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Date posted: 4th May 2020
Hi again 4th, 5th & 6th Class and all the busy Mums and Dads! I hope you are all keeping safe and well. I am keeping well and so are all my family thankfully. As you may be aware by now, we will unfortunately be unable to return to Wandesforde until September. This is very sad news indeed, especially for our 6th Class pupils. The Summer Term is always a busy yet fun term with Swimming, School Tours, Sports Day as well as many other school activities but sadly this can not happen this year. I had hoped, as had all the teachers, that we would be back for a couple of weeks in June but this is not the case. We now have to continue to follow the government’s guidelines to ensure that we contain and control this terrible virus.
I am sure you are all enjoying this great weather which has been so good to us during this unusual time. Are you baking, gardening, farming, doing arts and crafts in your homes? Please if you get a chance, can you forward any photos of your time away from school to firstname.lastname@example.org and write Ms. Wilson in the subject line. By doing this, it means that I can keep you all, as senior pupils, connected with each other in some way 🙂
I hope you enjoyed the video clip the teachers and staff put together for you. It was great fun doing it and for me, it was really nice to see all the other teachers and to see them safe and well 🙂
Now to the work I need you to do over the next 2 weeks (5th-15th May) so that you continue to be engaged in your learning at home.
Reading: Continue to read your own novels at home. Please keep an account of the books you have read during your time at home. 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: “A Drive in the Motor Car” Pg 220- 225 & answer the questions & activities orally on pg 226 & 227. Read “Cars” Pg 228-231 & answer the questions & activities orally on Pg 232 & 233. Read the Poem “Motor-Cars” on Pg 234
–6th Class: Read Flying High: Poem: Mid Term Break Pg 218, “Driving Through Africa” Pg 219-223 & answer the questions orally on Pg 224 & 225. Read “Big Cats” Pg 226-229 & answer the questions orally on Pg 230 & 231
Written Work: Complete 4 pages of Just Handwriting Pg 41-44
Spelling: Complete Spellwell Pg 64-67
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 10. The children can work their way through the video clips and oral language activities.
Maths: Complete the next 6 pages of Mental Maths Pg 74-79 and the next 2 pages of Tables Champion Pg 39 & 40
Gaeilge: Complete the next 3 pages of Fuaimeanna & Focail Pg 88-90
Music Generation Workshops: Continue to work on the areas Clare has prepared for our class.
SESE: FREE ACCESS TO THE PRIMARY PLANET MAGAZINE!!
If you would like access to this month’s Primary Planet, please click the link below. You can also read back over the magazines since January! There are also 2 other magazines, Newsflash & EIPIC, on this website for free.
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!
Gaeilge: There are games and e-books to read as Gaeilge.
Reading: The Oxford Owl website has great resources to both read and listen to
www.storyberries.com This is a free, online collection of easy-to-read and beautifully illustrated stories, comics and poems for kids. You can select stories by theme & age.
Creative Writing: The site below provides opportunities for students to write and illustrate their own books
You can continue to complete a selection of the daily topics for May from the link below. Use a copybook to record what you do 😉
Maths with Carol Vorderman: www.mathsfactor.com
Great interactive website: https://ie.ixl.com/
SESE: Learn about Science, Geography and History.
National Geographic Kids www.kids.nationalgeographic.com.
Nasa Kids’ Club www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/ Child-friendly resource where kids can learn about science and space.
www.kahoot.com Search from millions of existing games on any topic such as brain teasers, trivia of all sorts, news quizzes and science.
Arts: Learn to program interactive games, stories and animations
SPHE: Health & Well Being
Remember to keep active too! Try the following websites and work your way through the different levels 🙂
For PE, use the Joe Wick’s ‘PE with Joe.’ Joe’s workout can be done in the tiniest of places.
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 🙂
www.scoilnet.ie Website for resources in all subject areas at all levels. The World Book area is particularly good within which the early learning section has online games and the encyclopaedia section is excellent
www.twinkl.ie There continues to be a free account option for some of their resources
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.
This is the Dorling Kindersley website which has a wide range of general resources
Learn to Type!!
Why not learn a new skill like typing! This is available free of charge 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 websites below
Please try your best everybody to get the written work done in the books mentioned above and then enjoy exploring some of these great educational programmes and websites. They are there for us all to enjoy! It is important at this time to keep ourselves busy as naturally we all are missing aspects of our life which we have to put on hold for another little while. I miss school and I miss you all and the staff very much. Please get in touch through the school website if and when you need to. Take Care and remember to help out as much as you can at home as your parents are doing so much to keep you all safe and well 🙂
Date posted: 4th May 2020
Date posted: 4th May 2020
Hi Everybody, I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the lovely sunshine. You probably know by now that we won’t be back to school before the end of June now so I will continue to post work for you and your Mums and Dads to pick and choose from, in your own time, to keep in touch with learning. I was really disappointed to hear that we wouldn’t be back, but we have to continue to follow the guidelines from our government and just do our best in every way we can.
Continue to do a column of Tables Champion in weeks 28 & 29 each day. Maybe get your Mum or Dad or an older brother or sister to ask you your tables orally to improve your mental maths in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems.
Do a column in Master Your Maths each day in weeks 28 & 29 and a Friday assessment if you want to.
I posted out a Maths test that I had photocopied before school finished up. You don’t have to complete it as a test, but it would be a great chance to revise some of the things we covered before school finished up in March.
Continue to use the websites I mentioned before in my last post or in the original sheet I sent out to you.
Continue to read your reader, Read at Home books and any other material you enjoy. Don’t forget to log onto www.newsmagmedia.ie for your free Primary Planet each month with daily fun and activities.
Continue to do some free writing, writing about anything you want, a poem, story, song, recipe etc
Continue to do 2-3 pages of handwriting.
Spell Well: Complete weeks 28 & 29 and the activities based on the words in the blocks. Put some words into sentences if you want extra work.
Continue to visit the websites that I recommended to you a few weeks ago for extra oral work activities and reading activities.
Ag Siopadóireacht – Check out www.twinkl.ie and type in “Siopadóireacht” (shopping) into search box. Make sure you are on the correct class level. Lots of great powerpoint, vocab sheets and activities pop up. If you can print off worksheets, that is great, but if you can’t, watch a powerpoint and try to remember some of the words. 2nd and 3rd class can complete any pages in your Bua na Cainte based on the theme of “Ag Siopadóireacht”. Just do your best! 1st class, your books are still in school so you might have to use twinkl if that’s ok.
S.E.S.E. (Social, Environmental & Scientific Education):
I posted out your project results and hopefully you’ll all get them in the next day or so. Well done on all your hard work! I was so impressed by the standard and time you put into them. Well done again! I also posted out some worksheets from your Explore with Me 2 books and this fortnight, we will focus on the theme of “Water” in Science, Geography and History.
So if you could complete the following pages for the moment:
Page 73: The Titanic (History)
Page 74: Belfast and New York: City Fact Files (Geography)
Page 75: Floating and Sinking (Science)
Page 76: Seán the Boat Builder (History)
Remember, all parents and pupils have free access to Edco learning and there are lots of slideshow videos on the above topics if you want to check them out. In 2nd and 3rd class if you want to extend any of the activities, why not try find out more information about the Titanic, Belfast or New York? Maybe draw some famous places you could visit in these 2 cities and that would be your art lesson.
Continue to check out gonoodle.com and Joe Wicks workouts. Make sure you get out into the garden for fresh air and do a warm-up like we do in our P.E. class and do some laps if you can. You could try some sprinting, make your own hurdles, do some jumping jacks…anything that gets your heart beating faster!
Continue to check out the link that I sent you from Clare in Music Generation to revise songs completed.
Check out some of these great websites for lots of fun activities:
If you have a chance, check out www.rte.ie/learn with follow-up activities from the home school hub each day on RTE 2 at 11 am.
I hope all this makes sense to you all. Please get in touch if you need clarification on anything. Take care boys and girls. I really miss you and hope that you all continue to stay safe and well.
Date posted: 4th May 2020
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