Suggested Activities 5th-8th May


Patterns, Length and 2-D Shapes 

  • Watch Miss Mc Geough’s Maths lesson. There are 5 videos.


  • Try to make patterns using different objects in your house. 
  • Can you make patterns showing different colours? 
  • If possible, draw or make your own caterpillar showing a pattern of 2 or 3 colours. 
  • Ask an adult to start the pattern and you can try to finish it! 
  • Can you find any 2-D shapes in your house? (eg circles, squares, rectangles, triangles) 
  • What shapes do you have in your caterpillar? 
  • How many circles long is your caterpillar? 
  • How could you make your caterpillar shorter? 
  • How could you make your caterpillar longer? 
  • Practise counting forwards from 0 to 10 and backwards from 10 to 0. 
  • Count from any given number up to 10. (Eg. Count from 3 to 10) 


Combining Within 10 

  • Practise Miss Mc Geough’s addition activity (spots on butterfly) with any 10 objects you have at home. 
  • If possible, draw or make your own butterfly. 
  • Ask your child to create 2 sets of spots (e.g. 9 and 1, or 10 and 0) 
  • How many spots do we have in each set? 
  • If we combine both sets, how many spots will we have altogether? Count. 
  • Use the mathematical language “___ plus ___ equals ___” when adding the two sets of spots together.  
  • How many different ways can you make 10? 
  • If you can, label the sets using post-its, or write the number sentence out on a sheet of paper (9+1=10) 
  • Write 3 addition sums that make 10 in the format: ___ + ___ = 10 
  • Draw spots on butterflies’ wings to show these sums (eg. Draw one wing with 2 spots and the other wing with 8 spots to make 10 spots) 
  • Use your number line to check if these sums are correct (eg. Start at 2 and make 8 jumps to see if 2 + 8 = 10) 
  • Practise counting on with your number line- if possible, your parents could ask you addition sums within 10. (Eg. ‘What is 6 + 3?’ You start at 6 on your number line, jump forward three times and say what number you land on)  




This week we are reading “The Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. 

Watch Ms. Gilroy’s video on important vocabulary before you listen to the story.  Maybe you could make your own flashcards of these words: sun, ice-cream, butterfly, swiss cheese, watermelon, caterpillar, cocoon, strawberry, cherry pie, pear, apple, salami, plum, sausage, orange, cupcake, pickle. 


Now listen to Ms. Gilroy reading “The Hungry Caterpillar”. 

Follow-up activities: 

  • What types of food did the caterpillar eat? Draw as many as you can remember. Can you draw them in the correct sequence? Maybe you can write the word underneath the picture? 
  • Draw a picture of your favourite food. Write the sentence: “My favourite food is _____” 

Stories to Practise Reading: 

Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Games: 

Handwriting: Continue with Handwriting Booklet. 

  • Get your child to trace the letter in the air with her finger. 
  • Make the letter with playdough. 
  • Try and think of words that begin with the letter. 
  • Make sure that your child is sitting up straight and holding her pencil properly before she begins. 

Oral Language:  

  • Recount the story of “The Hungry Caterpillar” and describe your favourite part and why you liked it. 
  • Describe the lifecycle of a butterfly 


Bia (food) 

Listen to and practise saying the vocabulary and phrases in Ms. Toomey’s video: Bia 


  • Sú Talún (strawberry) 
  • Úll (apple) 
  • Piorra (pear) 
  • Pluma (plum) 
  • Oráiste(orange) 
  • Piorra amháin (one pear) 
  • Dhá phiorra (two pears) 
  • Trí phiorra (three pears) 
  • Ceithre phiorra (four pears) 
  • Cúig phiorra (five pears) 
  • An maith leat _____? (do you like ____?) 
  • Is maith liom ____ (I like ____) 
  • Ní maith liom ____ (I don’t like ____) 
  • Seo é _____ (This is ____) 
  • Tá ocras orm (I am hungry) 
  • Cá bhfuil an ____?(where is the ____?) 
  • Tá an ____ sa bhabhla/ bhosca lóin (the ___ is in the bowl/ lunchbox) 



  • Listen to the story of “The Hungry Caterpillar”. What types of food did the caterpillar eat? Draw as many as you can remember. Can you draw them in the correct sequence? Maybe you can write the word underneath the picture? 
  • If you have paper plates at home, you could paint/ colour in 1 red plate and 4 green plates. Draw a face on the red plate and stick all the plates together to make the caterpillar. 


Watch Ms. Meenagh’s video: The Lifecycle of a Butterfly! 

Using Ms. Meenagh’s video to help you, try to draw the life cycle of a butterfly yourself. Can you label it? Eggs, caterpillar, pupa, butterfly



Watch Ms. Gilroy’s video of the song ‘Days of the Week’. Sing along and try to learn it off by heart! 

Activities for Ms Tiernan’s Students: