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Happy Earth Day 2020!
Happy Earth Day 2020!

Today, 22nd April, is Earth Day. This is a day where we try to do things to protect our environment. Since the weather is lovely at the minute, why not try some of these activities below at home to celebrate Earth Day this week.

1. Bird Houses

Bird houses can be made from lots of simple household objects and decorated to look appealing to birds and humans alike. Try to hang your bird houses high of the ground or on a high outdoor shelf. Try to place a small amount of food inside. People always think birds will only eat specific bird seed you buy in shops but birds enjoy lots of foods you’d find in your house such as apples, raisins, eggshells, cooked pasta or rice and, most obviously, any types of seeds or small nut.

Use an old welly, milk carton or cardboard box to make a birdhouse.

2. A Bug Hotel

This is a much bigger project than number one and would need adult help and supervision. So what is a bug hotel and why would we want to have one anywhere near our home?

A bug hotel provides a place of shelter for insects in the cold winter months. But the best time to start is in spring or summer, so now would be a perfect time. Ok. So we give shelter to the insects; but why do we want insects anyway? Let’s face it, they just creep and buzz around and annoy everyone to say nothing of the plants they eat.

That also is quite true; but the main reason we need insects is because they pollinate plants and if we didn’t have them then 80% of all the plants we use for food would disappear.

A bug hotel is made up of sticks, bamboos, bits of bricks and timber.  In fact you can use any old bits of things like pots or branches or cardboard rolled up and lots of other things to make a hotel in your own garden. The insects will naturally find their way into it as they like dark squashed places.

Try your best and even a small bug hotel will attract lots of visitors.

3. Bird Feeders

So number one and number two require a lot of work. You want to do something but don’t have as much time. Why not try to make a bird feeder or two? All you need is a couple of plastic bottles, some old pencils and some of the foods listed above in number one. Pierce two pencils through the bottles so the birds have somewhere to perch. Pierce other small holes above the perches where the birds can access the food inside. Fill the bottles with food and hang the feeders from a branches on a tree or a clothesline etc. Voila!

4. Bee Watering Hole

With the weather we’re having we are starting to see lots of bees around. Bees are so important and do countless jobs to help us, especially pollinating flowers and plants. Bees are sometimes seen as dangerous but as long as we don’t scare bees they won’t want to bother us at all. To make a watering hole for bees, just use an old basin, some rocks, water and a few colourful flowers to attract the bees. Place the watering hole a little away from your house so the bees aren’t too close.

ENJOY!

Kahoot Update…
Kahoot Update…

These past 2 days, we have tried to host live Kahoots via YouTube live and although we could play, it slowed the whole game down and ultimately made it a lot less fun than in our classrooms.

Luckily, Kahoot! have now developed Kahoot! Home Assignments in response to the current situation around the world.

So we have set up 4 Kahoot! quizzes that you can do on your own device/computer in your own time. You will still be competing against other St. Mary’s pupils and see their scores as well as your own.

We are only allowed to assign each quiz to 100 people so please only do each quiz once per pupil and stick to quizzes recommended to your class level.

We will update quizzes regularly but updated game pins will not be posted on our homepage but via the ‘Kahoot Quizzes‘ page under the Student tab.

To play:

  1. Go to www.kahoot.it
  2. Enter the game pin associated with the quiz you wish to do.
  3. Click play.
  4. Both the questions and answers will appear on your device. Answer as quickly as possible.

Quizzes

Spellings

Try to pick the correct spelling of often misspelled words. This is quite tricky and probably best suited to 4th – 6th class. But 3rd class pupils could have a try, if they wish, too.

Game Pin: 0307557

Bia

Bain triall as an tráth na gcéist seo faoi bhia. Pioc an focal ceart leis an bpictiúr ceart. Rang a Trí go dtí Rang a Sé.

Pin cluiche: 0152889

Addition to 20

One for our younger pupils, where the pupil is given a number sentence and must provide the answer. All answers are below 20. Recommended for Senior Infants to 2nd Class.

Game Pin: 0422439

Times Tables

The ever-popular times tables quiz. Different questions to the one played in the live version but very similar. 3rd – 6th Class.

Game Pin: 0234178

All games will run until Monday 6th April at 12pm or until 100 pupils have taken part in each quiz. This should also serve as a reminder for each pupil to only take part in a quiz once.



Kahoot update!
Kahoot update!

We tried our first Kahoot quiz on Tuesday 31st March and it was, in no uncertain terms, a disaster. But I think I’ve learned lots from this and will go again tomorrow, on Wednesday 1st April at 12pm.

Apologies to all who logged in, and unfortunately were disappointed. Fingers crossed, tomorrow’s quiz will make up for it.

Please note that there is a big (30 seconds or so) delay between you entering your nickname/answer and it appearing on screen. For this reason, all answering times will be extended out to 90 seconds. This means the game won’t be as fast as it is in class but everyone is still answering at same time as everyone is experiencing same delay.

To play you need to do the following:

  1. Go to www.kahoot.it on any device or computer.
  2. Enter the game pin code below at 12pm
  3. Choose a nickname.
  4. Wait until 12.15pm and start playing
  5. See you tomorrow.

May I also remind anyone who posts inappropriate names that you first will be removed immediately, and I will then check your IP address and inform your parents of your choice of nickname in game.

See you tomorrow!

Kahoot Tables Quiz Tomorrow
Kahoot Tables Quiz Tomorrow

We’re going to try and host a live Kahoot quiz tomorrow (Tuesday 31st March) via YouTube live for our pupils. The quiz will be based on times tables and follows the format many children will be familiar with. This is a trial and fingers crossed it works really well and we’ll have more quizzes in the coming days.

The best way to play would be with 2 devices – one as the question screen with the live video playing, and another as your Kahoot screen. However, if playing on a laptop it would be possible to have 2 windows open at the same time and visible, therefore only needing one laptop. You would also only need one question screen for multiple players with separate devices for the Kahoot answer screen.

The live stream will begin at 12pm but the quiz itself will start at 12.15pm promptly.

To take part, you will need to do the following:

  1. Go to www.kahoot.it on any device or computer (or download the app on certain devices).
  2. Enter the game pin code which will appear in the video below from 12pm until 12.15pm.
  3. Choose a nickname.
  4. Wait until 12.15pm when the game will begin.
  5. Times tables questions will appear on the video with 4 possible answers. Pick the correct answer on your device in the quickest time possible.
  6. After each question there will be an updated leaderboard.
  7. Enjoy!



Apologies for delays. Technical difficulties. Please note there is a 30 second or so delay between entering answers/usernames and them appearing. But everyone will have same delay so all fair!!

We will now begin quiz at 12.45pm. Page will go live at 12.30 with pin.



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Welcome to our New Website
Welcome to our New Website

We have updated our website to help us through this difficult time of social distancing and school closures. We hope to bring you as much help as you need while your children are at home during this period. Keep an eye on the website for updates and homework for your children through the classes page.


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