Curriculum Update : May/June
Our Last Month in Junior Infants!
I can't believe we are at the end of Junior Infants already! You have all done so well!
June is usually a busy month filled with activities and finishing up different topics. This June was no different, we had fun playing at the seaside and in the ice cream van in Aistear and then our beach was invaded by pirates! We also were lucky enough to have fun school events on this month with a visit from Alpacas and the ice cream van! We also had time for Sports Day and Dance with Zoe!
This month we had the seaside and the ice cream van as our first set up for Aistear. This involved a beach set up in the role play area, with an ice cream van/shop, sand play, playdough play and lego as construction. In the second half of the month our lovely beach was taken over by pirates in the roleplay area, we had treasure map making, water play and lego for construction. The students really enjoyed our topic this month, and it was great as the weather was nice so some of the students were visiting the beach at the weekends and were able to tell us all about it!
For the second half of the month we had a Pirate invasion at our lovely beach! The other stations included water, construction and treasure map making! The boys and girls loved this topic!
Dance with Zoe
For the first two weeks of June we were able to get outside and do dance classes with Zoe! This was great fun and engaging for all the students! Zoe and the students would practice their balancing and movements together!
We finished the year up with our in school awards ceremony where we received our medals and Aoibhinn won an award for using her Gaeilge gach la! (everyday) and then a lovely teddy bear picnic on the green!
Best of luck!
I know this year has been different to others and hopefully things will get back to normal soon so that you can all experience things like an in person assembly with the other classes and the usual activity filled sports day and school tours! However despite its challenges this year you have all achieved so much and you should be so proud of yourselves!
I have loved having you all in my class this year, and our zooms together during online learning. You have all made my days brighter with your smiles and funny stories and jokes and I wish you all the best of luck in Senior Infants!
I hope you all have a lovely summer holidays!
We were very busy in Junior Infants this month it went so fast!
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!
This month we continued to explore addition, we also looked at Money, learning about 1c, 2c and 5c. We were learning about the differences between these coins, their similarities, their values, sorting them and using them in a shop. In our last week of May we were learning about Weight and balancing scales to explore what objects were lighter than others, was our bowl of crayons heavier than our cubes? etc. These are great topics in maths as they allow the students to be very hands on and using the different materials to explore and learn.
This month we looked at animals in our art also! We followed Ms Doyle's instructions on how to draw a cow, and created some lovely cow portraits. We then used clay to create an animal or insect, there were a lot of snails, snakes, pigs, sharks, butterflies and even a crocodile on my windowsills! The students enjoyed being creative and making the animals and insects out of air dough and then painting them and bringing them to life the following week! In our final week of May we decided to recycle some of the left over forks from our new hot lunches and create our own fork people or 'Forky's' (Toy Story 4 reference) .
GAA with Jackie
Curriculum Update Mar/Apr
All about April!
A great few weeks back in school after the Easter Holidays! We were very busy with our new topics and lessons!
We explored caterpillars and the lifecycle of a Butterfly with the help of our story 'The very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. We used this as our theme for Aistear and SESE also.
Also with the lead up to Active School week we were completing the challenge 'Run around Ireland'. Each day we tried to run laps of the yard in order to reach different destinations in Ireland. This was a whole school challenge, which every class was taking part in!
On the Art station we were working on a collaborative art display as a whole class. Each group got to paint a large piece of fruit from the story of the Hungry caterpillar and a piece of the caterpillar for the display. The students really enjoyed this as the paper was the size of the table and they were able to explore mixing of colours to make different variations and shades of the colour needed, as is used in the book.
This month we began a programme in Junior Infants called 'Cuddle and Read'. Each Monday the students pick a story book and take it home for the week to read with their family. The book is then returned on Friday and they can pick a new one the next Monday! The students have really enjoyed picking out their books and enjoy reading them at home, we have had some lovely feedback about it already! It is a great way to expose the children to reading and encourage and foster a positive attitude towards reading.
Each month we work towards a treat for the end of the month, this is a reward for good behaviour and no steps! This month (thanks to the dry weather) we were able to have an outdoor picnic! We did this in the schools outdoor classroom! A simple yet lovely treat, that the students really enjoyed!
March 2021- Back in Class!
Our first month back in school!
It has been so wonderful to be all back together in class these past few weeks! We have been busy learning and exploring and getting back into our routines!
With the (odd bit of) good weather we have, we tried to make the most of it and get outside as much as we could! It was a great time to go on our Spring walk, where we looked out for any signs of spring!
The week we returned we had world wildlife day, where we worked together and each coloured a piece of this large display of beautiful animals to mark the occasion.
We also started to explore 'The supermarket' in Aistear, our role play area was very popular where we could act out visiting the store or working in the store. We had water play, small world with Lego where we built our own shops and construction with sticky bricks.
Mother's Day and St Patrick's Day
We also had two celebration days where we used art as our way of marking them! We made these lovely pieces to send home to our brilliant mums on Mother's Day, who we all love so much!
For St Patrick's Day we used paint and paper plates to create a rainbow decoration with a pot of gold at the end! We also went on a St Patrick's Day walk with our handmade Irish Flags to spread some cheer through the town!
For the last two weeks of March, our supermarket turned into a florist, where we got to act out working or visiting a flower shop! We had small world with Lego where we could build our own flower shop, we had construction with straws which we could use to make flowers and we planted our own seeds with Ms Doyle.
I hope you all have a lovely Easter break and I can't wait to see you all again in April!
Week 5 Distance Learning!
Well done junior infants on all your hard work over the last few weeks!
You guys (and your parents) have definitely earned a break for mid term next week!
I was really impressed with your work this week, I saw a great improvement in the tracing work in our handwriting and some are really improving their colouring skills!
This week we started a new theme in Gaeilge, learning all about Eadai! It's great to see you engaging with the new vocabulary on our zooms! We continued to revise our sounds and letters with different online activities and each day on our zooms. You have all been working hard on your numbers, counting and shapes also! We introduced a new maths based learning app, and it's great to see so many of you are enjoying it! Each Friday we explore our local environment for our math's trail too.
We listened to the story of the princess and the pea this week, and then carried out an experiment of our own, to see if we could feel the pea! Today is the Chinese New year, and we learned a little about how they celebrate it and what it is during our zoom today, and some of you created the dragon decoration too!
As it is valentines day this weekend we did some Valentines artwork, and you all did such a great job following my art video and created beautiful love bug cards!
Another week full of wonderful work from you all!
You should all be so proud of everything you have done, I know I am proud of you guys!
I hope you all have a lovely Valentines Day, pancake Tuesday AND mid-term!
I can't wait to hear all about it on our first zoom back!
Week 4 Distance Learning!
Hi Junior Infants!
Our 4th week of learning from home completed! Well done to you all!
This week was the first week of February, and so we celebrated St Brigid's day on Monday! It was lovely to see so many of you making your St Brigid's crosses at home. We also drew a picture for spring, including completing a directed drawing of a daffodil!
We also looked at penguins this week, learning about their habitats, and what kind of conditions they can survive in as well as their abilities. We explored the cameras at Dublin zoo and San Diego zoo. As a way of practicing our phonics we used our letters to label different items in our house that began with that letter. For example Daniel has labelled his dog with a 'd', Harrison labelled his door with a 'd' and Freddie labelled his grapes with 'g'.
On Fridays we do a small maths tail and this week we had to find pattern at home, and things that can roll, and squares in everyday life at home. We also learned a story as gaeilge about 'An Seilde'.
Keep up all the amazing work Junior Infants!
Week 3 Distance Learning!
Another week of distance learning done, and I'm still so impressed with all the hard work and engagement from you all. Seeing you on our daily class meetings is wonderful too. I love seeing all your smiles each day, and hearing about your news and playing games.
This week we looked at number formation, 2D shapes, An Aimsir, Counting as gaeilge, phonics and weather. You are all doing so well at keeping up your handwriting practice at home, it's lovely to see your progress. I can also see your progress with colouring, more and more of you are staying inside the lines, using lots of colours and not leaving any white spaces! Its wonderful to see!
Week 2 Distance Learning
Hi Junior Infants!
A big well done to you all for completing another week of distant learning! I know its different, but you are all taking it in your stride and doing really well!
This week we worked on our number formation, our handwriting practice and counting. We explored showing numbers using our fingers, showing 2 and then showing it a different way. We explored Aimsir in Irish and SESE, looking at the different types of clothes we might wear in the rain or in the sun. We played different games and activities online to help us with our learning of our phonics and sounds and counting.
On Friday we went on our own math trails, finding leaves and flowers and things shaped like a circle outside.
We have been enjoying our daily meetings where we practice counting, some of our Irish phrases, sounds and shapes. We also do show and tell and share our news with our class. We've seen Harrison's lego sets, Daniel's dog, Cayden's dragon Toothless, Aoibhinn's horse and unicorn, Ariana's dinosaur, Oscar's skeleton's, Hannah's LOL dolls and car and Freddie's electric guitar! On Friday we did a mini art lesson on our meeting. You all followed my instructions to create a drawing of a Giraffe! They turned out brilliant.
You have all worked so hard, I am very proud of you all!
I can't wait to see what we do this week!
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