to Kate’s Junior Infants
Music: Monday morning @ 9:15
PE: Mondays and Thursdays
Toy Day: Fridays!
Easter time!! And to kick it off.. we had a huge Easter egg hunt in the big yard. Then on Friday morning we had very special visitors in the form of 3 tiny chicks.. huge thank you to Caelum’s Mum and Dad for sharing the incredibly special experience!
A huge thank you to all the Grandparents who made our week so special by visiting us and sharing stories! We love having visitors and it was such fun to have the most special of guests to talk with… Hope you visit again soon!
Introducing Bee Bot and Spatial Awareness
With all our talking about shapes we took that one step further and developed our spatial awareness senses! We played great classroom games hiding Snowy, made a race track and train track with specific space and targets and met our new favourite robot, bee bot! We were able to program bee bot to move and follow different paths to reach each other, giving him a series of directions… we will definitely be having more fun with bee bot soon!
Vets and Doctors
During March, our Aistear themes was focused around Health Centres… we opened a GP doctor’s office and a Vets. Just as well, as we had lots of very poorly children and animals during the month that we were able to take care off… Our local Vets came to visit us and showed us how to care for our pets, protect ourselves from dogs and treat fleas.
We have been talking about light and shadows. And a beautiful sunny day came upon us, so we went outside to make and draw cool shadows with our friends in the yard!
Return of Spring
We had our first official school tour this March and the excitement was crazy!! We got to go Bray on the snazziest bus to the Mermaid Theatre to see a wonderful show all about the Return of Spring. We met Huggy the Hedgehog waking up Whistleberry Forest to an early spring. He went on a quest, with our help, to find evidence of spring all around him to convince his friends to wake up too from hibernation!
We have been playing and exploring shapes all around us! Check us out building shapes with straws and play dough, playing with 3D blocks and making pictures with 2D shapes.
Lá ‘le Pádraig
We celebrated Lá ‘le Pádraig in style in Junior Infants! Lá glas, whole school assembly and leprechaun masks…
As part of our Learn topics this month we look at natural disasters and in particular Volcano’s! We also made real volcanoes and watched them erupt … It was so much fun! We made beautiful I lava you cards for Valentines and listened to the beautiful Lava Song, bringing a little tear to our eyes!
We have been learning about the three primary colours – red, yellow and blue. We experimented with paint mixing together and travelling coloured water. We made some scrape paintings mixing the 3 primary colours to make lots of new colours! We also made friendship hand prints and watch the colours of skittle run together like a rainbow. Not to mention enjoyed this song ALOT!
Mechanics open for business! Another group of people who help us is our local mechanics. What an important job they do… we explored the different parts of a car, how they service and fix cars. We even had a very special visitor Ryan with his very special racer car. We got to look at all its features, the engine in the back and he then showed us lots of tools he uses every day. It was very exciting!
We have now gone through numbers 1 – 5 … we spent time practising writing it in sand, painting it, matching objects to it, making 5 with playdough! We are 5 experts now!!
In January we opened a classroom Garda station. We talked about the role of the Garda in our communities and all the ways they help us. We even got a visit from our community Garda Maria.
The build up to Christmas was very exciting – we started December with a Pixie Post Office and then it transformed into Santa’s Workshop, where they had to design toys, build and fix them and then finally wrap them up ready for Santa! Another favourite station this season was decorating our class Christmas tree, they all worked together to make link chains and even made stars and their own decorations. Building and creating train tracks and Santa’s grotto was also so much fun and took over the whole classroom!
We were so lucky to get a visit from the Sam Maguire Cup!
We had a visit from Marissa the Mermaid who lost some scales on her tail. We needed to go through lots of materials to find one to cover up and protect her scales. It was a big investigation but we did it!
Next up, clothes shops were open for business! They all loved browsing the rails and trying on clothes with the latest fashions. They became designers and had to draw out their favourite outfits, use materials to make a piece of clothing and also try building items of clothing using Lego, very challenging! They also each made their very own tie dye t-shirts and had great fun trying to perfect their designs.
During the month of November, Junior Infants were learning about Shopping Centres in Aistear.
To begin, each of the junior infants opened their own class supermarkets. They perused Lidl catalogues, built their own supermarkets with Lego and made fabulous junk art creations of cash registers, trolleys and all things supermarket related! To top it off, we had our very first class trip to Lidl. Each class took part in a supermarket hunt and we are happy to report they are now shopping experts! Big thank you to all the parents that accompanied us.
To finish off our Athletic strand in PE, we took part in athletic stations, using all of our new skills – jumping, sprinting, throwing, running, hopping and balance.. Check us out!
We have also starting working hard on the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 … we have been making lots of sets and practicing writing each number. We even made the numbers with our bodies in PE! Crazy for numbers!
We have been working hard on our Maths patterns this month… here we are creating patterns with links, peg boards, with teddies, on the board, creating patterned caterpillars and with cubes! Phew!
We were so lucky to have Harvey’s mama Blanaid come visit us to make some super yummy edible Halloween treats! She showed us how to make witches brooms, ghosts and skeleton hands! Big thank you for being so generous… we loved it!
Aistear for Halloween has been our best yet… We had a potion lab, where the witches and wizards had to measure and mix terrrrrible ingredients such as brains, eyeballs, spiders and worms! We made capes for our witches and wizards. In small world, we went trick or treating among some ghouly characters! We got potion writing… thinking up what we would like our potions to do and the ingredients to make it work was great fun. And of course, we got creating our potions … again with unicorn feathers, flowers, spiders, worms, slugs … I hope no one will be made drink it over Halloween!!
We have had so much fun in the lead up to Halloween. Seeing as we are now potion making experts, we tried to make our potions explode! And explode they did!! Such fun…
We are really working our gross motor skills all the time… in the mornings, we work with tweezers, laces, cutting, beading and lots more. We have also had time on the big boards using chalks and water to make anti-clockwise circles (practice before writing letters such as c, a etc!)
In PE this month we have been working on our Athletic skills. We have been practicing running, sprinting and our starting positions. We have also mixed it up and tried out some crazy starting positions!! Check us out!