The children are really enjoying the preparation and rehearsals for the Christmas concert. Please spend some time practicing the songs below (press play on the sudio file, it may take a few seconds to load up). You will find a sheet with the lyrics in their homework folder.
Welcome Ms Baynes!
We are delighted to have Ms Baynes with us for the next three weeks on her teacing practice. She will be taking the lead in teaching lessons throughout the day and what a fantatsic week she's had! Here is just a few of the fun and playful learning we did this week.
This week we planned our learning around the time of food!
Making Fruit Salad
Our Community Members!
Drive Through Supermarket!
Santa has already made an apperance in our class!
What a fun filled week we’ve had learning about all things Halloween! Here are just a few activities we did in the lead up to mid-term break...
As instructed by Winnie we made a pumpkin patch and coloured the magic seeds...
We sprinkled the seeds around the pumpkin patch and waited to see what would happen happen next....
When we arrived to school the next morning the excitement was mighty when it was revealed to us that our seeds had grown into the most fascinating selection of magic pumpkins!
Pumpkin Maths Patterns
Rm 6 knows the importance of using the playground equipment properly to keep us safe... so we decided to make a video for the other girls and boy to watch to remind them too. Especially children who are new to our school! Check out the video we made...
Noughts & Crosses
Nature is full of playful learning resources! And the best of all is they cost nothing!
Learning About Money!
Parents came to visit for Halloween Story Time!
I hope everyone has had a fun and eventful Halloween break. Thanks for all your support with the homework again. It is such an important part of your child's learning and makes a big difference in their progress. Particulary with the reading. The readers went home today. Please let me know if you are having any difficulty with them as I am more than happy to support you in any way I can. Once your child has read the readers twice please record the name of the reader and sign the tracker form. They can let me know they are ready for a new reader.
During the busy school day the children work hard learning lots of new things about the world around them. During the Aistear hour they get to explore this new learning on their own terms with their friends.
All About Apples!
We have spent the week learning about apples. You wouldn't believe how many different ways you can learn about apples!!
Apple Trees through the seasons...
Apple Chalk Drawings
Apple SPHE - The 5 Senses!
Apple Seed Planting
Apple Tree Art
Apple Life Cycles
In Rm 6 we take our learning very seriously (most of the time ?) Now that the girls and boys are in Senior Infants they are expected to take more ownership over their learning. The children are encouraged to become more independent and take responsibility for how they work best. Flexibile seating not only encourages the children to make decisions that are best for them it also allows children the comfort they need to perform to the best of their ability. Flexible seating has a strict set of rules but the children are managing great with this new arrangement.
Mindfulness and self care is top of our list in Rm6!
Thank you to all the parents who have taken the time to sit down each night with your child to do 10-15 minutes homework. I am trying to encourage the children to take the time needed to complete their small piece of written work with care. I encourage them to present work that they would be proud to share on our class blog. Please try and make sure they have some colours to complete their written activity and most importantly, adult supervision. Please check that the activity is completed correctly. At some stage over the week I try to give each child some time to assess the work in their sounds book and so they can share their progress with me. Here is some lovely homework completed this week. Well done girls and boys.
We encourage the development of creative writing by practicing our story acting. We call this activity Helicopter Stories because we allow our imagination to take us anywhere!
Proud Little Workers
I hope you enjoyed this post! Please check back every fortnight to see what we are getting up to in class. The time you spend showing interest in your child's learning greatly encourages them to participate in class activities and do their best. You will see on their homework sheet for this week that they have a blog task to complete. I look forward to reading your child's contribution in the comment section of this post.
Phonics & Writing Practice
We been working really hard revising all our letters. Each day we focus on one letter, learning it’s name, the sound it makes and how to write it. Well done to all the grown-up and children for all the extra practice you’ve been doing at home. Every little bit help to make your child more fluent and confident with their reading and writing.
Our focus writing genre over the next few months is Procedure Writing. We learnt that certain types of writing helps us understand how to do something new. Together we wrote a piece of procedural writing about how to wash a baby. We learnt lots about bossy verbs and sequencing words. We were then able to bring what we have learnt into our play during Aistear.
We also practice following some more procedure during our play at the mark making station. We little help from me the children had to work together to figure out how to make the pterodactyl. It took a lot of persistence and repeated attempts but they finally got there!
I just wanted to take a chance to say thanks you to the parents for being so patient at home time while I make sure you child is safely handed over. Have a great weekend everyone.
Drop Everything And Read!
Can you guess how we were sorting ourselves?
Learning About Pattern!
Trip to the Botanic Gardens!
I Hope everyone if managing ok with the homework. Reading with your child is the most valuable support you can give them to enable them to learn. Every child needs some quiet, focused one-one practice with their reading and writing, something that they can’t get in a busy classroom. Your support is particularly needed if your child is struggling with their phonics and reading. I am here to support any parent who might be unsure of how to practice phonics and blending with their child. I am more than happy to sit down with you and your child for a few minutes after school if you feel it would help to watch me practicing sound/blending with your child. You can also visit the ‘help with phonics’ page of our website for further support. Over the week I will go over their homework they have been doing at home. I will keep their folder in their bags at all times (including weekends) so that it’s there if you find yourself with some quiet time.
Many thanks again for for all your support,
I am So happy to welcome my new Class to room 6! Already the girls and boys have settled in super well! Here is just a little of what we’ve already got up to in our class...
Our First Day Booklets
Play - the most important part of the day!
Practising our letter formation
Well done to all the boys and girls for their hard work! Make sure you have a good rest over the weekend and we’ll see you back on Monday!
Sports For Fun Day!
May and June have been super busy months! We made the most of the good weather while it lasted and got outside as much as possible. We enjoyed our annual Sports For Fun Day. A big thank you to the parents who helped out on the day. You support really helps the day run smoothing and the children had a great time. Check out our little video below which captures just a little of what we got up to on the day.
School Tour to Causey Farm
We also had a great day out to Causey Farm for our school tour. The sun was shining and it was lovely to explor the peace and quiet of the countryside!
All About Plants!
Our theme for the month was plants and we really enjoyed planting lots of seeds and over the month it has been so nice watching them grow and caring for them.
Learning about seashells
During June our theme was seashore and the children expressed an interest in learning about shells and seagulls! It was very interesting all together!
Learning about seagulls
Love them or hate them... seagulls make interesting birds to study!
A random selection of our seagull reports.
Here are a few other moments I captured on camera over the month. Click on them to see the full photo!
So, that's a wrap for this year folks!! Thanks again for all the support. I wish everyone a super summer full of family time! Thank you for being such a wonderful group of people to work with, both the children and the grown-us!
Our main theme this month is learning all about plants. What they need to grow and how we can take care of them. We will be doing lots of planting and hopefully by the holidays our classroom will have become a wonderful plant house! We got off to a great start by celebrating our annual Sunflower Planting Day. Please take care of your sunflower seed and do share a photo of how tall they grow!
Sharing our creative projects with our class!
Learning about plants through play
Making Paper Flowers in Art for the Market Garden.
Creative Learning in our Loose Parts Play!
It will be a busy week this week with our tour on Tuesday and Sports Day on Wednesday. Please make sure your child wears sun cream and has plenty of water to drink. Two small treat are allowed for the school tour.