Monday, April 20, 2020

Work for Mr Sheehy's Class


Mr. Sheehy

Second Class Work

 April 20th – May 1st


  • Reading –  The Lost Key  pages 41- 60

Reading should be done together with a lot or talking/questioning about the story. Encourage your child to read 3 pages aloud each day, paying attention to their reading expression and fluency (Expression refers to how the children change their voice when reading e.g. Speech marks, mean someone is talking and the reader needs to change the tone of their reading expression. Fluency refers to the pace at which someone reads, ideally not too fast or slow. Ideally a steady pace so you can hear the reader clearly and understand what they are saying). If they get stuck on a word ask them to sound out the word first. If that does not work ask them to read ahead and look at the picture for help. If they still fail to read the word, tell them the word and pick out something about the word that might help them to remember it the next day e.g. what letter is at the beginning/ end?, does it help a double letter? Can you see a word pattern in it? Ask them to put the new word into a sentence and remember to come back to the word at the end of the lesson to see if they can remember it. If you think your child would be comfortable please record them reading a page and post it to Class Dojo where I can see how they are getting on.


·         Skills Book

Week One

Rainbow Skill Book 2 pgs: 103,104,105,118,119

Week Two

Rainbow Skill Book 2 pgs: 98, 99, 100, 101, 102

Try to complete the activities by Friday taking a day to complete 1 page of work.



·         Poetry

In class we try to cover a new poem every fortnight. This fortnight we were to learn the poem Colors by Shel Silverstein. If you could read and discuss the poem with your child for a few minutes each day it would help them greatly with their reading fluency and oral language development.


·         Spelling

I have set 4 new words a day for the children to learn, on Friday if you could please test all 16 words and then post their score to Class Dojo. Encourage your child to repeat the steps for learning new spellings each day Look, Cover, Say, Write, Check.


WK One

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4


















WK Two

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4



















·         English Writing

Over the course of the two weeks ask your child to write a letter to a friend or relation they know. The stages of the letter writing activity would encourage the children to first write a draft letter followed by a second draft/final corrected letter. I have included a sample letter for the children to follow and the important steps in writing a letter. Please do not worry about the length of the letter as each child is different and works at a different pace. Another interesting idea is to chart the journey of a letter from the writer to the recipient. An Post have an educational resource on their website

Steps for writing a letter




  • Master Your Maths

Week one: 27

Week two: 28

Friday: Tests week one: 27 & week two: 28

  • Busy at Maths


Week One

Extending Pattern, Addition


Busy at Maths Workbook pgs 124-129

Encourage your child to explore and discuss repeated addition and group counting; recognise patterns and predict subsequent numbers; count in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s and 10s; explore and discuss repeated addition and group counting in practical situations. Try to ask your child a range of questions about the topic, for example: How many penguins/birds/cats are there?; If we are counting in 4s, to what should we join to the 4?


Week Two

Measures - Money   


Busy at Maths Workbook pgs 130-135

Encourage your child to recognise, exchange and use coins up to and including €2; select the appropriate coins in shopping activities; write the value of a group of coins; record money amounts as cent and euro; solve practical tasks and problems using coins up to €2 with totals to €1.99. Use of estimation is encouraged throughout all lessons involving problems in pattern and addition/subtraction of money with totals to €1.99. If you can, give your child the opportunity to handle and count/use real money. Ask them to make coin rubbings e.g. group different coins together (3 coins), ask them to make coin rubbings of all 3 coins and count out how much there is altogether.





  • Bua Na Cainte

Éadaí Pages 44 – 54

As I know Gaeilge can often be difficult to learn outside of the classroom environment, I would encourage the children to revisit the topic on Éadaí (clothes) once again to help them with their learning. Continue to practice writing Irish sentences from pages 44, 45, 47, 49, 51 into their copies. Write up to five sentences and ask them to replace a new item of clothing each time e.g. Tá léine orm, Tá geansaí orm etc. Depending on your child's ability increase the sentence length and variety each day using the workbook as your guide. If this proves to be too difficult if you could even encourage the children to spend ten minutes on their spellings/ litriú and watched a cartoon or short programme on TG4 daily that would help them greatly in learning Gaeilge. Little and often is the key.


·         Litriú

I have set 2 new words a day for the children to learn. On Friday if you could please test all 8 words and then post their score to Class Dojo. These words will be repeated for the following week to reinforce and consolidate both the spelling and meaning. Encourage your child to repeat the steps for learning new spellings each day Look, Cover, Say, Write, Check as well as knowing the meaning of each word which I have typed out alongside the spelling.


WK One & Two


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

léine - shirt

bróga - shoes

hata -hat

bríste- pants

geansaí - jumper

gúna - dress

stocaí - socks

cóta - coat


SESE / Project

We were to learn all about Africa over the next two weeks at school focusing on Ethiopia which is covered in their Small Worlds workbook pages 73 – 77.  Projects are a great way of encouraging the children to work independently, allowing them to work at their own individual pace and ability. Encourage the children to create a project on any African country using the following steps as guidelines.

Step 1 : Title ( this will be the name of the country)

Step 2: Use five subtitles to explore the country writing a few sentences for each subtitle. Examples of subtitles to use could be;

1.     Flag of the country

2.    Food

3.    Climate

4.    Animals / Habitats

5.    Location of the Country

             Step 3: Use at least one picture/photo or two drawings in the project

When completed the children could take a photograph of the project and post it to Class Dojo. Please remember to keep on the children's work in a folder which they can bring back into class when we return to school.











My skin is kind of sort of brownish 
Pinkish yellowish white. 
My eyes are greyish blueish green, 
But I'm told they look orange in the night. 
My hair is reddish blondish brown, 
But it's silver when it's wet. 
And all the colors I am inside 
Have not been invented yet.

By Shel Silverstein

Oral Discussion

·        What do you think the poet means when he talks about the colours inside?

·        What are your colours?

·        If you were to draw yourself what colours would you use?

·        How are they different to the colours of your family members?

·        How are your colours different to other people living in different parts of the world? ( try to link in with Africa/ Ethiopia  if possible)



Art- Leroy Neiman

Lion And Lioness 2007 by LeRoy Neiman





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