl;

Twinkl has a range of resources for learners of all ages. Every subject is covered (including Gaeilge) and there are activities, posters, games and powerpoints available on all core subjects aswell as SESE, music and art ideas. 

There are additional resources for pupils with English as an additional langauge (EAL) and children who require learning support (SEN).

**There is a free month subscription for these resources.**




2. Maths;    IXL; 

IXL focuses on Maths skills from junior infants to 6th year, so every level of the curriculum is catered for. Begin with what level feels most comfortable and work your way up to more challengin Mathematics! 

 **There is a free month subscription for these resources.**


3. Kahoot! Online games and activities; 

Kahoot is a great online resource for learning in an interactive and fun way. You can create your own quizzes or take part in quizzes made by your friends. The aim of the game is to be the fastest answer first to win the title of Champion of Kahoot! Kahoot also have a range of topics to explore like sport, food, people and places, science and general knowledge. This is a game all of the family can play!


4. A huge range of resources for all subjects and SEN; 


Chatterpack has a huge variety of resources available for all ages and abilities. This is broken down by subject or area of interest and will give pupils plenty of opportunities to learn in a creative and fun way online. Suitable for EAL, SEN and additional needs too!



5. Exercise/Movement; 

a) 10 at 10 is an initiative used in schools and at home to promote ten daily minutes of exercise per day. This is particularly important with sporting activities and meetups cancelled at the moment. 

b) Body Coach "PE with Joe" classes on YouTube; 

Body Coach Joe Wicks wants to keep kids and families moving while at home! He has some brilliant workouts and HIIT training on his YouTube channel "Body Coach TV". Check him out!

c) Mr Mc Carthy's daily bootcamp. 

6th class pupils from room 6 have already engaged in many bootcamp sessions with Mr Mc Carthy and now he is sharing some tips and exercises online. Check out our school Twitter page to find out the latest workout challenge from Mr Mc Carthy and enjoy getting your heart rate up!



6. Reading; 

 A great app to help with learning reading in a fun way on a tablet or computer. 

**There is a free month subscription for these resources.**

Our school also uses Reading Eggs;


7. Short Story Writing competition; 

John Boyne wants to get children writing while at home. He has created this competition of a 300 word short story. 

There are 3 categories:

  • 6-10 year olds
  • 11-14 year olds
  • 15-18 year olds



8. Mathletics;

All Boscos boys have a Mathletics account including a username and password. Get online to keep your brain tested in Mental Maths and arthimetic over the coming weeks!



9. Comic Strips; 

Pupils can get creative, making their own comic strips!


There are lots of activities on the Discovering Children's Books section of the British Library website.


Here's a link for one of the activities: Make your own comic strips;


10. Borrow Box online Library books; 

Borrow Box provides eBooks and audiobooks for free to your phone or other device without having to leave your home.  The app has books for children and for young adults.

World Books Online; 

World Book have made their entire catalogue FREE TO ACCESS during the Covid-19 outbreak. This will give your child hundreds of books to read and research over the next few weeks. When a book is opened online, there are tools to help them research the contents.

There is also an app to download.

Sign up here; 


11. Oliver Jeffers reading books.

Oliver Jeffers is reading one of his books live every weekday at 6 pm on Instagram. He will also be talking about making the books. They are also available on his website 


12. Educational books and resources; Folens and Edco Learning


Primary username; primaryedcobooks      password; edco2020


Log onto folens using your own email and create a password. 

For the roll number section, fill in "Prim20" for access to all primary books. 

13. Lego Online 30 Day Challenge


Mr Gaffney is putting the Lego club boys to the test with a 30 Day challenge on our twitter account. 


Keep updated with his progress and share your own on our twitter account!


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 14. Scavenger Hunt; Outdoors and Indoors

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Unknown-9.jpeg15. RTE campaign; Create, don't contaminate!

RTE have launched an online campaign to encourage children, adults and families to be creative in their time at home during this self isolation period. Celebrities are getting involved in sharing their responses to "Daily challenges" online. Check this out; 

and keep updated on Twitter!


16. GoNoodle; 

GoNoodle is a great site for children to engage in some fun activities and mindfulness online. GoNoodle is used in schools to encourage movement breaks and give children a break from the academic side of learning. Some of these activities would be great to get involved with as a family!


17. Duolingo; Learning Languages; 

Some of our classes love to learn Irish through Duolingo in a fun and interactive way. This app helps for all languages, so pupils who have English as an additional language can also practise!

For our 5th and 6th class pupils, why not try out a European langauge to see what you might choose to study in secondary school?


18. Class Dojo; Interactive Classroom. 

Lots of our Boscos teachers use this app to monitor the progress of our pupils during the school day! Class Dojo gives us a chance to set tasks and achieve points for our daily achievements, not matter how small! Set yourself a target to achieve a certain amount of points each day and challenge your friends online!


19. Dublin Zoo Fun! 

Dublin Zoo have come up with an exciting initiative to keep pupils and families busy at home at this time. Their workbooks are free to download on the above link for children to complete at home. 

Also, if you would like to be in with the chance of winning a Family Day Pass to Dublin Zoo when we re-open, please complete five of these activity sheets and send them in to You can do this by scanning or taking a photo of the completed sheets.


20. TG4 Teilifís ar an idirlín; 

To keep our boys updated an Gaeilge, there are lots of child friendly shows available to watch on TG4. 

This is a great opportunity for the boys to engage in speaking and listening activities as Gaeilge. 



21. Webwise; Staying Safe Online; 

Webwise is a terrific site for teachers, parents and pupils to use to familiarise ourselves with internet safety. Recently, we celebrated Internet Safety day in our school and the boys engaged in a number of lessons and activities through Webwise. 

Recap on these activities or share them with your friends and family at home in order to keep safe while learning online!


22. Scoilnet; Resources for pupils online. 

Scoilnet is a hub of interactive resources for a variety of subjects and topics online. Covering both the primary and post primary curriculum, scoilnet offers a range of activities, resources and links to learning across the web and will help with projects and research for primary school pupils. 



23. PDST Health and Wellbeing for distance learning; 

PDST have put together a collection of apps and online resoures for maintaining our health and wellbeing over the coming weeks. 

These can used at home individually or amongst the family to discuss the importance of looking after both our physical and mental health. 


24. Meditation and Mindfulness; Headspace and Calm Apps 

Meditation is a terrific skills to calm our minds in times of uncertainty and stress. Headspace and Calm offer free trials and meditations for pupils and parents to switch off and relax their minds from everyday life. 

When meditating, it is recommended that you put phones or devices away, get cosy with a blanket or pillow and completely switch off from the outside world! (Try not to fall asleep in the process!)

25. Kid President YouTube series; 

Kid President is great for a fun pick me up for pupils and families over this time. This YouTube link is one of many in a series in which he enlightens the world to be kinder and treat each other with respect. Check it out!

26.Seterra Geography; 

This online interactive geography quiz website is great fun! You can choose to do the quiz in English or in Irish.

27. TJ Reid GAA fitness


Kilkenny hurler TJ Reid is challenging our GAA pupils to get practising on his Facebook page each Tuesday and Thursday at 12pm with some GAA training. Grab your hurl, your sloitar and some water and get Active with T.J.Reid! 

28. Poetry Day Ireland Thursday 30th April

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There is a fantastic bank of resources available for all age groups for Poetry Day Ireland; 

In the lead up to Poetry Day Ireland, on the day itself and beyond, celebrate all the fun poetry activities you have created and developed by taking photos, making videos, blogs, podcasts, and include all your imaginative work and its outcomes in your school newsletter, Twitter and website.

29. Let's Play Ireland 


Let's Play Ireland highlights the importance of play for child wellbeing and development. 

Want more ideas on how to play safely at home? Check out; 

"Playing is central to children’s physical, mental, social and emotional health and wellbeing. Children learn through play while developing resilience, flexibility and understanding of their world. Play in families enriches childhood. All children and young people have a right to play."

30. GAA Activities for Kids resources

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The GAA have compiled some workpacks and resources to support pupils at home with their learning. These packs can be found at; 

Our local club, St. Oliver Plunketts GAA, have been helping around the community ensuring eldery and vulnerable people get the support they need. We really appreciated the support Plunketts gave our Homeschool competition in April thanking the frontline workers in our community too.

31. Frontline Workers Art competition

As the Covid-19 pandemic goes on, frontline staff are working harder than ever to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people is supported at this time. We were so proud of the tremendous effort carried out by our pupils in St. John Bosco Senior Boys School alongside the Junior Boys School and Mary Help of Christians Girls School. 

We would encourage our pupils to keep their posters up! The frontline staff need to see these posters to keep their energy levels up at this time.








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