We explored lots of different things, but our main theme for the month was the farm and the vets! This was our theme for Aistear for the month, we also explored topics of sinking and floating, Money, weight and the lifecycle of a frog. We looked at sa bhaile in Gaeilge, and the story of goldilocks and the 3 bears as Gaeilge- Cinnín Óir agus na Trí Bhéar' and managed to fit in Active Schools week in the middle!
We started the month of May at The Farm in aistear, with our role play area where students were planting and harvesting their crops of vegetables and then bringing them to the farmers market to sell. This area allowed the children to use and explore the language around farming, also working on the concept of money using it in the shop.
In the second half of May we were in the Vets! We had the role play area set up with a waiting area, and the vets room. The students really enjoyed this, being able to use some props to help them get into character!
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Small world was another area that allowed the students to explore the language associated with the farm and animals, students were using the mat provided and the animals and fences to create their own farms. This area also allowed for grouping of sets of similar attributes and differentiating between the animals and what they may need in their allocated area on the farm!
For the Vets we also had small world, using our figures and dolls house to create a vets and using our imagination to create different scenarios in the vets through play.
Construction was lego, which the students love, they are so creative with lego and you can really see their creative gears turning in this area! The prompt was to create a farm with the lego, but as Aistear is play based students are only encouraged or guided but it is not compulsory to follow this and often they use their imaginations and create something brilliant!
Construction was lego again, but with the duplo lego this time as this has a lot of animal lego figures in it that we could use in our lego vet creations!
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Sand was our last area which was new to the students this year so was very exciting! The sand area was used to explore the things you may do on the farm such as digging, raking, harvesting etc. Sand was quarantined on alternate days also, the other day the student were using mobilo to create tractors and combine harvesters.
In our last two weeks of May we had a water area instead, where we looked at objects that sank and float. Exploring why something sank to the bottom of the box or why it floated on top of the water.
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In the middle of May we had Active Schools week! This is a week we have every year to encourage being active as much as possible through out the day! This year the whole school had the challenge of completing 3 different activities through out the day, a walk, movement break and another active week activity that changed each day! We did things such as relays, fun and run, circuits and dance! We also did our daily walk when we could with the weather! The students really enjoyed this week as they go to get outdoors and move their bodies a lot!
GAA with Jackie
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This term we have been lucky enough to have GAA every Tuesday with Jackie Kinch. The students absolutely love this, Jackie is so great with the students they always have so much fun playing different games and learning some Gaelic skills!
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Every month we work for a reward at the end of the month, during the winter months this was mainly a movie and popcorn, however now that the sun is starting to show up we have a few more options! This month we were able to take our chalk outside to the yard and draw freely!
We also did a little lesson on signs of summer in our outdoor classroom one sunny afternoon! This was lovely and a great to experience a different environment for learning!
Fingers crossed we can do a lot more of these types of things in our final month of Junior Infants in June!