Thursday, 23rd April

This is a difficult time so there is no pressure on parents to do any of these activities. There is enough stress added to many households as it is. These are just suggestions if you want them…and the suggested work I am putting up for my own multi-grade class of 2nd, 3rd and 4th…but don’t forget to try and slot some reading time into your day! There are activities here for children from 3 years to 12, just select your own class level.

If you partake in the activities I would encourage you use a copy and keep everything you do each day in the one copy. Maybe you can show all your work to your teacher when you return to school!

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Wake Up with exercise!

Today’s ‘Read aloud’ suggestions in English and Irish

‘With My Mummy’ story-time read aloud for younger children

Futa Fata Irish read alouds:Two lovely stories ‘as gaeilge’ today on the link below: ‘Scúnc agus Smúirín’ and ‘Frog sa Spéir’

Please click link below for the most recent available ‘Elevenses’ by David Walliams

Aistear: Learning through play (Vet theme) for 3-6 year olds

Today’s new Aistear activity alongside previous suggestions from earlier in the week.

English activities (select according to class and ability)

Click on the link below to access different rhymes…

Word recognition for younger pupils

Previous week’s words are available if you wish to revise them!

Middle and senior classes

What can you do with tongue twisters?

  • Have your child practice stretching the sounds once they have learned a tongue twister eg. Nnnnnaughty Nnnnnnoddy was nnnnnever nnnnnice to Nnnnniels nnnnnice nnnnneighbour.
  • Your child can work with you, practicing saying the tongue twister cards to each other and saying them in syncopation with each other. 
  • Challenge your child to say the phrases 5 times rapidly.
  • You can read a long tongue twister to your child as they will enjoy watching you struggle. Give them a chance to practice it.
  • Introduce alliteration. Your child can build on the letter decoding skills included in tongue twisters by reading phonic poems, sounds, rhymes, diagraphs and more. They can work in pairs, groups identifying alliterations in the tongue twister cards. 
  • Draw a picture of your tongue twister.
  • Write a short story/ sentence including your tongue twister (make sure you use it in the correct context!)
You can do this activity in Irish also!

(Continue with your Titanic story from Monday also)

English ‘Words of the Day’ (WOTD)

Expand your child’s vocabulary daily with the Word of the Day.

Junior classes: There will be a vet themed word each day (taken from Nibbler’s Aistear Adventures)

Middle classes: This week we will revise all the ‘Pirate’ themed words we have covered so far. (Taken from Language for Living box 2)

Senior classes: This week we will revise all the ‘volcano’ themed words we have covered so far. (Taken from Language for Living Box 3)

To do:

Introduce the new word daily, discuss it and put it into a sentence. Plan for the use of this word throughout the day, in written work or orally. Display the word in a prominent place for your child to see it, creating a word wall. Revise the growing bank of words daily to ensure retention to long term memory.

Irish activity

For more ‘éadaí’ activities see ‘RTE School Hub’ on Friday. Here are all the ‘éadaí’ themed irish activities so far this week.

You can also take the story cubes image from the English section above and tell the story ‘as gaeilge’.

Revision from Monday and Tuesday

Maths (Select according to your child’s level)

This weeks counting rhyme…Five Little Monkeys

Time activities for all classes

Junior classes: The Hare and the Tortoise

Prior to reading the story discuss what your child know about hares and tortoises. What do they look like? Where do they live? How do they move? Who do you think is faster, a hare or a tortoise? If they were to race each other, who do you think would win the race? Why?

Following the story, ask your child questions to focus on the aspects of time and speed in the story. Who did you expect to win the race? Who won the race in the end? Why didn’t the hare win? If the hare hadn’t stopped for a nap, do you think he would have beaten the tortoise? Why did the tortoise end up winning?

Maths game: Adjust to suit those just learning O’clock….or for older children who know all the times (add digital times also). Remember to keep your clock labelled with the times as it can really help children (see Monday, 20th April)

3rd & 4th classes
5th & 6th classes

Addition table fact’s for this week – addition 4’s

Beware I have made this song up myself (it was meant to just be for kids’ ears alone at school!) but I find by singing it helps them retain the number facts. Play it a few times and encourage your child to join in. It may help to write the facts of a sheet of paper for them as they song. It starts loud…so lower your volume!

Multiplication Tables for this week x4

Practice singing them over and over again. If you know them, you could try writing them out.

Science: Make a ‘minute’ sand-timer

If you don’t have sand you could use salt. It takes a bit of experimenting to figure out how much sand/ salt you will need for a ‘minute’ timer…you can make it as long as you want…an egg timer is usually three minutes.

Physical Activity

‘I’m bored’ / Rainy day suggestions for this week. There is something there for all ages!

Have you done any of these yet this week?

Nature/ Well-being/ Earth Day yesterday

Adjust to suit whatever type of bracelet you would like. Everyone likes different things. My youngest boy decided to make a bracelet (with no flowers) which he said gave him powers!

If you have any questions for me, or suggestions that you would like me to include, please contact me. My details are at the bottom of the ‘home’ page. I will do my best. More activities will be posted tomorrow!


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