Suggested Activities 5th-8th May




  • Read Unit 3 ‘Travellers’ and complete the activities related to this topic  


  • Compile a list of the books, television programmes and movies you have seen throughout this time. Choose 5 of each. What genre were they? What was the conflict and resolution of these? Who were the characters? What were some themes of them? Which were your favourite and why?  


  • Pick 1 of the movies that you have watched and write a full review. Answer these questions- Who is the film suitable for? Outline the plot of the film. (What happens) Who directed the film? Who acted in the film? Describe the way the story was filmed e.g. setting, scenery, costumes, special effects. Say why you would recommend the film.  


  • Continue Spellcheck (next 2 pages) 


  • Write a poem about being a time traveller (acrostic or rhyming) Include these thoughts and ideas- Where would you go? Why there? What would you see/hear/smell/taste and touch? What would the experience be like? 





  • Léigh leathanach a 8 ‘An Domhan Thart Orainn’. Freagair na ceisteanna. Read page 8 ‘An Domhan Thart Orainn’ and answer the questions.  


  • Cuardaigh sa foclóir agus faigh na hainmneacha do na tíortha seo/ search the dictionary and find the names of these countries in Irish  


  • Poland  
  • The Netherlands  
  • Brazil  
  • Australia  
  • New Zealand  
  • India  
  • Spain  
  • Russia  
  • Wales  
  • Mexico  


  • An raibh tú riamh in aon ceann do no tíortha seo? Scríobh sliocht beag faoi do chuairt sa tír sin. Have you ever been to any of these countries? Write a paragraph as Ghaeilge about your trip.  







  • Watch this video from Khan Academy .  


  • What is the difference between something that is one dimensional, two dimensional and three dimensional?  
  • What do we measure length in?  
  • What do we measure area in?  
  • What do we measure volume in?  



  • Do the activities on Volume on Page 176.  


  • Continue to do Mental Maths each day  


    • Complete these maths questions:
  • 6.4÷2=   
  • 8.4 ÷ 4 =
  •  9.6 ÷3 =    
  • 10.5  ÷5=         
  • 18.6 ÷6=       
  • 8.7  ÷ 3=      
  • 9.6  ÷4=      
  • 396.50 ÷26=   
  • 394.80 ÷24=    
  • 459.52  ÷ 32=     
  • 492.75 ÷27=        
  • 593.92÷ 32= 
  • 548.64 ÷36=       
  • 1930.0÷ 40=  





  • This week I would like you to study early years of Irish Independence. When Ireland became independent in 1922, there were two main parties, the pro-treaty Cumann na nGaedhal and the anti-treaty Fianna Fáil. Cumann na nGaedhal was in power from 1922-1932 and Fianna Fáil was in power from 1932-1948. Research both of these governments and list five of the accomplishments of both of them. 
  • Ms Mc Kay’s Class Small world History Read chapter 18  page 96   

Answer questions page 99  Part A   B   C    and D2 and D3 




  • In the current situation supply chains are very important. They keep a place supplied with all the things it needs. Get five household items and find out where they came from. Try to find some from within and outside of Ireland. Draw a map to show them travelling from where they were made to where you bought them. How do you think they travelled? List as many of the people as you that are involved in this process. Which item in your house had the furthest distance to travel?  




  • Continue with the Microsoft Hour of Code. Access the Hour of Code initiative on Learn about computer coding.  


  • Try this experiment if you are able and if you have permission. 1, 2 and 5 cent coins are made out of a metal called copper. The copper mixes with oxygen, the same gas that we breathe. This cause something called oxidation and makes them look dirty.  


  • Try to use some organic (not chemical cleaners like hand wash or washing up liquid) materials to clean them and see which works best. Acids help to clean oxidation very well. Can you think of a citrus fruit that has lots of acid in it? Or something you might put on a chip that has lots of acid in it? Only use a tiny bit and be sure to clean up after yourself. Write up your findings and make a hypothesis (informed guess) as to why one of the things you used worked well.  





  • What is the difference between the two pieces?  
  • What instruments are in a string quartet?  
  • Can you identify the instruments that Keane are using?  
  • Was the Vitamin String Quartet’s piece a good version of the song?  
  • Is there a song you would like to see a string quartet play? Why did you choose this song.  




  • Bird watching: Choose one of the birds from our bird watching activity. Draw a sketch of the bird. Try to keep it to scale and try to get the proportions of the bird correct. Up load your picture to SeeSaw if you like when you’re finished.  



Grow in Love: 


  • Watch the animation of the bible story of the birth of John the Baptist and retell the story in your own words. 


Follow the link   Scroll down to New Testament Bible story number 43 The Farmer and the seed 

Read the story and write a recount of what happened. Draw a picture to represent the story. 



  • Write a letter to your “future self” about all the things that you are excited about doing in Secondary School. What are you excited about? What are you a little nervous about? What do you hope to do/study in secondary school? What goals do you hope to achieve in your first year of secondary school? Put this letter in an envelope and put it away. You can read it this time next year to see if your goals and hopes came true 🙂  

Ms O’Shaughnessy’s Maths group: 

Hi girls, I hope you are all well and enjoying the work that’s being set for you. Here is some more work to keep you going. Remember; only do as much as you can and you do not have to be in my group to do it: 


This week we are going to focus on calculating percentage profit and loss. Here is a quick recap: 

  • If a business makes more money than it spends on expenses, it makes a profit 
  • If a business makes less money than it spends on expenses, it makes a loss. 
  • A profit or loss can also be made on a single item, ex. A car or a house (you will generally  make a loss on a car as it will sell for less than you paid for it) 
  1. Warm-up: 

Sate whether each of these is a profit or loss and by how much (€): 

 Cost Price:                       Selling Price: 

  1. €100                              €125
  2. €200                              €150
  3. €100                              €80
  4. €200                              €120
  5. €50                                €75
  6. €150                              €105
  7. €8,000                           €10,000
  8. €9,000                           €6,000
  9. €7.50                             €5.00
  10. €2.10                           €1.40


  1. Profit or loss is often expressed as a percentage of the cost price. To calculate it as a percentage, you can use the following formula:

P/C.P. x 100/1 or L/C.P x 100/1. (/= divided by) 


  • Now calculate the percentage profit or loss on each transaction in Question A (Warm-up).  


C.Work it out: 

  1. In a summer sale, shorts were reduced from €15 to €9. What was the percentage discount?
  2. A store bought a number of leather jackets for €80 and priced them at €100. What percentage profit did they hope to make on each jacket?
  3. At the end of the season the remaining jackets were reduced to €60. What percentage loss was this?
  4. An apartment, bought for €90,000 was later sold for €135,000. Calculate the percentage profit.
  5. A jeep, bought for €48,000 was later sold for €42,000. Calculate the percentage loss. 
  6. A farmer bought a young bull for €600. A year later, he sold it for €1,200. However, a couple of months later, he regretted selling the bull and bought it back but at a higher price of €1,400. A year later, he sold the bull again but this time for €2,000. Calculate how much profit or loss the farmer made overall.




  Maths language revision: 

Can you explain the following terms? If not, look them up. You might like to add them to a “dictionary” (back of your copy, A4 page etc). Be as specific as you can when giving your definition. 

  • Average: 
  • Capacity: 
  • Centimetre: 
  • Chord: 
  • Circumference: 

Challenge time: 

What am I?

  • I am half-way between two consecutive numbers. The product of the two numbers is 650. 
  • I am the sum of the multiples of 3 between 20 and 29. 
  • I am between 50 and 150. I am 2 more than a multiple of 3. I am 2 more than a multiple of 5. I am 2 more than a multiple of 7. 
  • Add 2.5 to me and multiply the answer by 7. You will get 70 
  • Divide me by 10 and subtract 3 from the answer. You will get 10.5 
  1. How are you getting on with the puzzle books? Continue choosing a challenge each day if you can.


Challenge of the week (only if you have time on your hands, it’s just to stretch your brains!): Visit the webiste  You can also access it via the Maths Ireland website at   


Choose one activity daily from one of the puzzle books. Book 6 is for age 11+ but you may prefer to start with Book 5 or 4 as they are quite tricky. Record your rough-work. You might like to take a picture of your work for use at a later stage.  



Ms O’Shaughnessy’s English group:   

If you are in my English group, have a look at these activities. Do the activities that apply to you. Not all of the suggestions will apply to each girl that comes to the group so if it doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry! Look out for an optional activity on Seesaw also! 


  • Continue with My Read at Home Book (MRAH) if you have it – Read one each day and answer questions orally. Some of you may have different books and that’s ok, just read the one you have! Look up any words that you don’t know or that you find interesting and add to your copies. You can also find the books online at the following links:  (Bk 6) 

  (Bk 4).  


MRAH Book 6:  

Tuesday: p.76 Spaghetti alla Puttanesca  

Wednesday: p. 78 Spud 

Thursday: p. 79 Ireland’s First Olympic Medallist 

Friday: p. 80 Job Application 

Activity A: Choose one of these texts and summarise the main points of the text.  Activity B: The recipe on p.76 comes from Italy. What is your favourite meal of all time? Write out the recipe. Remember, you are writing it as a procedure so it should follow the required structure: Headings, steps/ method, materials needed (ingredients) etc.  

MRAH Book 4:  Tues 

Tuesday: P. 75 Robot Kid 

Wednesday:  P.76 Flags 

Thursday: P. 77 Offerings 

Friday: P.78 Caves 


Activity A: Re-read the text Flags. Can you describe the flag from your home country/ parents’ country? What are the colours? Are there any symbols, if so what do they mean? Is there an interesting history behind the flag? What is it?  

Activity B: Continue with English workbook if you have it- do one page a day (this applies to some girls only)  


 For all girls attending the group: Word of the Day- look up the word and add to your dictionary  

 (This can just be a page at the back of your copy). Use the word in a sentence:  

  1. Tuesday:  humiliate
  2. Wednesday: literal
  3. Thursday: recount
  4. Friday: boycott


For all girls attending the group-Poetry: 

Thursday 30th April was National Poetry Day. You have read 3 poems over the past few weeks: April, Teacher and Some Favourite Words. Below is a poem written by a secondary school student about her brother.  




He is funny. 

He is caring. 

He is protective 

He is awkward. 

He is tall. 

He is a big softie. 

He is an idiot. 

He is sometimes useless. 

He is clueless. 

He is immature (depending on the scenario) 

but he is mature. 

He is not a lightweight. 

He is a fussy eater. 

He is gentle. 

He is rough. 

He is strong. 

He is broad. 

He is dopey. 

He is book smart. 

He is street wise. 

He looks like a hard lad. 

But he is really mushy inside. 


Jade Byrne 

Jade Byrne is a student at Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount 

Dublin 8. 

Follow-up Activity: 

  • Choose a family member (it can be a brother or sister but it does not have to be) and write about them. It can be in poem format or not. Think about their physical characteristics, their personality- their positive traits, quirks and possibly the annoying things they do (be kind!). Try and make it as descriptive and creative as possible.