I hope you’ve enjoyed the long weekend. The next couple of weeks are going to be unusual and even a little bit scary. We all have a very important job to do to help protect others in our community. We are being asked to stay at home and limit our social interactions as much as possible. While I’m sure many of you may be very happy to be away from school, others may be finding the days long and boring.
Keeping to your regular routine would help with this so get up early have your breakfast and then try to do a bit of schoolwork. All of the activities below are completely optional nobody will be in trouble when we get back if you haven’t them completed.
I will be on SeeSaw a lot over the next couple of weeks and I would love to see what you are up to. You could either complete the work directly on Seesaw or take photographs and upload them to Seesaw. The QR code is found below and if you scan it you will be able to add work to your folders. I can also then comment and give you feedback on the work you have completed (which will keep me from getting bored too) Seesaw qr
We are recommending 6th class complete about 3 hours of work each day and make sure you take breaks throughout.
Look after yourselves, stay safe and I’ll see you soon,
- Write a short diary entry each day documenting what you’ve got up to. Maybe you’ve been playing a game online with friends, walking in the park with your parents, baking in the kitchen etc. Don’t forget the important features of recount writing including;
- Use of the past tense
- 5w’s (Who? What? Where? Why? When?)
- Describing feelings
- Time connectives (First, then, meanwhile etc.)
- Recording your day in chronological order
- Read for at least 20 minutes per day as you read take note of 10 new/interesting words that you have found. After you’ve read use your list of words to do some vocabulary work;
- Decide what type of word it is (Noun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition etc)
- Use https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english to find a definition for your new words.
- Write each of the words into an interesting sentence
- Does your word have any Synonyms (words that mean the same thing)
Autonyms (words that mean the opposite)
- There will be plenty of opportunities to practise some procedural writing depending on how you’re spending your days, maybe you’re baking or cooking and you could write out the recipe and procedure, or playing board games etc.
- Using the Photo prompts below select one and write a short story based on the image. Don’t forget to plan out the story first, write out a first draft of the story and then edit your story and publish it. It would be lovely if you created a little book of your story including illustrations, an attractive cover, an attention grabbing title and blurb. This is a project you should work on over a number of days, maybe select an image each week and create a new story each week. Photo prompts creative writing
- Write 3-5 sentences each day about the weather, you could link it to the clothes that you wear depending on the weather. Use https://www.focloir.ie/ to help you find the vocabulary that you need. On the site you will also find a little speaker icon that will read the word as Gaeilge for you, practise saying the words, you could record yourself reading your weather report each day.
- Look at the reading comprehensions, try to read them aloud if there are any words you are unsure of use https://www.focloir.ie/ to check their meaning. You could record yourself reading them out loud. Look at the questions at the bottom if you like you could try answer them out loud or by writing them down. Irish Reading
- This is a great opportunity to learn your Irish verbs, I’ve picked out some of the most common verbs we use in Irish and included the question, the positive and the negative answer. Having a good knowledge of your Irish verbs will be a massive help when you start secondary school. Practise saying them, reading them, writing them, spelling them, putting them into sentences. Get somebody at home to help by testing you on them.
|An raibh tú? –
|Bhí mé – I was||Ní raibh mé – I wasn’t|
|Ar cheannaigh tú? – Did you buy?||Cheannaigh mé –
|Níor cheannaigh mé –
I didn’t buy
|Ar thóg tú –
Did you take?
|Thóg mé – I took||Níor thóg mé –
I didn’t take
|Ar imir tú –
Did you play?
|D’imir mé – I played||Níor imir mé –
I didn’t play
|Ar bhris tú? –
Did you break?
|Bhris mé – I broke||Níor bhris mé –
I didn’t break
|Ar ith tú? –
Did you eat?
|D’ith mé – I ate||Níor ith mé –
I didn’t eat
|Ar ól tú? –
Did you drink?
|D’ól mé – I drank||Níor ól mé –
I didn’t drink
|Ar oscail tú? –
Did you open?
|D’oscail mé – I opened||Níor oscail mé –
I didn’t open
|Ar éirigh tú? –
Did you get up?
|D’éirigh mé – I got up||Níor éirigh mé –
I didn’t get up
|An ndearna tú? –
Did you make/do?
|Rinne mé – I made/did||Ní dhearna mé –
I didn’t make/do
|An bhfuair tú? –
Did you get?
|Fuair mé – I got||Ní bhfuair mé –
I didn’t get
|An ndúirt tú? –
Did you say?
|Dúirt mé – I said||Ní dúirt mé –
I didn’t say
- Log on to Mathletics daily. Your teacher may have allocated you tasks to complete but if not think about some areas you think you would benefit from practising. Try the play feature, here you can compete against others and make your way onto the country’s leader board.
- This is the perfect opportunity to ensure that you have a really good knowledge of your tables. Multiplication and division especially. Write them out, practise saying them. Get somebody to test you on them. Make it into a game and compete against somebody else at home.
- Time is always an area that people have difficulty with. Use this opportunity to practise telling the time both off of digital clocks and clocks with a face.
- We had been working on the famine in SESE and you had been working on projects. Unfortunately we won’t have time to complete these projects on our return to school but I would love to see projects that you have completed at home. You can stick to the specific part of the famine you were studying in school or do a project on the famine in general. I have put together some resources that I think would help which you can access using this link but there is a massive amount of information available online. There are loads of different ways you could present your project.
- Using paper make a large poster with pictures and text
- Create a PowerPoint presentation. If you’re not sure how to do this there are some great videos on YouTube explaining how to like this one that I found https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyoeGSFmI4E
- Make a book about the famine
- Create a video explaining the famine you could dress up/ use illustrations etc.
- TIME CAPSULE – We are living through an event that is going to become a massive moment in Ireland’s history. Wouldn’t it be lovely to leave a record of this time for future generations to learn from. You could:
- You could write a letter or a Diary entry to yourself. Write your age, who your friends are, who is in your family, your favourite, song, sport, hobby etc. Write about what’s going on now in our world (talk to your family about this – coronavirus) write this in your own words. Tell your future self how your feeling right now. Talk about what you would like to be doing in years to come when you grow up. After you have done this roll it up put this in a bottle and burry it in a safe place with your family.
- If you have a current newspaper in the house cut out relevant articles and put them into a lunch box or scrapbook to remind your future self what you were going through at this age, when you look back at these in years to come and bury it too. Also take some pictures of you and your family then print them out and put them into the box too.
- Use your imagination, you probably have far better ideas than I do.
- Unfortunately we are missing valuable Confirmation preparation time so it’s important that you do what you can to help get prepared when you’re at home. Below are the prayers that I printed out last week (incase anybody has lost their copy) try your best to learn these off by heart. Masses are being broadcast online and on RTE every Sunday so maybe try to tune in as we are missing our Friday masses and practise the responses when they occur. Prayers to learn (1)
- 2 important things that you need for your Confirmation is your Sponsor and your Confirmation name. This is a perfect chance to speak to your parents about both of these. When picking a name you should try to think of somebody who inspires you, traditionally a saint’s name is chosen, maybe do some research into different saints and why they were appointed saints or somebody in your life who has helped you, inspired you, or somebody you look up to. If you have chosen a name write out a page on why you have picked that name and what it means to you. Also speak to your parents about who your sponsor will be, again this is somebody in your life who has been a positive influence, has inspired you and who will be there to support and encourage you. Perhaps you could write them a letter asking them to be your sponsor and explaining why you have chosen them.
- Art can be a great way to relax and unwind during this stressful time. There are loads of websites available showing people how to draw, paint, sketch etc. why not pick something each day and challenge yourself to learn to draw it. Irish Comic Artist Will Sliney is having a daily art challenge where he will pick something new each day, you can then share your creation with him and he’s sharing some children’s work. You can follow this by searching #wewilldraw he will also be doing live art lessons online
- Using recycled materials in your home create a 3d project. You could choose anything from a robot, a village, a castle, a St. Patrick’s Day or Easter decoration. Anything you can think of.
- Try to stay as active as you can over the next couple of weeks take lots of breaks throughout your day to do something active. There are loads of websites online that could help guide you with this including:
- You should also try to get out for a long walk, cycle or jog each day. Try to maintain social distancing (1 metre apart) and don’t go in groups but getting outside and getting active will be good for your mind and help to pass the days.
- Best Soccer Skills
- GAA Coaching Skills
- Find a pop song (that’s appropriate for school) that you don’t know the words to, write out the words and then learn them off. You could even come up with a dance routine
- Dabledoo music are giving free access to their website while schools are closed and they have lots of cool things available there from learning about different musical instruments, learning different songs and even composing your own music. Log on and have a look.
Keep an eye on SeeSaw and here on the website while we’re not in school as I may have new ideas as time goes on.