Ms. O’Sullivan, Second Class, Week May 25th – 29th.

Dear Parents

Thank you for your continued commitment to engaging with distance learning. I know it might be difficult at times but you are doing a wonderful job. Your son will remember this time with you forever. Well done to the boys for the fantastic work they are producing each week. I am so impressed with their efforts. I couldn’t be prouder of them. In maths this week we are doing two-step number problems. I made a video for each day’s work so your son only needs to watch 1 video per day. Our theme for this week is ‘Plants’. I hope the boys enjoy it. As always you can contact me via email or on Microsoft Teams.

Thanking You,

Ms. O’Sullivan.


Léitheoireacht (Reading): Peataí (Pets) Read this story every day.

Chuaigh na páistí isteach i siopa na bpeataí. (The children went into the pet shop.)

Chonaic siad coinín bán. (They saw a white rabbit.)

Bhí cat faoin gcoinín. (The cat was under the rabbit.)

Bhí hamstar faoin madra. (There was a hamster under the dog.)

Bhí luch liath faoin nathair. (There was a grey mouse under the snake.)

Bhí iasc órga ar an gcuntar freisin. (There was a goldfish on the counter as well.)

Thug moncaí banana do na páistí.  (The monkey gave a banana to the children.)

An Luan (Monday)

Draw a picture of each of the words highlighted in the story above and label the pictures.

An Mháirt (Tuesday)

Read the story Peata Nua and answer questions 1-3.

An Chéadaoin (Wednesday)

Bua na Cainte lch (page) 98. Write your news using the pictures to help you.

An Déardaoin (Thursday)

Bua na Cainte lch (page) 131. Answer all the activities on the page.

Litriú (Spellings): Sa Chistin (In the Kitchen)

Learn to spell the 6 words below.

1. stól = stool

2. sorn = oven

3. cófra = cupboard

4. doras = door

5. bord = table

6. fuinneog = window

An bhfuil bord sa chistin? = Is there a table in the kitchen?

bord sa chistin. = There is a table in the kitchen.

An bhfuil sorn sa chistin? Is there an oven in the kitchen?

Níl sorn sa chistin. There is not an oven in the kitchen.

English – Reading

Adventures by the Sea – Read pages 45 -48.

Monday – Grammar

Skills Book page 73 – Capital Letters 3.

Tuesday – Recount Writing

To recount means to retell something that happened, in the order in which it happens. We did a lot of recount writing at the start of the year but here is a reminder of the steps to take.

A good recount:

Tells what happened first, then what happened next and finally what happened at the end.

Answers the questions – Who was there? What happened? Where it happened? When it happened? Why?

It is written in the past tense.

It often has an ending that tells how the writer feels about what happened.

Write your news and remember to follow the steps listed above.

Recount Writing Example: A Trip to the Zoo

It was a lovely sunny day yesterday so my family and I went to the zoo. When we got to there we went to the shop to buy some food to give to the animals. After getting the food we went to the nocturnal house where we saw birds and reptiles which only come out at night.

Next, we went for a ride on an elephant. It was a thrill to ride it. Dad nearly fell off when he let go of the rope. It was hilarious! During lunch we fed the ducks in the park. In the afternoon we saw the penguins and monkeys being fed. The monkeys made a lot of noise!

When we returned home we were tired but very happy because we had a terrific day.

Wednesday – Comprehension

Skills Book page 59 answer questions 5-9.  These questions are on the story An Amazing Dog from the book Adventures by the Sea.

Thursday: Phonics

Spellbound pages 62 and 63 (Travel). Answer activities A-H.

Spellings: Spellbound page 62 box 1-4. (Travel) Do one box each day.

Phonics: We are doing the tion sound this week. Look at the video Mr. ThorneDoes Phonics tion and then read the words below

option = one thing that can be chosen from a set of possibilities.

pollution = damage caused to water, air, etc. by harmful substances or waste.

lotion = a liquid that you put on your skin.

imagination = the ability to form pictures or ideas in your mind.

mention = to speak about something quickly, giving little detail or using few words.

invention = something that has never been made before.

station = a place where buses or trains stop for people to get on or off.

protection = to stop someone or something from being harmed or


Listen to the story ‘The Curious Garden’ written by Peter Brown. It tells the story of how a young boy named Liam discovers a door that leads to an abandoned railroad tracks where he finds a forgotten garden. Liam lives in a grey city taken over by industry. He cares for the plants and helps them flourish. They gradually spread throughout the grey city, transforming it, bit by bit, into a lush green world. 

Keep reading as many books as you can. You can access free library books at

Oral Language: Topic – Feelings (Continued from last week)

The Rainbow Oral Language Programme Response Book is available at

New vocabulary – worried, shy, fed up, grumpy, jealous, embarrassed, proud, glum, brave, sad, happy, cheerful, surprised, lonely, excited. (Look up 2 words in the dictionary each day.

A person’s behaviour can affect the feelings of others. Look at the page below and talk to your child about each picture. Tick the boxes under the pictures that show behaviour that makes people feel good.

Maths: We are doing two-step number problems this week. These are sums that have 2 parts or steps. I have made a video for each day. Please ask your son to watch the video for each page before he begins his work.

Video for Busy at Maths page 157.

Video for Busy at Maths page 158.

Video for Busy at Maths page 159.

Video for Busy at Maths page 160.


Monday: This week in science we are learning all about plants. Read the piece below to see what a seed needs to grow.

Tuesday: In this video you will learn about the different parts of a plant.


Plants use water to keep their roots, stems, leaves and flowers healthy. The water is also used to carry dissolved nutrients throughout the plant. In this video you will see an experiment showing a plant drinking water. Xylems are tubes (like veins) inside the stem of a plant that help the water and nutrients travel up to the leaves. (It’s similar to how a straw works.)

Thursday: Plants drinking Water Experiment.

You can try this experiment at home using celery, cabbage leaves or pale coloured flowers. Ask an adult to help you when adding the food colouring.


Celery, cabbage leaves or pale coloured flowers

Vase or jar


Food colouring.


  1. Fill a vase or jar ¼ full with water.
  2. Add 10-20 drops of food colouring. Stir well.
  3. Place the celery cabbage leaves or pale coloured flowers in the vase.
  4. Let them in the coloured water for a day.
  5. Examine the leaves/celery/flowers carefully.

What are your results to the experiment?


This week we are going to see if we can come up with ideas that can make our class bully free and a safe place for everyone. Remember bullying can hurt us in 3 ways: our body, our feelings and our belongings. Work with your child on the worksheet below.

Religion: Read about Adam and Eve in the link below and then complete page 52 from Grow in Love.


Art Ideas on Plants.

‘Sunflowers’ by Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the world’s most famous painters. He painted ‘Sunflowers for a room in the yellow house he was renting in Arles in France. His friend, the painter Paul Gauguin was coming to visit and Van Gogh wanted to redecorate. It is a very famous painting. Look at it’s bright yellows and the way each of the sunflowers are painted differently. Van Gogh was not very famous when he was alive. Since his death he has become one of the most successful painters in history.

In this video you will learn how to draw a sunflower. Can you make a copy of Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ picture?