In Gaeilge, we covered themes of 'Sa Bhaile' and 'Lá 'le Pádraig'. We had a week working on 'The Three Little Pigs' drama in Irish and the children did a great job acting out the story at the end of the week. We then worked on 'Ag Siopadoireacht' theme in April. Finally, the first week in May we covered some of 'An Teilifís'; the children enjoyed this as they got to pretend to be news reporters.
When we got back after lock-down, we focused on our listening skills in English through oral language and barrier games, as well as revising adjectives and nouns. In reading we've been working on our comprehension skills of visualising and retelling and we revised our explanation writing in class together also.
In April we started the Hegarty Phonemic awareness programme which helps us with a range of essential literacy skills; we also focused on the inferring comprehension strategy. The children enjoyed exploring procedural writing near the end of April and into May; they had a great time writing about how to make a hot chocolate (some of them informed us that they have a special machine so they just push a button 😅).
We finished off the topic of 'length' in Maths in March and then started '
Here's a quick summary of other subject areas covered:
*Spring- walks, identifying common flowers, draw/label parts of flowers, planting sunflowers, how to enable seeds to grow etc.
*Work of the farmer- how farming has changed since the past, machinery, farmer's market, food produced from animals, butter making in class and Aistear role-play set up as Gaeilge.
*Life-cycles: of a chicken, of a frog, of a butterfly.
*Maps- drawing maps of local areas and partner-work giving directions from one landmark to another. Learning right and left.
S.P.H.E: -Relationships and Sexual Education (Senior Infants): My body/ I grow and change/ Making decisions.
RSE program (First Class): Things I like to do/ My friends/ My family/ Keeping Safe/ Feelings and emotions/ New Life.
Religion: Reconciliation- we can lose our way/ the Lost Sheep. Easter/ Jesus is still with us.
Music: Bodhrán lessons with Niall/ body percussion. Simplified notation, reading and understanding notation. Listening and responding: Flight of the Bumblebee. Singing: How much is that doggy in the window? Percussion instruments: Bamboléo song. You've got a friend in me: Irish Sign Language.
Drama: Farmer's market role-play as Gaeilge/ small-world animal play/ Mime/ whole-class charades games/ Three Little Pigs freeze-frames/ conscience alley considering the importance of truth-telling (real story of the three little pigs). Life-cycle of a butterfly narrated mime.
Art: 'Out of the Box' sketching. Looking and responding to Quentin Blake--> creating painted self-portrait cartoons. Texaco art competition. Mother's Day flowerpot cards. Easter art: printed chick cards/ constructing card Easter eggs with grass stands. Painting bumblebees on stones. Clay exploration: designing clay coins inspired by 'Helen Steele' designs/ making their own clay animals and painting them.
P.E: G.A.A. training with Jackie weekly. Gymnastics- focusing on travelling, crawls, balancing, rolls- pencil/ front, curling and stretching. Athletics- focusing on throwing.
**The children enjoyed having our lovely student teacher Ms. Gallery in with us for 5 weeks~ she did such lovely lessons with them, including making a full set of TVs, video cameras etc. and they pretended to be reporters!! We were all sad to see her go! 😊