Ms O’Leary

Hello everybody.

Did you think the echidna is an interesting animal? If you missed it, you can see it again The Echidna-2

Did you get a chance to try the Echidna activities?

Sharon Dillon sent us all some lovely photos of the school garden (thanks Sharon) and I saw the cherry tree in blossom. In Japan they celebrate the cherry blossom every year at the Festival of Hanami. You can learn more about it if you click below …

The Festival of Hanami 花見

Here are some activities you can do if you enjoyed learning about Hanami.

1. Design a kimono

Here is an outline of a Kimono.

Draw it out on paper and design the kind of pattern you would like to have. It could be a blossom or flower pattern. Or maybe a different pattern you have created for yourself.

 

 

 

 

Here are two examples of Japanese kimono patterns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Plan a Hanami picnic

Write a list of the things you would like to put in a bento box for a Hanami picnic. You can put in whatever you like. Maybe you could plan a bento box for everyone in your family. Don’t forget to draw it.

3. Draw a sori bashi bridge.

A sori bashi bridge is usually curved and narrow. It is not for cars and is usually made of wood. It is found in gardens and parks. Here are some examples.

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed learning about these traditional Japanese things. I’m looking forward to seeing your work when we get back to school and I’m really looking forward to seeing all of you too.

Remember, stay busy and don’t forget to help the adults in your house.

Take care,

Ms O’Leary

 

Ms O’Leary

Hello everybody,

Here are the answers to the Animal Quiz which I gave you on Monday. There are some writing and drawing activities here too.

Animal Quiz Answers-2

Would you like to see how to draw a panda?

draw a panda

Would you like to learn something about the echidna (e – kid – na)? It is like the platypus because it is like a collection of different animals – it has spines like a porcupine, a pouch like a kangaroo, a snout like a platypus and it curls into a ball when it is frightened, like a hedgehog.

The Echidna

You could try to create your own animal by putting together the features of other different animals … and give it a new name. Try to explain why it needs each different feature. Where will it live? What will it eat? Will it need to swim? What features will it have to help it to swim? Or maybe it will live in the trees. What part of its body will be good for living in trees? Will it be nocturnal? Why? Will it live in hot countries? Will it need camouflage? Let your imagination work on it. I’m looking forward to seeing your creations when we return to school.

On Monday I will tell you about the Spring Festival of Hanami (ha – na – mee) in Japan.

 

Ms O’Leary

 

Welcome back everybody. We miss you a lot and we can’t wait to see and hear you all again. Have you noticed all the wonderful signs of Spring? I’m sure the cherry tree in the playground is in full blossom now. I really miss seeing it from my classroom window. Maybe if you live close to the school you have seen it when you go for a walk. Next week I will tell you about the Japanese Festival of Hanami. 

 

 

 

For this week you might like to do some animal research. There is an Animal Quiz at the end if you want to test your knowledge. Or maybe you would prefer to draw some pictures of the ways that each different animal has features (colour, fur, head, feet and other body parts) that help it to survive in its natural habitat.

What do the Polar Bear and the Platypus have in common?  

I’m sure you know that the polar bear lives in the frozen lands around the Arctic Circle. Do you know what a platypus is and where it lives? The platypus can be found in Australia and it’s a very interesting animal because it is like a collection of parts from different animals. Just like a duck, it has webbed feet and a duck-bill. It has fur like an otter and a tail like a beaver. It’s a mammal so you would think that it gives birth – but it lays eggs instead! The male platypus carries venom in its ankle and this venom can be poisonous for small animals. 

The polar bear and the platypus seem like very different animals, so what do you think they could have in common? What do you think they have in common with all of us at the moment? Lots of animals like to live in groups but the polar bear, the platypus and other animals like to live solitary lives – just like we have to do at the moment so that we can stay safe and protect our health. You can read about animals that prefer to live solitary lives in this article

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/apr/15/self-isolating-animals-species-social-distancing-wwf?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

If you liked reading about those animals, here are some videos, some interesting facts and even some games and activities where you can learn some more about polar bears … 

https://www.natgeokids.com/ie/discover/animals/general-animals/polar-bear-facts/

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos/livecam/polar-bear-cam

…  the platypus …

https://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/platypus.html

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

… the panda …

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/animals/giant-panda

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/stories/precious-pandas

… the orangutan …

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/animals/orangutan

… the jaguar …

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/animals/jaguar

… and the snow leopard …

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/animals/snow-leopard

Here is a quiz if you would like to check how much you have learned about these animals. I will give you the answers at the end of the week.

Animal Quiz

Virtual Tour of a Pyramid in Egypt

Can you remember your 3D shapes? Have you ever been inside a pyramid? 

Would you like to see inside the 5,000-year-old tomb of an Egyptian queen? The tomb of Queen Meresankh III was discovered in 1927 and now you can virtually walk around it and some other beautiful Egyptian places.

 

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtually-tour-five-egyptian-landmarks-180974696/

I hope you enjoy these activities. Take care of yourselves and don’t forget to help the adults in your home.

Best wishes,

Ms O’Leary

 

Ms O’Leary

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