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Dear Parents/Guardians,
We hope you are well and enjoying June. Sincere thanks to everyone who has supported our pupils
in remote learning. Usually in June, we have Sports Day and School Tours and lots of fun activities.
This year the teachers have put together a plan with 8 whole school activities. Pupils can complete
the activities at home. Tweet and tag @rathgarogue_ns to show us what you have been up to.

Stay Safe,
Anne-Marie O’ Neill

Monday 15th June

Virtual Tour
Go to visit Sandiego Zoo today at https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/. It is geared for children. They can learn all about all the animals, watch videos of them, read and learn about them, play games and there are fun activities like matching activities and colouring pages and fun facts to do also. It should suit children of all ages but the younger ones might need an older sibling or parent to help navigate through it. Choose from the menu at the top of the page.

Visit our own Dublin Zoo either and watch the live webcams of the elephants, penguins, or the African Savanna at

also has a variety of live webcams of pandas, penguins, tigers,
koalas, rockhoppers and lions.

Tuesday 16th June - Music Activity

We’ve created a simple version of the Cup Song so that we can all give it a go from home. Before learning the cup song, a listen to it here.
For this technique you need a plastic or a paper cup and to be
sitting at a table. The cup rhythm should sound and look something like this: https://www.loom.com/share/2093fcf2735f4cf69f1015939a790497

1. Start with the cup sitting on the table, upside down.
2. Clap your hands 2 times.
3. Hit the table 3 times (Right, Left, Right).
4. Pick up the cup and place it back down again.
5. Clap your hands 2 times.
6. Lift the cup up with your right hand.
7. Hit the table with your left hand.
8. Place the cup back down with your right hand.
9. Practice and practice this rhythm over and over. Try and
pick up some speed. When you feel comfortable try to sing along with it. Lyrics here https://genius.com/Kidz-bop-kids-cups-lyrics
10. It can be tricky to do both at the same time. If so, try to get
a sibling/someone at home to learn it with you and take turns to sing/perform the rhythm.
11. For younger classes, or If you’re finding it really tricky,
listen to the song and try to clap along. Or even make up a dance!

Wednesday 17th June - Mindfulness Today is our ‘Mindfulness’ day.
Here are some activities.

Try out some Yoga. You can choose a video to suit you!
Mindfulness colouring sheets. These will be forwarded to you to print off if you wish.
Click this link to find some mindfulness activities on
‘GoNoodle’. https://family.gonoodle.com/search?q=mindfulness

Some more activities:
Blowing Bubbles -
This is a lovely way to slow everything down - even for older children. Children can become captivated by the bubbles very quickly. Encourage the children to look at the colours and the gentle, floating shapes of the bubbles. Ensure the children are taking deep breaths in and slow breaths out when blowing the bubbles.
Feely Boxes -
Place a selection of objects of various textures into a box which can then be closed. Cut a hole in the top so that a hand to reach in. This can be fun and exciting, such as slime, plastic spiders, sliced melon, etc. Have each child reach into the box and feel something without looking or taking it out. Have them describe it and guess what it is.
Listen carefully with your eyes closed to any sounds you can hear. After one minute, open your eyes and write down everything you heard.

Thursday 18th June - Nature
Take a moment in your garden and close your eyes. Listen to the sounds around you. Write down or draw what you hear.

Nature Art
: Collect leaves, grasses, flowers and more from your garden or a nature walk. Place these onto a piece of card and create a picture. It could be fairy or scenery or just a design.
Look at Nature Activity Trees
the following leaves and see if you can find them in your garden or nature walk.
Look at Nature Activity Plants and Flowers
the following plants and flowers and see how many you can find in your garden or on your nature walk.
Look at Nature Activity Birds
the following birds and see how many you can find in your garden or on your nature walk.
Look at Nature Activity Minibeasts
the following minibeasts and see how many you can find in your garden or on your nature walk.

Monday 22nd June - Arts and Crafts
Today is our Arts and Crafts day. We are going to look at the theme of ‘Patterns’. ‘A pattern is a repeated decorative design’. We want you to get creative and see what pattern designs you can create. You must remember, patterns can be created in several ways. Experiment with colours, materials, shapes, designs, textures, size etc. See
what amazing creations you can design with use of patterns. They
can be as simple or as complex as you like. Here are some examples of patterns

1. Using nature https://i.pinimg.com/564x/7c/ef/79/7cef797755eec698046eea0ab69ed1cb.jpg
2. Using toys https://www.science-sparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/DSC_0002-1024x682.jpg

3. A nice way to decorate before you colour images https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcSMpEhugAh4mzULdkqy86_-TRtybkaUc2m5N8F0cT2GbttoMlUX&usqp=CAU

4. Creative designs 08103df623329e7024cccb98928b0670--easy-zentangle-patterns-doodle-patterns.jpg

5. Spider webs images https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcQW1Y8hIw9DVqUkn0ObUPkLVjWJ_OjnYUDCt3IM7D8WdJeLI9p0&usqp=CAU

6. Zentangles Zentangle-Art-Examples-791x1024.jpg https://colormadehappy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Zentangle-Art-Examples-791x1024.jpg
7. Chalk SIDEWALK-CHALK-STAINGLASS-2-1.jpg https://www.yourmodernfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SIDEWALK-CHALK-STAINGLASS-2-1.jpg
Have lots of FUN!!

Tuesday 23rd June - Virtual Sports Day
Today is our ‘Virtual Sports Day’! Below I have listed some activities for you to try.
1. Egg and Spoon/ Spud and Spoon Race
Each child gets a spoon and egg (hard boiled or plastic) or a spud. Each child must carry their egg/spud on their spoon without touching it from the starting line to the finish line. If the egg/spud is dropped you must pick it up and continue on. You could challenge your parents/guardians to a race!
2. Sack Race

Each child gets into a sack (black bags) and hops up to and
around a cone or some marked point. The first person back to the start is the winner.
3. Knock ‘Em Down Pinball

Line up a couple of metres apart with a line of skittle targets in
the middle (these could be tins of beans, cereal boxes etc.) Each child takes a turn to roll a ball (tennis ball/sliotar etc) trying to knock over the target in the middle. If you successfully knock over the skittle you can claim this skittle and bring it over to your side. Whoever has the most skittles at the end is the winner.
4. Jockeys Up

Get into pairs (horse and jockey) and on a signal the children
will carry out the following movements:
Under the bridge - the jockey crawls under the horse's body.
Long way to town - the jockey jumps clockwise in a circle
around the horse.
Short way to town - the jockey jumps anti-clockwise around
the horse.
Trade your horse - all jockeys find a new partner.
5. Obstacle Course

Get the children to create an obstacle course outside using
whatever equipment you have at home. Challenge someone in your family to complete the course or time yourself to see how many times you can complete the course in 15minutes. Below is a link for an example of an outdoor obstacle course.

*Here is a link for a Spotify playlist for some music to
accompany your ‘Virtual Sports Day’ activities:
*Keep an eye out on Twitter today for some extra

Wednesday 24th June - STEM

Earlier this year there was so much excitement around Scoil Naomh Áine when the 'Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge' opened up to the public.
Today we want you to complete a 'Sweet STEM' activity!
You will design your very own bridge using just sweets such as jellies/gumdrops and toothpicks/ spaghetti/ straws! If you do not have jellies, you could use marshmallows, cheese, playdoh or even blu tack! Use your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills to come up with a solid structure and use your creativity to make it look really unique!

To begin, allow a couple of minutes to make shapes using the
sweets and toothpicks. Explore structures before you start making your own bridge! Make some squares and triangles! Check the strength of these shapes! Have a look at the following link which will give you some more ideas!


When your bridge is completed, you can do one final
investigation! You can investigate how strong your bridge is!! To do this, predict how many coins/marbles/cubes (whatever you have at home) your bridge will be able to hold using a paper plate. Then record your results! Check and see how close your estimate was! An alternative to this experiment would be to build the ‘Tallest Tower’ possible in a certain amount of time! Decide on a time limit, for example 5/10/15 minutes! You can use a stopwatch to make it more fun! Using the same materials listed above (jellies and toothpicks, etc) construct a tall tower that will still be standing when the time is up! When finished, measure the height of your tower using a ruler.
Record your results!
The following video will give you a few hints at how to start off your tower and for it to be structurally sound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtrYLIbxKn4 Looking forward to seeing your bridges or tall towers feature on Twitter!! Best of luck and have fun!!

Thursday 25th June - Board Games
Today is play your favourite Board Game day. Board Games are one of the easiest ways to have fun with everybody in the family.
- You can choose your favourite board game at home,
maybe it is Monopoly, Scrabble, Mousetrap, Life or maybe it is a card game like Uno or Snap.
- Invite everybody at home to play along with you.
- Older children may like to invent new twists to make the
games a little bit more challenging.
- You could design and play your own board game with
your own rules.
- Here are some templates that you can print out and
design your own games.   

For any parent who has availed of the free twinkl, on account
of COVID-19, here is another link that may be helpful for designing your own board game.

Most important of all is to have lots of fun!!!

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