Class Work

We have lovely bright classrooms and we regularly display the children’s work for parents and visitors to look at. As you can see from the blog posts, we are a busy school, learning lots of new and exciting things every day.

Hello to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!

Date posted: 17th April 2020 | Category Blog, Middle Classroom |

Hi everybody!  I hope you are all keeping well in these very strange times and that you are all staying safe and following the guidelines that our government has given us. I am keeping well, I have school work to do most days and then I’m busy with 2 little boys!  I’m sure you find some days hard, I certainly do, but the main thing is that we are all doing what we have to do.  I am looking forward to coming back to school in the near future.

Here are some ideas to continue on with at home for the next 2 weeks, to keep a bit of a routine going, which is important.  It is work that you can continue to do, mostly on your own, as I’m sure your Mums and Dads are busy trying to work from home and there is lots going on I’m sure. 

Maths:

Continue to do a column of  Tables Champion each day in Weeks 26 and 27.

Continue to do a column of Master Your Maths each day in Weeks 26 & 27.

You can do a Friday Assessment if you want also.

Have a look at the following websites for fun and interactive activities:

www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button (Interactive maths games with quick fire questions)

www.nrich.maths.org

www.multiplication.com (3rd class up)

English:

Continue to read a page of your reader, or Read at Home book each day and answer the questions orally.  Read your own novels, comic books, Primary Planet – Your parents have the website details for this. 

Continue with your handwriting book (2-4 pages)

Do some Free Writing on any topic of your choice: a poem, story, acrostic poem, song, recipe etc

Spell Well – Units 26 & 27  Don’t worry about the spelling test , just do some exercises and try to learn some new words/vocabulary.

Check out some of these websites if you want extra work:

www.storylineonline.net – A great website – an author reads a story aloud to the children

www.vooks.com  A resource for families to keep children reading at home

www.worldbookonline.com – A virtual encyclopaedia but very interactive

Pobble365 – A new photo is published each day and there are lots of ideas for discussion (Oral Work)

Gaeilge:

www.duolingo.com

Topics: An Samhradh (Summer)

www.cúla4.com

P.E.:

www.gonoodle.com/

Check out Joe Wicks on YouTube for fun and engaging workouts for the whole family.

Art & Craft Ideas:

Art Hub on YouTube has some useful ideas

“The Irish Scrapper” on YouTube has some simple projects for children to do also.

General Websites:

www.rte.ie/learn – This has great resources for each class level

www.incredibleedibles.ie/iefamilychallenge.html – This website has 5 simple challenges for you to do as a family if you have an interest in gardening and growing your own food.

Continue to do some activities suggested on the sheet that I sent out to you a few weeks ago such as baking, making things out of Lego, playing board games, drawing, a sensory Summer walk etc

As I also mentioned, all the Irish publishers are giving free access to books online so check out Twinkl and http://my.cjfallon.ie for tutorials for students on maths topics that they might find useful for revision.

Parents, if you and your children would like to get in touch or if you have any questions or photos of work, please email me at info@wandesforde.ie and make sure Mrs. Peavoy is in the subject box.  Looking forward to hearing from you boys and girls and in the meantime, do a little bit everyday if you can and make sure you take time out to do the fun things too! Stay safe everyone and I’ll chat to you all soon.

Mrs. Peavoy 🙂

Date posted: 17th April 2020 | Category Blog, Middle Classroom |

Hi to all the Senior Pupils! Summer Term is Here!

Date posted: 16th April 2020 | Category Blog, Senior Classroom |

Hi again to all pupils and parents of 4th, 5th & 6th Class. It feels like ages since we were in school together and I hope you are all keeping safe and well. I am keeping well and trying to keep busy doing school work, housework and keeping in touch with family and friends over the phone. I am sure some of you are texting and keeping in touch with each other and your extended families through technology so be sure to keep that up! I was thinking that it might be a nice idea for you to write a postcard, letter or card to someone (friend or family member) you may not get to talk to so much at the moment. We all know how nice it is to receive something in the post! Anyhow it is just an idea!

I have been keeping in touch with the teachers too who are all keeping well and like everybody else, we are missing our day to day routines. Believe it or not Seniors, I am becoming a bit of a “techie” during this time at home and I have managed to set up a Zoom meeting which I have been using regularly to keep in touch with groups of friends.

As we are likely to be out of school for another while, I have put together some details of work you can do over the next fortnight (20th April – 1st May) Once again, I understand families are extremely busy at the moment but it is important for you to stay in touch with education whether it be doing daily exercise, reading, writing, baking, gardening or engaging in hobbies you enjoy.

This is just a selection of work you can dip in and out of over the next while. It is important for all of us (including me) to keep in touch with our learning and our work so please give it your best shot!

Also, I would love to hear from you all through the website so if you get a chance, ask for permission from your parents and upload a message in the comment box so we can all keep in touch 🙂 You might also like to send some photos of your work (art, craft, drawings, books you’re reading, board games you’re playing, homebaking, hobbies or jobs you’re involved in at home etc.)to info@wandesforde.ie and be sure to write Ms. Wilson in the subject heading of your email. Please make sure to ask for your parents’ permission before sending photos. I will then put up these photos onto the school website so we can keep in touch in a fun and engaging way 🙂

English:

Reading: Continue to read your own novels at home

Reading Log: Please keep an account of the books you have read during your time at home. I’ve attached an example of what you can mention in your reading log. You can record it on a sheet of paper or in a copybook if you have one at home.

Class Reader: Read the next 2 chapters of your class reader.

4th & 5th Class: Read Lift Off: “Refugees” Pg 206- 209 & answer the questions orally on pg 210 & 211. Read “Walk by the Canal” Pg 213-217 & answer the questions orally on Pg 218 & 219

6th Class: Read Flying High: “Japan” Pg 204-207 & answer the questions orally on Pg 208 & 209. Read “The Wonderling” Pg 210-215 & answer the questions orally on Pg 216 & 217

Written Work: Complete another 3 pages of Just Handwriting Pg 38-40.

Spelling: Complete Spellwell Pg 60-63

Oral Language: CJFallon have given pupils access to the teacher’s online resources. Go to https://www.cjfallon.ie/ and click on Quicklinks, then Rainbow OLP 3rd -6th. Click on the picture of your child’s reader and then choose Unit 9. The children can work their way through the video clips and oral language activities.

Maths: Complete the next 6 pages of Mental Maths Pg 68-73 and the next 3 pages of Tables Champion Pg 36-38

Gaeilge: Complete the next 6 pages of Fuaimeanna & Focail Pg 82-87

Music Generation Workshops: Please find Music Workshops Clare has prepared for the class to engage with over the next few weeks.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLU3F-vCGC1IedbZK_ruVZpIchU00ycEO

SESE: Project Work: Be sure to be putting your project together during this time. If you have finished it, read back through it and edit it if needs be. You should also use this time to present your project orally to members of your family so that you are ready to do it when we return to school soon 😉

Worksheet Activity Pack: Below is a downloadable activity pack with lots of great worksheets! I recommend you print it off and do it together with your siblings and family

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gasHX74OYHHH4hrrP5Y823FarA_TgnuI/view

Time Capsule Activity Pack: Really nice activity sheets relating to how we are spending our time during Covid-19

http://burrowschool.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Covid-19-Time-Capsule-2020.pdf

Educational Websites

Parents,

Here are some more educational websites. Take a look at them and encourage your children to try out a few! Be sure they click their class or age grouping.

RTE School Hub:

This is the schedule for the RTE Hub for all classes this week!

https://static.rasset.ie/documents/learn/2020/04/rte-home-school-hub-week-4-tx-lesson-plan.pdf

https://www.rte.ie/learn/

History:

www.100objects.ie/education/

You can browse through various historical objects and then complete the test your knowledge quiz at the end of each section.

SESE: Healthy Eating : Great challenge for the whole family to take part in & it is free 🙂

https://www.incredibleedibles.ie/iefamilychallenge.html

SESE: Grow your own Produce at Home!

https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/living/2016/0705/800388-growing-it-yourself-starter-tips/

English: Classic Stories, Legends, Myths and Folktales-audio option also available for stories.

https://www.storiestogrowby.org/

https://www.storynory.com/

English: Creative Writing

You can complete a selection of the daily topics for April and May from the link below. Use a copybook to record what you do 😉

http://www.busyteacherscafe.com/worksheets/journals/intermediate/april_i.pdf

http://www.busyteacherscafe.com/worksheets/journals/intermediate/may_i.pdf

All Subjects

http://www.teachingtreasures.com.au/

Go to the Resources Section to give you access to Printable Worksheets, Online Games, Interactive Activities in English & Maths as well as a Worksheet Generator.

https://www.teachingideas.co.uk/

There are some emoji puzzles here you might enjoy solving as well as lots of other activities for various subject areas.

https://www.dkfindout.com/us/

Great website for exploring all subject areas 🙂

Learn to Type!!

Why not learn a new skill like typing! This is available free of charge at the link below 🙂

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

P.E./S.P.H.E

Keep active during this time too. Try the following websites and work your way through the different levels

https://rtejr.rte.ie/wp-content/blogs.dir/22/files/2018/01/10at10-Episode-1-English.mp4: There are 15 episodes you can work through for the 10 at 10

https://app.gonoodle.com/login

Lots of various physical exercises to keep us all active during our time at home 🙂

Music: At the moment you Can enrol for Free at the link below 🙂

https://dabbledoomusic.com/p/parents

Baking: There are lots of yummy recipes to bake and cook at the link below.

https://www.odlums.ie/category/odlums-recipes/baking-with-kids/page/6/?order=new&category=52

Art & Craft: Take a look and try out some of the creative ideas at the links below 😉

https://www.mrsbrownart.com/

https://www.redtedart.com/

Take Care everybody and please remember to leave a little message in the comment box on this blogpost for your classmates or if possible send on photos of your “work at home” to the school email.

Ms. Wilson 🙂

Date posted: 16th April 2020 | Category Blog, Senior Classroom |

Hello to the Senior Classroom!

Date posted: 24th March 2020 | Category Blog, Senior Classroom |

Hello to you all and I hope you are all keeping safe and well. I am keeping well and am following all the safety measures our government has asked us to do for our country. Not going to school every day feels very strange and I miss seeing you all at Wandesforde and meeting my friends and family. However, I know this is only short term so I know I will see you and all the teachers back in Wandesforde soon! 🙂

I understand families are extremely busy at the moment but it is important for us all to stay in touch with education whether it be reading, writing, playing board games, doing exercise or engaging in everyday household chores. As we are likely to be out of school for the next few weeks, I have put together some details of work you can do to keep yourself engaged and focused on your learning.

English:

Reading: Continue to read your own novels at home

Class Reader: Read the next chapter of your class reader.

-4th & 5th Class Pg 198-203 & answer the questions orally on pg 204 & 205.

-6th Class Pg 194-201 & answer the questions orally on Page 202 & 203

Written Work: Complete another 2 pages of Just Handwriting Pg 36&37.

Spelling: Complete Spellwell Pg 58 & 59

Oral Language: CJFallon have given pupils access to the teacher’s online resources. Go to cjfallon.ie and click on Quicklinks, then Rainbow OLP 3rd -6th. Click on the picture of your child’s reader and then choose Unit 8. The children can work their way through the video clips and oral language activities.

Maths: Complete the next 2 pages of Mental Maths Pg 66 & 67 and the next 2 pages of Tables Champion Pg 34 & 35

Gaeilge: Complete the next 3 pages of Fuaimeanna & Focail Pg 79-81

SESE: Project Work:

Over the next couple of weeks, you will be doing a project on a topic of interest to you. It is important to pick an area you would like to explore more. There are many ways you can present your project. It can be written or typed and it can be displayed in a ring binder, scrapbook, on a large poster/chart or as a Powerpoint presentation on a memory stick.

Once you have chosen your topic, there are many sections you will need to put into your project. Below are the parts you should consider putting into your project.

  • Cover Page: It should contain the title of your project as well as a picture relating to the title. Your cover page should be put on the cover of your scrapbook and ringbinder/folder.
  • Introduction: This tells the reader what your project is about and why you chose the topic as well as how/where you are hoping to get the information.
  • Contents Page: Gives details of the breakdown of the chapters in your project
  • Chapters: it’s best to pick 3/4 areas relating to your project and to cover these areas as thoroughly as you can under chapter headings.

Example: If you pick the Topic “The Famine” you might break it up into sections like so:

1. Causes of the Famine

2. People in Famine Times.

3. Famine & Emigration  

4. Ireland after the Famine

In your chapters, it is important to compliment your writing and text with pictures/maps/diagrams etc. relating to what you are talking about.

  • Conclusion: This is where you summarise how your project went for you. You might want to say what you enjoyed mostly about your project, what you learned during the project as well as what you found difficult.
  • Acknowledgement Page: This is where you acknowledge the people who helped you during your project.
  • Glossary: A list of terms and difficult words relating to your project in alphabetical order which explain their meanings.
  • Bibliography: This is where you record the names of books you used in your research. It is also where you record the names of any websites you used also.

Optional Ideas for your Project

At the end of your project you might like to put in some of the following ideas:

  • A quiz/games page (wordsearch, crossword, true/false statements) on the topic
  • Drawings/Maps and other artwork to compliment your topic.

The above is an outline of what projects should have. Try your best to include these headings. Don’t forget to pick a few areas in your topic. It won’t be possible to cover everything so pick 3/4 areas and concentrate on them.

Enjoy your time exploring your project area and remember to keep it clear for all to see and understand.

Educational Websites

As mentioned already in a text message sent to you, there are many websites which are offering free and educational resources for children. Take a look at them and encourage your children to try out a few!

All Subject Areas: www.twinkl.ie/offer and enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS

Health &Fitness & Well Being: https://app.gonoodle.com/login https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/

English: https://bogglesworldesl.com/cloze_activities.htm

Maths: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ https://ie.ixl.com/ https://www.mathplayground.com/ https://www.folensonline.ie/ https://www.prodigygame.com/

SESE: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ https://mysteryscience.com/

Typing Games: https://www.education.com/game/typing-fun-facts/

Reading Programme: https://readingeggspress.com/

Daily Stay at Home Quiz: https://www.seomraranga.com/2020/03/stay-at-home-quiz/ Answers need to be in by 3pm each day to be in with a chance to win €20 Book Voucher

Make sure to timetable schoolwork into your daily routine (Mon-Fri) as it will be of great benefit to you for when we all return to school. In the meantime, enjoy your time at home with your families and make sure to help out your parents in any way you can as you all know that “Many Hands Make Light Work!”

I hope you and your families continue to remain safe and well and I will see you all back at Wandesforde soon 🙂

Take Care,

Ms Wilson 🙂

Date posted: 24th March 2020 | Category Blog, Senior Classroom |

WORK TO DO AT HOME – INFANT CLASSES

Date posted: 24th March 2020 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom |

Hi everyone,

Firstly and most importantly I hope everyone is keeping safe and well. As it looks like we won’t be back before Easter I’ve put together some work for the pupils to complete. There are some worksheets to print but if you don’t have a printer at home no worries just use paper, copies etc

Junior Infants:

Phonics – complete sounds sh, th and revise the 6 sounds up to page 70 of the book. (I think I sent this book home if not practice writing the sounds and come up with some words that contain those sounds & read them) You can check out “Geraldine the Giraffe” on Youtube. We often watch this in class and the children will be familiar with her. Just search for her on Youtube Geraldine the Giraffe sh etc

We also learn the Jolly Phonics Jingles to go with each sound these are on Youtube as well.

Maths – practice writing numbers 1, 2, 3,4 ,5 (worksheets available on www.twinkl.ie if you are unable to print worksheets just practice on ordinary paper) Recently we were learning ordinal numbers so the children could practice lining up toys and telling you which is 1st and last. They could also practice drawing different amounts of things you ask them to. Also children could go to the garden and collect you different amounts of things e.g. find me 5 twigs, find me 3 daisies etc

Senior Infants:

Phonics – complete the next 3 sounds in Phonics book ue, er, ar pgs. 68-73 Like Junior Infants you can check out “Geraldine the Giraffe” on Youtube. Just search for her on Youtube Geraldine the Giraffe er etc

Practice reading words that contain these letter sounds and you could call out some simple words for the pupils to write out. These can contain all the letter sounds they’ve done to date e.g. mat, sun, ring, pair, coin, shout etc pgs 62-63  have examples of words.

Maths – practice writing numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (worksheets available on www.twinkl.ie if you are unable to print worksheets just practice on ordinary paper) Recently we were learning addition, totals up to 9 so they could do some sums and use toys etc to help (we use counters in class so the children will probably need some concrete materials to help them with this) you can make these up. Also like Junior Infants go out and find different amounts of things in the garden or ask the children to find 2D shapes in the environment e.g. what shape are doors, road signs etc. they could also find the longest stick and shortest, or find tall and short flowers.

Both classes:

***to practice sounds children can play simple games, write sounds on cards, turn them upside down and say them when they turn them over. If they don’t know them they put them back, if they do they keep the card. Senior Infants could do this with their ‘Tricky Words’ cards too. If you have play doh make the letter sounds/words from it. Read story books and spot the sounds and words in them.

SESE – we broadly follow the book ‘Explore with Me’

Edco who publish this have free access to all their e-books at the moment. Log onto www.edcolearning.ie/login

Use the username primaryedcobooks  password edco2020

Go to Explore with Me Junior Infants and bring up book. They can look at pages 40, 41, 42 Click on the animation at the top of the page watch and discuss.

Go out for a nature walk and see what signs of Spring children can spot. Spring flowers, ploughed fields, nests being built, buds on trees, blossom on trees, baby animals in fields etc. There is a ‘Spring Hunt’ sheet on www.twinkl.ie if you’d like to use it.

Children could also draw a picture of Spring for me, I’d love to see them when we do get back to school. 🙂

Art – draw Easter egg templates. Children can make their own designs for them using Spring images or patterns with lines and shapes. They can colour or paint them in – parents choice there!!

Education publishers are all offering free access to online books, details below if you’d like to look up some examples of books for ideas. No pressure to do this just resources you may find useful.

PRIMARY STUDENTS/PARENTS/TEACHERS 

Visit: Educateplus.ie/homestudy-primary Select your book from the list to access your ebook and resources. (We use Just Phonics from this publisher)

www.cjfallen.ie   has access to books you can filter through and find titles relevant to your child

To lend a helping hand to schools and parents over the coming weeks we are giving access to all our digital resources on FolensOnline.ie.  

Parents and teachers can follow the steps below to get access:

  1. Go to FolensOnline.ie and click register
  2. Select Teacher
  3. Fill in a username, email and password
  4. For Roll Number use the code:  Prim20

Edco that there was access to for SESE above also publish Operation Maths & Bua na Cainte which we use in our class.

Hopefully we will be back in school soon, I’m looking forward to seeing you all again and hearing how you all are. Mums and dads this is a guideline to try and keep some routine and structure there for the children, if they could do something everyday to keep in touch with school work that’d be great.

In the meantime take care, hopefully this will be over soon and we’ll be back in Wandesforde in the near future.

If you have any questions leave them in the comments section below and I’ll reply.

Susan  

Date posted: 24th March 2020 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom |

World Book Day at Wandesforde!

Date posted: 6th March 2020 | Category Blog, Book Week |

On Thursday March 5th we celebrated World Book Day. All the children dressed up as their favourite character from a book. We also welcomed author Richie Conroy to the school, he spoke to the classes about the work he does and presented the best costume awards to a boy and girl from each room. They received a voucher to spend at the Book Fair as a prize. Well done to all for the very inventive and creative costumes made for the day!!

Date posted: 6th March 2020 | Category Blog, Book Week |