We had a great day on our school tour to Airfield farm. We had a very busy day visiting all the animals that work on the farm. We watched the cows being milked, the hens' eggs being collected and we even got to say hi to calves that were born just 10 days ago.
Have a great St Patrick's Day!
Junior Infants B (Ms. O'Rourke)
Welcome to Ms' O'Rourke's Junior Infant Class!
Have a look below to see some of the activities we have been getting up to.
We learned about different types of minibeasts and what kind of habitats they live in. Each child chose a minibeast to make using air-dough! Have a look at their fantastic creations!
We have been learning all about the lifecycle of the butterfly. We made our own butterflies and went on a walk around the school to try find butterfly habitats.
In art, we learned about Pablo Picasso and observed some of his portraits he created. We used the cubism technique and his work to inspire our own portraits!
In January, we learned all about hospitals! The children became receptionists, doctors, nurses and patients in the role play area.
Some children played with ambulances and became paramedics in the small world hospital.
We also created our own hospital using wooden blocks.
This month in Aistear, we are exploring Santa's workshop and how the elves help Santa in the lead up to Christmas. The children in Junior Infants have been busy designing, creating, wrapping and delivering toys, just like Santa's elves!
In Aistear and drama, we have been learning about the Arctic and some of the animals that live there. We even decided to make our own snow!
The Three Little Pigs
The children have been learning all about 'The Three Little Pigs' in literacy and in drama. The children were set the challenge of making a house out of straw, sticks or bricks, just like the three little pigs.
Houses and Homes
This month, Junior Infants have been learning all about houses and homes. Have a look at what the children have been doing during Aistear!
Autumn is here!
We have been learning all about the signs of Autumn in Junior infants. Some of the children gathered up pine cones, leaves and other items found during Autumn and added them to our Autumn table.
For National Tree Day, we planted a holly tree with Ms. Kelly. First, we put the holly tree in the ground. Then we filled the hole with soil. We covered the soil in newspaper and tree bark. Finally, we watered the soil and the tree.
Junior Infants have been learning all about patterns using two colours. Have a look at the wonderful patterns the children created!
September in Junior Infants
The children have been busy during Aistear this month. The children particularly loved building their own school at the construction station, as well as engaging in mark-making activities and play-doh!
Junior Infants A (Ms. Lucas)
Welcome to Ms Lucas' Class
We have been having lots of fun in Junior Infants. Have a look at some of our activities below!
Floating and Sinking
In May, the children learned all about floating and sinking in science. The children worked in pairs to design and construct a boat using a variety of materials. The children then tested their boats in water to see which would sink and which would float. They also added 'passengers' using cubes to the boats that were able to float. Two of the boats could hold 60 passengers!
The children thoroughly enjoyed sports day last week! They participated in lots of different activities including sprints, relay races, obstacle courses and tug of war.
This month we created dioramas. We each chose what scene we would like to create, which even included one diorama with dinosaurs! We hope you enjoy our creations below!
This week we learned about the life cycle of the butterfly. We listened to the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar to learn about how a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. We went on an adventure around the school grounds in search of habitats for our butterflies.
This month we were learning all about plants. We went on an adventure around the school grounds to see what plants we could find. We saw some trees and lots of daffodils! We learned about the different parts of a plant, and we even grew our own sunflowers!
The children learned about the artist Andy Goldsworthy. He creates art using natural materials such as stones, leaves and snow. The children were inspired by him to create their own artwork, using items that they had collected.
Signs of Spring
The children went on a nature walk to Fernhill park and gardens. The children explored the trail for signs of spring. We found lots of interesting plants including daffodils and snowdrops. We also saw a squirrel!
World Book Day!
The children celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as a character from their favourite stories. You can see some of their amazing costumes below!
We loved dressing up for Halloween! Have a look below to see some of our spooky costumes!
We have been practising pre-writing skills. So far we have learned how to write horizontal lines, vertical lines, circles and crosses. We love writing on our whiteboards!
In Maths we have been learning lots of early maths skills. In September we practised sorting items and creating patterns with colours. We worked as a team to sort objects into sets based on their shapes, sizes and colours. We also learned about patterns. We created 2 colour patterns by printing with sponges!
We have Aistear time each day. We learn about a new theme every month. This month we are learning about homes. Lots of the boys and girls built buildings and homes during their playtime. You can see some of their amazing creations here!
For Science week we did lots of activities and experiments in the classroom.
We created a lava lamp by mixing different materials together.
We created a rainbow by pouring warm water onto a plate with skittles.
We created buildings using spaghetti and marshmallows. It was very tricky! Science week was lots of fun!
During Autumn we explored the different lines and textures of leaves. We used crayons to create beautiful prints of the leaves. You can see some of our artwork here!
We have been learning about 3-D shapes in maths. We explored our classroom to see if we could find some 3-D shapes! You can see the shapes we found below. What 3-D shapes can you find in your home?
This month the theme in Aistear is the hospital. In the junk art area we created lots of amazing things! We made ambulances, hospitals and even hospital beds!
Vegetable Patch Prints
We learned about the artist Van Gogh. We discussed his painting Gardens at Montmartre. We created our own vegetable patch prints using vegetables.