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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.

Websites to support specific subjects

General kids 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.
This website provides lots of information and activities on History, Geography & Science broken down into class levels, and also hosts the Digital Archive of the Irish Times. Only accessible online through schools or libraries. Every edition of the Irish Times since 29th March 1859 is available online in an easily searchable format.
Official education portal of the Department of Education and Science in Ireland. Providing a range of resources, worksheets, and project information for all subjects within the Irish primary curriculum broken down by class levels. Curriculum focused resources and support for primary and post primary education.
The Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme (DPSM) is part of Science Foundation Ireland Education and Public Engagement Programme, which aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among students, teachers and members of the public.
A database of Irish terms containing over 270,000 terms, searchable under both Irish and English is a gateway to selected language and research resources developed by Fiontar agus Scoil na Gaeilge, Dublin City University and its partners. 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

Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia with the aim to allow anyone to edit articles. Wikipedia is the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet and is ranked among the ten most popular websites. Wikipedia is owned by the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation.

Google Earth
Google Earth is a computer programme that renders a simulacrum of the Earth based on satellite imagery. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aeriel photography and Geographic information system (GIS) onto a 3D globe.

National Geographic Kids
Play games, watch videos, learn about animals, and places, and get fun facts on the National Geographic Kids website. The National Geographic Society (NGS), headquartered in Wahington D.C., United States, is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world.

BBC Education
Tons of information & fun on the schools and education sections of the BBC site The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. It is headquartered at Broadcasting House in London and is the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees.
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 many more to help your child in their linguistic studies.
Khan academy provides students with an extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer with access to the web. Content 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).

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.
Links to the best of the children’s web sites and all of the sites have been checked and approved for kids.