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Learning from Home Monday 25th May

Learning from Home Monday 25th May
Hi everyone! First of all I wanted to say well done everyone who joined in the Zoom call on Friday with Roisín to learn how to make the crackers. Everyone engaged really well and gave some great suggestions for alternative ingredients and yummy toppings, I hope you enjoyed making them!
Since we know that these Creative Schools projects will take up a good bit of your time we’re still only going to be giving English and Maths written work from now on each week, as well as the oral Irish.

English
Spellbound Week 29. Exercises 1-4 and spelling test at the end of the week.

Click here for corrections for Spellbound:
1st class:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SqJ2TlWUNxuTI2uHLeBtCjKD7s_JkJqX/view?usp=sharing

2nd class:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Qpcgi2HDKqZWfKVrMnQ3Q_IurAZszFuN/view?usp=sharing

Word Wizard
1st class
Pages 82-84
Some grammar and a short activity writing instructions.

2nd class
Pages 82-84
Grammar, phonics revision and revision of instruction writing.

Maths
Mental Maths week 29

Mental Maths answers for 1st and 2nd class available here:

https://www.prim-ed.ie/contentfiles/41631_NWMM_TM_1st_Class.pdf

https://www.prim-ed.ie/contentfiles/41632_NWMM_TM_2nd_Class.pdf

Planet Maths
1st class
Bit of subtraction revision on page 120, then skip ahead to 125 and 126 (we did 3D shapes earlier in the year) for some mental maths.

2nd class
2nd Class should be now finished the whole Maths book! Make sure to check back through in case your child did miss any pages if they were absent any days. If you’ve finished the whole book I’d recommend going through the Satellite book, and then doing some revision on any topics your child might have found tricky this year. Some common topics that might need revision include time, addition with renaming (carrying over), subtraction with renaming and word problems. Starting from next week I’ll post up some suggestions for revision of the different topics.

Learning from Home Monday 18th May

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all still keeping well and safe. Hopefully with the easing of the restrictions this week we will all be able to see some family and friends, and maybe even do a few home projects with the garden centres open! This week our Creative Schools is going to start, there’ll be information sent out by email about it but because that’s going on we’re just going to stick with English and Maths written work for now.

English
Spellbound week 28. Exercises 1-4 and spelling test at the end of the week from the back of the book.

Click here for corrections for Spellbound:

1st class:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SqJ2TlWUNxuTI2uHLeBtCjKD7s_JkJqX/view?usp=sharing

2nd class:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Qpcgi2HDKqZWfKVrMnQ3Q_IurAZszFuN/view?usp=sharing

Word Wizard
1st Class page 78 – labelling the parts of instructions and then pages 80 and 81 – read the procedure for how to plant seeds and answer the questions in the book.

2nd class page 78 – write a set of instructions for how to make apple pop snacks. If you look at the pictures on the page you should be able to write at least a sentence for each step! Pages 80 and 81 – read the instructions for how to play Cowboys and robbers and answer the questions.

Maths
Mental Maths week 28. Monday to Friday and Problem solving.

Mental Maths answers for 1st and 2nd class available here:

https://www.prim-ed.ie/contentfiles/41631_NWMM_TM_1st_Class.pdf

https://www.prim-ed.ie/contentfiles/41632_NWMM_TM_2nd_Class.pdf

Planet Maths
1st Class
Finishing off fractions this week! Pages 118 and 119. Make sure to keep asking questions to reinforce halves and doubles, e.g. what is half of 10, what is double 4, I’m thinking of a number that is half of 12, what is the number? Etc.

2nd Class
Mental Maths pages 155 and 156.

Gaeilge
Dia duit. Dia’s Muire duit.
Hello, Hello to you

Cad é sin? Sin…. (bord, cathaoir, teilifís, ríomhaire, táibléad, fón cliste, fuinneog, leaba)
What’s that? That’s a (table, chair, television, computer, tablet, smartphone, window, bed)

An bhfuil tú go maith?
Tá mé go maith; tá mé ceart go leor, níl mé go maith
Are you well? I’m good; I’m okay; I’m not good

Cad atá ar siúl agat (sa ghairdín)?
Tá mé ag rith, ag siúl, ag léim, ag rothaíocht, ag súgradh
What are you doing (in the garden)?
I’m running, walking, jumping, cycling, playing.

Revision of previous phrases.

Learning from Home Monday 11th May

Hi all! I hope you’re all keeping well. It’s strange to think it’s been a full two months since the day the schools all closed! Hopefully with the easing of restrictions some of us will be able to start seeing friends and family face to face again soon. And in September, all going to plan, we should be back together in the school.

I know so many of you are making a great effort to carry on work with your children, as well as other responsibilities like working from home or caring for relatives, so I want to say well done to everyone, I’ve been so impressed with the work that’s been uploaded on SeeSaw and sent to me in emails!

Anyway, here’s the work for this week:

Maths

As some of you might have noticed I had the wrong weeks up on some of the Maths and English last week, I think I have the right ones this week!

Mental Maths week 27. Monday to Friday exercises in the book and problem solving. I know the Mental Maths book isn’t available online so if you are doing the Prim Ed mental maths pack keep working away on that.

Mental Maths answers for 1st and 2nd class available here:

https://www.prim-ed.ie/contentfiles/41631_NWMM_TM_1st_Class.pdf

https://www.prim-ed.ie/contentfiles/41632_NWMM_TM_2nd_Class.pdf

Planet Maths

1st Class

Carrying on with fractions this week, pages 116 and 117.

2nd Class

Some mental maths and problem solving, pages 141, 142 and 143.

English

Spellbound week 27. Do exercises 1-4 and talk about the meaning of the words. Practice the spellings and at the end of the week, do the spelling test in the back of the book.

Click here for corrections for Spellbound:

1st class:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SqJ2TlWUNxuTI2uHLeBtCjKD7s_JkJqX/view?usp=sharing

2nd class:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Qpcgi2HDKqZWfKVrMnQ3Q_IurAZszFuN/view?usp=sharing

Word Wizard

Again, apologies for the wrong page last week! This week some grammar on pages 76 and 77, both 1st and 2nd class. If you don’t have the book you can access it from Gill online, the login details are down below in the first week update!

PE

I know a lot of you are still following along Joe Wicks, I’d also recommend the RTE 10@10 videos and, of course, Go Noodle!

Here are some photos and videos of the class from this week, do send me in pictures if you want them shared here!

Learning from Home Tuesday 5th May

Hi everyone!

Even though the days all seem to be slowly blending together, it is, in fact, a bank holiday on Monday! I’m putting the work up now so it’s ready for you all but feel free to take Monday completely off and get back into routine on Tuesday. 

Maths

Mental Maths is week 26. Monday to Friday exercises in the book and problem solving. I know the Mental Maths book isn’t available online so if you are doing the Prim Ed mental maths pack keep working away on that.

Mental Maths answers for 1st and 2nd class available here:

https://www.prim-ed.ie/contentfiles/41631_NWMM_TM_1st_Class.pdf

https://www.prim-ed.ie/contentfiles/41632_NWMM_TM_2nd_Class.pdf

Planet Maths

1st Class

We are moving on to fractions this week! Ask your children to name some doubles (1+1, 2+2, 3+3, etc..). Talk about half of something. Half of 2 is 1, half of 4 is 2, half of 10 is 5, etc. This is a topic that really benefits from concrete materials, so try to find anything hands on you can use to show halves. You could use buttons, pencils, even torn up pieces of paper. Give your child say 8 buttons and ask them to show you half (they should give you 4 buttons). 

Then, try pages 114 and 115 in the book. I’m not going to give all the fraction pages this week since it’s shorter with the bank holiday but if you’re looking for additional fractions work I’ll attach some worksheets in the email.

2nd class

More addition this week in 2nd class! It’s really more about tens and units so it can be useful when doing sums to write over each number which are the tens and which are the units, like this:

    T     U

    6     7

+  3     3

Have a go at pages 136, 137 and 138 in the Planet Maths book. If you’re looking for additional work I’ll have some worksheets attached in the email. 

English

Spellbound week 26. Do exercises 1-4 and talk about the meaning of the words. Practice the spellings and at the end of the week, do the spelling test in the back of the book.

Click here for corrections for Spellbound:

1st class:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SqJ2TlWUNxuTI2uHLeBtCjKD7s_JkJqX/view?usp=sharing

2nd class:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Qpcgi2HDKqZWfKVrMnQ3Q_IurAZszFuN/view?usp=sharing

Word Wizard

We’ve focused a lot on stories the past few weeks so I wanted to get back to the book, especially since I think a lot more of you have collected your books now. If you don’t the pages are all available online and I’ll include them in the email.

1st Class

Word Wizard page 74 and 75 – read ‘How to Make a Flower Mobile’ and answer the questions.

2nd Class

Word Wizard page 74 and 75 – read ‘How to Make a Bubble Bomb’ and answer the questions.

Gaeilge

We’re continuing to focus on the same phrases all through the school, so this week we would like you to practice using these phrases. You can write them out, or practice speaking with a sibling or parent if possible! I’ll put an activity up on SeeSaw if people want to record themselves or write out the questions. We have one new phrase and we’d like you to continue practicing the phrases from last week.

Question (Gaeilge)Question (English)Answer (Gaeilge)Answer (English)
Conas atá tú?How are you?Tá mé go maith/Níl mé go maith/Tá mé saghas maithI’m well/I’m not well/I’m alright
Cé tusa?Who are you?Is mise _________.I’m _________
Cad is ainm duit?What’s your name?_________ is ainm dom.My name is ______________
Cén saghas lae é?What type of day is it?Tá sé gríanmhar/scamallach/te/fuarIt’s sunny/cloudy/hot/cold

SESE

The topic this week is water. Read pages 62 and 63 in Explorers (I’ll send the pages in the email if you don’t have it). Read about how water makes a canal boat move. Watch this video to see how it works in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfWyBz5bHj8 and this video to see a boat travel through the Panama Canal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8TkcWhmByg

Here are some of the key vocabulary words you might want to discuss while reading:

Canals, narrow, waterways, man-made, canal boat, navigate, locks, float, sink, sail, materials

Design and Make: A Sailboat p. 63 

Discuss what materials would work well for the boat and the sail.

Plan what you will use and how you will make the sailboat. 

Write the list of materials and sketch the boat.

Make and test the boat.

Use the questions on the page to evaluate the boat.

I would love to see some pictures or videos of completed sailboats so do send them to me by email or on SeeSaw!

PE

I hope you all joined in last week for Active Home week! You should have loads of ideas for keeping active which you can use any time at all. If you have any photos or videos from last week be sure to send them to me so I can share them here on the class page.

Art

I saw these really nice step by step art guides which might be nice to try!

Finally, here are some photos from the last week:

Learning from Home Monday 27th April

Hi everyone!

This week is Active Home Week, so we have come up with some fun activities and ideas to get everyone active this week! Jonathan emailed out the chart to everyone, the idea is to do 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Try out some of the ideas on the Challenge Chart but if you have other ideas and activities feel free to try them instead! It would be great to get some photographs to share on the website so if you are happy to share, take some pictures and videos of you trying some of the activities and send them on to us.

Since we know the activities for Active Home Week will take up about 60 minutes a day, we’re just giving out English, Maths and Irish work to do at home this week.

English

In Spellbound it’s week 26 (pages 54-55). Do exercises 1-4 and talk about the meaning of the words. Practice the spellings and at the end of the week, do the spelling test in the back of the book. Last week I got some lovely sentences shared on SeeSaw, I’ll put this activity up again if people want to share their sentences again!

Click here for corrections for Spellbound:

1st class:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SqJ2TlWUNxuTI2uHLeBtCjKD7s_JkJqX/view?usp=sharing

2nd class:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Qpcgi2HDKqZWfKVrMnQ3Q_IurAZszFuN/view?usp=sharing

Reading and Writing

I have to say I was so impressed with the responses to The Day the Crayons Quit last week on SeeSaw! The letters people wrote were so creative and we even had Cian reading out his letter for us to hear. I would encourage any of you that are on SeeSaw to read each other’s letters, they’re very funny!

This week the story we’re going to read is called Something Else. Read the story and then try to answer these questions:

  1. Look at the picture of Something Else’s house. Would you like to live there? Why/Why not?
  2. How do you think Something Else felt when the others said “Sorry. You’re not like us. You’re something else. You don’t belong.”?
  3. Why do you think the others did not want to play with Something Else?
  4. What were the 4 things Something Else tried to do the same as everyone else?
  5. What did the creature sit down on in Something Else’s house?
  6. How do you think the creature felt when Something Else told it to leave?
  7. What kind of creature comes at the end of the story that “really WAS weird-looking”?
  8. We’ve talked before in class about a ‘message’ or a ‘moral’ at the end of a story. It means what you’ve learned from the story. What do you think the message of the story Something Else is? 

Activity: design a ‘Wanted’ poster for a good friend. What does a good friend do? How does a good friend treat you?

Here are some words and phrases that might help you: nice, kind, helpful, sharing, stands up for you, likes the same things, funny, caring, special

Maths

Mental Maths this week is week 25. Monday to Friday exercises in the book and problem solving. I know the Mental Maths book isn’t available online so if you are doing the Prim Ed mental maths pack keep working away on that.

Mental Maths answers for 1st and 2nd class available here:

https://www.prim-ed.ie/contentfiles/41631_NWMM_TM_1st_Class.pdf

https://www.prim-ed.ie/contentfiles/41632_NWMM_TM_2nd_Class.pdf

Planet Maths

1st class

We are going back to addition this week – we’ve done a lot of practice with this since the start of the year. If your child is finding it hard it can be handy to have a number line to help them with the addition. Pages 112-113. For extra addition activities I’m going to put some on SeeSaw. Practice counting forward and back in 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, e.g. 2,4,6,8,10,12…..

2nd class

Algebra pages 130 – 131. Don’t be intimidated by the title ‘algebra’, the focus is counting in 10s, 5s, 3s, etc. I’ll put up separate additional questions on SeeSaw for 2nd class. Also practise counting forward and back in 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, etc. 

Gaeilge

We want to focus on the same phrases all through the school, so this week we would like you to practice using these phrases. You can write them out, or practice speaking with a sibling or parent if possible! I’ll put an activity up on SeeSaw if people want to record themselves or write out the questions.

Question (Gaeilge)Questions (English)Answer (Gaeilge)Answer (English)
Cé tusa?Who are you?Is mise _________.I’m _________
Cad is ainm duit?What’s your name?_________ is ainm dom.My name is ______________
Cén saghas lae é?What type of day is it?Tá sé gríanmhar/scamallach/te/fuarIt’s sunny/cloudy/hot/cold

That’s it for this week! Any questions you have get in touch with me by email. Hope you’re all keeping well, I know it’s feeling a bit like this is going to go on forever but there will be an end to it and we will be back in school together again! 

I wanted to share on here as well the amazing video Cian created with his cousins. If you haven’t seen it yet definitely give it a watch!

Learning from home Monday 20th April

Hi all! I hope you enjoyed the break and stayed safe. Below is the work for this week. As I’ve said before, do what suits you and your family best. I got some lovely emails and photos from people in the class telling me and showing me what you’ve been doing. I’ve put some pictures below.

Anywhere a worksheet is mentioned I will have sent it in the email to the class on Monday morning.

English

In Spellbound it’s week 25 (pg 52-53). Do exercises 1-4 and talk about the meaning of the words. Practice the spellings and at the end of the week, do the spelling test in the back of the book (pg 78). I’ll put up an activity on SeeSaw for the children to share some of their best sentences (if they want to). 

Click here for corrections for Spellbound week 24 and 25

1st class:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SqJ2TlWUNxuTI2uHLeBtCjKD7s_JkJqX/view?usp=sharing

2nd class:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Qpcgi2HDKqZWfKVrMnQ3Q_IurAZszFuN/view?usp=sharing

Writing – use this template from Twinkl (or a blank page if you’d like to be creative!) to write about what you did over the Easter break. https://www.twinkl.ie/resource/t-t-19417-easter-holiday-snapshots-writing-frame

Reading – last week I put up an activity on SeeSaw with some questions about the Cautious Caterpillar and we got some great responses! If you would like to, I’ll have some questions up about the story this week, which is The Day the Crayons Quit. If you don’t want to do it on SeeSaw, here are the questions below. I’ve listed 10 and an extra writing activity but pick and choose what suits you from these. If 1st class were able to read the story and answer a few of the questions that would be great. 2nd class should be able to try all questions and try to write their own letter. If 3rd have finished their work from Lynn and want to join in they are more than welcome!

  1. How did the red crayon feel?
  2. How many crayons are in the story?
  3. Which crayon is happy? Why?
  4. Which two crayons are arguing about who is the colour of the sun?
  5. Which crayon do you think should be the colour of the sun? Why?
  6. Which colour do you think is the angriest with Duncan?
  7. What could Duncan do to make the angriest crayon calm down?
  8. How do you think the crayons feel at the end of the story?
  9. Do you have a colour that you never use? How do you think that colour feels?
  10. Why do you think Duncan hasn’t used the pink crayon all year?

Imagine you are an item from your pencil case. It could be a rubber, a pencil, a pen, a ruler, a scissors, or anything else! Write a letter from that item to their owner, to complain about what is wrong and how they would like to be treated. Here is an example:

Dear Jessica,

I am your favourite pen (the one with the fluffy bits on the side). I am writing because I am not happy with how you are using me. First of all, you keep losing me! Sometimes I’m on your desk, sometimes I’m in your pocket – sometimes I end up under a pile of papers for days. The other thing I’m not happy about is you keep chewing on the end of me. You know that’s not good for your teeth and it hurts me! Plus, you always use red or black, never my blue or green ink. One day I’m going to run out of red and black ink and I’m worried you’ll just throw me away. Please treat me better, otherwise I quit being your pen!

From,

Your favourite pen.

Maths

Mental Maths this week is week 24. Monday to Friday exercises in the book and problem solving. I know the Mental Maths book isn’t available online so if you are doing the Prim Ed mental maths pack keep working away on that.

Mental Maths answers for 1st and 2nd class available here:

https://www.prim-ed.ie/contentfiles/41631_NWMM_TM_1st_Class.pdf

https://www.prim-ed.ie/contentfiles/41632_NWMM_TM_2nd_Class.pdf

Planet Maths

1st class pages 107 – 111. Some problem solving, some addition and subtraction and some tens and units work – all topics we have covered already this year so they should be ok to work through it.

2nd Class pages 125 – 129. These have some mental maths questions, some sums and some problem solving that should be straightforward – it’s all topics we’ve covered before.

Planet Maths Answers can be found here:

1st Class:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WMIlTaJImfLo_4FbUq5eJ51B0Dlim2ED/view?usp=sharing

2nd Class:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-69s7UN0xp2Qv4HYHnapt5iMPZDJ0CTT/view?usp=sharing

As always with maths if you’re looking for extra work there are a lot of worksheets and activities on Twinkl. There are also maths games on https://ie.ixl.com/ and you can get a free trial for  https://www.mathletics.com/uk/.

Gaeilge

Find and label 5 different things in your house. You can ask your parents to look up words for you, but here are some examples of easy things you should be able to find:

Cófra (cupboard)

Ríomhaire (computer)

Bord (table)

Oigheann (oven)

Teilifís (TV)

Micreathonnán (microwave)

Doirteal (sink)

Cuisneoir (fridge)

Inneall níocháin (washing machine)

Tolg (sofa)

Cathaoir (chair)

Fuinneog (window)

Leaba (bed)

Easter colour by number Gaeilge https://www.twinkl.ie/resource/roi-t-t-5018-easter-colour-by-number-gaeilge

SESE

Read pages 60 and 61 from Explorers (pages in email if you don’t have the book). Talk about all the different things we use water for and draw or write in the droplets on this sheet https://www.twinkl.ie/resource/ca-sc-20-uses-of-water-activity-sheet

SPHE 

Weaving Wellbeing has a lovely printable journal which is free to download and has some lovely activities in it. I’m not going to ask for specific pages to be done from it, but have a look through and see if any of them appeal to you!

https://www.otb.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/At-Home-with-Weaving-Well-being-A-Mental-Health-Journal-for-Kids.pdf

PE

I know some of you have been following Joe Wicks’ workouts every day, keep them up if they’re working for you! We also used to do some of the 10@10 videos – they’re short little workouts available in both English and Irish. https://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10/

If you were looking to carry on with gymnastics here is the link to lesson 2: https://pssi.pdst.ie/pdf/gym/gym_b_2.pdf

All the links to get into the publisher’s websites are still available below if you scroll down and if you have any questions do email me!

I’ll be sending out a new SeeSaw link this week if more people want to join – the children can see each other’s posts and I think it’s nice for them to be able to interact together, but again, completely optional!

Here are some of the photos I got from people in the class before the holidays:

Merry doing her work!

Learning From Home Monday 30th March 2020

Hi everyone! I’m going to be posting up here every week the work that I’d like you to do while you’re at home. 

All the teachers have said this a few times but I’ll say it again – if this work doesn’t suit you, if you’re spending this time learning life skills like baking, cleaning, playing, whatever else you have decided, that is absolutely fine. This work is just being given as a guide for those who are able to do it. As we are not in school like normal we’re estimating this work should take about an hour each day. If it is taking less time than that and you want more – there will be links to extension activities below. If it is taking more time and you want to stop after an hour, that is completely acceptable as well.

I know some of you have collected books from the school and some of you haven’t – I will be listing some work below to be done in the books but if you do not have them you can access them online – I’ll show you how.

Planet Maths and Explorers SESE can be accessed from the Folens website.

You go to https://www.folensonline.ie/ and click REGISTER. Select TEACHER. Fill in a username and password of your choice, and your own email. Where it asks for a school roll number fill in Prim20. You now have access to the Planet Maths books, SESE explorers and many other books which we don’t currently use in the school but may be of use to you if you are looking for extra activities!

Spellbound can be accessed from the CJ Fallon Website. You go to https://my.cjfallon.ie/dashboard/student-resources and register for an account. 

Word Wizard can be accessed from Gill and MacMillan

Click onto the following link: https://www.gillexplore.ie/products?Type=2&SubjectList=0&LevelList=0

Search the subject you are looking for in the filter

Add the year you are in in the filter

Once you see your book just click on it and it should allow you full access.

Prim-Ed, who do the Mental Maths books do not have the full book online however if you register here: https://www.prim-ed.ie/blog/post/parent-information-centre/ (click on ‘Download your free pack now’) you will get an email with a selection of pages from the Mental Maths book and other maths activities.

Twinkl can be accessed by parents for free, and has a lot of activities and extra worksheets for any topic. You can sign up at twinkl.ie/offer with the code IRLTWINKLHELPS

Ok, on to the actual work to be done this week! These posts won’t always be this long – I just wanted to include all the registration details.

Spellbound – This week is week 24, which is a revision week for both 1st and 2nd class. Do exercises 1-4 (all the answers are words which have been used from weeks 17 to 23). And if you are unsure of an answer the answer key is on CJ Fallon online. Learn the words from the previous weeks (maybe focus on tricky spellings, you can have a look at your child’s previous tests to see which ones might need revision) and on Friday (or whatever day suits you) read out 10 of the words you choose for a spelling test on the revision page (page number 79).

Mental Maths – Again this is week 24 so have them do Monday – Friday as well as problem solving. 

Planet Maths

Just to say, in Maths we often jump around to different pages and topics so that 1st and 2nd class are always on the same topic, e.g. weight. So don’t be worried if there are gaps in the book – it’s probably because we skipped ahead or were waiting to move back so we would all be learning at the same time.

The topic for this week is Capacity, which is actually a great one to do at home since you will all have different resources and things to try out! If there’s anything that the book suggests you use that you don’t have (e.g. 1st class book asks for egg cup) feel free to improvise, use an alternative or to skip that section. As long as the children are learning about capacity – comparing different containers and seeing how much they hold, talking about litres and millilitres, the topic will be covered.

1st Class – pages 104, 105 and 106 in the main book, if you finish, try the page in the satellite book (if you have it). 

2nd class – pages 132 – 135. This chapter discusses quarters so it might be no harm to do a quick revision of halves and quarters, ask your child to tell you half of a number, double a number, quarter of a number, etc. (e.g. what is half of 10? I’m thinking of a number and it is a quarter of 100. What number am I thinking of?). If finished and if you have the satellite book, try the satellite book page.

Extra capacity activities (optional, only if you’re looking for something to do!):

Folens Online Capacity activities (they are under resources).

Make a recipe for a magic potion and write down how much of each liquid to add (e.g. my magic potion has 100mls of apple juice, 200 mls of water and 200 mls of orange juice)

Ask your child to find containers in the fridge that are 1 litre, more than 1 litre, less than 1 litre.

Use the vocabulary of capacity – talk about if things are full, empty, half full, a quarter full, ¾ full.

Using a measuring jug to see how much a litre looks like, how much a half and a quarter litre looks like.

Using one container, e.g. a spoon, and seeing how many spoonfuls it takes to fill a cup. Or how many cups it takes to fill a basin. 

If you search ‘capacity’ on Twinkl there are a lot of really good worksheets and activities to complete

English reading – I’m going to leave this up to parents to decide what exactly to read, but I would love if every child was reading for at least 10 minutes every day – preferably more! Use books you have at home use ebooks or audiobooks. Audible have free children’s audiobooks to listen to at htps://stories.audible.com/start-listen 

Twinkl also have a selection of ebooks you can download, on a range of different topics. To start, I would suggest the Cautious Caterpillar https://www.twinkl.ie/resource/t-l-526203-the-cautious-caterpillar-ebook

But, like I said, use your discretion to pick anything your child is interested in reading. Listen to them reading and ask them questions about it, e.g.

Did you like the story? Why/Why not?

Who is your favourite character?

Where does the story take place?

Do you think the story really happened?

How did the characters feel in the story?

For PE, I’m not sure if any of you have seen but Joe Wicks is doing online PE every day, live at 9am. These videos are also available any time of day to catch up with. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8&list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl

In PE we had started doing gymnastics, so if any of you are feeling adventurous and have a mat at home this is the first lesson, focusing on doing a forward roll: https://pssi.pdst.ie/pdf/gym/gym_b_1.pdf

I don’t want to overwhelm everyone with work so I’ll leave it there for this week, see how everyone gets on and we can reassess how much to do after the Easter break. I hope you are all keeping safe and well, I know it’s hard to stay away from all your friends and family but this will all be over before we know it!

Like I said in the email, if anyone wants to send me pictures of them doing their work or pictures of artwork I can put it up on the page so that we can all see each other!

Work for school closure March 12th – March 29th

Here are the pages I have sent home with the class to do while we are out of school for the next 2 weeks. Please remember that if your child is not sure how to do the work or you don’t have time due to family commitments, etc., not to worry.

1st class: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_-ItpJxJgQAgmue-CikmkSsNwO9DgT2P/view?usp=sharing

2nd Class: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YPUMrob81tBY3TsgENDetLaD72zNfcEh/view?usp=sharing

continued https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QZ-4Qbb3B0n2ocHgchYxPRlSlPMmcThK/view?usp=sharing

Twinkl have offered free membership for one month for everyone in Ireland, if you are looking for more resources and activities to do with your child. https://www.twinkl.ie/

February

In February, we were busy learning a lot of new things. Here are a few of them:

We painted the clay pots that we made in January – here are some pictures of the class at work, and the finished product:

In Science, we were learning about the life cycle of trees, and what seeds need to grow. We watched a video showing a seed germinating and planted our own seeds. Some seeds got no water, some seeds got no soil and some got no light. We investigated whether they grew or not.

As part of Safer Internet Day 2020 we looked at ways we can be safe on the internet. The class worked in groups to design posters:

For Learn Together, we learned about different festivals that take place in Spring. We discussed the Spring Equinox, Easter, and other festivals that occur around the year.

January Update

Here are some of the things we have been learning about this month:

In PE we did some orienteering – the class were given cards in pairs and had to find the control cards under each cone

As part of Learn Together this month we put together an A-Z of happiness, writing something that makes us happy starting with each letter of the alphabet. Here are just a few things that the class said made them happy:

In Art, we made our clay pots and plan to paint them in February once they are fully dry. We looked at different types of sculpture to get inspiration, and added different designs to our pots.

In English we were learning about report writing. Everyone wrote their own report on something that interested them. We had reports on animals, places and people!


November and December Update

In November we did some experiments for Science week, including dancing raisins and making an egg float in salty water:

We began our practice for our Winter show, we learned our songs and our poem.

In Art we made colour wheels and rainbow mosaics

We also learned some techniques for clay, and designed our own clay creations:

October Update

This month we have been learning all about Autumn. Here are some Autumn poems and art we have done:

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The class used leaves to make Autumn pictures, and then closer to Halloween we used cotton buds and glue to make our own skeletons, after learning all about the bones in our body in Science

In SPHE, we were learning all about having a growth mindset. We’re working on trying our best at everything and not giving up even when things are hard.

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September Update

Here are some of the things we have been working on in the Middle Room this September!

In SESE, we were learning about communities and all the people who help us in our local community. We then designed our own communities. Above are some pictures of the class working in their groups, and then presenting their communities to the class.

We created our classroom door, where everybody decorated a jigsaw piece. They all were different to show how unique everyone in the class is, but they all fit together.

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In Art, we created Minecraft-style Selfies:

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