A week of Apples!
A week of Apples!
We have been learning about apples and the life cycle of apples tree through the seasons. Ask you child some questions about apple trees. Use our poster below as a prompt.
Here are some great pieces of copywork!
This year I am exploring flexible seating in my case in an effort to make the children feel most comfortable in their classroom environment. It also offers children the opportunity to assess for themselves where the might work best for different activities. It is working really well!
Ask you child to name the different parts of the apple. Inside and outside.
We have been exploring procedural writing. We made stewed apples this week!
Turns out stewed apples aren't a popular as we expected! Only six children choose to bring home an extra portion!
We have Ms Fallon and Ms Cronan visit us each week for in class support. We do maths and literacy throughout the week. Heres a few snaps of the children hard at work!
Have a great weekend!
What a fantastic first month back to school! Having the same class has been super and we just got straight into things! I've lots of videos to share with you this week, we've done soon much! But first, Just a few notes about what has changed for your child this year now they've made the big move up to senior infants!
So here's the fun bits...
Visit to the Botanic Gardens
It's always a treat to get out of the classroom to explore our local commnity and this month the Botanic Gardens were having a sculpture display.
A week of Sculpture
In this video the children were reviewing and retelling our Week of Sculpture inspired by the above trip. Our focus was on exciting the senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste and sound).
A week with The Little Red Hen
We had lot's of fun around the story of the Little Red Hen. We did some acting, movie making and bread making! Check out the movie below and ask your child to identify their role in the making of the movie. Each child participated in the voice overs and stage props. The improvement in child's articulation and language is very clear when compared to our last story production of the Smartest Giant last year. Well done girls and boys!
Of course no Little Red Hen week would be complete without making our own "Bread in a Bag!"
That's it for this week!
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!