We are busy bees in room 4 getting ready for our Christmas show. Every day we practice our songs and actions. We are creating amazing Christmas artwork to decorate the hall. Take a sneak peak below. Can you see a pattern? How many red and yellow woolly hats are there on our display? Ask the children what songs they are singing on stage. Do you know them? All of the boys and girls are super excited. We can't wait to see you on the 14th of December!
This week in PE we were focussing on dance. First, we revised switching on for dance. We sat in a circle. We switched on our ears, eyes, concentration and body. We each had our own space bubble and sprinkled magic dust over our bodies to get moving! We danced with a partner. Teacher showed us how to mirror dance. At the end of the lesson we performed the mirror dance to music. Have a look at how well we got on below!
It was very busy in Room 4 this week. We started Jolly Phonics. We got homework for the first time on Monday. We were super excited! Jolly Phonics is very important in Junior Infants. The more the children revise the sounds, actions and songs at home and in the classroom the better start they will have to their learning journey. In Jolly Phonics the 42 main sounds of English are taught. For each sound there is an action which helps the children remember the sound the letter makes. If possible go through the Sound Book with your child every day. The letter sounds are not introduced in alphabetical order. The first group: “s, a, t, i, p, n” has been chosen because they make more simple three letter words than any other six letters. The Jolly Phonics App can be downloaded from the app store. The songs for each sound can be found on YouTube. Have a look below. The best way to help your child is to revise the sounds in the Sound Book, find the sounds learnt during story time and play the games which are explained at the front of the Sound Book. For example: I spy with my little eye something beginning with “ssssssss”. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me. Well done to all children for working hard on their sounds this week!
“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents”.
Free Jolly Phonics App
Jolly Phonics on YouTube
We revised our Sounds Book every night!
We had a busy week in room 4 getting ready for Halloween. It was so exciting! We worked hard learning lots of new songs and dances and we listened to many stories about Halloween. On Friday we sang our songs for our parents, we dressed up in our favourite Halloween costume and we went to a Halloween parade in the hall. Have a look below to see our scary costumes and songs!
We were discussing our favourite stations in Aistear this week. We told our teacher what we were making and doing at our stations. This taught us how to reflect and discuss in a group. Magsnaps were in the construction station this week. We made many different shapes and patterns like tall pyramids, flat circles and houses. We used all of the new words we have learnt to hunt in the discovery station. We played with our friends in the fire station as we used the fire distinguisher to extinguish fires and used axes to chop down doors. The fire coat, helmet and boots made us feel like real firefighters! Drawing was fun. We rolled the dice and whatever drawing it landed on we tried our best to draw it. This dice had halloween drawings. Here we were drawing Halloween pumpkins!
A Nature Table has arrived to room 4! We were so good at going on Autumn nature walks and collecting conkers, chestnuts, acorns, leaves, berries and pine cones that we decided to display them just outside our classroom. We love exploring and learning new things about nature! Below you can see our Halloween scenes. We used red, orange, yellow paint and sponges. Then we added three bat silhouettes. They are spooky! Can you read our super sentence on our painting?
October has arrived! We can't believe how fast our first month in big school has gone. We have learnt so much and as you can see we are working so hard. This month our topic is Autumn/Halloween. We have already set up our fire station in room 4 as part of our role play area. Halloween is a very busy time for the fire services. We can't wait to learn more phrases and vocabulary in the coming week. In our writing area we are trying to draw our new Autumn words we are learning. We love our new whiteboards. In the discovery area we brought in conkers, leaves, berries, pine cones and lots more. We play with the squirrel and the hedgehog in their small nature world. We love to learn through play as we investigate whether we can find all the things on the checklist! Leaf rubbing is cool. Its like magic! Our hand muscles are getting stronger as we construct fire engines with ladders, water tanks, hoses and many wheels. Have a look at some of what we have done so far!
On Tuesday the Sam Maguire visited us all in OLV. We were so excited too see it. We were very proud of Dublin GAA. Up the Dubs!
This week we went on an Autumn walk. We saw red and yellow berries. There were wild birds on the wall. We recognised the black bird, the robin and the magpie. Harry the hedgehog was hiding under the tree! We felt the spikes he has on his back. There were many bird feeders. Some were hand made by the girls school. They were cool! There is a mosaic outside our school. It has the four seasons on the four sides. You will see the autumn side in the video. We found big mushrooms under the trees. Our favourite was the insect hotel. Lots of creepy crawlies live there so we didn't get too close! Have a look at our video and talk about what you see! What is your favourite thing about Autumn?
Autumn is here. Look at our lovely Autumn trees we did! We painted the tree trunk and then used bottle corks to add leaves. Autumn leaves are red, orange, yellow and brown.
Learning Through Play
We hung our Sunflowers on the trees to feed the birds
Our integrated learning theme for the month of November was "School". OLV was 50 years old. We learnt lots about our school for example: people who work in our school, the different areas in our school e.g. the yard, the library, secretary's office etc. and how school has changed in 50 years. We read lots of books and our favourite was "Bobbo Goes to School" by Shirley Hughes. Here are some pictures and videos of us practicing all we learnt!
Big News in Room 4! An ELF has arrived!!
At the beginning of December Santa sent an elf to room 4. We called her Twinkle Toes! She told us that Santa sent her to keep an eye on us. Every night she flies back to the North Pole. She reports back to Santa every night and tells him how good we have been and what we have been learning. She surprises us every morning and we find her in a different place. She leaves us letters from herself and Santa. We can't ever touch her or her magic will go. We are being super good in room 4 and are practicing very hard for our Christmas Play: "Santas Workshop. Teacher is so proud of us and Twinkle Toes is very impressed!
We are learning lots about Christmas this month. To reinforce all the vocabulary and interesting facts we have learnt, Santas Workshop came to room 4. We are extremely excited!! We have had great fun acting as Santa, reindeer and elves in the socio-dramatic area. Take a look!
Our Christmas Show - "Santas Workshop"
We had so much fun in room 4 practicing for our Christmas Show. We were amazing! Watch a short clip below:
We loved dressing up in our costumes and getting our faces painted!