G3 – Gardening Week

G3 really enjoyed taking part in Ms Marry’s Gardening Week. The boys submissions are really impressive and creative! Well done G3 on your amazing gardening efforts!


!Adam Kearney's upcycled family photo- pressed flowers G3 Conor O Donoghue- setting carrot seeds 2 G3 Conor O Donoghue- setting carrot seeds 1 G3 Conor O Donoghue- setting carrot seeds 3 G3

Ciarán Counihan G3- Tray Garden Challenge Tobe McKenny Nkire- planting herb seeds  1 G3 Tobe McKenny Nkire- planting herb seeds  2 G3 Tobe McKenny Nkire- planting herb seeds  3 G3

Ciarán Counihan G3- Tomato plant Sé Rooney- G3- Planting flowers Finn Nolan G3- Garden pictures 2 Finn Nolan G3- Garden pictures 1 Finn Nolan G3- Garden pictures 3 Tobe McKenny Nkire-Wildflowers  G3

George’s Marvellous Medicine- comprehension questions(Ch.5-15)

Boys, I hope you are all enjoying reading one of my favourite Roald Dahl novels-George’s Marvellous Medicine!

Please find attached comprehension questions for you to answer (orally or in written form) after you have completed each chapter.

George’s Marvellous Medicine- comprehension questions continued (Ch5- 15)

Chapter 5- The Cook Up

  1. How does George cook the magic medicine?
  2. Describe what happens to the magic medicine when George cooks it.
  3. What words does George chant, as he dances around the steaming pot?
  4. Find the dictionary meaning for the words listed below.













Chapter 6- Brown Paint

  1. Describe the problem George discovers with his magic medicine.
  2. What solution does George have to this problem?
  3. Give your opinion on how Grandma treats George.
  4. Why does George hold the bottle under the cold tap for a few minutes?
  5. What happens when George holds the bottle under the cold taps?
  6. What does Grandma use to take her medicine?
  7. Do you think George should go ahead and give Grandma the magic medicine he has made? Why or why not?
  8. What do you predict will happen when Grandma takes the medicine?

Chapter 7- Grandma Gets the Medicine

  1. Why does George ask Grandma if she is going to gulp down her medicine or sip it?
  2. Describe the 1st thing Grandma’s body does after she takes the medicine.
  3. What does Grandma say about her stomach being on fire?
  4. Does George believe that Grandma is on fire? What changes his mind?
  5. When Grandma was swelling up what happened to her face?
  6. Why is it funny that Grandma grew really tall?
  7. Why does George give Grandma a second spoonful of medicine?
  8. What rooms does Grandma burst into when she is growing?
  9. How long has it been since Grandma has been outside?
  10. Do you think Grandma will go through the roof?
  11. Excuses! Excuses!

George is very worried about what his father will say when he sees what growing Grandma has done to the house.

Help George think of some believable excuses to tell his father.

Excuse No. 1


Excuse No. 2


Excuse No. 3


Chapter 8- The Brown Hen

  1. What does George think has happened to Grandma when he first gets outside and looks at the roof?
  2. What does George think has caused her to grow so tall?
  3. Why does George give the magic medicine to one of the hens?
  4. How did George get the hen to take the magic medicine?
  5. What opinion does the author have about chickens?
  6. What did the chickens think the spoonful of medicine was?
  7. If you were George and you lived on a farm which animal would you choose to give the medicine to? Why?
  8. How did George put out the hen when it was on fire?
  9. Why di Grandma call the hen a “circus hen”?
  10. What was the difference between the way Grandma grew bigger and the way the hen grew bigger?
  11. How big was the hen when it stopped growing?
  12. What was Grandma’s opinion on the big hen?


Chapter 9- The Pig, The Bullocks, The Sheep, The Pony and The Nanny Goat.

  1. Which of George’s parents arrive home first?
  2. Why does George’s mother drop the milk?
  3. What sight causes George’s mother to drop the groceries?
  4. What questions do you thing George’s mother would have about what she is seeing?
  5. Why does George’s mother think Grandma is on the roof?
  6. Explain why George’s father gets so excited about the magic medicine.
  7. Do you think giving all the animals the magic medicine is a good idea? Why or why not?
  8. Research and write a recipe that George’s family can use to make something using the football sized egg the gigantic brown hen laid.


Chapter 10- A Crane for Grandma.

  1. Why doesn’t Grandma like what she sees from the roof?
  2. What does Grandma shout to George from the roof?
  3. What does George’s father think they should do with Grandma?
  4. Does George’s mother agree with his father? Why?
  5. How des the family get Grandma down from the roof?
  6. What would the two men who drove the crane have thought when they arrived and saw Grandma?
  7. What does Grandma do when she is lifted out of the roof by the crane and put onto the ground?
  8. Why does Grandma have to sleep in the barn?
  9. What do you imagine sleeping in a barn would be like?


Chapter 11- Mr Kranky’s Great Idea

  1. Summarise Mr Kranky’s great idea in a few sentences.
  2. What does Mrs Kranky tell Mr Kranky to stop doing with his breakfast?
  3. Why does George have a difficult time getting his father to listen to him?
  4. George doesn’t remember what he used in his magic medicine.

    How does Mr. Kranky think he can solve this problem?

  1. Do you think George will have remembered all of the ingredients for his magic medicine correctly?
  2. Find the dictionary meanings for the words listed below.














Chapter 12- Marvellous Medicine Number Two

  1. Why do George and his father have to be careful how they make

the medicine?

  1. List the possible problems that George and his father could

come across whilst making marvellous medicine number two.


  1. What is the first thing George realises he has forgotten? How

does he know he has forgotten it?


  1. Describe the chicken that George tests marvellous medicine

number two on?


  1. What ingredients does George realise he has forgotten after they test marvellous medicine number two?


  1. What do you think Mr Kranky would be thinking as he drove

back to the village to buy flea powder and shoe polish?



In this activity the answers are given, your job is to think up the questions that

would go with the answer.

Question 1 Who _________________________________________________

Answer Grandma

Question 2 Where _________________________________________________

Answer The barn

Question 3 How _________________________________________________

Answer By adding everything he can into a saucepan

Question 4 Why _________________________________________________

Answer To get Grandma out of the roof

Question 5 When _________________________________________________

Answer After she has done the grocery shopping in the village

Question 6 What _________________________________________________

Answer A crane

Chapter 13- Marvellous Medicine Number Three

  1. Do you think Mrs Kranky believes that George and his father will

be able to make the marvellous medicine again? How do you



  1. What is a cockerel?


  1. Describe the reaction of the cockerel to marvellous medicine

number three.

  1. George remembers two other ingredients he has forgotten. What

are they?


  1. What have you learnt about the character of George’s father

from the last few chapters?


Chapter 14: Marvellous Medicine Number Four

  1. Why does Mrs Kranky tell Mr Kranky he will never get the

medicine right?


  1. Why do you think Mr Kranky is so determined to get the

marvellous medicine right?

  1. Describe how George and his

parents would have been feeling when the chicken shrunk to a

tiny size.

  1. How do you feel about what has happened to the Kranky family?

Chapter Fifteen- Goodbye Grandma

  1. What does Grandma demand from the family?


  1. What does Grandma think is in George’s hand and what is

actually in his hand?


  1. Why do you think Mr Kranky encourages Grandma to drink the

liquid when he knows what it is?

  1. If you were there would you have told Grandma to drink or not

to drink the liquid? Why?


  1. Why do you think George was alarmed?


  1. In the box below draw Grandma getting smaller and smaller

until she disappears.

  1. Why does Mrs Kranky calm down quite quickly about Grandma



  1. Where do you think Grandma disappeared to?



  1. What do you think about the ending of the book? 


Now that Grandma has disappeared George’s family only has the problem of the

huge animals to deal with. What happens next?




Score out of 10

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I liked the character of ________________________ because __________________



I enjoyed this book because _______________________________________________




I would recommend this book to readers who ____________________________



Draw an illustration of the best part of the book.

Write a paragraph about the book to get another reader interested in

reading it. 

Design a new front cover for the novel





Additional Suggested School Closure work

3rd  – 4th class work:

Choose as many activities from the lists below as you like that you think are appropriate for your child. The activities are divided under the following headings:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Physical activities
  • Other ideas

All activities are suitable for 3rd to 4thclass children – Maths has been separated into 3rd/4th class level  but your child can try questions from another level if they wish!

There are also links to lots of useful educational apps and websites on the school app if you wish to use them to supplement this material.



  • Write a chapter summary of a book that you are currently reading or a novel that you have read in school.
  • Make a comic strip of your favourite part of the book.
  • Design a new book cover for the book. Be creative!
  • What character would you like to be in the book? Why?
  • Write a detailed character description of one of the main characters.
  • Choose a chapter from your book and make a list of all of the adjectives and nouns that you can find.
  • Choose 5 new or interesting words from your book and use a dictionary/the internet to find and record their meaning.
  • Write a diary entry in role as a person from a time in History –it could be a Viking, a Roman, Christopher Columbus, a child during the Irish famine and so on. Use your imagination!
  • Write a story with the title ‘When my pet began to talk.’
  • Children should wear school uniforms to school. Do you agree? Why/Why not? Write a persuasive text with your arguments.
  • Write about what you would do if you were the President of Ireland for a day.
  • Make a list of as many verbs as you can think of – Challenge a family member to do the same and see who the winner is!
  • Write a spring acrostic poem.
  • Write a recount of your favourite memory.
  • Imagine that you are working for a magazine and you are about to get the opportunity to interview your favourite celebrity – Write about who it is and a list of questions that you would ask them.
  • If you could choose any superpower, what would it be? Why would you choose that particular superpower? If you had one day with that superpower, how would you spend it?
  • Read a book/short story to a younger sibling or family member.
  • Write a review of the last movie that you watched. Include information about the characters, the plot, the setting etc. Would you recommend this movie? Why/Why not?
  • Invent a new game and write about it. How does it work? What are the rules of this game? How many players can play this game? What equipment is needed? Etc.
  • Write instructions on how to make your favourite snack.
  • What do you think the world will be like in 100 years? Write about it.
  • If you had a time machine, what point in history would you travel to? Or would you like to time travel into the future? Explain your reasons for your answer.
  • Practice your cursive handwriting by writing out a verse from your favourite song/poem in cursive writing.
  • Write an alternative ending to a book that you have recently read. You could also write an alternative ending for a movie that you have recently watched.
  • Imagine that you are on holidays. Write a postcard to a friend telling them all about your trip so far.
  • Choose your favourite animal and write an explanation text all about this animal.
  • Imagine that you are a writer for a national newspaper and Ireland has just won the World Cup. Write a newspaper report telling people all about it.
  • Create a fictional story on any topic you like. Brainstorm some ideas before you begin. Think about your plot (beginning, middle, and end), characters, setting etc. How will you keep the reader interested?
  • Imagine that you are an inventor! You can make any machine or invention that you wish. What would you make? How would it work? Write all about your invention.
  • If you had 3 wishes, what would they be? Write a short paragraph on each of your wishes. (You cannot wish for more wishes!!)


Maths (Applicable to all class levels across 3rd-4th):

  • Measure the length of 10 objects in your house. (You could use a ruler or a measuring tape).
  • If you have a measuring tape at home, you could record the height of everyone in your house. What is the combined height of everyone? Who is the shortest/tallest? What is the difference between the shortest and tallest height?
  • Go on a 2D and/or 3D shape hunt in your house/garden and record the shapes that you find. Record how many faces, edges etc. that these shapes have.
  • Practice your times tables – choose a number between 1 and 12 and write down all of its multiples. Challenge yourself by timing yourself and see if you can beat your time the next time(Use you Times Tables pack!)
  • Follow a recipe with a family member. Help them to weigh the ingredients that you need.
  • Think of a 2 digit number and write out all of the ways in which you can make that number. You could challenge yourself further by using a 3 or 4 digit number. E.g. the number 110 can be made using 60 + 50, 200 – 90, (50 x 2) + 10 and so on.
  • Choose any 3 or 4 digit number and answer the following questions based on that number – Is your number odd/even? Multiply the number by 6. Write the number in words. Add 165 to the number. Subtract 97 from the number. Underline the units in the number. You could make up your own questions and challenge a family member to do it too.
  • Write a timetable of your day. You could use analogue or digital time. You could include things such as what time you woke up at, what time you ate breakfast/lunch/dinner, when you played outside/did school work, what time you went to bed etc.
  • If you have weighing scales at home, you could choose 5 random items from your fridge/cupboard and estimate (guess) their weight. Make sure to record the actual weight of the object too and find the difference between your estimate and the actual answer.
  • If you have a measuring jug at home, you could also try this with liquids!
  • Look at the TV guide on your television. What time is the next programme due to start? How far away is that from the current time? How long will the next programme be on for?
  • Try some of the maths problems below. Use a sheet to do rough work and record your answers.

Challenge – Can you create your own word problems for yourself or a family member to complete? J

Maths problems – 3rd/4th class level:

Q1. Fill in the missing number in these patterns:

  1. 2, 4, __, __, 10.
  2. 12, 15, __, 21, __, 27.
  3. 33, 44, 55, 66, __, __, __.
  4. 100, 88, 76, 64, __, __, __.
  5. 200, ___, 500, 650, ___, ___.
  6. 914, 910, 906, 902, ___, ___, ___.

Q2. Lucy is going on holidays. Her luggage allowance is 19kg 500g. When she weighs her case, she finds that it weighs 21kg 760g. How much does she need to take out to reach the weight allowed?


Q3. I went to the shop with €20. I bought a magazine for €2.60, some sweets for €1.30 and a CD for €7.90. How much did I spend altogether? What change was I given? How much would I have spent if I did not buy the magazine?


Q4. Emma reads 7 pages of her book each night before bed. How many pages will she read in a) one full week? b) a fortnight? c) 3 days?


Q5. Room 19 took part in a survey on how they get to school. One quarter of the class are boys and the rest are girls.

  1. a) If there are 5 boys in the class, how many are girls?
  2. b) How many children are there in total in the class?
  3. c) Half of the class said that they travel to school by car. How many children travel by car?
  4. d) One fifth of the class walk to school. How many children walk to school?
  5. e) If half of the class travel by car and one fifth walk to school, then how many children use other methods of travel to get to school?


Q6. Try these sums:

  1. 1,906 – 304 =
  2. (2 x 6) + 23 =
  3. 206 + 94 + 7 =
  4. 3 x (4 + 5) =
  5. 2,432 + 62 + 100 =


Q7. Write these numbers in words:

  1. 3,003
  2. 654
  3. 93, 678
  4. 9,000
  5. 34, 021


Q8. Write these numbers in figures:

  1. One hundred and sixty two
  2. Nine thousand and four
  3. Four thousand three hundred and nineteen
  4. Six hundred and fifty nine
  5. Twenty one thousand three hundred and sixteen


Q9. Put these numbers in order from the smallest to the biggest:

32.1             12.3             23.1             1.32             3,132           3,312

Q10. Write, in analogue time,

  1. i) half an hour before and
  2. ii) 20 minutes after these times:
  3. Half past 3
  4. Quarter past 4
  5. 10 past 9
  6. 5 to 6
  7. 5 past 11
  8. 12 o’ clock
  9. 20 to 8


Q11. Fill in the blanks so that the sum is correct;

  1. 200 – ____ = 109
  2. 6 x ___ = 42
  3. 20 + ____ + 12 = 50
  4. 93 – ___ = 60
  5. 4 x ___ = 28
  6. 15c + ____c = €1.25
  7. 15cm + _____cm = 1m
  8. 30 + (90 – ___) = 50
  9. (12 x 8) – ___ = 84
  10. (234 – 196) x 4 = ____


Q12. Fill in the blanks;

  1. A ______ line goes from left to right.
  2. A _______ line goes from top to bottom.
  3. A ________ line goes from corner to corner.
  4. An octagon has ___ sides and a hexagon has ___ sides.
  5. A five sided, 2D shape is called a ________.
  6. If Tuesday is the 30th of March, Sunday will be the ____ of ______.
  7. There are ______ml in 2 litres.

Maths problems – 4th class level:


Q1. Try these long multiplication questions;

  1. 95 x 62 =
  2. 34 x 17 =
  3. 113 x 84 =
  4. 106 x 35 =
  5. 39 x 24 =

Q2. Write, in digital time, i) 40 minutes before and ii) 25 minutes after these times:

  1. 20 to 8
  2. 25 past 7
  3. 8 o’ clock
  4. Half past 12
  5. Quarter past 2
  6. 5 to 1
  7. 10 to 3

Physical activities:

  • Do 20 push ups.
  • Time how long you can do a plank for. Record your time and try to beat it!
  • Do 20 jumping jacks.
  • Choose a Go Noodle video to try – gonoodle.com
  • Play your favourite game outside with a family member.
  • Touch your elbows with your knees 20 times.
  • Do 10 leg raises (On each side!)
  • Go on a walk with a family member and note as many signs of spring as you can. You could also do a minibeast hunt whilst on your walk too!
  • Open up your hands and place them at your hips. Hit your hands with your knees for 1 minute. Can you try 2 minutes?
  • Try a ‘5 Minute Move’ workout with ‘The Body Coach’ (Joe Wicks) on YouTube.
  • Walk on the spot for 3 minutes. Then try to run on the spot for 3 minutes.
  • Make up a dance routine to your favourite song. (You could even perform it for your family when you’re finished!)
  • Create an obstacle course for yourself and/or a family member to complete. You could write a note for each station explaining what must be done there and for how long. Try to make a more difficult version of each activity too to challenge yourself/your family.
  • Try a ’10 @ 10’ video challenge on RTÉ Junior.
  • Practice some yoga/meditation. ‘Cosmic Kids Yoga’ on YouTube have great videos that you can use to help you.
  • If you have a skipping rope at home, try to skip continuously for 2 minutes without stopping.
  • If you have a hula hoop at home, try to keep the hula hoop spinning on your hips for 1 minute. Can you try 2 minutes? You could also try spinning it on your arm/foot!


Other ideas:

  • List as many Irish counties as you can. Use a reference book/the internet to find any that you were missing. Challenge yourself even more by seeing if you can divide up the counties into the 4 provinces – Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster.
  • Think about some goals that you have for the rest of the year. Write about them and keep them somewhere safe to look back on later in the year!
  • Offer to help with cooking the dinner with a family member.
  • Do a project on someone or something that interests you – It can be anything you like! Be as creative as you can. Show your project to teacher when you are back in school!
  • Make a card for a neighbour or family member.
  • Draw a picture of a classroom or a house and write 5 sentences about your picture As Gaeilge.
  • Make some junk art using recyclable materials – egg cartons, cereal boxes etc. Use some sellotape or glue and get creative!
  • Play the game ‘Stop The Bus’ with a family member – Say the alphabet in your head. When the other person says stop, give them the letter that you were thinking of. You both must then think of a country, a food, a girl’s name, a boy’s name and a TV show/movie that starts with that letter. Give yourself one point for each one you managed to get. Continue on with another letter. The player with the most points at the end wins! You can also add more categories to make it even harder.
  • Help a family member to write a shopping list. Estimate how much each item will cost. You could even estimate the total cost of the list!
  • Gather 3 objects from around your house and draw a still life picture. Or you could sit in front of a mirror and draw a self – portrait!
  • Create your own word search for a family member to complete. You could write the words that you want to include horizontally, vertically or diagonally and then add random letters around these words. Make sure to write the words you want them to find at the bottom so that they can tick them off as they find them.
  • Create a list of 20 countries that you know and see if you can list their capital cities. Use a reference book/the internet to check how many you got right and correct any that you didn’t get. You could challenge yourself with even more countries or by doing this daily until you’ve learned them all off by heart!
  • Draw a body and label as many body parts as you can As Gaeilge.
  • Play a card game with a family member – Snap, Go Fish etc. Or you could even create your own card game!
  • Play Boggle – Choose any 10 letters and create as many words as you can from these letters. You can only use each letter once. You could play this with a family member also – give yourself one point for a one letter word, two for a two letter word and so on. The person with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
  • Create a fact file on a European country of your choice (see Geography blog post). You could include information such as capital city, national flag, population, currency, language(s) spoken, landmarks, famous people from this country etc.
  • Write 5 sentences using 5 different Irish verbs, e.g. chuaigh mé, chuala sí…
  • Think about your local area. What is one thing that you like about it and what is one thing that you would change? How would you do this? Could your research your local TD and write an email/letter to them about it?
  • Make a time capsule. This is a very unique time in History! You could include information about yourself, what class you are currently in, who your teacher is, your friend’s names, your hobbies and so on. You could also write about what is going on in the world right now – It would be very interesting to read all about it in years to come!
  • Read, read, read! Reading is one of the best things that you can do to pass the time and it will help you with lots of other subjects in school. If you have books at home, make sure that you give yourself an opportunity to read them!
  • Make sure that you have lots of time outside too – playing in your garden, going for walks etc.
  • Keep a diary/record of all of the things that you have been doing whilst school is closed. You can share this with your teacher when you are back in school.

Suggested Irish tasks for G3

Irish Assignments

Boys, please find below suggested Irish tasks for you to work ON. All assignments are based on work already covered and practiced in class.

Tasks include grammar and the last topic we covered together Eadaí.

Images of the tasks will be attached to this blog post. You can complete your chosen ones in your homework hardbacks.

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Maths- Chapter 21- Money & some Maths websites suggestions


I have broken down the chapter for each class, into a certain amount of questions to be completed each day. However, feel free to complete them at your own pace over the next 2 weeks.

3rd class:

Thursday 19th-Q1, 2 pg. 127 & Q3 pg.128

Friday 20th – Q4, 5, 6 pg. 128 Q7, 8 pg. 129

Monday 23rd Q1 pg 130

Tuesday 24th- Q1 pg 132 Q2 a-f pg 132

Wednesday 25th Q2 g-r pg 132

Thursday 26th- Word Problems

Q1-8 pg 133

Friday 27th Q9-15 pg 133



4th Class – Chapter 21- Money

Thursday 19th- Q1- 2 pg 145  Q3, 4, 5 pg 146

Friday 20th- Q6, 7 pg 146 Q1-5 pg. 147

Monday 23rd Q6 pg 147 Q1 pg. 148

Tuesday 24th Q2, 3 pg 148

Wednesday 25th Q4, 5 pg. 148

Thursday 26th Q1-4 pg 149

Friday 27th Q5-8 pg 149

Boys, please practice both your multiplication/division Tables using the Tables pack I gave you and sites like Hit The Button

Useful Maths links:


Hit the Button



Coolsciencelab.com  (Math resources page)




European Country Project Template

Boys, please select a European country, of your own choice and research it under the following headings;

  • Where in Europe is it located
  • Capital city
  • Language spoken
  • Flag
  • Currency
  • Famous Landmarks
  • Culture
  • Language
  • Food/drinks
  • Clothing
  • Famous people
  • Any other interesting facts you may find on this country

Project can be completed in their homework hardback, which they brought home on Thursday.

Art work can also be completed for the project- drawing, painting, Lego model, construction piece etc

Project can be completed over the next 2 weeks.

Useful links:






G3 assignment updates.

Hi boys, I hope you, along with all your family, are keeping safe and well. As discussed last Thursday all updates on your assigned work/tasks will be found on G3 section of the school blog.


Take care and stay safe,

Ms. Dillane


Novel questions for G3- Chapters 1-4

Boys, I hope you are all enjoying reading George’s Marvellous Medicine! Please answer the attached questions after reading each chapter of the novel in your Homework Hardback or orally with your parents/guardian.

Art work can be added to hardback too!