Welcome back to a new school year! Keep posted for regular updates and enjoy getting an insight into the school world of your presious little ones. I look forward to sharing our learning journey with you.
It's hard to believe that we have reach the end of Junior Infant! What an amazing fun pack year it has been with good dose of hard work all round!
Since the 1st of September your wonderful little person has learnt so many new things. Through playful learning and exploring to focused learning challenges your child has grown in so many ways! What a fantastic start to their school life!
Here's just a few things we got up to during our last precious days of junior infants...
Congratulations to these wonderful children for excellent attendance this year! Well done!
A final word...
I just wanted to take an opportunity to say thank you so much for your extremely thoughtful gifts. To think you all got together and took the time to make such a beautiful presentation of crafts, flowers and goodies is so kind, and while it is not expected, it is very much appricated. So Thank you so much. I would also like to say that your support and encouragement this year has been tremendously helpful and has greatly inhanced the educational experience of your wonderful children, it is very much a team effort comprised of all of us working together.
Wishing everyone a fantastic summer holiday and I look forward to continuing all the super work with your little ones next year in Senior Infants!
Garda Mounted Support Unit
It was so lovely to have a visit from the Garda Mounted Support Unit and the beautiful Oscar & Fiachra in school this week. The children were really excited and full of questions. It was so interesting to hear the story behind these wonderful animals and their important job! Well done to Mason, Sarah & Rada for asking such interesting questions! Check out the video below...
Fun in the Sun!
Hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend! Looking forward to all the lovely activities planned for the coming week! Can't believe it's the final week of Junior Infants!
Just a taster of what I have planned...
Teddy Bear's Picnic
Movie & Popcorn Day
and lot's more :)
Have a Super weekend,
School Tour to the Farm!
Every year our tour to Red Mountain Farm is a massive success! What a perfect day out for the children. Everyone had an amazing time.
Houses and Homes!
We've had great fun exploring our building design!
We learnt about electricity and how we use it in our homes.
We measured our designs to see who had the tallest or longest structure.
We even designed our own cut out homes and discussed the different rooms and furniture in a house. Check out the video below!
Writing and Spelling
It's hard to believe that 9 months ago these little troopers couldn't read or write! Now look at them fly... we only started letter handwriting in February and now every child has grasped the intricate task of correct letter formation! Hard work really pays off! Well done girls and boys!
Have a great weekend!
Sports Day 2018
What a fantastic day for our Sports Day last week! The sun was shining and everyone was in great form! A special thank you to the parents who were able to help out on the day... check out the video below to see what we got up to.
New Topic: House Design
Our new topic over the next two weeks will be house design. It will include language arounf furniture, building structure, electricty, creative design and more. Please practice the words sent home on your child's homework sheet this week.
Fun In The Sun!
The sun doesn't shine too often in Ireland so when it does we head outdoors to learn! Please make sure you send your child to school with suncream on when the weather is good.
Notes to parents...
Have a great weekend!
While the weather was a little hit and miss this week, we still got outside for some fresh air when we could. Having the bigger space outside also allows the children from different classes to play together.
It was so exciting to have a chance to go 'Pond Dipping' this week! We were surprised to realise just how many different animal live in our school pond habitat! The little tadpoles were a special treat to see! Have a look at the video below.
Enjoy your week off everyone! I hope the sun shines...
This week we are still learning about money. Your child should now be able to regognise a 1c, 2c and 5c coin and also add up a simple collection of coins. Why not round up some copper coins at home and see what they've learnt! We have great fun integrating money into our animal topic. What better way to learn about money and animals than playing 'Cattle Mart!'
This week's focus story was Farmer Duck! Watch it it with your child and ask them what kind of man was the farmer!
Here is what Charlie, Heather and Antek though of the farmer!
We drew a picture of the lazy farmer and wrote a sentence.
Now that the children are able to sound out the spelling in their words and really good using correct formation of the letters, they are now practicing their dictation. I call out a word and they have to write it on their board. This is a great way to build fluency in their spelling and writing so try it at home whenever you have a chance.
During Aistear the girls built a fantastic cage for Maaya's parrot!
Operating on a snake is serious business! Always have a kettle close at hand for tea breaks!
That's it for this week folks! Enjoy your wknd!
New Topic: Animals
The children are really enjoying their new topic around animals. Ask your children about our focus story Pig in The Pond. You can watch it online here.
Learning About The Farm.
We love listening to music when we do our quiet work! The children are focusing really hard on their farm yard drawings in this video.
Phonics and letter writing
The children are working hard to keep their letters uniform and making sure they form them the correct way.
D.E.A.R Time (Drop Everything and Read)
Fun in The Sun!!!
Enjoy the weekend... here's to hoping the sun hangs around for a while!
Back to School!
It's great to be back to normality after the Easter break, March was just funny month so we've lots to catch up on. Here is a video of the Easter fun we had hunting for eggs before broke up for the holidays.
Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to all of the parents! The children have shown great improvement with their tricky words, blending in their word boxes, letter sounds and writing. I can hardly keep up with them! Just a few notes on each homework task:
Tricky Words: Most of the children are flying with their tricky words so I will be including a new green set in some of the homework packs from next week.
Word Boxes: I am thrilled to see such improvement with the blending. It is great to see them using smooth, clear blending with precise pronunciation of their letter sounds. I have started to put in two word boxes each time so you can continue to practise at a steady pace. I try to give each child the time they need to hear them so it may take time to get to everyone.
Writing Workbooks: Well done to the children who have been practicing their writing. Please make sure you follow the following instructions when conpleteing the workbooks.
New Topic: Animals
Our new topic is animals. We have had great fun learning about people who care for animals. The ficus this week is on domestic animals so we have adding a vet to our play as well as a farm area and a pet sitters. The sheet below will be going home in their HW folders next week.
Maths - It's All About The Money!
Sorting the Trocaire money! LoL!
Numbers and sets!
Thanks for tuning in, have a great weekend!
The children are making great progress with their reading and writing. As we have missed a few days because of snow, coupled with school training days and holiday closures I have added a few extra tasks to their homework folders to keep them going over the next three weeks.
Today (Friday), you will find a small writing book in their folder. Please follow the instructions on the inside of the cover. I have also added some extra word boxes into their copies to keep them going over the next few weeks, continues to encourage blending if needed and if they are becoming confident encourage your child to blend quietly in their head and just say the word.
The children are absolutely fantastic at their Geailge! They really love learning Irish which is so nice to see...
It was so lovely to see everyone at the spring service on Wednesday. It really was a special celebration for all the children. We were celebrating their first year at school, all symbolised in the signs of spring.
We spent two days working on our Spring art for the service! It was hard work but the results were defiantly worth it. Their frolicking spring lambs look amazing! And what great handwriting!
We've been working on our new topic of People Who Help Us In Our Community. There is plenty of language and vocabulary practise going on here!
I love when I get a chance to capture some video of the children playing. Because they didn't realise I was videoing them (I was pretending to clean beside them) I was able to video them without disturbing the natural flow of their play. There is so much learning going on here! Fantastic language development, blending and reading and learning from their peers! and most importantly... having FUN!
Trip to the Botanic Gardens
We had a fantastic trip to the Botanic Gardens and the children were so well behaved! We were looking for all the signs of spring. A big thank you to Alex's dad for coming along to help us on the day.
Happy St Patrick's Day!
We had great fun celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the hall! What a great turn out of all things green!
Have a great weekend!