Hello everybody,

Have you ever heard of Easter Island? It is an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It is also known as Rapa Nui. It was named Easter Island by Dutch explorers who landed there on Easter Sunday in 1722. When they arrived, they discovered over 800 giant statues and almost no people. This was strange, since the small number of people on the island couldn’t possibly have built these statues – it would have taken a much larger civilization. If you would like to see the giant statues and find out more about the island, here are some links below. Maybe you would like to write a Report about it or maybe you would like to give some suggestions about what you think might have happened to all the people who lived there. Or maybe you would like to do an Art project – you could draw or paint pictures of the giant statues or you could try making them from cereal boxes.

Easter-island.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhEeh_BcADg

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/world-heritage/easter-island/#/92746.jpg

Here are some games you can play without using your devices – you just need each other.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/smarter-living/coronavirus-classic-games.html?referringSource=articleShare

Here are some animal friends to cheer you up if you are missing your friends.

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/friends-forever/

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/adventure_pass/amazing-animals/quacky-friendship/

Everybody knows about the Easter Bunny, but do you know anything about the Jack Rabbit?

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/jackrabbit/

Have you ever tried drawing a Celtic Knot? Here are some lessons where you can experiment with different patterns and colour.

http://www.aon-celtic.com/learn/basic-knot/knot-basic1.html

Don’t forget – please make sure you are supervised by an adult when you are using the internet. Wishing you all a very Happy Easter Holiday. Be kind to each other and don’t forget to help the adults in your house.

Take care,

Ms O’Leary

Ms O’Leary

Hello everybody,
We are all thinking about you and we hope you are keeping healthy during this unusual time. As many of us have said already, the most important thing is that you are happy and healthy, and hopefully you will have a chance to get exercise and some activity. Any learning activities that we suggest are optional and we have no expectations that school work is done. Anything we post here is a menu from which you can choose to do any, all or none.

I’m available to provide individual literacy support to anyone who would like it. Please contact Mr. Donnelly and he will put you in touch with me.

Here are some links for exploring Art, History, Science, Natural Science and the most important one of all … PE and movement.

Making art with the MoMa
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfYVzk0sNiGEZXlIltPP7Yy_s5gTM7hf8

MoMa learning website
https://www.moma.org/magazine/articles/255

Ideas to do at home from the NY Met
https://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/now-at-the-met/2020/digital-digest

Smithsonian channel (available to view through Sky or Virgin TV) for interesting Science, History, Geography videos
http://www.smithsonianchannel.co.uk/

Some great info on London Natural History Museum website:
dinosaurs – https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2020/march/the-first-dinosaurs-probably-didn-t-have-feathers.html
elephants – https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2020/february/weird-skulls-of-straight-tusked-elephants-reveal-how-many-species.html
oceans – https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/oceans.html

London Science Museum also has great videos such as this one about The Space Race
https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objects-and-stories/space-race-moon
or Robots
https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objects-and-stories/robots

Maybe something a little more topical? How about Rationing during World War 2?
https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/what-you-need-to-know-about-rationing-in-the-second-world-war

Maybe, like in my house, you are cheered up by some live animal webcams. Try here at the California Academy of Sciences
https://www.calacademy.org/learn-explore/animal-webcams
or our own Dublin Zoo
https://www.dublinzoo.ie/animals/animal-webcams/

And just to make sure you stay bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed (if you have the energy) here’s Joe Wicks to make sure you don’t get a lie-on in the morning!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wzoy_J3I_c

Recycle Magic!

Last week a magician visited St. Gabriel’s with a special message about recycling.
He taught us the recycle rap – “Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Yo!”