• Rockfield NS

5th class menu of work 11th-15th May 2020

8th May 2020

Dear Parents and children,

I hope you are all keeping well and that you and your families had a good week at home. My little boy and I are still exploring fields and walks around our house. He is loving all the lovely weather, fresh air and exercise, as am I! I'm sure you are all thankful for the good weather too while we are all still being asked to stay at home.

As we all know by now, schools across Ireland will remain closed until September. We all understand why this has to happen, but we still feel sad that we won’t get to see each other in school until September. The only thing we can do now is to stay positive and see this as a once-in-a-lifetime event lasting for just a few months and a wonderful chance to spend quality time with our close family.

I would, of course, still like you continue to complete some work from the menu of work every week but nobody should feel under pressure. If parents are concerned that their child or children are not engaging with the home learning or if you are finding it too difficult to get through everything, please remember whilst it is important to continue with English, Gaeilge and Maths every day, it is also equally important to remember our well-being at the moment. Keeping the children safe, loved, secure and calm is the most important thing to do at home. Any gaps in learning will be dealt with in school and all children across the land are in the same position. From what I have heard from parents who have contacted me, the children have ‘just got on with it’! I am very proud of you all, of your resilience, flexibility and adaptability in these most uncertain and difficult times. Well done 5th class, you are heroes in all of this and deserve a big clap! So do you families, thank you for all that you are doing!

Don't forget to keep in touch or contact me about anything at all on fifthclassmshorkan@gmail.com.

‘We are not all in the same boat, but we are all in the same storm. Support each other and be kind’

God bless, stay safe,

Ms Horkan

5th Class menu of work 11th-15th May 2020 🌈


  • English in Practice days 104-108 (15 mins per day)

  • My Spelling Workbook: unit 18 (all 4 pages). Ask an adult to test you on the spellings on Friday. If your list is differentiated, you can learn the first 10 spellings (15 mins per day)

  • Reading Zone: Unit 29 – The Baby Sentry - page 135-137 and questions A-G on pages 138+139 (you could break it down as follows if you like: (Monday A+B Tuesday C+D, Wednesday -E and Thursday-F and Friday-G) (15 mins per day)

  • Novel: The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett. Read Chapter 12 – “Might I Have a Bit of Earth?” this week. After reading, see if you can you answer these questions- no need to write the answers, just think about the question and if you are not sure of the answer, re-read the chapter. (30 mins THIS WEEK)

  1. Why has Martha’s mother spoken to Mr. Craven? What effect did her conversation have on him?

  2. Where is Mary’s uncle going? For how long? How does she feel about his going away?

  3. What does Mary’s uncle talk to her about?

  4. Why does Mr Craven pass “his hands quickly over his eyes” when Mary makes her request?


  • Tables: try this tables speed test every day for 5 mins- log on at https://www.timestables.com/speed-test/ -it asks which tables you want to learn- choose ‘ALL TABLES’ and start the speed test! (5 mins per day)

  • Mental Maths: week 30 (including problem solving & Friday review) (15 mins per day)

  • Mathemagic 5: Chapter 27- Fractions, decimals and percentages 2- page 115-120 - you will need your calculator for some of this week’s work

Monday + Tuesday: Revise pages 115-118 from last week and finish any questions you didn’t do already, Wednesday Page 119 Q3+4, Thursday Page 119 Q5, page 120 Q 6, Friday page 120 Q7-11 (20 mins per day)

GAEILGE (20 mins per day)

  • Abair Liom: Caibidil 17- Páirc an Chrócaigh (Croke Park) lch 124-129 (if you don’t have your Irish books at home, you can access the book online at Folens https://www.folensonline.ie/registration/ Parents and students must register as a teacher to get access to all resources. You need to fill in your name, email address, password and roll number (Prim20)

o (Monday) féach ar an bpictiúr agus léigh na focail (look at the picture and read the words) ar lch 124 agus ansin léigh an ticéad (read the ticket) ar lch 125. Freagair na ceisteanna 1-5

o (Tuesday) féach ar an bpictiúr agus léigh na focail (look at the picture and read the words) ar lch 124 agus ansin léigh an ticéad (read the ticket) ar lch 125. Freagair na ceisteanna 6-9

o (Wednesday + Thursday) léigh an comhrá. Freagair na ceisteanna ar lch 128 G-Briathra: An Aimsir Fháistineach- briathra neamhrialta (verbs: future tense- irregular verbs) déan (do), faigh (get) to help you with this work, you can look at the verb pages at the back of your book - pages 179, 180, 181, 182- click https://www.folensonline.ie/home/library/programmes/abair-liom-5th-class/ebook/ and type in the page number.

o (Friday) Lch 129: H- Gramadach: An Forainm réamhfhoclach ‘as’ (prepositional pronoun ‘of/out of’)

  • Amhrán: Amhrán Na Bhfiann (The Soldier’s Song- Ireland’s National Anthem) do you think you could try to learn 2 lines every day? Check this link which has the melody with the lyrics in Gaeilge and English to help you learn this wonderful and important song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWn1JQ8Vl80

EXTRA WORK: You can also do some of the extra Irish activities below if you like:

RELIGION (20 mins per day)

  • Pope Francis prayer for protection against coronavirus- https://www.sacredspace.ie/pope-francis-coronavirus-prayer for online link.

  • Grow in Love: The month of May is the month of Mary, Our Blessed Mother. Read through ‘Mary, Mother Of Jesus’ pages 126-129. The Catholic Church throughout the world has a deep and enduring devotion to Mary, The Mother of God and our Mother. The Marian Shrines in Knock (Co. Mayo, Ireland), Lourdes (France), Guadalupe (Mexico) and Czestochowa (Poland) are sacred spaces where pilgrims are welcome to come and pray. Over the centuries, artists and sculptors have made many wonderful images of Mary. These images help us to tap into the compassion, the wisdom, the faith and love of the Mother of God’s son.

· You can access the online activities for this lesson by going to www.growinlove.ie insert this email address trial@growinlove.ie and password growinlove - choose Fifth class/P7, Theme 12: Seasonal/additional materials, Lesson 4: Mary, Mother Of Jesus’. There are some lovely images of Mary including the Icon of the Black Madonna, two songs (“Bring Flowers of the Rarest” is one of my favourite songs of all time, I hope you like it as much as I do), some videos, prayers and an interactive activity for you to learn about and enjoy.

  • Journal exercise:

o Why do you think Mary is so important to Catholics all across the world? Which image do you prefer the most? Why? Which do you like the least? Why?

o write out and beautifully decorate the phrase ‘Hail Mary’ in the four different languages page 128 (for Memorisation). Can you say the Hail Mary in the four languages? (there is a soundtrack in the Grow In Love online resources section of the Hail Mary being said in English, Irish, French and Spanish)

  • Discuss what you learned this week with your parents/guardians.

SESE (20 mins per day)

Small World GEOGRAPHY AND SCIENCE: Unit 15- Weather, Climate and Atmosphere pages 84-88– click https://my.cjfallon.ie/preview/student/7424/86 to view book online

· Read pages 84-85.

· Ask an adult or sibling to ask you questions 1-8 on page 86.

· You can try the simple investigation to see what happens when warm air meets a cold surface page 84.

· Read pages 86-88.

· Write the answers to Qs 1-7 page 88.

Here are a few websites if you would like to investigate Energy and Power further!

QUIZ: Ask an adult or sibling to test you on the meaning of the new words in this chapter!









Some more questions once you have finished reading this chapter…

· Name a country with a different climate to Ireland’s.

· What might be nice about living in a warmer climate?

· Is there anything about living in a warmer climate that might not be nice?

· What plant species cannot grow outdoors in our climate?

· What animal species cannot live in the wild in our climate?

· Would you like to live in a climate with no seasons?

· What types of home are built in countries with climates that are different to ours?

· What types of clothing are worn by people who live in countries with climates that are different to ours?

· Have you ever felt cold outdoors on a summer’s day or felt warm on a winter’s day? Why might this be?

MUSIC: (10 mins per day)

  • Music Generation: The following link is to a bank of music lessons that have been prepared especially by Karl for 5th class Music Generation students. There is a considerable amount of work that will keep you all musically engaged, and it is sectioned off in weeks so that you can get started easily. It includes lesson instructions and activities and links to tutorial videos. Karl and Music Generation said they hope you enjoy the remote learning pack which has been tailored to your class and specifically for remote learning. Click https://msletb-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/musicgenerationsligo_msletb_ie/EpKVTXFxKohGktYiiRsJ3NgBlcrLJOIKvVeMQt4KqU2wYg?e=Vi1upt to get started!! Let me know how you are getting on with it and I can contact Karl if you have any questions.

  • How did you get on with playing ‘Spancil Hill (Waltz)’ on tinwhistle last week? Sadly, nobody sent me a clip of themselves playing yet…go on be brave, I would love to hear you! :D Let’s revise ‘Amhrán Na bhFiann’ again this week as we are learning the words to our National Anthem in Gaeilge, you can find the notes in the same booklet as before–click https://www.twinkl.ie/resource/roi-mu-1-traditional-tin-whistle-tunes-music-booklet to access the booklet online.

Remember to practice in a quiet place on your own, maybe in your room and be sure not to annoy other people in your house when you are practicing!


How did you get on with the ‘Gratitude Journal’? Try to continue it again this week as it is a worthwhile activity.



  • Fitness challenge: Visit the following website and complete some of the fitness challenges. www.youthsporttrust.org/60-second-physical-activity-challenges All of the activities can be done inside or outside using equipment that can be found around your house. Why not complete the challenges with someone else in your house or see can you beat your own record?! Look at the Physical Activity Bingo cards too- these are my favourite as they can be played with the people in your house. See who can be first to complete a line or a full house. You can print off the Bingo activity card if you like but it is not necessary to do so. As always, send me pictures/videos of you and your family taking part in this fitness challenge on fifthclassmshorkan@gmail.com

  • Go Noodle: great for warm up activities https://www.gonoodle.com/

  • Joe Wicks- Bodycoach- https://www.youtube.com/w

  • atch?v=K6r99N3kXME Try to do a 30-minute kid’s workouts every day!

Whatever exercise you do every day to keep fit and healthy, be safe and have fun! 🏃‍♂️🤸‍♀️🚴‍♀️

A few other ideas if you have some free time!!

5th class ANSWERS

English in Practice days 100-103 My Spelling Workbook: unit 17 Reading Zone: Unit 28 – Go Bananas Mental Maths: week 29 Mathemagic 5: Chapter 27- Fractions, decimals and percentages 2- page 115-118 Abair Liom: Súil siar C- lch 122+ 123

Small World HISTORY: Unit 15