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Date posted: 22nd April 2020
Below are some photos of some activities Rico has been engaged in during our time away from school!
There have been some lessons in Science…
Lots of “Make and Do” in Art
and many opportunities to play board games with his family!
Thank you Rico for sharing some of your activities with us. It is lovely to see you wearing our 2018 Wandesforde Cycle T-Shirt too!
Hopefully there will be some more photos of other classmates to share with you all soon 🙂
Date posted: 22nd April 2020
Date posted: 20th April 2020
Hi girls and boys!
I hope you are all keeping well and had a nice Easter 🙂 It is very strange not being in school at the moment and I am really missing seeing all of you and Mrs Dooley every day in our classroom. For now I am going out on lots of walks with our dogs and I’ve even started knitting! (I have knitted a surprise for our classroom for next year!) I am really looking forward to when we can all see each other again in school which will hopefully be soon.
I’ve outlined some more work to complete below. There is no pressure to do it at all and it’s totally up to you as to what you choose, the only things which really need to be completed if possible are the phonics.
I hope all is ok with you at this pretty extraordinary time. If you wish you can take pictures of any work the kids do, academic or out and about learning about the world around us and send pictures to email@example.com and I’ll get back to you. I would love to hear from the boys and girls and see how they are all doing! Also if for any reason you need to contact me you can do it through that address and I can ring/email you. Take care and please God we will all be back in Wandesforde soon.
Junior infants –
Learn 3 new sounds qu, ou, oi. Work on each sound for 2-3 days before moving onto the next one. The children can do pages 71, 72 & 73 in their Just Phonics Books and practice writing the letters. They can also look up Geraldine the Giraffe on Yotube and Jolly Phonics jingles as last month and practice writing simple words using the sounds we have learned to date. Please if at all possible keep going over sounds learned and practice blending them together, there are examples of words at the bottom of the pages but feel free to make up more examples.
They can also play some games like last month or ‘I Spy’ and instead of colour say sound …. I spy something beginning with sh. etc
Jolly Phonics Programme resources available at https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/resource-bank/
Senior Infants –
Children can continue pgs. 74-75 learning ‘aw’ sound. This work can be done over a few days and they can then practice writing words with that sound as you say it. They can then do pgs. 76-77 which are revision.
As you know Senior Infants have been learning ‘Tricky Words’ this year. They can learn 4 more over the next few weeks. We learn the letters which make up the word and then write 2 sentences with that word in it. We usually then do some worksheets with the word. I’m going to print out some and post them on to you. They are self explanatory and the children are well used to doing them! The words to learn are: here, there, they, said. (They may have done one or two of these back in school with me but it’s good revision)
Like last month they can play some games based on new tricky words and revise ones already learned.
GAEILGE – We use Bua na Cainte which you have at home. Unfortunately all the lessons are interactive and unavailable to parents at the moment so please leave this book for the moment. If you wish to you can look up https://www.folensonline.ie
Look up the book Abair Liom A – this is the Junior Infants book and has quite a lot of the vocabulary we’ve been learning.
Click onto different topics and listen or play games. Clothes – Éadaí (Ay-dee) which is what we were working on most recently. If you wish you could also access Weather – An Aimsir (An I, M-shir) which was our topic before that.
Unfortunately you don’t have the Maths Books at home so we will have to improvise…..!
Junior Infants should be beginning to combine totals- we use a simple diagram as below which you can easily draw and use concrete objects to help them count or draw in counters. They simply write in the numbers accordingly and fill in the answer at the end. 5 or 6 sums each day is plenty, Operation Maths Junior Infants on www.edco.ie has the work like this from pg. 77-80 if you want to check it out.
Senior Infants can learn about the number 10. Operation Maths Senior Infants on www.edco.ie has a video link on page 87 at the top of the page which you can look at. If you don’t have access simply ask your child to collect 10 things from around the house e.g. collect 10 books, 10 forks and spoons, 10 toys etc. Practice counting to 20 as well.
They can practice writing the number 10, we have rhymes to practice forming all numbers they can say “number ten is a hero, first a one and then a zero” to help them remember it. Unlike Junior Infants Seniors use symbols + and = to do sums.
Using concrete materials e.g. blocks or pieces of play doh they can complete the story of 10.
3+7= and so on…..
They can practice combining different totals to make sums which add to 10 or less. E.g. 2+5= 4+ 2= etc
As with previous work in maths I would encourage lots of practical, fun activities and outdoor work where possible, if you have chalk practice writing numbers on the ground outside, count different amounts of flowers or insects in the garden, find the longest and shortest twigs or blades of grass, find the widest and narrowest stones on walls, look for the tallest tree, make numbers from play doh or trace numbers in rice, sand, salt or shaving foam. Look for different 2D and 3D shapes around the house and garden.
Log onto www.edcolearning.ie and open Explore With Me Junior Infants
Page 53 – Discuss what are healthy and unhealthy habits using pictures on the page and the picture slideshow link at the top of the page. Explore need for sleep, healthy diet, exercise for growth & development. Get your child to suggest ways in which they can stay healthy e.g. brush teeth, eat fruit & veg etc
Draw a healthy lunchbox. As an extra activity you can explore what happens to a peeled and unpeeled orange when placed in water. Predict if they will float or sink and see what happens!
Page 54 – Look at animation of The Salmon of Knowledge
Draw and colour in the Salmon from the story. You could use tin foil to make scales if you like. If you want to you could read and discuss some other Irish Legends like The Children of Lir, Oisín in Tír na nÓg or The Giants Causeway. (We learned about The Giants Causeway with Michael Moylan, historian, so this could be a nice way to revise it)
Page 57 – Look at video of Erin, Sparky and Fionn in the Italian restaurant. This video has lots of information about Italy. Ask your child to retell you some key information from the video. They can draw their favourite pizza toppings , colour an Italian flag or draw Italy which looks like a boot!
PE – I’m sure you’ve seen Joe Wicks is a great workout on Youtube! Also if you are able to you could get out for a walk or cycle within the 2km allowed. I’m out walking most days and it is lovely to see all the signs of Spring around…..a few weeks ago I saw a new baby foal on my cousin’s farm! If you like you can let me know what you’ve seen lately. 🙂
ART – we would have been making Spring Flowers from egg boxes. If you have time you could paint or colour them and stick onto card, colour in the inside of a cereal box for this if you don’t have any blue card, below is an example of what we did 2 years ago.
MUSIC – Claire Kilkenny from Music Generation has forwarded on the following work and sent the following advice ……… that the students take their time learning it and to do it in stages – stop and pause taking breaks and coming back to it. And of course, to have fun!
Junior and Senior Infant Class Groupings
Date posted: 20th April 2020
Date posted: 17th April 2020
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.
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.multiplication.com (3rd class up)
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)
Topics: An Samhradh (Summer)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Date posted: 16th April 2020
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 email@example.com 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 🙂
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.
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
Time Capsule Activity Pack: Really nice activity sheets relating to how we are spending our time during Covid-19
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!
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 🙂
SESE: Grow your own Produce at Home!
English: Classic Stories, Legends, Myths and Folktales-audio option also available for stories.
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 😉
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.
There are some emoji puzzles here you might enjoy solving as well as lots of other activities for various subject areas.
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 🙂
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
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 🙂
Baking: There are lots of yummy recipes to bake and cook at the link below.
Art & Craft: Take a look and try out some of the creative ideas at the links below 😉
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
Date posted: 24th March 2020
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.
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.
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
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 🙂
Ms Wilson 🙂
Date posted: 24th March 2020