Work is no longer being posted on the blog section of the website. We are now using Google Classroom. Here you will be able to log in using your unique account and access learning materials. You will be able to return the work to the teacher to correct and to keep a record of your learning.
If you have not yet been signed up to the 4th Class Google Classroom, please email me at email@example.com and I will get you set up. It is really important that we work together to finish 4th class on a positive note :)
It is officially the Easter break but I said I would do a post on some activities that could be completed over the next two weeks. Please feel free to email me at any stage if you require additional support and guidance. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try my best to respond to you as soon as possible. I hope you all have a lovely and safe Easter Break.
There are mindfulness colouring sheets on Twinkl that can be printed off and decorated. Some of these include crafts where an Easter basket is made, or join the dots to make a an Easter image.
Other craft ideas can be found on Pinterest, some of which involve using materials found around the house and in the recycling, so it allows you to become creative.
Pinterest is also a good website for looking for more ideas, crafts and art activities that could be done at home. There are different junk art possibilities and recycling constructions that can be tried at home. Simply search for ideas in the search engine on the Pinterest website.
2. Well Being Activities
There is a primary school teacher who writes well being books and creates resources to encourage setting aside time to be mindful. She has made a free journal for children. This can be found at: https://indd.adobe.com/view/5237deef-2311-469f-9e2d-b5ee89c2000f
This could be printed off, however, if you have no access to a printer, the activities can be copied out and completed in a copy/on pages.
3. Physical Exercise
It is important to keep physical exercise as part of our daily routines. There are endless possibilities here including games in the back yard/garden, dancing to music, Wii Fit with the family or using online tutorials to lead exercise activities.
Here are some links that you could use:
Go Noodle - Zumba/Dance: https://family.gonoodle.com/activities/dance-dance-dance
PE with Body Coach Joe Wicks: https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=mAEB&search_query=pe+with+joe
10 @ 10: https://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10/
4. Continuing Learning at Home
The RTÉ Home School Hub is a great resource for helping to continue learning. There are teachers giving lessons on different subjects. I'm attaching a link, however, for boys who are curious to learn more, they may find things interesting in another class level. https://www.rte.ie/learn/3rd-and-4th-class/
5. Helping out at Home.
The Easter Break could give you and your son an opportunity to do something together at home. Teach them a new skill - cooking or baking, sewing etc. Encourage them to help out with housework - sweeping floors, hoovering, cleaning their rooms, folding clothes, washing and drying dishes. This is great for teaching them to become more responsible and independent.
6. Project and Research
If your son is in need of more work. Assign them a project and get them to do some research. Get them to research their favourite football team or player, a country they hope to visit, compile a collection of recipes, research their favourite superheroes. Find out all about them, the history attached to their chosen topic and then present their findings to family members. Other project work could be more curious inquiry -
Week 3: Monday 30th March - Friday 3rd April
I hope you are all keeping well during this difficult time. I have put together some more ideas for work and activities the boys can do at home. This booklet is not there to add to the stress but will hopefully provide a sense of routine and normality for the boys while schools remain closed.
The boys are very capable of completing the majority of the activities on their own. With regards to reading, where possible it would be great if they could read aloud to someone. They have been working very hard on their reading skills and this would provide an opportunity to keep practicing these strategies.
I would recommend doing the more challenging work like English, Irish and Math first and then the boys can look at other activities like physical activity, drawing, reading or games in the afternoon/evening when they don't require a lot of attention and focus.
It would be a great idea to get the boys involved in work at home - household chores, helping to prepare and make dinner, baking, cleaning up as this will enable them to become more independent and responsible. If there is a younger sibling at home, perhaps the boys could read to them, play a game with them or even help them to complete their work.
At 9:00 every morning, Monday- Friday the Body Coach is doing a PE lesson for 30 minutes. The videos from each morning are saved to Youtube and the boys can access these and get 30 minutes of exercise each day.
At 11:00 every morning, David Walliams will be adding a free audio story for the next 30 days. The boys have listened to audio books in the classroom and have enjoyed them. This might be great for quiet time while doing some mindfulness colouring (see end of work booklet for some Easter themed colouring) https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
There are also a huge number of Irish stories being read on 'Scéal an Lae' on Youtube. It could be a nice activity for the boys to sit and listen to the story and recognize sounds or words in the Irish language. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sc%C3%A9al+an+lae
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I can give tips/advice by email or if you need support with the suggested work please get in touch and we can work together.
Last Thursday the boys were sent home with a sheet of work to be completed over the next two weeks. In case you have misplaced it, or were absent, please see the images below.
Try to do the work day by day rather than in one go. It will allow you to keep a routine.
For a break from written work, I have uploaded a number of step-by-step drawings onto the art club page. Click on the link to find 33 pictures that you can draw: https://www.maryqueenofangels2.ie/art-club.html
If you need any help or support, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond as promptly as possible.
Wishing you all well and hoping to see you soon when school reopens, Mr. Shannon :)
Here are a list of useful websites that may be helpful during this time:
Tables Games: http://www.theschoolhub.ie/sample.php
Mental Maths Game: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Games and Help: https://www.mathsisfun.com/
IXL covers all topics: https://ie.ixl.com/math/class-4
The Literacy Shed: https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html
Oxford Owl - eBooks:
IXL covers all topics: https://ie.ixl.com/ela/class-4
Discovery Primary Science:
Ask About Ireland: http://www.askaboutireland.ie/learning-zone/primary-students/3rd-+-4th-class/
Go Noodle: https://family.gonoodle.com/
10@10: https://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10/ listen to and follow instructions as Gaeilge
Here is some work for the boys to complete at home this week.
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