As we are continuing to follow the school calendar, we will not be posting on the website for the two weeks of the Easter holidays. If you would like to continue with the structure of doing school work daily, we highly recommend RTE Home School Hub. We’ve been watching this week and we all agree that this programme is very educational. It is curriculum based and supported by the Department of Education. We think that the children from 3rd and 4th class would enjoy it. It is on every day at 11am and might give you a break for an hour!
We will be checking our emails from time to time over the fortnight so if you need any help, support or advice during this time feel free to contact us via the email addresses we have already posted. We would like to wish you and your children a very Happy Easter. We sincerely hope that we’ll be back together in the classroom after the holidays but if not we will be posting on the website again on Monday, 20th of April.
Ms Flanagan, Ms Duggan and Ms Tutundjian
Good morning everyone,
First off, I would like to wish Lily a happy birthday for yesterday and Ethan a happy birthday today! It will be one to remember!
This week I will suggest some textbook/ workbook-based activities in the core subject areas again and I have a couple of other ideas from the other subject areas also.
Gaeilge: We will stay with the theme of An Teilifís again this week. Again, the vocabulary for this theme is in the hardback copies, maybe at this stage the children would be able to use some of the phrases without using their copies. They can practise their Irish reading daily using the content on page 114 of Abair Liom, maybe concentrating on one paragraph per day. Parents can create an account with Folens and this story is read aloud in the resources section of the folens website. https://content.folensonline.ie/programmes/AbairLiom/3rd_class/resources/Passage/AL_3C_ACT_PAS_CH14_002/index.htm
Written activities on p. 118 can also be completed. In Fuaimeanna & Focail they can move on toAonad 23 and complete the activities as they normally would. The meanings of the spellings for 3rd class are: chalk, cap, coffee, money, milk, barmbrack, to get, to open, opened, he threw, she lost. 4th class children can use their dictionaries to look up the meanings.
Maths: This week you can revise. I suggest revising tables using the Daily 10 game. Children can move on to Week 24 in their Master Your Maths workbook. If they are finding certain areas difficult in MYM, you could use the Planet Maths textbook and Folens online resources to go back over these. Please find the answers for MYM below.
English: The children can move on to Unit 25 in Reading Zone and complete the activities on pages 104-105. Children could complete the next page in Write On.
SESE: If your child is working on their SESE project I would suggest adding a section headed Sources where they can list the websites or books where they found their information and also a section for My Own Ideas where children can write a few lines explaining what they liked or found interesting about their topic, maybe why they chose it or what new or unexpected information they learned. I recommend the Scoilnet website for researching SESE topics. The World Book website is another valuable resource which can be accessed for free through Scoilnet.
Literacy: On Friday Ms Flanagan posted the on the school Facebook page on behalf of the Book Club. Some of the fifth-class girls had chosen Cookie by Jacqueline Wilson as our next book. If you are a library member, the book can be downloaded to any device using the BorrowBox app. It can also be purchased from bookdepository.com or easons.com. Alternatively, you could sign up to audible.co.uk for a 30-day free trial and download it for free as an audio book. The book was chosen by some of the girls from 5th class so if you think your child might find it difficult you could read it to them or download it as an audiobook. Reading to your child allows them to concentrate on understanding the story rather than the mechanics of decoding words. It also allows them to access material that they might enjoy but might be a little advanced for their reading ability. I highly recommend reading aloud to your child as often as possible.
If you received the post cards from An Post in your letterboxes this week, it would be a nice idea to write one and post it to someone to let them know you’re thinking of them!
Art: We have followed some guided drawing lessons in school this year. This is an Easter themed lesson if any of the children would like to do some art https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNKRfEQoE0E. I’d love to see the finished products!
Religion: Read and discuss Grow in Love pgs58-63
This week RTE are starting a ‘School on TV’ programme. It will be shown each day at 11. I am going to check it out today as it may be something that we will find useful. Click on the link below for more information.
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Monday March 23rd 2020
Good morning everybody,
I hope you are well and in good health and spirits. This week I will suggest some textbook/ workbook-based activities in the core subject areas and an outdoor activity. You can look back at last week’s post for suggestions in the other subject areas and I would again encourage children to continue to set learning goals at the beginning of each day and reflect on their learning in the evening. The suggested activities can be completed throughout the week, at your own pace. If you would like to send me pictures of completed work, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Irish: An Teilifís is our theme again for this week. It would be great if the children could use some of the vocabulary from their hardback copies for this theme in their daily lives as they would during comhrá time in class. They can practise their reading using the content on page 114 of Abair Liom. Written activities A – D on pages 115 and 116 can also be completed. In Fuaimeanna & Focail children can revise the spellings from aonad 22 this week. They can also go back through the book and complete any activities they have missed due to absence.
If children need any help with translations or further explanation on how to complete the written activities please email me.
Maths: We were hoping to teach the topic ‘Area’ during Station Teaching with 3rd Class this week. 4th Class would also have moved onto this topic.
This power point presentation would be a good way of introducing the topic and the children can complete activities on pages 138-142 of Planet Maths if you wish. There are some suggestions for concrete activities in the textbook also and you will find two online activities at the following link.
The children can move on to ÷5 tables this week. They can complete the activities on p. 32 and p. 33 of their Table Toppers workbook.
English: The children can move on to Unit 24 in Reading Zone and complete the activities on pages 99-100. Find a link to a power point about adjectives below, this would be a nice way to introduce the written activity E on page 100.
SESE: As we are working on the theme of Biodiversity in Green Schools, I thought I would link to an article about National Tree Week which takes place this week. The article includes tips on how to identify different types of trees and mentions a free app to help with tree identification that is available from the British Wildlife Trust.
The publishers CJ Fallon and Folens are offering access to their resources for free during the school closure so if your child was absent or went home early when the closure was announced you can access all the books and workbooks online. I would also like to remind you again that the above are suggestions and it is up to you to find a way of learning that works for your family situation. I would encourage you to have a look at the pages of the other teachers, including SEN teachers, as there are some lovely ideas and resources there too that might suit your child. I am contactable at email@example.com should you have any questions or if you want to share your child’s work. I hope everyone is doing well and I sincerely look forward to seeing the children back in class soon.
Here at Scoil Naomh Micheál we believe that learning is a social pursuit best achieved when people are engaging with each other and working and playing together. As this will not be possible in a school setting in the coming weeks, we are encouraging the children to think about how they can learn independently or with their families.
I suggest that each child starts a new copy for this time. They could call it their Independent Learning Copy. We have been talking a lot about Learning Goals and Learning Strategies this year. If possible, each day your child should set some learning goals and record them in the copy. These goals might include some of the textbook/ workbook work that I have suggested or other activities as in the example below.
Your child can also write a short reflection each day to look back on their goals and learning. I am mindful of the challenges that may occur for families in the coming weeks and do not want to cause any extra stress or pressures for you and your children. I would hope that children could engage in this process independently for the most part.
I also ask you to appreciate that many of the activities that children engage in at home are highly beneficial for their learning. Playing with Lego and other construction toys, playing outside, practicing their sports, pretend play, board games, reading, painting, drawing, playdoh, helping with household chores, practicing musical instruments are all educational and worthwhile activities.
I will be suggesting work that the children can complete from their schoolbooks. Please understand that these are just suggestions- it is important that you choose an approach that works for your family. You can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org during the school closure if you have any questions.
I hope that the coming weeks go as smoothly as possible and look forward to a happy and healthy return to school soon. Stay Safe.
Suggested school work and activities
- Our planned theme for the next few weeks is An teilifís. Written activities can be found in Abair Liom lch 106-121. Vocabulary for oral work can be found in the Irish hardback copy. The Seachtain na Gaeilge resources that Mr. O’Connell forwarded to you can also be used and explored.
- Reading their own books at home would be very beneficial and children could keep a record of the books they have read and what they thought of them in their copy if they wish.
- If you are a library member and have a digital device, BorrowBox is an app that allows you to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your library for free.
- I know a number of children in the class like to write stories or make books. This should be encouraged. Spelling or grammar are not priorities here.
- The plan was to continue with ÷. Children may have a look at the upcoming tables in their tables books if they wish but I would suggest that they use this time to revise and improve their speed and accuracy. They love the Hit the Button game which can be found online or downloaded as an app. The Daily 10 is also a great game. Both can be found on https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
- We were doing Maths Stations in 3rd class this month. Children can continue with 3D shapes this week and complete p.154 A 1+2. 4th Class children can continue with the division chapter – Planet Maths p108 C, D & E
- Due to the Station Teaching, children have been doing sections of their Master Your Maths books independently. Children can complete up to Week 23, including the tests if they wish and if not already completed.
- Time is an important topic which some of the children have found difficult. See Planet Maths 3rd and 4th p.18- 22 for guidance but referring to analogue and digital clocks at home would be very helpful. There are also games on the Top Marks website which will help.
- Children are welcome to read ahead in their Grow in Love textbook or look back over previous chapters and I would encourage daily prayer and/ or religious stories if this is something that suits your family.
SESE (Geography, History, Science)
- Usually in May I assign a project in this area, this might be a suitable task for children to do while home from school. Children can complete a project in any of the three subject areas on a topic of their own choosing. They can look through Unlocking SESE for ideas but are not restricted to these topics. These projects can be researched and presented in any way that works for you.
PE/ Drama/ Art/ Music/SPHE
- Play, play and more play! This is a good opportunity for children to have time for free, unstructured, undirected play. Play can incorporate outside activities such as ball games, chasing games, trampolines. It can also involve dressing up and playing imaginative games. In school the children love getting an idea or theme and coming up with a drama based on this. Creative play such as drawing, painting, junk art is also very worthwhile. With structured activities cancelled in a lot of cases, make the most of this opportunity for more free play.
- Go Noodle is a great, free resource for indoor physical activity. We use it on rainy days in school so the children are familiar with it. It is easy to create an account.
- If you search for Cosmic Yoga on YouTube you will find yoga and meditation videos of varying lengths that the children are familiar with.
- The Just Dance videos on You Tube are guided dance videos that the children enjoy.
Twinkl.ie is another useful resource. They are offering free membership for parents and teachers during this time and their content covers all curricular areas.
Again, I would like to stress that it is hoped that the above suggestions are helpful and do not put further stress on you and your family. None of the above is required. As the primary educator of your child it is important that you choose a system that works for you over the coming days.