Work for 23rd March – 4th April
Hello 3rd Class,
I hope you are all well & enjoying spending time with your family. I miss you all & am really looking forward to seeing you all again very soon.
I have given your parents some work for you to do while we are not in school. I don’t want you to be under pressure or think you have to do everything all at once. Like we always say – just do your best & not anyone else’s. Your parents will know how much you need to do each day & they will help where they can but most of the work you will be able to complete yourselves without any help. I’m looking forward to seeing all the work you have done when we get back to school.
I know you are probably all missing spending time with your friends – me too! But just remember this is only for a little while & we are doing it to help those that we love & care about.
I look forward to hearing from you all very soon & reading all of your letters (see below)
Sending high fives & fist bumps to you all !
I hope you are all well. I know we are in very unusual & unprecedented times, full of uncertainty. I am very aware that completing school work may not be a priority or a possibility for some of you right now. But for those of you who are in a position to do some school work, below you will find an outline of activities that may be useful. You choose how much or little you feel your child can manage each day. They will help to keep your child in a learning frame of mind. But remember these are all only ideas & it is up to you how much you can do with your child.
I would love if they could record the work they do in the A4 copy that has been provided in the pack. We will call this our ‘Learning Log’.
-Date the top of the page (just like in our sentences)
-Write a list of what work was completed in each subject / area (Like in Homework journal)
-If your child does some writing, please include in their Learning Log. If they complete a piece of art work please stick in to a page, if they do some research or a mini project, please stick in to the Learning Log.
-If they take part in physical activity, they can record that by jotting it down too.
- Basically, they can record or write/stick in everything they have done each day.
My email address is email@example.com If you have any questions/ queries don’t hesitate to get in touch.
We are all in this together & I am sending nothing but good wishes to you all at this time.
Stay safe & I look forward to seeing you all soon.
- Read at Home : Read a new page every day. Read the page & answer the 5 questions either by calling them out or writing them down in the Learning Log
- Read a book for pleasure at home. If you run out of books at home, set up an account with Libraries Ireland. All books can be downloaded to a device for free & they also have a huge selection of Audio books. www.librariesireland.ie
- After reading, the children can choose from a variety of activities that I have outlined below under literacy.
- Vooks : The children love this site & it is free for parents for one month www.vooks.com
- Letter Writing. We were going to move on to letter writing this term. Now would be a great time to write a letter to friends and family & to me! I’ve included a stamp, an envelope & an outline in the packs. My address is The Green, Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. If you write me a letter, I will write back. I would love to hear from you!
- Free Writing – We have covered recount writing, procedural writing, recount writing, report writing & poetry this year so far. Writing something every day would be great. Don’t forget to log it!
- The children can write a Daily Diary in Learning Log too if they wish.
- There are more writing activities listed below that might be a useful stimulus for writing.
- The children’s Maths book is available online on folens.ie A chapter you could take a look at is Chapter 20 2-D shapes (pg 119-123) The children are familiar with this topic already. The children’s book can be found online on www.folensonline.ie There is also a corresponding chapter in their Satellite Maths book which they have at home already.
- Revise topics already covered. Practice worksheets can be found on www.math-drills.com Just select the topic & level & there are lots to choose from. Great for daily practice. I’ve included two in the pack to start you off. Please stick in to the learning log when complete.
- Revision of Tables daily
- Maths Games can be found on Planet Maths resources on Folens online. I have also included some game templates in the pack.
- Maths around the home- there are lots of ideas in the extra suggestions below.
- Daily 10 : We do this every day in school. It is a great way to revise maths facts & for mental maths practice. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10
- We use the Bua na Cainte programme in school. The ebook is available on www.edcolearning.ie
They are offering free access for all parents using the Username primaryedbooks and the
- We were about to begin Sa Bhaile Unit 12 Page 107. If you would like to look over this with your child & if they complete any of the exercises, please record it in the Learning Log.
- They can also go back over the other chapters and practice the songs & poems we have learned & maybe look at the words & phrases that have been covered in other chapters. I have sent their Gaeilge copies home too so that they can look back on work previously covered.
- Mindfulness – I have included some mindfulness colouring sheets in your pack. There are many more to be found online & on Twinkl.
- Breathing exercises – remember our breathing exercises? Practise these when you need some quiet or calm down time.
- The Egyptians – Before the break, we had begun looking at the Egyptians. Explore the topic further & maybe create a Fact file similar to one we already did for the Vikings.
- Volcanoes. We spent a long time studying Volcanoes before the break. I have included our piece we had prepared for assembly in your pack. You could use this information & the other information you learned & create a mini project on a A4 Page & stick it in to your Learning Log. (Like what we did for procedural writing)
- STEM at home – why not create your own STEM bins at home with materials you have already & set yourself a new challenge every day. Your topic could be Spring for the next few weeks.
- Gardening- If you have a garden why not head outside & explore. Maybe help your parents our with some gardening & planting & if available, maybe plant some seeds.
- Go on a walk with a family member and note as many signs of spring as you can. You could also do a minibeast hunt whilst on your walk too!
- Responses to Reading – when you have finished reading book or a chapter you could respond to it by drawing a picture of your favourite scene or character.
- Construction- We have done lots of STEM & contruction work. You could use materials you have around the house to create a construction. Remember for our playgrounds we only needed empty toilet rolls, scissors & selotape. Why not create a funfair for your lego men or dolls?
- Directed drawings – There are lots of examples of directed drawings online.
- Cheer me up post- Why not draw a picture for a relative or friend & send it to them by post or by taking a picture of it & forwarding it on.
- Play some Playworks games!
- Teach your parents some of our chants
- Do 20 push ups.
- Time how long you can do a plank for. Record your time and try to beat it!
- Do 20 jumping jacks.
- Choose a Go Noodle video to try – www.gonoodle.com
- Play your favourite game outside with a family member.
- Touch your elbows with your knees 20 times.
- Do 10 leg raises (On each side!)
- Open up your hands and place them at your hips. Hit your hands with your knees for 1 minute. Can you try 2 minutes?
- Try a ‘5 Minute Move’ workout with ‘The Body Coach’ (Joe Wicks) on YouTube.
- Walk on the spot for 3 minutes. Then try to run on the spot for 3 minutes.
- Make up a dance routine to your favourite song. (You could even perform it for your family when you’re finished!)
- Create an obstacle course for yourself and/or a family member to complete. You could write a note for each station explaining what must be done there and for how long. Try to make a more difficult version of each activity too to challenge yourself/your family.
- Try a ’10 @ 10’ video challenge on RTÉ Junior.
- Practice some yoga/meditation. ‘Cosmic Kids Yoga’ on YouTube have great videos that you can use to help you.
- If you have a skipping rope at home, try to skip continuously for 2 minutes without stopping.
- If you have a hula hoop at home, try to keep the hula hoop spinning on your hips for 1 minute. Can you try 2 minutes? You could also try spinning it on your arm/foot
Below are links to lots of useful educational websites that may be useful
Below are some extra activities I have included. Choose as many activities from the lists below as you like that you think are appropriate for your child. The activities are divided under the following headings:
- Other ideas
- Read a book/short story to a younger sibling or family member.
- Write a review of the last movie that you watched. Include information about the characters, the plot, the setting etc. Would you recommend this movie? Why/Why not?
- Write a chapter summary of a book that you are currently reading or a novel that you have read in school.
- Make a comic strip of your favourite part of the book.
- Design a new book cover for the book. Be creative!
- What character would you like to be in the book? Why?
- Write a detailed character description of one of the main characters.
- Choose a chapter from your book and make a list of all of the adjectives and nouns that you can find.
- Choose 5 new or interesting words from your book and use a dictionary/the internet to find and record their meaning.
- Write a diary entry in role as a person from a time in History –it could be a Viking, a Roman, Christopher Columbus, a child during the Irish famine and so on. Use your imagination!
- Write a story with the title ‘When my pet began to talk.’
- Children should wear school uniforms to school. Do you agree? Why/Why not? Write a persuasive text with your arguments.
- Write about what you would do if you were the President of Ireland for a day.
- Make a list of as many verbs as you can think of – Challenge a family member to do the same and see who the winner is!
- Write a spring acrostic poem.
- Write a recount of your favourite memory.
- Imagine that you are working for a magazine and you are about to get the opportunity to interview your favourite celebrity – Write about who it is and a list of questions that you would ask them.
- If you could choose any superpower, what would it be? Why would you choose that particular superpower? If you had one day with that superpower, how would you spend it?
- Invent a new game and write about it. How does it work? What are the rules of this game? How many players can play this game? What equipment is needed? Etc.
- Write instructions on how to make your favourite snack.
- What do you think the world will be like in 100 years? Write about it.
- If you had a time machine, what point in history would you travel to? Or would you like to time travel into the future? Explain your reasons for your answer.
- Practice your cursive handwriting by writing out a verse from your favourite song/poem in cursive writing.
- Write an alternative ending to a book that you have recently read. You could also write an alternative ending for a movie that you have recently watched.
- Imagine that you are on holidays. Write a postcard to a friend telling them all about your trip so far.
- Choose your favourite animal and write an explanation text all about this animal.
- Imagine that you are a writer for a national newspaper and Ireland has just won the World Cup. Write a newspaper report telling people all about it.
- Create a fictional story on any topic you like. Brainstorm some ideas before you begin. Think about your plot (beginning, middle, and end), characters, setting etc. How will you keep the reader interested?
- Imagine that you are an inventor! You can make any machine or invention that you wish. What would you make? How would it work? Write all about your invention.
- If you had 3 wishes, what would they be? Write a short paragraph on each of your wishes. (You cannot wish for more wishes!!
- Estimate and measure the length of 10 objects in your house. (You could use a ruler or a measuring tape).
- Find the difference between your estimation and the actual answer.
- If you have a measuring tape at home, you could record the height of everyone in your house. What is the combined height of everyone? Who is the shortest/tallest? What is the difference between the shortest and tallest height?
- Go on a 2D and/or 3D shape hunt in your house/garden and record the shapes that you find. Record how many faces, edges etc. that these shapes have.
- Practice your times tables – choose a number between 1 and 12 and write down all of its multiples. Challenge yourself by timing yourself and see if you can beat your time the next time!
- Follow a recipe with a family member. Help them to weigh the ingredients that you need.
- Think of a 2 digit number and write out all of the ways in which you can make that number. You could challenge yourself further by using a 3 or 4 digit number. E.g. the number 110 can be made using 60 + 50, 200 – 90, (50 x 2) + 10 and so on.
- Choose any 3 or 4 digit number and answer the following questions based on that number – Is your number odd/even? Multiply the number by 6. Write the number in words. Add 165 to the number. Subtract 97 from the number. Underline the units in the number. You could make up your own questions and challenge a family member to do it too.
- Ask a family member to draw a symmetrical picture. Fold their picture in half and see if you can draw the missing half as symmetrically as you can.
- Write a timetable of your day. You could use analogue or digital time. You could include things such as what time you woke up at, what time you ate breakfast/lunch/dinner, when you played outside/did school work, what time you went to bed etc.
- If you have weighing scales at home, you could choose 5 random items from your fridge/cupboard and estimate their weight. Make sure to record the actual weight of the object too and find the difference between your estimate and the actual answer.
- If you have a measuring jug at home, you could also try this with liquids!
- Look at the TV guide on your television. What time is the next programme due to start? How far away is that from the current time? How long will the next programme be on for?
Challenge – Can you create your own word problems for yourself or a family member to complete? ☺
- List as many Irish counties as you can. Use a reference book/the internet to find any that you were missing. Challenge yourself even more by seeing if you can divide up the counties into the 4 provinces – Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster.
- Think about some goals that you have for the rest of the year. Write about them and keep them somewhere safe to look back on later in the year!
- Offer to help with cooking the dinner with a family member.
- Do a project on someone or something that interests you – It can be anything you like! Be as creative as you can. Show your project to teacher when you are back in school!
- Make a card for a neighbour or family member.
- Draw a picture of a classroom or a house and write 5 sentences about your picture As Gaeilge.
- Make some junk art using recyclable materials – egg cartons, cereal boxes etc. Use some sellotape or glue and get creative!
- Play the game ‘Stop The Bus’ with a family member – Say the alphabet in your head. When the other person says stop, give them the letter that you were thinking of. You both must then think of a country, a food, a girl’s name, a boy’s name and a TV show/movie that starts with that letter. Give yourself one point for each one you managed to get. Continue on with another letter. The player with the most points at the end wins! You can also add more categories to make it even harder.
- Help a family member to write a shopping list. Estimate how much each item will cost. You could even estimate the total cost of the list!
- Gather 3 objects from around your house and draw a still life picture. Or you could sit in front of a mirror and draw a self – portrait!
- Create your own word search for a family member to complete. You could write the words that you want to include horizontally, vertically or diagonally and then add random letters around these words. Make sure to write the words you want them to find at the bottom so that they can tick them off as they find them.
- Create a list of 20 countries that you know and see if you can list their capital cities. Use a reference book/the internet to check how many you got right and correct any that you didn’t get. You could challenge yourself with even more countries or by doing this daily until you’ve learned them all off by heart!
- Draw a body and label as many body parts as you can As Gaeilge.
- Play a card game with a family member – Snap, Go Fish etc. Or you could even create your own card game!
- Play Boggle – Choose any 10 letters and create as many words as you can from these letters. You can only use each letter once. You could play this with a family member also – give yourself one point for a one letter word, two for a two letter word and so on. The person with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
- Create a fact file on a country of your choice. You could include information such as capital city, national flag, population, currency, language(s) spoken, landmarks, famous people from this country etc.
- Write 5 sentences using 5 different Irish verbs, e.g. chuaigh mé, chuala sí…
- Think about your local area. What is one thing that you like about it and what is one thing that you would change? How would you do this? Could your research your local TD and write an email/letter to them about it?
- Make a time capsule. This is a very unique time in History! You could include information about yourself, what class you are currently in, who your teacher is, your friend’s names, your hobbies and so on. You could also write about what is going on in the world right now – It would be very interesting to read all about it in years to come!
- Read, read, read! Reading is one of the best things that you can do to pass the time and it will help you with lots of other subjects in school. If you have books at home, make sure that you give yourself an opportunity to read them!
- Make sure that you have lots of time outside too – playing in your garden, going for walks etc.
- Keep a diary/record of all of the things that you have been doing whilst school is closed. You can share this with your teacher when you are back in school.