Here you will find out all the news from 4th Class!

Sunday, 6 September 2020

A warm welcome back to school!

 Welcome back to all the boys & girls in our new 4th class for the school year 2020/21! I am looking forward to being your teacher this year & I know you will be all happy to see your friends again after our long break from school! Keep an eye on this page for news & information from 4th class throughout the year! Mrs. Smyth

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Virtual School Tours Week 22nd - 26th June

Hi everyone!! I hope you all enjoyed last week’s Virtual Sports Week. This week we are going to do something a little different – Virtual School Tour week. Every day we will visit a different location. All  classes have been assigned the same tour so if you have younger siblings it is a nice opportunity to work together 😊 Have fun!!
If you have any questions just send me an email
Please continue your reading on Epic! this week also Class code: ppb3798. I have assigned some books there for you to choose from.

Virtual Tours Week: 22nd -26th June 2020

The Natural History Museum-London

San Diego Zoo

Monterray Bay Aquarium
Tate Modern Art, London
Longleat Safari Park - Wiltshire, UK
Monday: The Natural History Museum London:

Click on the link above, you will see a map of the museum. You can move through 3 levels (ground, first and second ‘floors’). These levels can be seen at the top right hand corner of the screen. By clicking on the dots on the map, you can start the virtual tour.

1: Start at ‘first’ (floor level) and record the names of some of the rooms/halls that you choose to enter.
2: Also write a list of some of the animals that you see along the way.
3. Next move on to ‘second’ and ‘ground’ (floor levels) and complete the same process.
4.Complete a ‘fact file’ on one or two animals (of your choice) that you saw during the virtual tour. You may undertake on-line research when completing this task (if possible)

Tuesday: San Diego Zoo

Live webcam of animals:

Introduction: The first link has live video cams of various animals -hippos, platypus’, baboons, penguins, polar bears, penguins, apes, koalas, pandas to name but a few. You can watch the animals in real time. The second link are short stories about some of the animals at the zoo which are really nice. (especially about Zuli the elephant and Omeo the baby koala!) There are also some games for you to play…have a go!

·         Watch the live videos of the animals. What animals did you watch?
·         Read a story of your choice about the animals at the San Diego Zoo from the above link. Write 5 sentences in your own words about the animal that you picked. (2nd-6th)
·         You can make a swinging monkey! Click the link to see how to make one:
If you make one upload a photo to padlet!
Wednesday: Monterray Bay Aquarium


When you click on the link, the aquarium has live cams of different sea animals and some land animals such as penguins. There are two cams not working at the moment(The Monterray Bay cam and Sea Otter cam) but there are plenty other ones to view. It begins with the Aviary Cam then moves onto the Coral reef and Jelly fish cam and so on. The penguin cam is very cute!


Here are some links to videos with information on the animals you will see at the aquarium. Watch some of the videos. This video is a BBC Earth clip focusing on the Emperor Penguins. Exploring the coral reef: Learn about oceans for kids.

Make a note of 5 things you learned today & add some illustrations/drawings. Upload to padlet or e mail to me

Thursday: Tate Modern Art Gallery, London 
Introduction: Tate Modern is an art gallery in London and this link will take you there! Well, kind of.  It will direct you to Tate Kids which is the online section, especially for children. There are lots of great videos, games and activities to do – so take your time and have a browse!
 Below is a video, quiz and game I recommend trying. Enjoy your trip!
·     Click on the link below to a short video about Pop Art. You might recognise some of the artists!
·        Click on the link below. See which pop artist best suits your style. 
·        Try to create a piece of Pop Art of your own at home and send a picture to your teacher.  Or use this Street Art – graffiti app to do a creation online. It will upload and your art might get displayed on the Tatekids website!

Friday: Longleat Safari Park

Longleat Safari Park is a drive-through Safari Park in the UK and was opened in 1966. When you click on the link there is a video that takes you through the entire park and introduces you to all the animals that they have on the park and gives you fun facts along the way! Make sure you don’t have any snacks hidden in your pockets, the animals can smell everything!! Enjoy your trip 😊

1.    What is your favourite animal and why?
2.   Can you think of a fact/facts that you learned about any of the animals along the way?
3.   Draw or create your favourite animal at the park and send a picture to your teacher on Padlet or email!

Have fun!! 

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Virtual Active Week! 15th - 19th June

Welcome to your Virtual Active Week!
Put down your books and put on your runners! This week is all about being Active! The aim is for every child to do 60 minutes activity a day.
  • Each day we have a Daily Starter with one of our teachers to get everyone on their feet. 
  • We also have an activity for you to do each day 
  • Teacher challenge set by some of our teachers who love to be active!
  • We are also asking everyone to run the Daily Mile and add to our Daily Tally and see how far we can run in a week!
  • On Wednesday there is a link to PAWS water safety programme. We normally teach this in June so please follow the link and do this very important lesson with your child.
  • Each day login to our reading app Class Code: ppb3798.   Choose a book from the Sports Collection I have assigned for you & read 1 book daily. Lets us know on the class padlet which book you read each day

We really want to see how everyone is getting on, especially with the teacher challenges so please upload your videos and pics to our padlet. (link below)
All the information you will need is on the school’s Active Blog.

It can also be found on our Virtual Active Week padlet.

Have a great week and be active!

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Home Learning 8th - 12th June

Here is your suggested work for the week ahead .Try your best at everything & don’t stress if you cannot do some parts! You don’t have to get everything done!
Deputy principal email:
Learning support teacher email:
8th June
·         This week we are going to do something a little different!!! This is our school tour WEEK! ( Yes I said week!) We will be virtually travelling for a week to the United States of America, to the capital city Washington DC for a virtual tour of the White House! There are some activities below to go with our tour.
·         Packing: Look up the weather for this week in Washington DC here:  (enter Washington DC in the search at the top right of the page)
-Write down what the weather will be like
-In your copy draw a suitcase & inside write a list of what you will pack to bring for the week (keeping the weather in mind). Don’t forget your passport & tickets. Suitcase template here
·         Look up how long it takes to fly from Dublin to Washington DC-write it down. If the flight leaves at 12.35 pm what time will it land in Washington (Irish time)
·         Is there a time difference between here & Washington DC? Find out what it is & write it down
·         Look up a suitable hotel that we could stay in for the 5 days of the tour. Name the hotel & tell me why you chose it. How much will it cost for a 5 night stay? Price a room for an adult & 2 children.We need to be close to the White House
·         OK I think you are ready for your trip in the morning but I think you need to read about the city before you go. Log into Epic Code: ppb3798. I have assigned 2 books on Washington DC-choose one to read and learn about the city you will visit.
9th June
·         Today we are going to take our flight to Washington DC!!
·         The trip to the airport will take 40 mins by bus & we need to be there at 10.30. At what time will the bus need to leave Ballyfermot?
·         You have checked in, taken your seat on a plane and now get ready for your flight… Flight Take off!!
·         During the flight you will look at a map of the area near The White House to learn a bit more about the area. Click on this link to see the map: Map
Can you see The White House on the map?
Answer these questions in your copy:
1.      Name the square to the north of The White House
2.      Name the lawn area to the south of The White House
3.      What is the address of The White House?
4.      Examine the map & find 3 places  we could go for our lunch. Write down the name & the street
5.      The teachers really need a coffee, can you find somewhere on the map to get a good coffee? What street is it on?
6.      Can you find somewhere on the map to park the bus? Look for this symbol

·         Gaeilge: Play the game:Cluiche Gaeilge (some holiday words in here!)
·         When you arrive in Washington we all go to our hotel as it is late…here is some reading before bed Code: ppb3798.
Read the book I have assigned on The White House & write down 3 facts you learned about it.
·         PE: Try this workout: The Body Coach
10th June
·         Today we will visit The White House! First here is an information of where it is & what the rooms are used for The White House Information After the video write down 5 pieces of information you learned
·         Now off you go & explore The White House yourself here Explore The White House Click on the rooms you want to see and  look around them.
·         Choose a room that you like. In your copy write down the name of the room you chose, describe what the room looks like using lots of interesting adjectives. What do you think happens in this room? Go to Padlet & tell us your favourite room in The White House
·         Now use your Math’s Eyes & make up 8 maths questions about this room e.g. How many paintings are in the room? What shape is…. (Think about numbers/shapes/angles etc)
·         The class  will do a Flash Mob Dance in the gardens of The White House so click the link & practise the dance here Can't Stop The Feeling!
11th June

·         Some of you may have read or heard about the protests that have been happening in America these past couple of weeks. People have been standing up for their civil rights, the rights of all people no matter what the colour of their skin. Today we will learn about Diversity. Go to our reading app Code: ppb3798.  I have assigned a book called Respecting Diversity- Read it or listen to it while following the text.
·         Answer these questions in your copy:
1.      What is diversity?
2.      Name 3 ways that people can be different
3.      What is prejudice?
4.      What does the book advise us to do when we meet someone new?
5.      Name 3 things you may have in common with others.
6.      Can you explain tolerance in your own words?
7.      How can we make the world a better place?
·         Religion: Could you write a prayer to help us respect Diversity
·         We will eat in Mc Donald’s today. Here is the menu you can choose from: Mc Donald's Menu Write down what you will order. What will your meal cost in dollars? Work out how many calories in your meal also! (Prices & calories can be found underneath the photo of the menu)
·         If you can today get outside to do something active-walk/run/cycle/skip etc. Tell us on padlet what activity you did and for how long.
12th June

·         The President of America lives in The White House. Watch this video on the Presidents of America The Presidents of America
·         Answer the questions:
1.      How many presidents of America have there been?
2.      How often do the Americans vote for their president?
3.      When will the next vote be?
4.      Write down the name of 5 presidents and the years they were president.
5.      When was Barak Obama president?
6.      Who is the president of America now?
·         Art: On the flight home you are going to draw  a picture of The White House. You can follow this video or do your own drawing Draw The White House Post your creation to padlet
·         Read: Go to Epic & choose a book to read. It can be one we looked at during the week or one of your Code: ppb3798.
·         PE Challenge: How many Jumping Jacks can you do in one minute? Post your score to Padlet & let’s see who gets the most! Could you create a 1 minute challenge for the class? Put your challenge up on Padlet for us all to try!
Email your work when you are finished each day for me to check!