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Primary Academic Support Websites

It would be impossible for us to list here the thousands of useful websites available to help with your children’s academic development, projects and research. So what we have done is listed relevant Irish websites, some of the better known world wide websites and some further sites which act as guides to the seemingly endless range of kids educational websites available on the world wide web.
    Irish Websites
    Launched Sept 2012. Includes audio and video content to support parents with literacy difficulties and links to others websites providing more detailed information on specific topics. The site is designed for parents, grandparents and carers of children aged 0 - 12 years and is searchable according to the child's age.
    Providing lots of information and activities on History, Geography & Science broken down into class levels.

    The AskaboutIreland website also hosts the Digital Archive of the Irish Time. However it can only be accessed online through schools or libraries. Every edition of the Irish Times since 29th March 1859 is available online in an easily searchable format.
    Providing a range of resources, worksheets, and project information for all subjects within the Irish primary curriculum broken down by class levels.
    Discover Primary Science is a flagship project run by the Discover Science & Engineering (DSE) awareness programme. The programme aims to show children how important and fun science can be!

    Me and my Body
    Explore the human body with Ryan and Roisin. The site is designed to assist in the teaching of the Living Things strand of the primary curriculum
    A database of Irish terms containing over 270,000 terms, searchable under both Irish and English versions.

    Vikings Network Ireland
    A site devoted to the hisitory of the Vikings in Ireland educates on safer usage of the Internet. Aimed at students, teachers and parents it also promotes the positive aspects of using the Internet and informs on how to deal with the risks.

    Well Known Websites

    An online free encyclopedia written collaboratively by volunteers all around the world

    Google Earth
    Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips

    National Geographic Kids
    Features different people, animals, and places each month with facts, games, activities, and related links.

    BBC Education
    Tons of information & fun on the schools and education sections of the BBC site
    Mathletics is a leading digital maths resource, helping children aged 5-18 to improve their numeracy skills and build confidence in maths whilst having fun. Parents can set tasks and closely monitor progress. Aligned to the Irish curriculum. Visit
    This is a website with educational games about Europa. The games are free and easy to use, and available in Gaeilge, English and seven other languages. Topics: countries, capitals, flags, regions, lakes, seas, rivers, islands and more provides students with an extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer with access to the web. ontent covers math, science biology, chemistry, physics, finance and history

    NASA – Kid’s Home
    Games, art, stories, and activities for children presented by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). – phonics & reading - interactive maths activities - providing online numeracy & literacy lessons for kids in a variety of languages

    Helpful Free Apps

    Little Writer - The Tracing App for Kids
    Free app for tracing letters and learning all the sounds and letter formation of the alphabet.
    Eggs on Legs
    App where kids have to solve the maths problems to crack open the quirky eggs on legs.

    Star Walk - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide
    An App where you can point your iPad or iPhone at the sky and see what stars, constellations, and satellites you are looking at in real-time.
    PopMath Basic Math
    PopMath is a fun game for kids of all ages to practice basic math.

    Have you got one you would recommend? PM us HERE and we will add it in!
    A word on search engines - while Google is the most popular search engine used today, there are also a number of other search engines that may provide a good safe alternative.

    Yahooligans is a browsable, searchable directory of Internet sites for kids. Each site has been carefully checked by an experienced educator to ensure the content and links are appropriate for young people. The site is primarily aimed at primary age readers.

    Ask for Kids
    Results are generated through multiple methods - from hand-selected answers to results delivered using state-of-the-art search technology. Ask displays a warning page before presenting material of an adult nature.

    This is the most widely used search engine. It also allows for specific searches of websites in Ireland and contains an option for Gaeilge. Filtering options allow the reader to set the search engine to exclude undesirable or adult material.

    Kids Website Directories – the following directories list out suitable sites for kids on the world wide web:
    Links to the best of the children’s web sites and all of the sites have been checked and approved for kids.
    The Internet Public Library Youth Division has seemingly endless sites of a more educational nature.