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A Super September in Senior Infants!

We have had a fun and busy September in Senior Infants. We have settled back to school so quickly and have been working super hard. Our theme for September is ‘All About Me’. We have been learning about our senses, chatting about our likes and dislikes and learning about our differences.

In Maths, we have been engaging in lots of sorting activities and also creating patterns. We have also been learning about the Story of 5 and revising number formation.

Aistear has gotten off to a great start. There children take turns engaging with 5 different station activities.

The children love our ‘Optician’ role-play area.

Junk art is a big hit and our creations are amazing!

We have also been making really interesting constructions.

We have been designing our own glasses range, some of which have superpowers.

Senior Infants have been painting with a twist!

The children used scented paints to paint a picture of their own. As they began painting, they noticed that each colour smelled like something different. The children used their sense of smell to try and identify each of the different scents!

We have learned lots of new vocabulary at our oral language station.

Well done Senior Infants!

Sports Week

Although Sports Week was a little bit different this year, it was just as much fun as always!

We went on a scavenger hunt.

We did some yoga with Jen and Jenny.

We did some very tiring HIIT stations on the Astro Turf.

We boogied on down in Zumba with Carla from Pound Fit.

We had a dance party on the Astro.

Some amazing Irish athletes sent us a video message to wish us well.

And we finished off the week with a well deserved ice-cream.

June in Senior Infants

Senior Infants have been making the most of the lovely June weather and spending lots of time outside. We took our maths stations outside and also our Aistear activities.

Our theme for June was ‘water’. We learned about capacity, water sources, water safety, looking after our oceans and ocean creatures. Our Aistear activities included junk art, construction, water beads, sand and plasticine.

Senior Infants spent lots of time in our new outdoor classroom this month. We enjoyed relaxing and reading some books in the sun. Senior Infants also did some planting and learnt lots about the importance of bees with Caroline. She even brought us in a friendly bee to meet!

Earth Week in Senior Infants

It was Earth Day on the 22nd of April, and Senior Infants decided to celebrate for whole week! We did lots of fun, nature based activities, went on a minibeast hunt and spent lots of time learning and playing outside.

We made clay ornaments with pieces of nature.

We wrote about ‘Our Favourite Place on Earth’.

We made nature ‘people’ with lots of natural materials.

We ate our lunch outside in the beautiful sunshine!

And we learned all about our Earth and how to look after it. The future is in good hands!

A Very Happy March

Senior Infants have had a lovely March back at school. We have settled back into our routine and been so busy doing lots of fun activities.

In maths, we have been learning all about number patterns.

In English, we have been enjoying some station activities when we arrive each morning.

This month, our theme for Aistear is ‘The Garden’. We planted sunflower seeds in toilet roll holder pots. We are having great fun in the ‘Garden Centre’ role-play area. We have been using construction materials to design and make gardens and we have been making interesting creations with junk art. We have also made lots of spring themed art. We even took our Aistear outside in the sun and did some real ‘gardening’.

We worked in pairs to design our own garden/ park. Here are some examples of our work.

Senior Infants in the Arctic

Our Aistear theme for December was the Arctic and the children really enjoyed learning all about the Arctic Circle, it’s animals and the people who live there. Our Aistear stations were; role-play, construction, junk art, sensory play, playdough and art.

In the role-play area, we journeyed to the Arctic Circle to explore and look after the animals.

For sensory play, we had great fun with little white beans. We pretended it was snow and played with little animal figurines.

Construction and junk art are always a hit during Aistear!

For art, we made a beautiful winter scene.

Senior Infants in Space

Senior Infants have been learning lots about space and enjoying our space themed Aistear activities this month.

For junk art, we have been busy making cool creations like rockets, space stations and aliens!

We have also made some really cool aliens with playdough.

Senior Infants have loved playing in our Space Station role-play area. We have been going on moonwalks, taking the rocket ship to mars, fixing broken planets and even saving aliens!

At our art station, we have made some lovely alien and planet pictures and next week we will be making clay aliens.

Construction is always a hit with Senior Infants. We have been making rockets, solar systems, space rovers and space stations.

September Fun

Senior Infants have had a great start to the school year. We are working very hard and enjoying lots of fun activities.

Aistear has been a huge hit with the class. Our theme this month is ‘Houses and Homes’. We have been having great fun building homes using waffle blocks, making homes in junk art, playing with the small world house and selling houses in the estate agent role-play area.

For National Tree Day we talked about the importance of trees and we went on a little walk around the school grounds to look at the beautiful trees we have here. We even gave them a little hug!

In English, we have been doing station teaching. The stations include handwriting, free writing, interactive phonics games on the ipads, a phonics station and a word family station.

Spring is in the Air!

Senior Infants took a trip to Airfield Farm to look out for all the signs of spring. We looked at the daffodils and all the other flowers that are beginning to bloom. We learned all about chickens and watched the eggs being collected. We even got to see the cows being milked. We finished off our visit with a trip to the play area. We had a great day and were all very tired after the long walk back to school!

Food Glorious Food

Senior Infants have been doing lots of activities around the theme of ‘food’. We have been discussing the different kinds of foods, our likes and dislikes and how food is important for giving us energy and keeping us healthy.

For art, we used potatoes for printing. We used our imaginations to create flowers, bugs and even monsters!

In Aistear, children built restaurants using waffle blocks and lego. We also had an art station, where the children used clay to make pinch pots. Our very popular role-play area returned again, this time as a restaurant!

We also did some apple tasting. We tried different kinds of apples like Bramley, Gala and Pink Lady and discussed the difference in taste. Pink Lady was the most popular!

Wellness Week

From the 21st to 25th of January, we organised a ‘Wellness Week’ in school. During this week, all classes made an extra effort to include activities which promote positive mental health and well-being. These activities included daily meditation, nature walks, mindful eating, mindful colouring and lots of discussions about our emotions and how to deal with them.

Jen, one of our support teachers, has just completed a course in children’s yoga and kindly offered to take each class for a yoga session. This was a huge hit with all the children.

We also had lots of parent volunteers who came to give talks on the areas of wellness that they specialise in.

Our first visit was from Claire, who works with essential oils and teaches people how to use them to support their emotional and physical health. Geraldine is in her 2nd year of Masters at UCD, studying Mindfulness Based Interventions, at the School of Psychology and she came in to do a ‘Mindfullness’ talk with both the senior classes and the junior classes.

Sally is a nutritionist and she came in to talk to some of the classes about the importance of food for keeping us healthy and giving us energy.

Michal has been practising Tibetan Buddhism for last 13 years and he came in to share his knowledge on the benefits of meditation.

Sara is a psychologist and she came in to talk to the junior and seniors infants about worries and how to deal with them.

And finally, Mischa and Caroline visited 2nd class to work on a project called ‘Song of our School’. This project included a walk around school in which the children were encouraged to stop and listen to all the sounds around them. They are now in the process of using these sounds to come up with a unique composition.

Senior Infant Disco

Senior Infants finished off a great first term in school with a disco in the hall. We loved dancing along to all our favourite songs and had so much fun. Check out our moves!

Senior Infants Blast Off!!

This year, for Science Week (November 11th -18th), the whole school decided to focus on the theme of space. The children loved learning about night and day, the planets, the life of an astronaut and much more. We read lots of stories which tie in with this theme like ‘Man on the Moon’ and ‘Alien’s Love Underpants’. The children also brought in lots of space fact books for us to read. We also did lots of fun ‘space’ writing activities like ’10 things I would bring to space’ and ‘My Alien Poem’.

Our ‘Space’ themed Aistear was so much fun. Our role play area was the International Space Station.  The children loved monitoring space for asteroids and exploring the moon.

 

For sensory play we used play dough and lots of other materials like pipe cleaners, marbles and goggly eyes to make little aliens.

The children made super rockets, moon cars and space stations in using the junk art.

The children used their imaginations and the small world figures to explore space and all its’ wonders!

 

The Estate Agent

In Senior Infants, the theme  for October has been ‘Houses and Homes’. The children have really enjoyed learning all about the rooms in a house, the different kinds of homes and the importance of families. Our Aistear was based around the ‘The Estate Agent’ and the children have had so much fun.

In the role-play area, the children have been taking it in turns to be an auctioneer at a property auction. They have also been working in an estate agent office, answering phone calls and helping the customers to find their dream homes.

In the construction area, the children have made some amazing properties, from boat houses to apartment blocks as high at the classroom ceiling!

For junk art, we have been working on bedroom dioramas. The children really used their imaginations to turn items like egg cartons into beds. We had a visit from Aoife’s 4th class to check out our brilliant work.

The introduction of a small world activity has been a huge hit. The children loved playing with the small figures in the toy houses. They loved to pretend that there was a birthday party happening in the houses or that a moody teenager was causing trouble!

               

 

Niall De Burca

On the 27th of September, we were super lucky to have the story teller Niall De Burca come to visit. The children absolutely loved it and didn’t stop laughing from start to finish. Here are some photos of the Junior Infants and Senior Infants listening to Niall.

         

The Optician

Senior Infants have just started Aistear and we are having so much fun. Our Aistear activities this month are based around ‘The Optician’ and include; an optician role-play area, junk art, construction and play dough.

The Optician role play area is a firm favourite with the children and we are super at taking it in turns to be a customer, a receptionist and an optician. We have had costumers coming to the optician looking for prescription sunglasses, eye drops for eye infections and eye tests. We even had a customer come in with two lazy eyes!

We have loved getting creative with the junk art and we have made really cool eye machines. Some dispense glasses when you enter money, some are x-ray machines and others tell you which kind of glasses you need. Check out our junk art glasses and eye patches.

The children had the great idea to use the eye play dough mats as the x-ray scans and used play dough to show what was wrong with the eyes. Here are some eye scans showing water and sand in the eyes.

We also put on our hard hats and high-vis jackets and got to work building opticians offices, glasses, eye machines and even apartment blocks! We made one taller than Emer!

 

Ready, Set, Go!

Senior Infants have had a great start to the year. We have settled in very well and are working really hard.

In Maths, we have been following the Ready, Set, Go programme. It is a very hands on programme and the children are really enjoying making sets and patterns using all of the lovely resources we have in school. 

 

Sports Day 2018

We had an absolutely fantastic Sports Day on the 27th of June. The sun was shining, we had some great volunteers and the children took part in all the activities with great energy and enthusiasm.  We had a range of fun activities throughout the day. Brian and Ciaran from Gracie Barra Dublin, who run a Ju Jitzu afterschool, gave each class a crash course in the popular martial art. The children got their groove on in Sarah’s Zumba class, which was a huge hit. And, as always, the station activities were a massive success with the help of our fantastic volunteers. Aongus organised a ‘teachers versus 4th class’ game of dodgeball. Everyone got very competitive and the teachers came out on top. Of course, we finished the day with a well-deserved ice-cream. Thanks to all of the volunteers and staff for making it a great day! Ciara