Room 1: Múinteoir Sarah

Welcome to our learning page for the Senior Room, for 4th, 5th and 6th class children. Here, you’ll find some ideas to continue learning at home during the school closure. Time to talk and share with family and friends is at the heart of all learning. Children will enjoy talking about the activities below with older siblings and parents and will be able to do these activities by themselves. Planning a daily schedule and doing some work in two or three areas each day is a really good goal, if possible. Children should balance reading and research (books and screens) with lots of fresh air and get outdoors when they can.


Weekly Learning Guides during our School Closure 

Our Weekly Learning Guide is posted here on our class webpage and is also shared with all families via the Class Dojo. Parents and children are welcome to message me during school hours to share your work, to ask for feedback or just to check-in on your learning at home.

Weekly Learning Guides (2019/2020)

Weekly Learning Guide (June 22nd to 26th) Creative Schools Week!

Weekly Learning Guide (June 15th to 19th) Sports Week!

Weekly Learning Guide (June 8th to 12th) Global Citizenship!

Weekly Learning Guide (June 3rd to 5th) World Environment Day!

Weekly Learning Guide (May 25th to 28th) Affirmations and Science!

Weekly Learnig Guide (May 18th to 22nd) Wellbeing Week!

Weekly Learning Guide (May 11th to 15th) Tech Week!

Weekly Learning Guide (May 5th to 8th) Surrealist Art Week!

Weekly Learning Guide (April 27th to May 1st) Active Home Week!

Weekly Learning Guide (April 20th to 24th)

Weekly Learning Guide (March 30th to April 3rd)

Weekly Learning Guide (March 23rd to 27th)

Learning Ideas 

The learning ideas below are prepared for children in the Senior Room for the school closure from March 18th to 20th. General resources for all children are available on our Resources for Parents webpage.

Learning Ideas Note (March 19th to 20th)

ART: Op Art!Op Art!

Looking and Responding: We’re studying Op Art! We’ve been looking at the art of Victor Vasarely. He is often called the father of ‘Op Art’. From the prints, we studied, we think …

Op Art is a style of visual art that uses optical illusions. Op Art works are abstract (not representative). Many well-known Op Art pieces are created in black and white. So what’s special about Op Art? Typically, Op Art pieces give the impression or illusion of movement. Artworks in this style may include hidden images or flashing and vibrating patterns.

Creating Art:


Oral Language: Take a look at a photo from the New York Times archive. What words would you use to describe what you see happening in these photos? Try to use your descriptive nouns and vivid verbs as well as adjectives and adverbs.

Reading – New Class Novel: The Easter Rising, 1916, Molly’s Diary (by Patricia Murphy). Molly’s diary interweaves the real history of 1916 with an invented story.

  • If you collected your novel in school, how much information do you learn about Molly at the start of the book. Do you know Molly’s age, family home, father, mother, brother, favourite activities, appearance, education, house, street and her dreams for the future?
  • In the opening chapter, we learn about the real history of the time. You may need to search through some other sources (history books, the internet) to answer the questions below. You’ll find lots of information about 1916 online. Check out this resource; select the link to Ireland in 1916 to see what life in Ireland was like in 1916. Can you answer these questions?

WritingMake a note of any interesting phrases or words you find in the story which you would like to use in your own writing. Create four lists of the words that interest you from the novel and/or your research: nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. We’ll use these in our Report Writing about the 1916 Rising.


Amhrán: We’ve been practicing: Func Anseo (Buíochas le Coláiste Lurgan, YouTube!) You’ll find our printed lyrics here. Stay practising for our Ceolchoirm-beag when school re-opens!

Ainmfhocail agus graiméir: Try out this Duolingo placement test. This will help the app to give you the right level of Irish for your practise. This is a great little website/app. If you can give this 10 minutes a day (basic user), you’ll learn lots! The Cúla 4 app, Cúla 4 na nÓg, includes the written and the spoken version of words, e.g., Weather, Animals, Vehicles, and Parts of the Body. It also includes a drawing page, to scribble your own words! Cula Caint. Check out the Cúla4 website also!

ScéaltaWe’ve been learning about An Scoil. Read this scéal ar líne (flash required), ‘Sa Scoil’.

PROJECT WORK: Tom Crean and Antarctic Explorers

This week, we’ve discussed your Project Success Sheet which lists project requirements and shows measures of success. Try to complete your project, if possible during the break. We’ll have a great ‘share session’ when we’re all finished! Remember to check-out the websites we used in class:

Staying Active!

Check out your Active Homework sheet for some ideas on staying active . Challenge yourself to do as many of these as possible in the next two weeks. Can you complete the full grid of active challenges? Can you create some new ones for the school? If you left your sheet in school, you’ll find the Active Homework sheet here.

MATHS: Perimeter and Area

This week, we’ve been learning about Perimeter and Area. We’ve been learning that: Perimeter is the distance around the outside of the shape and Area is the space inside a shape. Our rule for finding the perimeter of any regular shape (with straight lines) is to add up the length of all lines. Our rule for finding the area of a regular quadrilateral (four sided shape) is Length multiplied by Width.

  • View the movies on Perimeter and Area on BrainPop Junior Username: SarahFitzpatrick Password: Brannoxtown-CNS2020. Take the easy and hard quiz until you answer all items correctly. Try out the additional activities.
  • Look around you for things we could measure to find perimeter and area.
  • What are the items we often measure when decorating a home or organising things to fit in a space?
  • Take a look at the activities/games on this site to explore area and perimeter!

Our next topic in maths is Weight. If you have a chance to bake or cook at home and to measure ingredients, this is one of the best ways to learn weight! Check out this nrich challenge that asks you to compare imperial units of measurement (pounds) with metric units of measurement (kilograms). Find out what you weighed as a baby in pounds and ounces and the equivalent weight in kilos!

CODING: Scratch

We’ve been talking about Tech Week at the end of this month. Why not get ahead with your coding over the next two weeks. You can download the coding programme, Scratch, for free here. The first two lessons, you can do by yourself, thanks to Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, for organising these tutorials for us!

First year… subject choices?

Sixth class children, have you wondered about your subjects at second level? Why not get ahead a little, by learning about what each subject is like on this site. You’ll find information about each subject in a Fact Sheet. What are the subjects about? Which ones are you most curious about?  We’ll share when we get back to class. Choose two or three subjects that really interest you and tell us three interesting things about each one that you learned from your reading.