Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am thinking of you and your families during these extraordinary times, you who are also caring for your sick children in hospital.
No one could have foreseen how quickly the impact of COVID 19 has changed our lives and everything we have taken for granted.
With formal schooling not taking place, we have been working on how best to support your children’s continuity of learning.
For our pupils who attend hospital school on a regular basis throughout the school year, the teachers are in the initial phase of providing support through online platforms.
Your child’s base school may have assigned school activities with which you may be able to help.
For those of you who have access to a computer, tablet or phone the teachers have sourced a selection of online resources for primary and secondary age pupils which you may find both helpful and enjoyable. It is important to note that the pupils will not be accessing school’s broadband which is filtered and monitored.
All of these are suggestions and ideas and for when your child is well enough to do so. You are the expert in knowing your child and their needs best. You are doing enough supporting your children through this difficult time.
Take care of yourselves and please do not let your child’s schooling be something that stresses you.
On your behalf, I wish to thank our frontline health staff in Children’s Hospital Ireland at Temple Street who are doing an amazing job.
I look forward to reopening the school and assure you that our teachers will be eager and prepared to support and enable our pupils’ learning.
With the generosity of the publishers, school textbooks are available online with free access on the following websites.
RTE school is aired through the week from 11 in the morning to 12noon. Worksheets are available on the RTE website. It is aimed to be suitable for 1st – 6th class.
Audible start-listen have a range of children’s stories to listen to for free.
Twinkl is offering parents free access to a huge collection of printable resources. School closure packs have been prepared for all ages from pre- school to 6th class.
Help my Kid Learn is an Irish website which suggests and links a range of activities for all primary age groups.
Junior Infants – 1st Class
This website has a range of videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Here you will find tablet friendly eBooks, phonics and Maths games.
2nd – 6th Class
From April 1st our informative and enjoyable magazines ‘Newsflash’, ‘Primary Planet’ and ‘Epic’ are available to read free online. Their website also features five fun daily activities for children to try.
Scratch is a fun website that teaches coding to children (and adults).
This is an online Irish language learning resource. It also includes other languages.
Topmarks: Practice your tables (Hit the Button game)
Go Noodle website offers a wide range of movement and mindfulness activities to try.
For pupils with Special Education Needs
On the National Council for Special Education website www.ncse.ie you will find a parents section with tips for activities, OT and SLT for all age groups. There is also information about sensory activities as well as using social stories to help your child to understand more about the COVID19 situation.
Khan Academy coach/welcome provides high quality online lessons and supports for a range of curricular areas.
Mathtutor is a very helpful online resource for Junior and Leaving certificate Maths. There are online videos of all Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert Curriculum and exam papers and solutions.
Studyclix is an exam focused tool where past exam questions are broken down by topic and solutions provided.
Irevise is a helpful revision tool including past papers, video tutorials, sample answers and multiple choice quizzes.
Non digital activities
Games: Lego-Card Games-Sudoku
Reading: A little reading everyday-stories, texts and books of your child’s choice Writing: Some free writing. This can be as simple as writing a word or simple sentence with a picture, writing news, writing a story or keeping a diary
Art activities: Drawing, colouring, painting, comic sketch and making are all ways to engage creatively.
CHI at Temple Street
Tel.: (01) 878 4630
Web site: https://templestreethospitalschool.com
The Children’s Hospital School is an accredited school funded by the Department of Education and Skills.
The School, located on the Hospital premises, ensures that children unable to attend mainstream schooling as a result of illness don’t miss out on their education.
Classes are delivered in the Hospital School Classrooms and at the bedside on the wards.
What we offer
The Children’s Hospital School
offers an appropriate learning environment for children with medical needs during their stay in hospital. presents a full programme of carefully graded educational activities, inline with the School Curriculum provides equal opportunities and access to the curriculum for all schoolgoing children and young people helps to overcome the disruptions in the child’s educational development through regular attendance assists in following coursework for Junior and Leaving Certificate programmes during the hospital stay and provides an exam centre for state examinations liaises with parents / guardians and children’s home schools offers a strong commitment to multi-disciplinary collaboration with professionals to ensure that the development of the whole child is considered during a hospital admission. links with the community through regular creative art and music workshops and outings
All Children and young people in hospital automatically have a right to education – referrals not required.
- Mary Chambers – School Principal
- Ciara Jenkins – Deputy School Principal
- Anne Dunne – Secondary School Teacher
- John White – Secondary School Teacher
- Clodagh Murphy – Primary School Teacher
- Louise Kelly – Primary School Teacher
- Ann Marie O’Beirne – School Secretary
- Michelle McNevin – Substitute Special Needs Assistant
- Sharon Doyle – Classroom Assistant
The Children’s Hospital School adheres to the national standardisation of the school year as directed by the Department of Education and Skills.
The Children’s Hospital School is a member of H.O.P.E ( Hospital Organisation of Pedagogues in Europe )