Mr. Mac Grianna

Week Ending  1st May

Project Work: The Famine in Ireland

The last history topic that we investigated before schools closed was the Irish famine. Pick one aspect of the famine that interested you and do a project on it. You can decide how you would like to present your project.

Here are some ideas for presenting your project:

Make a model: You could take a photograph and email it to the school.

Make a presentation on PowerPoint or, alternatively on Google Slides. We will have Google Classroom setup this week so if you are familiar with Google Slides, give it a try. It's very similar to PowerPoint and I will be able to see your project on Google Classroom. You could also present your presentation to your family and teach them about the famine.

You could make a poster about your chosen topic and take a photo of it when you're  finished. 

You can do the project about any aspect of the famine but here are a few ideas if you are stuck:

The Causes of the Famine; Emigration During the Famine; The Workhouses; Potato Blight; How the English Authorities Dealt with the Famine; The Quakers During the Famine; Soup Kitchens.

I can't wait to see the creative ideas you have for showing what you have learned.


Cúla 4 Ar Scoil

General Tips for Learning at Home:

Create a pleasant, distraction free environment for your child to learn in. Keep noise down and switch off televisions. If your child is having difficulty settling down, allow them to do some quiet drawing or colouring for a few minutes then you can get them to turn their focus to their schoolwork. 

English Literacy


              Individual Novels: Listen to your child reading some of their novel aloud to you. It's important that your child reads their novel every day for at least 15 mins. This does not neccessarily have to be part of a formal schoolwork time. It's far better if your child is reading for his or herself. Some children need to be pushed to read so make sure you have a quiet, relaxed environment to read without distractions.

 Starlight :

Listen to your child read the some of the piece of writing aloud. Some pieces are quite long so read a paragraph or two to your child. Older children may be able to read the piece silently to themselves. When your child has finished reading, ask them some questions about the text to check their understanding. The children can then do the written activities. Below are some tips for each section of written activities:

Sections A & B:

For each question your child must: get the correct information. Encourage your child to write full sentences & use the correct puntuation (capital letters & full stops).

Sections C & D

Your child may need to use a dictionary if they dont know the meanings of the words. Help them use a dictionary or alternatively, let them use an online dictionary. There are loads of online dictioinaries which are very user friendly.

Section E: Grammar

Most children will need to be taught the specific aspect of grammar in question. Older children may already know the topic but it is important to go through the topic so they understand it properly.

Section F: Writing Skills

This section is very important because it improves your child's understanding of the writing genre and allows them to understand how the piece of writing is put together. Spend some time helping your child to understand the skill in question, then have them do the written activity.

Section G: Writing

Children study different writing genres in a two week cycle. 

Week 1: Planning the piece of writing. Follow the guidelines provided in this section. Make sure they plan the piece properly using the instructions.

Week 2: Composing the piece of writing. Allow the child to follow the directions and using their plan form the previous week, write the piece. When your child has written the 1st draft, get them to go back over it seeking ways to improve their piece of wiriting. They can then write their 2nd draft. Their 2nd draft can be typed on Microsoft Word if a computer is available. When correcting your child's writing, focus on the specific features that each genre requires. These requirements are laid out in section G. Try not to focus on the child's spelling in this part. The most important thing is that they understand how to write the specific genre.

Spellings for 4th, 5th and 6th Class:

If you would like to do some spellings during the week, use the words hightlighted in bold print in your Starlight story. It is important to understand the meaning of these words so if you are unsure what the words mean, look them up in the dictionary. If you don't have a dictionary, there are loads of online dictionaries you can use.



All of the Operation Maths books are available online. You need to login to the site using these details:

Please note: The Teacher's Resource Book is not available to pupils and parents.

Username: primaryedcobooks        Password: edco2020

Senior class pupils are very familiar with the layout of the Operation Maths programme. You will need to teach the skills and concepts to your child before asking them to complete written sums and questions.

Problem solving is a challenging skill for many children but Operation Maths is very good for teaching it. Use the RUCSAC method which is outlined in detail in the Operation Maths Pupil Book.

Your child does not need to do every single sum/question/activity in the chapter. The most important thing is that the child understands the concepts and get lots of opportunities to practice. There are great practical activities in the books so please use them. They are every bit as important as the sums that we all remember doing in school ourselves.

Week Ending 1st May

5th & 6th Class:

Topic: Revision

5th Class: Pupil Book Unit , pg. 84 & 85

6th Class: Pupil Book pg 94 & 95

Allow your child a week to complete the two pages. 


4th Class Maths:

Unit 12: Decimals

Pupil Book pg. 93-97

Discovery Book: pg.56-59

There are two learning intentions this week:

1. To express tenths and hundredths as decimals

2. To identify the value of each digit in a decimal number.

Mental Math Starters:

1.  Call out decimal numbers to your child and get them to write them correctly. encourage your child to say both the fraction and decimal form. eg. 96 hundredths and and 0.69

Roll and Keep Game:

Round 1: Each player rolls a die and collects that number of units (write down the number).

Round 2 each player rolls a die and collects that number of tens.

Round 3: each player rolls a die and collects that number of hundredths.

Round 4 Each player rolls a die and collects that no. of thousandths.

The winner is the person who makes the largest number.


The pupil bool provides the children with opportunities to complete pictorial activities and recognise that the same value can be shown in deifferent ways, eg. fractions.

Pg. 95 in the pupil book highlights the link with money. Practical work is necessary here so allow your child to use real money if possible.

A key point is understanding that zeros can be necessary or unnecessary.

Eg. the number 30 needs its zero because without it, the number's value would be 3 units.