Scoil Náisiúnta Réalt na Mara Réalt na Mara National School

Mill street, Dundalk, Co Louth, A91 TD3H
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Principal: Mr Phil McCaul


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20th April 2020

Dear parents/guardians,

I hope everyone stayed safe over the Easter Holidays.

Tac Pac are offering Set 5 of their programme free to parents at home. Tacpac draws together touch and music to create a structured half hour of sensory communication between two people. This programme may help to support some of the children's sensory needs. In order to access this offer:

Go to, and at the checkout add the code 8Q7A3TXS.

Go to to watch our short help videos.


Another resource to support children that may be anxious at the moment is

It involves a calming meditation, set of relaxation cards, affirmation cards and some activitites.

I hope you are all able to access your Seesaw accounts and that you continue to stay safe.

Also RTE School Hub is on RTE2 at 11:00 daily. It is also available on RTE player. The schedule for this week is available when you click on this link. 

Take care,

Mrs Shields (Julie)



1st April 2020

Dear parents/guardians,

This might be a helpful resource to some of you.

Brenda Cassidy is a Mum of sensory children, OT, Sensory Educator and developer of the BRAINCALM™ program. 
• She is offering free 1/2 hour webinars on Sensory Issues seen in schools today. 
• Just follow the link below in order to register. You must register in order to get access to the webinar:
Kind regards

Mrs Shields (Julie)


30th March 2020

Dear parents/guardians,

Please visit the news section of our school website to view the parents letter by our principal Mr Mc Caul dated 30th March 2020. This letter details the online distance learning portal Seesaw that we intend to use if schools remain closed after the Easter Holiday period. Please follow the guidelines about how to start this process. I hope you are all keeping well.

Mrs Shields


A file with suggested activities is attached below. (March 30th )

Please find attached a Parents-Sampler-Support-Pack. First/then cards, token boards, yoga cards and fine motor activities are included in the pack. There is also a chart that supports the children in learning about their emotions and emotional regulation. We use the Zones of Regulation programme in class and this is a simplified chart that can be used with the children at home. The children are familiar with most of the resources/activities in this pack.

This weeks social story is on social distancing. (Copy and paste this link)  

If your child enjoys maths, they will have completed work from the Planet Maths series.  Its publisher 'Folens', is allowing parents and teachers to access their digital resources on 1. Click 'register'. 2. Select 'teacher'. 3. Fill in a username, email and password.  4. For roll number, enter the code Prim20. ere is a link to the music programme we use in class. This link will give you free parental access to the lessons. 

Twinkl is a great website with lots of resources for all subjects to help during the school closures. I use this website throughout the year with our class and find it very useful. During the closure Twinkl will allow parents a one month FREE Ultimate Membership if they follow the link below and enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS. 


Here is a link to the music programme we use in class. This link will give you free parental access to the lessons.

Here are some other appropriate websites which you may find useful to reinforce your child’s learning. (literacy, numeracy, music)   (movement breaks)!/login- This has access to lots of ebooks e.g. extreme weather, dinosaurs, myths and legends, space. 

The children also enjoy Jack Hartmann songs – google ‘Jack Hartmann’ and his songs are on youtube or they can be accessed via his website. 

Encourage the children to sing along and do the actions!

Another good website for maths games is : 

Story Time J The children enjoy listening to these stories at the end of their school day. 



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