I’ve been busy working on these termly plans since the beginning of the holidays, in between catch ups, shopping trips and trips home to Waterford. This blogpost is a quick overview of each plan, the books I used and other relevant information.
Each plan includes;
- Term, Class, Subject
- Aims, broad objectives
- Strands and strand units
- Monthly overview (lesson ideas and activities)
- Useful links/resources
Each plan is very detailed and offers a variety of lesson ideas/activities. I prefer to write very detailed termly plans as this saves me time during the school year. However, the plans are working documents and can easily be changed/adapted depending on the needs of individual classes. All documents are fully editable in Word.
The Literacy plan has various ideas for oral language, reading, writing, poetry and grammar for each month. The resources used include;
- Reading Zone 5th Class – Call of the Sea (main textbook)
- Toads, Tricks and Aliens + Toads, Tricks and Aliens Skills Book
- Away with Words 5
- From Cover to Cover
- Something Beginning with P (New poems from Irish Poets)
- Reasons to Write 5
The numeracy plan is broken into strand, strand unit and objectives, mathematical language, mental maths (skills to be developed), activities, resources for each month.The main textbook I will be using is Planet Maths 5.
The Gaeilge plan covers one theme per month; Mé Féin, Sa Bhaile, Caitheamh Aimre, Ócáidí Speisialta (An Nollaig) and various sub themes). It also has the feidhmeanna teanga and the objectives for each category – ‘Éisteacht’, ‘Labhairt’, ‘Léitheoireacht’ and ‘Scríbhneoireacht. Each month also includes nathanna cainte for each theme, grammar, verbs, poems/songs and resources. I didn’t use a specific textbook for this plan but we use Bun go Barr 5 in school.
The History, Geography and Science plans have strand, strand units, activities/lessons and resources/useful links for each month. Again, I didn’t use specific textbooks for these plans – there are links to various sites in the plans and I use a lot of project work both individual/group for SESE.
Each month is split into 3 parts covering each of the strands – listening and responding, performing and composing. I will be teaching tin whistle to my class next year so this is a large component of the performing strand in my plans. (My class began learning tin whistle last year in 4th class.)
The art plan is divided into strands, strand units and objectives, activities (individual art lessons for each strand) and useful links.
The Drama plan is integrated with other areas of the curriculum. September focuses on drama games and improvisation. October (Myths and Legends), November (Bullying) and December (Role of women) are integrated with History and November is integrated with SPHE/Literacy (Bullying).
The P.E. plan is divided into strands, strand units and objectives, activities and useful links. The strands covered this term include Games, Athletics, Dance and Gymnastics.
The SPHE plan is divided into strands, strand units and objectives, activities and useful links for each month. It is integrated with other areas of the curriculum e.g. Science (healthy eating/food and nutrition) and Oral Language (communication and conflict resolution).
There is a bundle of all 11 plans available for €25. This includes planning glance sheets for each month.
Things have been super busy for me over the last few months as we bought our first home and moved house the week before Christmas. Every spare moment has been (and continues to be) spent with the bank, solicitors, in furniture shops, measuring rooms and picking floors and blinds. I took some time off over the Christmas holidays so apologies if I haven’t responded to your message/email yet. I’ll get back to everyone as soon as I can.
I’ve finally completed my termly plans for 5th class (January – June) so here’s a quick overview of them. Just to note – I overplanned some subjects from September – December so there is some repetition this term in subjects like P.E. (Gymnastics strand) and Gaeilge (the grammar section).
Termly Bundle is available for €25. Alternatively the plans are available for €3 each. (A planning glance sheet for each month will be available next week and will be sent to you if you purchase the termly bundle.)
For Literacy this term, I have chosen a theme for each month – trying as much as possible to integrate with other areas of the curriculum. I also chose one class novel for each month. The themes covered are growth mindset, it’s okay to be different, ww1, 1916 and immigration.
We are starting this term with some revision of fractions (we didn’t get multiplication of fractions done in the last term), after this we will cover decimals and percentages. Other areas covered this term include number theory, rules and properties, equations, weight, money, chance, area, capacity, 2D shapes and 3D shapes. Each month has strand/strand unit, mathematical language and mental maths skills along with activities and resources.
The themes covered are school, weather, shopping, food, clothes, television. There is a section for theme/ sub theme, feidhmeanna teanga, objectives for éisteacht, labhairt, léitheoireacht, scríbhneoireacht, nathanna cainte, gramadach agus briathra, áiseanna agus rann/amhrán. In term 1 I planned too much in the grammar section of each month and my class found it difficult – therefore I’m revising each area in more detail each month this term so the same topics are covered again.
The areas covered in History are story, the Romans, WW1, 1916, Northern Ireland, transport and communication, caring for the sick, life in Ireland since the 1950’s. Each month has strand/strand unit, activities and lessons and resources (links to useful websites)
The areas covered in Geography include weather, climate and atmosphere, rocks and soils, settlement (homes), people at work (farming), planet earth in space, services and tourism, county regional and national centres, trade and development issues. Each month has strand/strand unit, activities and lessons and resources.
The main areas covered in the Science plan are sound, magnetism and electricity, light, heat, forces, materials and change, plant and animal life.
I tried to integrate music as much as possible with other areas of the curriculum. Each month covers an element of listening and responding, performing and composing.
The strands covered in the Art plan are drawing, print, construction, fabric and fibre, paint and colour. For each month there is strand/strand unit (and objectives), activities/lessons, artist focus (1 artist per month), useful links.
Drama is integrated with Literacy, History and SPHE. The main topics covered are story (life of Nelson Mandela), magic (Harry Potter), the Romans, WW1, 1916 and the Easter Rising, immigration and advertising.
The main areas covered in the SPHE plan are growth mindset, safety and making decisions, communicating and resolving conflict (previously covered in term 1), local community, national European and wider communities and media education.
The main areas covered in the P.E. plan are games (covered twice this term), Gymnastics (we didn’t get this covered in the last term as we had visiting teachers for P.E. so this is the same as term 1, dance, athletics and outdoor and adventure.
Term 1, Term 2 and planning glance sheets for each month