Tuesday, 21st 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!

Suggestions for English ‘audio stories’ and fun Irish

Please see link below

Please click link above to directly access your tube channel for ‘An Féidir Leat’ (Gaeilge Mhaigh Cuilinn)

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

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

I’ve added the suggested vocabulary you can use with your child during role play

English activities (select according to class and ability)

Click on the link below to access different rhymes…

Word recognition for younger pupils

Middle and senior classes

For today’s activity I would like you to write a story about the Titanic! It ties in with the research you would have done yesterday for history (if you didn’t then check out the videos I have for Monday 20th April under ‘history)

It also ties in with a lovely competition that is taking place. See more information below. Even if you don’t want to enter the competition, I would still encourage you to write a short story or a report about the Titanic.

Remember to plan your story using the headings…setting (where your story takes place), characters (who are the people in your story), plot (what happens in the story…the problem/ exciting bit), conclusion (how you story ends…do you survive?)

Look at the words of the day in the section below that you have already covered…can you use any of them in your story? Can you think of a nice phrase to start your story? We have covered ‘hair’ and ‘eyes’ vocabulary so you might be able to use some of those words when describing characters!

English ‘Words of the Day’ (WOTD)

Expand your child’s vocabulary daily with the Word of the Day. The junior classes have a new ‘Vet’ word.

Middle and senior classes: We will continue to revise the Pirate and Volcano Words of the Day I gave before Easter. Take a few words everyday, use your dictionary and create sentences.

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

This poem on éadaí is adaptable to different age groups, just pick from the suggested activities …read the poem/ draw a person and label the clothes/ colour the clothes correctly to match the poem/ learn the poem by heart and add some drama as you perform!

For more ‘éadaí’ activities see RTE School Hub today on Friday.

3rd – 6th class Irish grammar/ sentences activity (Revision from before Easter)You could take one box each day this week.

Maths (Select according to your child’s level)

This weeks counting rhyme…Five Little Monkeys

Maths (Time)

I will be focusing on time alot this week for all classes so get your watch on and label your clocks with whatever time you are practicing e.g. o’ clock/ half past etc.

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.

Geography (Counties of Ireland)

If you don’t know the counties of Ireland, let’s learn them. You could learn the counties of one province each day. If you do know your counties, revise them and try and name the counties in the blank map!

For more information on the provinces of Ireland, tune into RTE’s School Hub today!

Excuse the terrible singing but here is a short video that might help your child learn the counties in each province…you might want to take one province each day? The words of the song are beneath the video.

Can you point out any counties in the correct places? Where is your county?

Short video showing landmarks in the different counties of Ireland.

Science/ Maths (time)/ history

What is a candle clock? A candle clock is a device for measuring the time when a sundial cannot be used.

An example of a candle clock (source Wikipedia).

A candle clock can be used to measure time. In the past it was used to measure time at night or on cloudy days. There are marks on the side of the candle. As the candle burns down and the marks disappear you can measure the time that has passed. The marks on a candle are set to measure the passing of the hours. When a candle has burnt the wax between two marks an hour has passed. The candle needs to burn steadily. If it is in a draught it will burn more quickly so it is placed in a holder which lets you see the marks on the candle yet protects the candle from draughts.

The spacing of the marks on the candle is worked out in the following way. Two candles are set up next to another device which measures time. Today it would be a mechanical clock but in the past it could have been a sundial or a sand timer. One of the candles is lit and when an hour has passed the height of the candle is compared with the unlit candle and a mark is made in the side of the unlit candle. After another hour has passed a second comparison is made and a second mark is made in the unlit candle. This procedure is repeated every hour until the first candle burns out. When this happens the second candle has a series of marks along its side which measure the passing of the hours. This is now used like a ruler to put markings on other similar candles to turn them into candle clocks.

The night light is a kind of modern candle clock. This is a short fat candle which is designed to burn for eight hours.

Physical Activity

If you don’t don Joe Wick’s ‘P.E with Joe’ in the mornings, you can try yesterday’s class now!

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

Cooking/ measuring in maths

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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