3rd class

Roots of Empathy
We are nearing the end of the school year and usually we would put together some lovely art pieces and cards for Niamh & Stella to thank them for visiting our classroom through out the year. As we are not in school we cannot do this. However, I would still love to put together a WISHING TREE for Stella.

What is a Wishing Tree? It is a picture of tree and on it has all our wishes we have for Stella for when she is your age….for example; I hope Stella has lots of kind friends, I wish Stella is healthy and happy . I hope Stella’s teachers are as nice as mine. Whatever you wish for her I will add to the tree and I can email it to Niamh.

So what I need you all to do is, write down your wish for Stella for when she is your age and send it on to your teacher or to me on brenda.mckenna@scp.ie . When we are all done I can show you what it looks like.

Also if you would like to draw a picture or write a poem or something to say thank you to Niamh and Stella for visiting you can and when it is done take a photo and send it to me on my email address!! 🙂

Google Classroom Agreement

Please find the Google Classroom Agreement attached below. We would ask that all parents read it.

Thank you.
Google Classroom Agreement OLOL

Welcome back to another week of remote teaching/learning. Here are some activities for the week to keep the brains busy.

Mental Maths 27th AprMental Maths 28th AprMental Maths 29th Apr

Our theme this week is the weather, use this powerpoint to revise vocabulary.
Cen sort aimsire

This week we are starting a new writing genre – explanation writing
Take a look at our explanation poster for the format of explanation writing.

Here are some explanation writing topics:
– Explain a tradition or celebration special in your culture
– Explain how a volcano erupts
– Explain how a tsunami could occur
– Explain the life cycle of a frog or butterfly

It’s Active Home Week, check out the poster below for some ideas on how to stay active and have some fun at home.
Active Home Week Activities

National Gallery Portrait Competition
Create a portrait of someone you know – a friend, family member or even yourself! It can be a painting, drawing, sculpture, photo or video. The winners will receive a bespoke art box and a cash prize. Click here for more information. Check out some famous portraits below.

Mental Maths
Here are some mental maths worksheets for you to try at home.
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Another update from Baby Stella
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Welcome back to another ‘school’ week. There are plenty of activities to keep your brains busy and learning on our google classroom. If you have not yet joined, please email o.higgins@ourladyoflourdesns.ie or n.tolan@ourladyoflourdesns.ie to be added to the classes. Class activities will be posted to the google classroom daily.

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe,
Ms. Higgins and Ms. Tolan


Dear Parents/Guardians,

While there will be work provided for the children in 3rd class please do not feel under pressure to get through it all with your child. The most beneficial thing for your child right now is having space to play. It would be particularly beneficial for them if a parent/guardian joined in on the play with them. Children find it difficult to express themselves through words, but play is their way of expressing how they feel. Allow the child to lead the play, you can follow their instruction. Here is a link for more information on the importance of play coronavirus just letting children play


Today would have been our last day in school before the Easter holidays. This day is usually a day of great fun and excitement. We will be sharing some Easter activities here for you to do over the next two weeks. You can do these activities if you want to, or you can take a break, and relax because really, you are on “school holidays” from today.

Easter Crafts
Use your imagination to make some Easter junk art. Toilet rolls are great to use for junk art, and I’m sure every house will have this art supply. Here are some ideas from pinterest.ie a great website for arts and crafts ideas.

The Story of Easter

Good morning boys and girls and parents!
I hope everyone is doing well as we head into another week of school closures. Please find some new activities for you to try out this week below.


Here are some new mental maths games from the website mathsplayground.com
Monster Stroll Multiplication https://www.mathplayground.com/monster_stroll_multiplication.html
Dino Park Division https://www.mathplayground.com/dino_park_division.html
Bridge builder fractions https://www.mathplayground.com/bridgebuilder_fractions.html
Symmetry Reflection Painter https://www.mathplayground.com/reflection_painter.html
Puzzle Pics Clocks https://www.mathplayground.com/puzzle_pics_clocks.html

The new topic for maths this week is capacity. There are lots of fun things you can do at home to learn about capacity. Here is a game to get you started on the topic http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/capacity/index.html
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At home, it would be great to practice using your measuring skills. Use a measuring jug to discover how much milk you put in your cereal, how much water your bottle can hold, how much water a glass can hold. With the help of an adult you could test your measuring skills by following a recipe to make hot chocolate.
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If you have access to a tablet or phone ask permission to download some of these apps to help you continue to learn Irish.
Duolingo https://www.duolingo.com/
Improve your Irish vocabulary through the games on https://www.digitaldialects.com/Irish.htm

Reading – it is so important to continue to read. If you have run out of books at home read some online, there are hundreds of books for free on the online children’s library http://www.childrenslibrary.org/icdl/SimpleSearchCategory?ids=85%2C86&pnum=1&cnum=1&text=&lang=English&ilangcode=en&ilang=English&langid=11

Maybe you need a break from reading, you can also listen to stories on https://www.storynory.com/

After you have read a book doing some reading responses – a comic strip, book cover, favourite part, least favourite part, alternative ending, character sketch, summary.

Writing – join the writing team to finish this comic book http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/L1275/index.html#

Continue to do free writing and persuasive writing. This week maybe you could write a letter to baby Stella and Niamh, you can email it to her at ololroots of empathy@gmail.com

26/03/2020 Roots of Empathy
To all the boys and girls in Ms. Higgins’ class, here is a special update from Brenda, Stella and Niamh. You can now create things (a picture, card, poem, song, etc.) for baby Stella and send them to the email ololrootsofempathy@gmail.com . Think carefully about what you send baby Stella. Read below for some lovely Roots of Empathy News!
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Hello again 3rd class!
Here are some more activities to keep you busy over the next few days! Try your best to do what you can. You do not have to complete every single thing on the list.

We hope everyone is doing well. We are thinking of you all and missing school a lot!

Ms Higgins, Ms Tolan and Ms O’Keefe


*Twinkl.ie are offering one month free membership to all parents during this time.  Twinkl is a great website jam packed full of activities for all subjects.

Here are some PE lessons for you to try at home. Joe Wicks puts up a new PE lesson everyday. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl

Remember Mr Minogue’s circuits? You could try these at home. Sit ups, push ups, butterfly kicks, burpees, jumping jacks and the plank!

All the boys and girls are very familiar with Go Noodle. You can set up a free account and do all the dances and workouts you want. You might even get to visit the transmogrifier if you do enough exercise! https://app.gonoodle.com/


Play some mental maths games at home. In school we do mental maths for about 15 minutes a day, it would be great if you could keep this up at home. The Topmarks website is a great place to find maths games to challenge yourself. Here are the links to some mental maths games from the Topmarks website:
1. Alien Addition https://www.arcademics.com/games/alien

2. Hit the Button https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

3. Daily 10 Mental Maths Challenge https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10

If we were in school this week we would be covering the topic of ‘weight’ in maths. It would be great if parents could go through measurement units used for weight – milligrams (mg), grams (g), kilograms (kg). A great way to explore this topic is to bake something and allow the child to measure out the ingredients. Please find a simple recipe for you and your children to enjoy below, or maybe you have a different recipe you would like to try out.
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Problem Solving
Here are some problem solving activities to get the brains working, I know a lot of you mathematicians will enjoy these challenges! The last one should be particularly enjoyable 🙂
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Hello to all the children and parents of 3rd class. Please find some activities to do at home while the schools are closed. These activities are here for people to enjoy and have fun. We do not want to create any added stress or pressure to families. So pick and choose which activities suit you and your family best. We hope that these activities encourage and inspire learning and fun!

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Find your favourite pop song as Gaeilge and try to learn it. Check out ‘TG Lurgan’ on YouTube for your favourite songs in Irish.


Read as much as possible during this time. If you don’t have books at home and can’t get to the library don’t worry! There are free stories online, here is a good website for stories suitable for children of all ages https://www.freechildrenstories.com/

Ms. Tolan’s 3rd class are currently reading the BFG for read aloud in class, why not carry out a little bit of research and write some interesting facts about the author Roald Dahl !

Before we finished up we were doing persuasive writing in class, here are a few ideas that you could write about:

Remember you can write for or against the statement.

  1. Children should not have to wear a uniform to school.
  2. School break times should be longer.
  3. Nobody should litter.
  4. Everyone should have to exercise everyday.
  5. Imagine in the future you could live on land or underwater. Which one would you choose? Why?
  6. You have to live in another country. Which one do you choose? Why?
  7. Convince your family to let you watch your favourite television programme.
  8. You can choose one superhero power to help others: Fly or stop time. Which one do you choose? Why?
  9. Persuade your teacher to let you eat your favourite snacks in class.
  10. Students should get paid for getting good marks on a class tests.


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There are lots of websites and online learning activities shared on the school website already but here are some other activities that 3rd class children can do:

Continue to practise the multiplication and division tables at home.

Count in 2s, 3s, 4s or whatever number you like while you are playing/walking/cooking/drawing.

Play games like bingo, snakes and ladders and create your own ‘Maths for Fun’ at home.

Do some baking or cooking with an adult, weighing and counting ingredients is a great way to learn about weight. Look through the kitchen cupboards to see what foods are the heaviest and what foods are the lightest.

Find a measuring tape and measure the length of different items in your house.

We’ve worked really hard this year on time, so keep an eye on the clocks in your house and see if you can figure out what time it is.


Take a look at the National Geographic for Kids website ( https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ ). Find something that interests you (an animal, country or person) and create your own project on them. You can bring these in to show your classmates when the school reopens.

Go on a virtual tour of some of the most famous museums. You can look around a real museum from the comfort of your couch. A fun activity for the whole family. https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours?utm_medium=social&utm_term=59F3F59E-653B-11EA-938E-3D9296E8478F&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=travelandleisure_travelandleisure&utm_content=link&fbclid=IwAR1uAGDRfLeIIPH_nzLDCTsFIAF5vMDhSNzkgOJvK7HP4MUEnb4X4O4m0ZA


Ms. Tolan’s class are learning the tin whistle, below are the notes to some songs which you might like to try out and practice on the tin whistle.

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Art for kids hub on youtube has some great step by step drawing tutorials.