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Rang 4/5

Rang 5 - 2013


Rang 5 ag dul go Féile Drámaíochta - Drama Festival 13/02/14 agus 26/02/14

Bhí Rang a Cúig ag Féile Scoil Drámaíochta Déardaoin, 13/02/14, agus ag Coirm Gael Linn i Muilleann gCearr 26/02/14 lena seó atá acu "An tAsarlaí ó Oz". Bhí an-lá acu ansin.


Rang 5 went to Connamara on Thursday, 13/02/14, to take part in Féile Scoil Drámaíochta 2014 and the also went to Coirm Gael Linn in Mullingar on 26/02/14. They performed their show "The Wizard of Oz". The children have worked fantastically hard preparing the show and they did us all proud on both occasions.


The children performed their show for parents on 28/02/14 - well done to all!


'Hoodie' Scoile Spóirt

School Sports Hoodie For Rang 4/5/6

We are looking at team sports hoodies at present.

They would be available to children who play on school panels.

We are looking at a navy hoodie with a red trim - the school colours.

The hoodies would cost about 18 euro each and could be worn in conjunction with the school uniform.




Dátaí Speisialta - Dates of note:


An Chéad Chomaoineach (First Holy Communion) Dé Sathairn 03/05/14

An Cóineartú (Confirmation) Dé Sathairn 24/05/14


Nótaí ón Oíche Churaclam
Notes from our Curriculum Night



A Thuistí,

Míle buíochas as ucht theacht chuig an oíche churaclam seo. Tá beagán eolas ar fáil sa leabharán seo faoina rudaí tábhachtach gur féidir leatsa a dhéanamh chun cabhrú le do pháiste.

Your son / daughter has grown in maturity and wisdom during the past few years in primary school. This is a very important year for your child, including assessment tests and Confirmation preparation.

This pamphlet [below] provides simple, yet important advice on how to provide the support needed for your son / daughter.

It is very important that we work together in a spirit of partnership and we trust that the class will prove to be a productive and enjoyable year.

Go raibh maith agat.

Yours sincerely,
Múinteoir Fiona



With such a busy year ahead at school, your children need:

  • a good breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day and will get them off to a good start in school.
  • a good lunch. It will help them to keep up their energy. Fruit, sandwiches, yogurt and a drink make a healthy lunch.

After school, children need food, a short break and then - on with the homework.


Tired children cannot learn properly. In school, it is obvious which children have not had enough sleep. They are the ones who daydream and fall behind in their work. Some stay up too late watching television or videos and become over-tired.

Parents, please make sure that your children get sufficient sleep each night by ensuring that they go to bed at a reasonable hour.


Homework may not be popular with children but it is very good practice for what they have learned during the day. It also helps them toward working independently, thus serving as a preparation for future life.

Generally, homework is based on what has been taught in school. The teacher will always explain homework. Homework may consist of written work, learning, spelling, and revising.
Things like reading (Gaeilge or English) are just as important as written work - it is also just as important as when the children were younger. Try also to encourage the children to form the habit of reading for pleasure. Library books are provided by the school for this purpose.

Parents, please make sure that your children do their homework each night. Arrange a specific time for them to do their work and remember, peace and quiet are essential to good homework.


Confirmation involves a lot of preparation both at home and at school. The Confirmation programme consists of three ceremonies:
• The Service of Light (usually held during Advent)
• The Commitment Service (usually held during Lent)
• The Confirmation Ceremony itself.

The Confirmation programme covered in school includes prayers, parables, life stories, hymns, Mass responses and the Rite of Confirmation. You can help your child by supporting them in what they are learning about their religion. For our part, the school will do its best to help your children prepare for this important sacrament.

In preparing your children for the Big Day, the most important aspects are the coming of the Holy Spirit and the children being prepared for His coming - neither the clothes nor the money, but the sacrament.

  • READY .... STEADY ..... WAIT !!!
    - it is necessary for your children:
    - to have all the books, pens, pencils, copies, rulers etc. in school every day;
    - to come to school every day;
    - to be on time;
    - to give good example to the younger children in school and to take their responsibility as senior - pupils seriously;
    - to take pride in their work;
    - to be attentive and co-operative in class;
    - to do all their homework properly;
    - to wear the full school uniform every day except on PE days when tracksuit and runners ..should be worn.


........MOVING OUT.....

Encourage your children to participate in a suitable after-school activity e.g. sports clubs, dancing, drama, French, scouts / guides etc. These help to widen children’s experiences. They mix with different people, who can give them things to think about, talk about and write about in school.

After-school activities also help them to find something they can do and enjoy, and helps them to spend their spare time constructively.




Hints for Families to help with Tables!!!

A. Adding (Suimiú):

a. + 0 When you add 0, there is no change.

b . + 1 When you add 1, the number gets bigger by 1 etc.

c . Doubles: Children should know doubles off by heart . 3+3=6 4+4+8 5+5=10 etc.
Near Doubles: 4 + 5 = 4 + 4 + 1 or 5 + 5 – 1 5 + 6 = 5 + 5 + 1 or 6 + 6 – 1

d . Buy one get one free 3 + 5 = 5 + 3 or 7 + 2 = 2 + 7 or 2 + 4 = 4 + 2. This is always the case.

e . Know your 10’s: 1 + 9 , 2 + 8, 3 + 7, 4 + 6, 5 + 5, etc.

f . Use 10 when doing sums 9 + 3 = 12 that’s the same as 9 + (1 + 2) = 12 etc.

g . Work on number stories! If I know that 2 apples plus 1 apple is 3 apples then I can work out:
....................1 apple + 2 apples = 3 apples
....................3 apples - 2 apples = 1 apple
....................3 apples - 1 apple = 2 apples

B. Multiplication Tables (Táblaí Méadú):

Tables need to be known by heart!

a. Practice doubles with your child: 2x2; 3x3; 4x4; 5x5; 6x6; 7x7; 8x8; etc

b. Practice patterns with your child: 10,20,30,40,50, etc...................5, 10, 15,20,25,30,35, etc

....................2,4,6,8,10,12,14, etc.... ..............3,6,9,12,15,18,21, etc. ....................7,14,21,28,35,42, etc

c . Buy one get one free! Know your number facts: (When I know 1 fact I know 4!) 6 x 8 = 48
..................8 x 6 = 48
................48 ~ 8 = 6
................48 ~ 6 = 8

x 0 When you multiply by 0 the answer is always 0.

x 1 When you multiply by 1 you get the same number.

x 2 The number plus the number again (doubles should be known by heart!)

x 3 The number plus the number plus the number/(the double plus the number)

x 4 Double plus double eg. 4 x 7 = (7 + 7) + (7 + 7)

x 5 Practice your patterns (5, 10, 15, 20 …………….60)

x 9 Multiply by 10 and take away the first number, eg. 8 x 9 = (8 x 10) – 8

x 10 Practice your patterns.

x 6, x7, x 8 ? When a child knows their doubles they are a huge help in doing many sums: 8 x 7 = (7 x 7) + 7
............................7 x 6 = (6 x 6) + 6
............................9 x 8 = (8 x 8) + 8

Turn your tables round! 5 x 7, I know 7 x 5 from my pattern work. 5 x 9 = 9 x 5 = I know 9 x 5 from my pattern work.

When children have a good grasp of multiplication tables they are ready to learn division.

• 8 x 7 = 56
• 7 x 8 = 56
• 56 ~ 7 = 8
• 56 ~ 8 = 7
• 1/8 de 56 = 7
• 1/7 de 56 = 8

Using these tips will help your child with their tables and deepen their understanding of how numbers work!
Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh, Béal Átha na Slua, Co. na Gaillimhe.