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.
Monday 15th June
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
koalas, rockhoppers and lions.
Tuesday 16th June -
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-
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 -
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 -
Feely Boxes -
Thursday 18th June -
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 -
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 IMG_1949.jpg
2. Using toys https://www.science-
3. A nice way to decorate before you colour images https://encrypted-
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5. Spider webs images https://encrypted-
6. Zentangles Zentangle-
Have lots of FUN!!
Tuesday 23rd June -
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 -
Long way to town -
Short way to town -
Trade your horse -
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 ideas/activities/challenges!
Wednesday 24th June -
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 -
Today is play your favourite Board Game day. Board Games are one of the easiest ways to have fun with everybody in the family.
For any parent who has availed of the free twinkl, on account of COVID-
Most important of all is to have lots of fun!!!