Welcome to 5th Class 2019/2020 🙂
Teacher: Ms. Murphy
Contact email: [email protected]
5th Class Glasheen Girls Twitter Page – follow for updates!
5th Class Home Learning: 3rd-5th June
* no book work for Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd June – see Seesaw *
Dia daoibh a chailíní!
I hope you all had a wonderful June bank holiday weekend and enjoyed the few days off school work – you deserved it! The weather we are having is spectacular so make sure you get out and make the most of it girls. There are two creative Seesaw activities up for this week. A reminder to send in your 5 second video clip of you dancing along to the song ‘Think About Things’ for our end-of-year class video – it would be fantastic to get as many of you in it as possible, otherwise it’s not really a ‘class video’!! 🙂
Don’t forget to keep checking Seesaw for any announcements, such as the ones I sent last week about your music video, competitions, birthdays, and so on. I hope you all enjoyed the guessing game, I think a lot of us staff have changed since we made our Communion!! I also hope you all managed to check out both yours and 4th Class’ music videos on YouTube, and shared them around with your friends and family – they are just brilliant!
Click here for your list of work for Wednesday-Friday. Our theme continues to be ‘Summer’ this week – click here for the list of activities.
Stay safe, enjoy the sunshine and keep in touch!
Miss Murphy 🙂
5th Class Home Learning: 25th-29th May
I have to start by saying a big thank you for all the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication you are showing at home. You are a credit to yourselves and to your families that you are still working so hard, so well done! I look forward to seeing your uploaded work, videos, photos and little projects on Seesaw every day.
Thank you to everyone who has shared their book work on their Seesaw journal. It’s so important for me to see how you are getting on with the work, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are stuck on anything – that’s what I’m here for! I can see you are all trying your best in these strange circumstances and I hope that you and your families are all doing well. Hopefully some of you might even have been able to see your friends (from a distance!) this week.
I received some fantastic garden videos and photos over the last two weeks. It seems we have some ‘green-fingered gardeners’ in our class! I hope you enjoyed our ‘Harry Potter Week’, and thank you to the girls who submitted some beautiful artwork. Remember you can upload this at any time so even if more of you would like to do that next week, I would be thrilled. 🙂 Keep an eye on our Twitter page where I will be sharing some of your super work throughout the week. Our whole school theme for the next fortnight is ‘Summer’ – click here for the list of lovely activities. Again, one Seesaw activity per week will be to share an activity from this list with me.
Click here for this week’s plan of work. Your 5 Seesaw activities will go up on Monday morning at 8am, work away at them throughout the week. I have one particular task which I am very excited about and I hope you will all engage with, as it will be something that the whole class is involved in making, even though we are apart!
Remember that Avril also has a list of fun drama activities on the school website (scroll down the list for the senior section activities). This week she has started a poetry competition. If you would like to take part in it you can email your entries to Avril at [email protected]
As always, I am so proud of you all. Keep up the wonderful work!
Have a great week,
Miss Murphy 🙂
5th Class Home Learning: 18th-22nd May
Dia dhaoibh a chailíní!
Here we are, another week apart but with Seesaw it doesn’t feel like we’re that apart any more! It’s so lovely to see all of your faces and hear your voices, and to see how well you are all doing. I know some days we might not be feeling as happy or motivated as other days but it’s important to know that’s okay too, we’re only human, and we can’t be expected to be in top form all of the time! Make sure you are taking time for yourself, doing what you love to do, spending time with your family and talking to your friends through technology if you can.
Thank you to everyone who has been engaging so well with Seesaw, sending on not only your responses to the activities I’ve assigned on there but sending on your work from this plan too. I loved reading your shipwreck stories this week, hearing you all do such a great job reading our Gaeilge poem, and seeing how well you used your logic to tackle those puzzles in maths. It’s important for me to see how ye are doing with the work so I can help you if you need it, so try to send me on as much as you can! On that note, over the next while I am going to post the answer sheets to your work from the last few weeks so that you can self-correct at home, and of course then let me know how you got on. Anyone who hasn’t posted much on Seesaw for one reason or another, maybe this week you could try to send a few more bits on to me, or if you can’t for some reason then just send me an email to let me know all is ok, there’s no pressure.
Please click here for the plan of work for this week, 18th-22nd May. I will assign 5 Seesaw Activities this week, they will go live on Monday at 8am and if you could send your responses to me by 3pm Friday that would be great. Have fun with them! We are continuing on with our theme of ‘The Garden’ this week, one of your Seesaw Activities will be to send me on another task from this list, there are lots of ideas there! Thank you to everyone who sent on lovely photos and videos of your gardens or photos of flowers you found on your walk which you didn’t know the name of but looked up when you got home. 🙂
Remember girls that I am here to help and support you. If you are stuck on any of the work, if you want to tell me what you have been getting up to, or just want a chat – let me know by email at [email protected] and I can give ye a ring. Counting down the days until we are back at school and I see all of your smiling faces again – did we ever think we’d be saying that!!
Have a great week girls and make sure you get outside to enjoy the sunshine that is hopefully to come!
Miss Murphy 🙂
5th Class Home Learning: 11th-15th May
I hope you all enjoyed the lovely sunshine at the weekend! Like lots of people around the country, I was up at 5am Saturday morning to go on a walk with my family to watch the sunrise for Darkness into Light, because of the usual event being cancelled this year. It was so lovely and peaceful to just walk in silence (within my 5km radius!) with the sunrise on my left and to hear the birds tweeting their dawn chorus in the trees to my right – I will share my sunrise photo with you on Seesaw. If anyone else was up early for it let me know, or share your sunrise photo too!! 🙂
I can imagine the update from our Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last weekend that we will not be returning to school before September may have been hard to hear and to come to terms with. I’ll have to admit that I shed a few tears myself realising I won’t get to see you all before September. We have had such a fantastic year in 5th Class between class Christmas/Halloween/Pancake Tuesday parties, our trip to the cinema, project work, hot lunches, gymnastics, spikeball – the list goes on! I truly loved waltzing into the classroom every day singing ‘Dia dhaoibh a chailíní!’ and seeing all of your smiling faces, so I do really miss you all. You are the most fantastic, funny, helpful, kind-hearted group of girls and it has been a pleasure to watch you all grow as the year has gone on. But the year isn’t over yet! Seeing all of your videos, photos and messages on Seesaw sharing not only your work, but also what you’ve been getting up to at home brightens up my week – so thank you for embracing the world of online learning! And a big thank you too to your parents and anyone at home who is helping you with Seesaw, with your school work, or just doing different activities with you – they deserve a big hug!
I hope you agree when I say that Seesaw is going very well for us at the moment, so I will continue this week to upload four activities, two on Monday morning and two on Tuesday morning, which can be submitted by 3pm Friday. If you can, try to stretch out the activities throughout the week rather than rushing to do them all on Friday afternoon. Work around what best suits your family, as I know you may be sharing laptops/iPads with family members. And as I have said before, just do what you can and don’t put yourself under too much pressure to complete all of the work in the plan and all of the Seesaw activities. No stress!
Because of the amount of great ideas on the weekly theme lists, going forward each theme will cover two weeks, and one activity per week on Seesaw will be to submit a task of your choice from this list. The whole-school theme for this fortnight is The Garden – click here for the list of ideas for this theme.
It is so good to see that even though you are not actually in school you are still working just as hard at home – maith sibh! Keep posting your work and activities you have been doing at home, keep me updated with how you are doing and most importantly, keep in touch!
Miss Murphy 🙂
5th Class Home Learning: 4th-8th May
I can’t believe it is May already – summer has arrived! Firstly I hope yourselves and your families are all still safe and well, in this our eighth week away from school – can you believe it?! The time has flown. I really miss you all, but it has been so fantastic to see everyone who has engaged with Seesaw this week – I have absolutely loved seeing photos and videos of all your baking, singing, instrument playing, gardening, pets, and of course all the amazing work that you have been posting! It has really made me smile this week, so thank you all so much for that 🙂
I hope you enjoyed the activities I put on Seesaw for you last week, and that the work on the website is going ok for you all. A lot of you seem to be enjoying using Seesaw and have got the hang of it very quickly – technology whizzes is what ye are!! I would welcome any questions or feedback about Seesaw or school work either by email on [email protected] or by posting to your journal on Seesaw. If there is anyone who has not engaged with Seesaw yet and is having trouble setting it up, don’t hesitate to send me an email, I would love to hear from you.
Because of the bank holiday, there will be no work assigned for Monday 4th May other than an art activity, which I will put up on Seesaw on Monday morning at 8am. Spend this day with your families: reading, getting outside, watching movies – take a day off schoolwork to relax! The plan of work for Tuesday-Friday can be found here. Along with this, I will again put up three tasks for the week on Seesaw on Tuesday morning at 8am. Work away on these tasks throughout the week, there is no need to rush and do them all together, take your time with them. If your responses to these tasks could be submitted by Friday 8th May at 3pm that would be great. Our whole-school theme this week is Dogs – I would love to see photos or videos of any activities you complete from the list! Avril also has a list of Drama activities on the right hand side of the school website if you want to check them out.
If anyone cannot access or complete either the school work or Seesaw tasks during the week please don’t be stressed or worried – do what you can, that’s more than enough! 🙂 Don’t forget to help your parents at home too – I imagine they are all very busy between working from home, helping you or your siblings with schoolwork, checking up on any older family members, doing the housework – the list goes on! Any little thing you can do for them would be a big help I’m sure.
I am so proud of you all for the standard of work you are keeping up at home, and more importantly for how well you are handling yourselves during this time off school. You are all a credit to your families, and I can’t wait for the day we see each other again – what a celebration we will have!
Mind yourselves and mind each other,
Miss Murphy 🙂
5th Class Home Learning: 27th April – 1st May
I hope you are all keeping well. It was so lovely to speak to most of you and your parents on the phone this week, I loved hearing what you have all been getting up to! Your cheerfulness and positivity about everything given the circumstances was so heart-warming to hear. Don’t forget to ask your parents how they are every now and then, because this is a strange time for them too. You’ll look back on this time in years to come and be grateful for how much time you are getting to spend together as a family, I try to remember that every morning when I wake up!
As you all now know, we will start using Seesaw from this Tuesday as a means of sharing activities and a communication and feedback tool. It’s not the same as being in school, but it’s the closest thing we can get to it right now! I hope all who signed up managed to set up your account ok using the directions and passcode given in my email. If there is anyone who has yet to sign up for Seesaw, the permission form is still on the school website www.glasheengirlsns.com under ‘Upcoming Events.’
How I plan to use Seesaw this week is by putting up a few simple and fun tasks on Tuesday, and you can work away at them in your own time throughout the week, to be submitted (if you wish) by Friday 1st May @3pm. Hopefully this will give everyone a chance to get used to using Seesaw and to complete the activities, what with people sharing laptops, tablets, etc. Remember Seesaw is both a website and an app, so it can be used on phones too. We will review how it is working at the end of the week, any feedback is more than welcome. I will look at and respond to any work that is sent in as soon as I can, so bear with me!
Please feel free to upload anything you feel like sharing with me to your ‘Journal’ on Seesaw – I would be delighted to see what you’ve been getting up to! This could be some activities from the themed lists on ‘Houses and Homes’ or ‘Ireland’ that you have done, a cake you have baked, a giant jigsaw puzzle you have completed, some gardening you’ve been doing, an instrument you have been practicing – anything at all! Remember any work that you share on Seesaw can only be seen by you and your parents, and myself.
This week’s whole school theme is ‘Ireland’. Click here for the list of activities, complete as many of them as you like. The map of Ireland to go along with some of these activities can be found here.
Please click here for this week’s plan of work. Again, don’t put yourselves under pressure with the work, just do what you can. If you have any questions about anything, contact me on my email address [email protected] or send me a message on Seesaw.
Mind yourselves and mind your families, and have a wonderful week in this new world of online learning!
Miss Murphy 🙂
5th Class Home Learning: 20th-24th April
I hope that you and all your families are safe and well and that you enjoyed your somewhat different Easter holidays this year, full of chocolate and fun! I’m sure you have been keeping busy the last few weeks doing your schoolwork, playing with your families and reading lots – I hope! I know it is difficult not being able to meet your friends and families right now, and thinking of those of you who have family members abroad, I know this is a difficult time. But remember, the time will hopefully come again when we are all back together again in school, playing in the yard and helping me find the various things like whiteboard markers and maths books I leave lying around the classroom throughout the day!! 🙂
I have made a plan of work for this week but as always, this is just a suggestion as I am aware this is a busy and strange time for you all, so please don’t feel under pressure to complete everything. If there is anything you are stuck with or don’t understand, please don’t worry about it, all I ask is that you try your best. Please click here for the schoolwork for this week, 20th-24th April. This work is mainly comprised of English, Gaeilge and Maths and is divided into days to make it a little clearer for you.
In addition to this list of core schoolwork, there will also be a theme/topic given to you each week. Following feedback from parents regarding some children wanting extra ideas of things to do at home, it was decided to give a weekly theme with a list of activities for all class levels so that you can pick and choose how much or how little of this work you would like to do, or have time for. Because the teachers have compiled ideas that are suitable for Junior Infants-6th Class, if you have sisters or brothers at home why don’t you try working together to complete some of these activities?! 🙂
Our theme for this week is ‘Houses and Homes’: click here to access the information. I will hopefully in the coming days and weeks be able to hear about and see your ideas and creations!
As always, there is no pressure to complete all of this work as I know everyone’s family situation is different with some parents working from home and limited access to laptops, etc. I would suggest at the beginning of the week printing off or writing down your daily work and any activities you choose from the theme into your school journal, so that you don’t need to use the laptop during the day if it is being used elsewhere. Or, you can access the website on a phone.
The teachers have new email addresses for your parents to contact us with any questions or queries, or even just to check in. My email address is [email protected] I welcome hearing from you or even seeing any photos or videos showing off all the hard work I know you are doing!
I am missing you lots girls, I really hope we get to see each other before the school year is out. The only way that will happen is if we continue to follow what we are supposed to be doing: washing our hands and keeping apart from others not in our household. And of course – to keep smiling! On that note – this week’s “Cheerful Chune” I’d recommend you listen to is “Smile” by Nat King Cole. Enjoy, and keep up the great work!
Miss Murphy 🙂
5th Class Home Learning: 30th March-3rd April
Firstly I hope you and your families are all keeping well. I would give anything to be able to go to school and see you all in the morning, but unfortunately we can’t do that at the moment. Let’s all keep hoping and praying that we will be back to normal before too long!
I hope you’re all taking the time to enjoy this extra time with your families and to relax – 5th Class has been a busy year so far! Myself and all my family are well, I’ve been spending my days going for walks, organising work and fun activities to send to you all at home, and planning lovely lessons for when we’re back in school!
I have made a list of work for you to be doing at home this week. Try your best with it but please don’t stress if you don’t understand something. Ask someone at home for help or we will look at it when we’re back in school. As well as the list of book work, I have been looking for activities that you can be doing at home that are fun and interesting. I have found lots of different websites and apps that you can use to have fun and still be learning at the same time. Some of these websites require your parent to sign up with their email and some of them don’t, please show your mum or dad what website you are going into so they know what you are doing. Some of these websites are American/British: remember we are the same as Grade 5 (USA) or Year 6 (UK). I know you may have to share a laptop or you might not be able to go online all the time, these sites are just to give you some ideas and you by no means have to play every single game on every single website or do every single activity!! They are just some nice ideas for you that I have found.
As well as websites, there are some authors and artists who are running live online classes for children at home at different times throughout the day. I have included the details with their information below. These classes may be run on Facebook Live or Instagram Live, so please ask your parents for permission to watch these classes first. Don’t forget to check our class Twitter page every now and then (@GlasheenGNS5th) as I will share any useful ideas and activities on there if I come across them.
I hope you are all safe and happy, and are keeping in touch with each other. I know you might be starting to get a bit unsettled and restless, and probably missing your friends. But like our Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, don’t forget to ask your parents what you can do to help them too. I know this can be a strange time for you but it’s a worrying time for your mums and dads too, so don’t forget to ask them how they are!
You are all such kind, hard-working and caring young women and I can’t wait until we are back to normality in our classroom and I’m hearing about all the lovely family times you’ve shared over this time at home. Enjoy the activities and games I have included below. Remember: keep washing your hands, and keep smiling!!
Miss Murphy 🙂
- www.morningchallenge.co.uk – this is a great website to kick off your learning every morning! It has a word of the day, country of the day, some maths problems to solve, a history fact for that date, some daily challenges, a ‘Spot The Spelling/Grammar Mistake’ and some other things all on one screen. You need to look at it on a laptop/computer as it doesn’t work on phones.
- www.mrsmactivity.co.uk/free-resources-2/ – there is free access to this website which is full of resources
- twinkl.ie – a fantastic website full of activities giving free membership for a month to parents and students working at home. Go to www.twinkl.ie/offer and use the code IRLTWINKLHELPS.
- www.abcya.com – has a good mixture of maths and literacy games
- www.topmarks.co.uk – has a lot of great games across all subjects
- Manga High
- https://matr.org/blog/fun-maths-games-activities-for-kids/?fbclid=IwAR0keDZQ9j1AIFVkYf1pokBwaSRg0tdZpiYwId_yPO8Ln2SLzMk44KSqB5E – a blog with a list of maths activities to do at home
- gregtangmath.com – some nice games on this website
- play.prodigygame.com – fun maths games
- iknowit.com – some really good maths games on here
- Hit The Button game
Keep revising your tables! Try playing some of our tables games at home
- revision of ÷6 and x6
Monday 30th March
- Busy at Maths p19 – revision
Tuesday 31st March
- BAM p84 Q5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 & Maths Fact – Long Division
Wednesday 1st April
- BAM p102 Q4, 5, 6 – Percentages
Thursday 2nd April
- BAM p85 Q1-8 & Maths Fact – Long Division
Friday 3rd April
- BAM p103 Q2, 4, 5, 6, 7 – Percentages
- literacyshedplus.com has some great free resources at the moment, full of videos with writing activities and comprehension packs
- Listen to audio versions of your favourite children’s books on YouTube
- Borrow Box – free app, allows you to download ebooks and audiobooks, you just need a regular library card
- Oliver Jeffers is a fantastic children’s author and is reading one of his books live online every weekday evening around 6pm on Instagram Live.
- Every day at 11am David Walliams will release an audio story from his book ‘The World’s Worst Children’. It is on his website worldofdavidwalliams.com. It takes about 20 minutes, so sit down with a cup of tea and a biscuit, take a break and relax while you listen to one of his stories!
Read at Home: p93-96
Spellings: (don’t forget to use a new spelling strategy in your word study copy!)
–> if there are any words you don’t understand, look them up in your dictionary
- Monday 30th: chariots, February, imitate, league
- Tuesday 31st: muscles, physical, valuable, purchase
- Wednesday 1st: telephone, microphone, geography, triumph
- Thursday 2nd: terrible, possible, impossible, invisible
- Friday 3rd: Ask someone to test your spellings, write them into your word study copy
- Do one word study each day from these 5 spellings: imitate, valuable, triumph, chariots and purchase. Divide your page into 4 and find the definition, a synonym, put the word in a sentence and draw it out in a picture.
Writing/Project of the week:
- We are living through history right now. As I said to you all before we left school, this is something that I have never seen in my lifetime, and you will (hopefully) never see again in yours. So I thought it would be a good idea for you all to make a time capsule documenting this extraordinary time in your lives, for you to look back on when you’re older. Sort of like the time capsule we all made at the beginning of the year! It’s a way for you to write about how you were feeling at the time, explain all about what’s happening in the world around you, and what you might be happy or worried about.
- First, write a letter to your future self. (Decide on a day to open it – maybe you could date it for when you turn 18!) Write your age, family, who your friends are, where you live, favourite TV show/song/book, what you like to eat/drink, what your hobbies are, what class you are in, etc. Include some food wrappers/labels of things you like. Write about what’s going on in the world right now, in your own words. Tell your future self how you feel, talk about what you want to be when you grow up and some things you are looking forward to doing when you’re an adult. It will be so interesting for you to look back at this in however many years time and see if anything has changed!
- Next, if your family get the newspaper, cut out some articles about Covid-19 that you think will be important for your future self to read. Or, include the whole newspaper in the time capsule. If your family doesn’t get the newspaper, you could print some articles from online.
- Another activity is to draw a picture of your family as you are now. It will be cool to see how much you’ve all grown and changed when you look back at it in the future! If you can, take some photos of yourself, your family, your pets, what you’re getting up to day-to-day during this social distancing. When all of this is over, you can print them out and include them in the time capsule. Also trace around your hand so your future self can compare hand sizes with you.
- Lastly, try to keep a diary every day during this time at home. This is something I have done every night since we finished up school, and I know it will be interesting to read back on it in the future as I might not remember the little things that have been happening, like having to sanitise the trolley before I went into the supermarket! Write about things from the news, what you got up to that day, how you are feeling, any worries, news, ideas.. anything at all.
–> Put all of this together in a scrapbook or a box, and when we are back to normality you can put it into the attic or somewhere you won’t get at it for years to come!
- Duolingo: this is an app and a website. It’s brilliant for practicing languages, so it would be super if you could all sign up and be practicing your Irish at home. I’ve even started using it every day to learn some Spanish!!
- I Spy game in Irish: ‘I Spy with my little eye something beginning with…’ – ‘Feicim le mo shúilín rud a tosnaíonn le…’
- Watch a programme on Cúla4/TG4 (also available online)
Inspirational Woman Project: I hope your project on your chosen woman that inspires you is going well. Remember to include as much information about the person’s early life, family, ambitions, what made them famous, etc. You could now type this biography up on Microsoft Word and print it off (if possible!) Don’t forget to draw and paint/colour a portrait of this person. Some good sites to use when doing your research are:
- Happy Songs – I find sometimes when I get a bit worried or anxious these days it’s a good idea to listen to a happy song to cheer myself right back up again! Here is my ‘Happy Song’ for this week for you to have a listen to J
–> Bob Marley: ‘Three Little Birds (Don’t Worry)’
- Marvel comic artist William Sliney’s Facebook/Twitter page has an art challenge to print out and colour in every day – some of them so far have been Marvel characters like Spiderman.
- The Craft Cabin, Cavan is doing a Facebook Live every day at 12pm with a craft challenge for children to do (using mainly paper and things you would have at home)
- Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) is doing daily PE lessons for 30 minutes Monday-Friday @ 9am, live on his YouTube channel. Just search ‘Body Coach TV’ in the YouTube search bar and click ‘Subscribe’ to be notified about when he goes live every day. This is a really good idea to get you up and ready for the day!!
- Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube
- Go for walks with your family