4th Class

Work 30th March – 3rd April 

Hello everyone, please find work for this week attached below. This is a suggested list of activities so please do not feel obligated to complete any or all of the activities. Everyone’s situations are different so please do whatever works best for you and your child. Our SET team have updated the website under ‘Special Education Teaching’ to include lots of links for support and resources. I will be available to give support through email misstreadwell@stfrancisns.ie and via Google Classroom.

 

Spellings:

Bomb, lamb, doubt, debt

Dumb, thumb, plumber, comb

Honest, honour, clothes, palm

Knew, knight, knuckle, knocker

*Children working on SNIP programme can continue to do so.

 

English: Read chapters 5-7 of Harry Potter

Chapter 5: Diagon Alley

Edit the following text to include capital letters and full stops.

harry had never been to london before. Although hagrid seemed to know where he was going, he was obviously not used to getting there in an ordinary way He got stuck in the ticket barrier on the Underground and complained loudly that the seats were too small and the trains too slow. ‘I don’t know how the Muggles manage without magic,’ he said, as they climbed a broken-down escalator which led up to a bustling road lined with shops hagrid was so huge that he parted the crowd easily; all Harry had to do was keep close behind him. they passed book shops and music stores, hamburger bars and cinemas, but nowhere that looked as if it could sell you a magic wand this was just an ordinary street full of ordinary people could there really be piles of wizard gold buried miles beneath them? were there really shops that sold spell books and broomsticks? might this not all be some huge joke that the dursleys had cooked up? If harry hadn’t known that the dursleys had no sense of humour, he might have thought so; yet somehow, even though everything Hagrid had told him so far was unbelievable, Harry couldn’t help trusting him ‘this is it,’ said Hagrid, coming to a halt, ‘the leaky cauldron. It’s a famous place.’ it was a tiny, grubby-looking pub. if Hagrid hadn’t pointed it out, Harry wouldn’t have noticed it was there.

 

Chapter 6: The Journey from Platform Nine and Three Quarters

Vocabulary- Use a dictionary to find the meanings of the words below. Write a definition for each word and then put the word into a sentence.

Chortle

Tawny

Shrill

Ashen

Gargoyle

Prefect

Stranded

Plump

Jostle

Disgruntled

 

Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat  

Pretend you are Ron Weasley. Write an informal letter to your parents to tell them how you are settling in at Hogwarts. I have included a simple plan to help you but feel free to write your letter whatever way you like (apologies for blurry image).

Letter writing WILF:

  • Sender’s address (top right corner)
  • The date
  • A greeting (Dear ___)
  • First person (I, my)
  • Use of paragraphs
  • An ending (Talk to you soon, See you soon, Lots of love etc.)

Gaeilge:

  • Am don léamh- Léigh ‘Oideas do Phancóga’ Leathannach 26
  • Ceisteanna A,B,C agus D ar Leathannach 27

Maths:

  • Complete Work it Out
  • Revise tables and division facts.
  • Chapter 29- Symmetry: Page 204, 205 (Q 2 & 3), 206, 207. Where a question asks you to mark in lines of symmetry, please draw the picture in your copy and then mark the line of symmetry

 

 

 

Work 23rd -27th March

Hello everyone, I hope you all are well. I understand that this is a difficult time for people and everyone’s circumstances are different so please do not be worried if you don’t get every activity completed. Happy and healthy kids is the main aim!

Children have the choice of completing tasks in their copy or on Google Classroom. Please note I am available to help via Google Classroom or email misstreadwell@stfrancisns.ie

All children have been given their login details for Google Classroom and are familiar with how to use it. Our class code is wrgpoxc. If you are having difficulties logging in you can email me. 

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Spellings: 

happily, merrily, camera, calendar

carton, cardigan, carnival, cardigan

caught, taught, daughter, slaughter

manage, manager, damage, garage

*Children who usually complete the SNIP programme instead can continue to work through their folder.

 

English: 

Read chapters 1-4 of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (can be a mixture of child and adult led reading). I have included a link to a free online version of the book if needed. http://englishonlineclub.com/pdf/Joanne%20K.%20Rowling%20(Harry%20Potter,%20Book%201)%20-%20Harry%20Potter%20and%20the%20Philosophers%20Stone%20[EnglishOnlineClub.com].pdf

 

Chapter 1- The Boy who Lived- Comprehension Questions

  1. Describe Mr and Mrs Dursley.
  2. What job did Mr Dursley have?
  3. What peculiar things did Mr Dursley notice?
  4. How do the Dursleys feel about the Potters?
  5. Why are so many people celebrating? Is Professor McGonagall happy about these celebrations? Explain.
  6. What is you know who’s real name? Why do you think people never used his real name before?
  7. What reaction will the Dursleys have when they find Harry on their doorstep in the morning?
  8. How do you think Harry will be treated in his new home?

 

Chapter 2- The Vanishing Glass- Diary entry

Pretend you are Harry. You are back in your cupboard under the stairs after a very eventful day at the zoo. Write a diary entry based on the main events of the day.

Diary entry WILF

  • Past tense
  • Write in first person (I, me, my)
  • Write about the most important events
  • Chronological order
  • Describe your feelings
  • Use time words (first, next, before)

 

Chapter 3- The Letters from No One- Character description

Pick one of the Dursleys. Draw a picture of this character. Write a paragraph based on their appearance, their personality, their actions so far in the story and a paragraph stating whether you like or dislike this character with reasons.

 

Chapter 4- The Keeper of the Keys- Quiz

Available on Google Classroom

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Gaeilge

Am don léamh-Madra ar strae Page 24

Answer questions  A,B,C and D on page 25 (focloir.ie is a great online dictionary if needed)

Images of book attached below

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Maths

  • Work it Out
  • Practise times tables and division facts
  • Cracking Maths- Area (Page 164- 168) Complete questions at your own pace. Some questions may require cubes or metre sticks so don’t worry about completing these questions.

https://www.gillexplore.ie/gill-explore-resources/cracking-maths-4th-class-pupils-book

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Dear Parents,

The children involved in Scoildrámaíocht will be performing ‘Fear Draíochta Oz’ in the Táin theatre in Dundalk on Wednesday the 11th of March. We will be on stage at 10:25am. Families are more than welcome to come and watch. The admission price ad is €4 per adult and  €1 per child. The prize giving will take place after 12pm.
Many thanks,
Ms Treadwell

 

Scoildrámaíochta

This year the children of Fourth Class will be entering the Scoildrámaíochta competition which is an Irish play competition. It will take place in The Táin on the 11th March. The children will be performing ‘Fear Draíochta Oz’ (The Wizard of Oz). The children have been given their roles and lines to practise. I will help children with their lines in school but it is also very important for them to rehearse at home. Some children do not want to act in the play but have said they would like to get involved in organising props and backdrops. In order to give ourselves enough time to prepare, I am arranging after school rehearsals every Friday starting the 7th February from 2:40- 4pm. Friday is the day that suits the children best due to other after school activities on other days. Only the children with lines will be asked to attend these rehearsals for now. We would be very grateful if anyone had any wizard of Oz costumes or props that they could lend to us. Many thanks for your support.

 

Changes to homework 

Following on from homework surveys there are a few changes that will be made to homework. Each month we will have a mixture of traditional and research based homework.  Reading, tables, Work it Out and spellings dictation will continue as normal. Children will also be given a piece of Irish reading each week. They will also be asked to learn two Irish spellings per night. The children can practise these Irish spellings in their dictation copy using the ‘Look, say, cover, write, check’ strategy.

On weeks where the children are doing research homework, they will not be expected to do Work it Out and will do it in class instead. All other learning and dictation homework will still need to be completed.

 

Louth Sports Partnership / 4th Class PE

We are delighted that Louth Sports Partnership has once again chosen our school to take part in the 4th Year DKIT Health & Physical Activity Student Research Project.

It will involve final year students from DKIT coming in once a week this term to deliver a one hour class PE session.  Their sessions are carefully planned and monitored, and their results are evaluated as part of their final year research project.  Full details are on this available here Parental Information leaflet.

Before the sessions commence (Weds 22nd Jan 2020), we do require a signed consent form from all parents.  Consent forms have been sent home with all pupils and further copies can be downloaded here Consent Form (child).  Please could you return your signed consent form by Wednesday 22nd January.  Thank you.

 

Homework 13th – 17th January 

Reading every night.

Spellings and dictation: Look, say, cover, write, check to be done on words spelled incorrectly.

Gaeilge: Recite the poem below.

An Fear Bocht

Oscail an doras

A mhuintir an tí

Tá an oíche fuar fliuch

‘Is  is garbh an ghaoth.

 

Fear bocht is ea mise

Gan cairde, gan teach.

Oscail an doras

Is lig mé isteach.

 

Fáilte romhat isteach

Tá tú fuar is tuirseach;

Bain díot do chóta

Is suigh ar an stól,

Is gheobhaidh tú do dhóthain

Le n-ithe ‘s le n-ól.

 

Maths: Work it Out Week 16. Division facts: ÷4. Tables can be practised using games such as  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

Project: The children have been learning about Antarctic explorer Tom Crean. For this project, the children are asked to research Antarctic animals. This project is due Monday 20th January.

 

Homework 6th – 10th January 

Happy New Year everyone!

Reading every night.

Spellings and dictation: This week the children are learning about hyphens and prefixes. The prefixes we are focusing on are ‘re’ and ‘co’.

Gaeilge: Recite the poem below.

Image result for gaeilge poems

Maths: Work it Out Week 15. Division facts: ÷10. Tables can be practised using games such as  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

Project: The children have been learning about Antarctic explorer Tom Crean. For this project, the children are asked to research Antarctic animals.

Checklist:

  • Description of physical appearance- height/length, weight, colours, markings etc.
    • Diet- what food does this animal eat, how often do they need to eat?
  • Lifespan of animal
    • Conservation status- (least concern, near threatened, vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered)
  • Estimated world population
  • Does this animal have any predators?
    • Interesting facts about this animal
    • Include pictures or drawings

Deadline: Monday 20th January. Projects can be presented in poster or PowerPoint form.

 

Homework 9th- 13th December 

As you know, the Christmas play is on Wednesday the 11th December. Children are asked to wear Christmas jumpers/tops for their performance. Thank you.

Reading every night.

Spellings: This week, Fourth class will focus on spelling words from their statutory word list beginning with D.

Gaeilge: Dán- Daidí na Nollag

Ba bhreá leis na páistí

Nuair a tháinig an Nollaig

Bhí spórt agus gáire acu

Sula ndeachaigh siad a chodladh

 

Fuair Áine is Páidín beag

Stoca an duine

Is chroch siad ar an matal iad

Os cionn na tine

 

Tháinig Daidí na Nollag

Am éigin san oíche

Is líon sé na stocaí

Go barr le féiríní

 

Project: Due this Friday

Maths: Work it Out- Week 14. Division facts ÷5. Tables can be practised using games such as  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

 

Homework 2nd- 6th December 

Reading every night.

Spellings: This week, Fourth class will focus on spelling words from their statutory word list beginning with b and c.

Gaeilge: An Fear Sneachta

Is fear sneachta mise,

Ní féidir liom siúl.

Ba mhaith liom bheith ag imirt peile

Ach níl aon chosa fúm!

 

Is fear sneachta mise,

Tá mé breá fuar.

Tá súile beaga dubha agam

Agus dath ar nós plúr.

 

Is fear sneachta mise,

Is breá liom na páistí.

Ach ní maith liom é

Nuair a bhíonn sé ag cur báistí!

 

Maths: Work it Out- Week 13. Division facts ÷2. Tables can be practised using games such as  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

Project: Christmas around the world. Children are asked to pick one country and research how they celebrate Christmas. Projects can be in poster form or PowerPoint. They will be due on Friday the 13th December.

 

Homework 25th-29th November 

Reading every night.

Spellings: This week, Fourth class will focus on spelling words from their statutory word list beginning with a.

Gaeilge: Read the poem ‘Mo Chrann Nollag’

Féach ar mo chrann Nollag,
Istigh sa seomra suí,
Glas, dearg, oráiste agus buí,
Is aoibhinn liom an spraoi!
Ba mhaith liom an t-aingeal a chrochadh
suas,
Ach tá an crann níos airde ná mé!
Suas ar an gcathaoir liomsa,
‘’Ar dheis, no no, ar chlé!’’
Féach ar mo chrann Nollag,
Istigh sa seomra suí,
Soilse, tinsil, maisiúcháin,
Is aoibhinn liom an spraoi

Maths: Work it Out- Week 12. This week we will revise all times tables that have been covered before moving onto Division. Tables can be practised using games such as  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

Project: The children’s projects on pollutants are due on Wednesday the 27th November.

This Friday we will host our fundraiser. Money will go towards St Patrick’s soup kitchen and care packages for Crumlin.  I will not be giving any written homework on Thursday as children may be baking for our bake sale on Friday. Many thanks to the families that are able to bake. I understand that families may have busy schedules and may be unable to bake.

Science Experiments 

Homework 18th- 22nd November 

The children of Fourth Class will be organising a Pre Late Late Toy Show event in school on Friday the 29th November. This is a fundraising event involving a Christmas free dress day and a bake sale. The children have decided that all money made will go towards making care packages for Crumlin and a homeless charity of the children’s choice. Thank you.

Reading every night.

Spellings: This week we will focus on the apostrophe for possession and contractions (Mam’s bag, we’re etc.)

Gaeilge: Click the link for a PowerPoint on shopping for children to read. Siopadoireacht ppt.

Maths: Work it Out- Week 11. Tables x11. Please continue to revise tables that we have covered. Tables can be practised using games such as  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

Project: As part of Green Schools, the children will be doing a project on pollutants. There are many pollutants that affect the quality of our air we breathe. Children are asked to make a poster for this project as they will be displayed around the school. Projects will be due on Wednesday the 27th November.

Checklist: 

  • Where does this pollutant come from?
  • What are the health effects?
  • What are the environmental effects?
  •  Is the level of this pollutant generally increasing or decreasing? Why?
  • Highlight solutions to this pollution that are being used or should be put in place.

 

Homework 11th- 15th November 

Reading to be done every night.

Spellings and dictation: We will continue to focus on plural words this week. Whatever words the children spell incorrectly in class, they must focus on learning these words for homework. Children can use the ‘Look, say, cover, write, check’ strategy in their dictation copies. Monday- pick 5 words and write down their plurals.

Gaeilge: Song- Amhrán na gcupán. A lyrics video is available on YouTube.

Maths: Work it Out- Week 10. Tables x7. Please continue to revise tables that we have covered. Tables can be practised using games such as  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

Projects are due this Friday.

 

Homework 4th- 8th November

Reading to be done every night.

Spellings and dictation: We will focus on plural words this week. Whatever words the children spell incorrectly in class, they must focus on learning these words for homework. Children can use the ‘Look, say, cover, write, check’ strategy in their dictation copies.

Gaeilge: Recite the poem ‘Duilleoga Deasa’

Image result for duilleoga deasa

Maths: Work it Out- Week 9. Tables x9. Please continue to revise tables that we have covered. Tables can be practised using games such as  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

Project work: Well done to everyone for designing amazing houses for our last project! For the next two weeks, the children will be asked to do a project on an inspirational person. This person can be famous or someone that the children know. Projects can be presented in poster form or PowerPoint. Due date for the projects is Friday the 15th November.

Checklist:

  • Name the person you have chosen to do a project on
  • Background information on this person’s life
  • Explain why this person is inspirational
  • What have you learned from this person?
  • Please include pictures or drawings

Suggested Framework: 

Day 1 and 2: Research – answer the question or find the information on the chosen topic.

Day 3 and 4: Choose which key pieces of information only you will use – there will be more than enough information available.

Day 5 and 6: Start typing or writing the information in your own words and find or draw pictures/ diagrams/ maps etc.

Day 7 and 8: Complete visual project and rehearse presentation.

 

 

Homework the week beginning 21st October 

Reading to be done every night.

Spellings and dictation: This week we will revise the spellings we have focused on so far this term.

Gaeilge: An Chailleach

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Maths: Work it Out- Week 8. Tables: x6

Speech and Drama poem- Santa did you get my tweet?

Project work: Projects are due Friday the 25th October.

Some children will be competing in the FAI Louth Futsal tournament on  Wednesday the 23rd October. These children are asked to bring in their sports gear and an extra drink in a bag. Please note that steel studs are not allowed.

 

Homework 14th October 

Reading to be done every night.

Spellings and dictation: This week we will continue to focus on homophones.

Gaeilge: For the past few weeks, the children have been learning to sing ‘Beidh aonach amárach’. They have Irish song sheets with the lyrics of this song.  There is also a karaoke verison on YouTube that they can sing along to if they wish.

Maths: Work it Out- Week 7. Tables: x3

Art: For art this week, we will be making spooky houses. Children are asked to bring in a small cardboard box.

Speech and Drama poem- Santa did you get my tweet?

Project work: Well done to the children on the amazing projects they have produced so far! Our final project before midterm will be based on houses. We have been learning all about houses in SESE. The children are now going to design their own house. Projects can be presented in PowerPoint, posters, a 3D model or a mixture of these. All PowerPoints can be emailed to me at misstreadwell@stfrancisns.ie or can be brought in on a USB. Projects are due on Friday the 25th October. I have thoroughly explained this project to the children. If your child is having difficulty with any element of this project, please let me know.

Checklist:

  • Architect: Draw some plans of the layout of your house and make sure to label the rooms.
  • Builder: List some building materials a builder may need to build a house
  • What will the outside of your house look like?
  • Pick your favourite room in the house. What would you have in this room? Why is this your favourite room?
  • Make sure to include sentences/paragraphs.
  • Children can include pictures or drawings in this project.
  • We are also working on some presentation skills (making eye contact with the audience, introducing and ending our presentation)

 

 

Homework 7th October 

Reading to be done every night.

Spellings and dictation: This week we will be focusing on homophones (isle/aisle, aloud/allowed etc.)

Gaeilge: The children have been given an eleathanach to read throughout the week. I have read it with the children and explained the meanings in class.

Maths: Work it out- week 6. We are focusing on x12 times tables.

Project work: Just a reminder that project work is due on Monday the 14th October.

I have sent home instructions on how to view your child’s online portfolio. The portfolios have given the children a real purpose for writing. They  have really enjoyed adding pieces of writing to their portfolio and are looking forward to you reading them. If you have any problems joining, please let me know.

 

Homework 30th September

Christmas card fundraiserChristmas cards to be finished for homework.

Spellings and dictation: This week we are focusing on –able and –ible letter strings.

Gaeilge: The children have an Irish poem in their speech and drama copy to be practised each night (Is maith liom bainne).

Maths: We have decided to use ‘Work it out’ for maths homework. The children are working on week 5. Each section covers many strands so please don’t be concerned if your child does not understand some questions. Children can circle the questions they are having difficulty with and we will go through them together in class. We are learning x8 times tables this week.

Project work: This project is based on Europe. Each child will be given a country to research. I have taught the children how to use PowerPoint. Projects can be presented in poster form or PowerPoint. If children have chosen PowerPoint, they can either bring in a USB key on the due date or can email presentations to misstreadwell@stfrancisns.ie. The due date for this project  is Monday the 14th October.

Checklist:

  • Population of country
  • Capital city
  • Famous landmarks
  • What language is spoken in this country?
  • Currency
  • Traditional food
  • Pictures or drawings
  • Interesting facts or information

 

Homework 23rd September 

Maths: This week we are focusing on the topic of chance. On the IXL website, if you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see ‘Probability and statistics.’ Children can work on activity W.1. Ten minutes per day is enough time for this.

Tables: This week we are focusing on x4 times tables.

Spelling: This week we are focusing on silent letters.

Project work: Projects are due this Friday the 27th September.

Gaeilge: Practise saying 4 lines of song each day

 

Homework 16th September
Maths: This week we are focusing on subtraction. Please see https://ie.ixl.com/  for lots of interactive games based on this topic. Please click Fourth Class, and in the subtraction section you will see activities that can be completed. Children can choose which activities to do within this section.  Ten minutes a day is enough time to spend on this.

Tables: This week we are focusing on x10 times tables.

Spelling: This week we will start a new spelling programme. Each day, I will call out a sentence for the children to write down. The words in these sentences include high frequency words and words with the spelling rule we are focusing on. We will then correct the sentence in class. The children will bring home their dictation copy each night and they must revise the spellings of the words with a dot beside them using the ‘ Look, say, cover, write, check’ strategy which I have explained in class.

Reading is to be done every night as usual.

Project work: For the next two weeks, the children will be doing a project on animals. Each child will be given an animal to research. The children will be asked to present their project in poster form.

Criteria:
• Description of physical appearance- length, weight, colours, markings etc.
• Where do these animals usually live? Describe their habitat
• Diet- what food does this animal eat, how often do they need to eat?
• Conservation status- (least concern, near threatened, vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered)
• Interesting facts about this animal
• Include pictures or drawings
Due date: This project is due on the 27th September.

Suggested Framework: 

Day 1 and 2: Research – answer the question or find the information on the chosen topic.

Day 3 and 4: Choose which key pieces of information only you will use – there will be more than enough information available.

Day 5 and 6: Start typing or writing the information in your own words and find or draw pictures/ diagrams/ maps etc.

Day 7 and 8: Complete visual project and rehearse presentation.

 

Class Dojo- online portfolios
Class Dojo is a website that is used in our classroom. Children can upload work that they have completed in school and are proud of. Parents are invited to view their child’s work on their online portfolio. This week, I will be sending home instructions and an individual code to each family so they can view their child’s work. I think this is a nice idea for parents to see the hard work that your child is doing in school. It gives the children a purpose for writing and will help improve typing and computer skills. Parents will only be able to see their own child’s work. The portfolios will be updated every few weeks.

 

 

 

 

Welcome back everyone!

As you know,  the school’s approach to homework has changed. Every night, the children will have reading homework. Children are expected to have the full book read over two nights. As some children may begin reading novels soon, they will not be expected to read the entire book within two nights but instead will be asked to write down how much they read each night (at least one chapter).

Each week the children will be given tables to revise and we will be beginning a new spelling programme soon. However, there will be no formal test on Fridays. Sometimes, the children may have a worksheet or another activity to complete for homework.

We have now begun using projects for homework. Depending on the topic, the class will be given one or two weeks to complete it. Each project will have a checklist for what information needs to be included. The current checklist has been written in the children’s SESE copies which are in their bags. Our first project is on the counties of Ireland. Each child has been given a piece of card and is asked to make a poster based on their county. This project is due on the 13th September.

In the coming weeks, I will be teaching the children how to use PowerPoint and Google Slides. The children will then get to choose what way they would like to present their future projects (poster or PowerPoint).

As the children’s homework is the same every night, they will only write it down on a Monday unless they have been given something additional to complete. To help me monitor the children’s projects, I would be grateful if they could write down a short sentence in their diary each evening to show what work they did for their project and then get it signed by an adult.

This page will be updated regularly and will contain important information regarding events in our classroom. Please keep an eye on it for any updates. We are a green school and to save paper we use this page to update parents rather than sending home notes all the time.

Thank you all very much for your co-operation.

Megan Treadwell
Class Teacher – 4th Class

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