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Exploring the Polar Regions in Aistear

Junior Infants are loving the exploration of both the North and the South Pole at the moment!

 

Junior Infants Update

The children are really enjoying the theme of “Home” for Aistear the last couple of weeks. They particularly love the Home Corner, with the kitchen, dining and living room. They have taken on the roles of parents and children, chefs and baby sitters. They have been cooking lovely meals for each other, looking after the baby dolls and chilling out on the sofa! The doll’s house has also been a popular activity. We even had a reenactment of the fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs, with a wolf trying to blow the doll’s house over! Other Aistear activities have included construction with Lego, play dough and Junk Art.

Our Fine Motor skills activities in the mornings are continuing to go well. The children have enjoyed various activities such as geoboards, lollipop stick patterns, jigsaws, button pictures, peg boards and more.

In Maths, we have been working on our 2 D shapes and also on pattern. The children have been creating their own patterns using two different colours. We are now moving on to the concept of ‘more’ and ‘less’. We will be looking at and comparing two sets of objects, and using one-to-one correspondence, to see if they contain the same amount, or if they have more/less.

We have also been learning about the Season of Autumn. We made leaf rubbings using the leaves we collected on our Nature Walk a few weeks ago. We were learning all about the hedgehog and how they like to hibernate for the winter. Today, many of the children took home their clay hedgehogs which they made last week.

 

Ready Set Go Maths! Sorting

Junior Infants have been busy sorting ! We can now sort objects into sets according to their colour, size and shape. We even sorted objects into living and non living sets. We can sort into tubs , using Venn diagrams, Carroll diagrams and sorting trays. Through taking turns and explaining our thinking to our friends, we have learned lots!

At the Doctor’s Surgery

Junior Infants have been really enjoying their first Aistear theme of “The Doctor’s Surgery”. They particularly love the Role Play area. The receptionists are extremely busy at their desks taking calls, making appointments and greeting patients as they arrive. The doctors and nurses have been run off their feet looking after all the patients with their various ailments and injuries!

Other play areas have included the Play Dough station, where the children have made thermometers, ambulances, doctors and patients. At both the Construction Station and the Junk Art station the children have let their imaginations run wild. We have had amazing creations, including a doctor’s surgery, an otoscope, a monster’s hospital, robots, ,lots of towers and much more!

It has been great to see that both classes have really gotten stuck in. They are building confidence, developing their vocabulary, getting to know one another and most importantly, having lots of fun!

Lisa and Yvonne

 

Junior Infants – Off to a great start!

Junior Infants have settled in really well to the routines and daily life of school. They have been busy learning about rhyme and syllables in English, learning about 2-D shapes and also about sorting items by various properties (size, shape, colour etc.) in Maths, and in SESE they have been learning all about themselves and their body. We are starting Aistear next week and our theme is the Doctor’s Surgery. Keep an eye on the website in the coming weeks for photos of this structured play time in action!

See below some photos of the children working on the nursery rhyme ‘Humpty Dumpty’. They worked hard on their cutting skills to, firstly cut Humpty Dumpty up, and then to put him back together again with the help of some plasters.

See also some photos of the children’s sorting work during our Maths lessons. Lovely group work and discussion took place as the children talked about different ways objects could be sorted.

Maths and Art in Nóirín’s Junior Infants

Junior Infants have had a wonderful few weeks settling into ‘big school’ and they have been working so hard. In maths, we have been learning how to sort objects according to their colour, shape and size. In art, we have been practicing our fine motor skills and our scissor skills, each child made their own octopus. Keep an eye on the website in the coming weeks to see more of our activities.

Welcome to Yvonne’s Junior Infants!

Junior Infants have had a fantastic start to school! We have settled in so well and everyone is very proud of us! In the mornings we have been exploring lots of new toys and construction materials which help us to build our fine motor skills. This week we have been listening to and acting out the story of The Little Red Hen. We are learning all about the importance of being kind to one another and helping our friends out!

Back to school!

Our classrooms and corridors came alive again this September.

Whole School Singing At Home!

While we can’t be together, let’s sing together! Follow the link to join in with our whole school singing assembly at home:

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10 familiar songs from our whole school singing assemblies are waiting. We would love to see your videos of you and your family joining in with some of our school songs. If you have a favourite Ballinteer Educate Together song that you would like to hear, please send us your requests : )

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We love toys!

Here are the moveable dolls we designed and made during our topic on toys! Aren’t they amazing! Each one has a character, be it a superhero, princess, monster or teddy bear.

The Vets in Junior Infants

During the month of February we were learning all about pets and the vets. During Aistear we were amazing inventors and even made special machines to give animals their medicine and food using junk art!

We also designed and built animal hospitals, made all of the things that our pets need to be kept fit and healthy and constructed cosy and safe homes for our animals.

Here we are having some fun!

March Problem of the Month

Junior Infants learning about problem solving and chance

Infant Disco

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Not to be left out of Thursday night’s Winter Disco fun, our children from Junior and Senior Infants had their own disco on Friday, 20th December. DJ Rob (Katie and Georgia’s dad) got the party started and the children had a fantastic time breaking out their moves to celebrate the end of term!

Literacy Station Fun!

In Junior Infants we have been having great fun during Literacy stations. We are listening to stories and nursery rhymes, playing Hairy Phonics on the iPads, looking at picture books, playing phonics games with Joanne, learning our ‘Tricky Words’ using play dough and practising our handwriting with Tamasine. Here we are enjoying ourselves!

Junior Infant library visit

We (Tamasine’s class) went to Dundrum Library last week. We were taught how to use the library by Yvonne the librarian. We even borrowed a book! It was so much fun!

Exploring weight in Junior Infants

We have been learning about weight over the past two weeks. Today we got to use the balances ourselves in groups. We took two objects at a time. We then used our hands as balances to estimate which object was heavier. After that, we put the objects on to the balances to check our estimates. It was interesting to see if our estimates were correct. We learned that sometimes, while an object can be smaller than another, it is still the heavier one.

We love toys!

During January in Junior Infants we have had so much fun with toys. From our toy museum to building toys during Aistear. Here we are hard at work designing and making toys! We are particularly proud of the puppets we made as they have arms, legs and heads that can move!

Toy Museums in Junior Infants

Last Friday, we each brought in one of our favourite soft toys. We displayed them like they were in a museum and children from the older classes came to see them. We told them about our toys and they asked us questions. It was really great to do an activity with the older children and our teachers were really proud of what good museum guides we were!

Junior Infants Disco

What a way to mark the end of our first term of Primary School in Ballinteer Educate Together! We had great fun singing and dancing at our disco in Tamasine’s room. We hope you enjoy the pictures.

We wish you all a lovely winter holiday and look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Michelle and Tamasine

Exploring Space in Michelle’s Junior Infants

We have been learning lots about planet earth in space over the last two weeks. We learned about the sun, moon and stars. We learned about the differences between day and night. We read some great books about these themes like “How to Catch a Star” by Oliver Jeffers, “Bringing Down the Moon” by Jonathan Emmet and “Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?” by Martin Waddell.

We made paintings of day skies and night skies to show the difference between the two.

We also read a really funny book called “Aliens Love Underpants”! This inspired us to make our own spaceships out of recycled materials and aliens out of playdough.

We had great fun exploring space during our morning activities. We had a Small World area where we played with toy rockets, spaceships, aliens and astronauts. We made spaceships and rockets in our Junk Art area. We made green playdough in class for our Playdough Area because we thought it would be a good colour for making aliens. We had a rocket ship Role Play area in our classroom and we even had some alien visitors! We also had a Construction area for making our own spacecrafts.

We have really enjoyed exploring this theme and have shown wonderful imagination and creativity.

Maths in Tamasine’s Junior Infants

In Tamasine’s Junior Infants we have been very busy bees!  We have been sorting in Maths and have loved working with new friends at our tables.  Here are a few photos of us having fun with colour, size and shape.

Shaping Up in Michelle’s Junior Infants!

We have been learning all about 2-D shapes in Junior Infants. We went on a shape hunt around our building and found lots of examples of squares! We also made paper collage robots using the 2-D shapes we now know – the square, the rectangle, the circle and the triangle.

Tally-ho!

We have been learning how to collect data in maths using the tally method. Firstly we compiled a class survey of our favourite cartoons. The choices were; Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and SpongeBob SquarePants. The results revealed that Peppa and SpongeBob were the clear favourites with 10 votes each. We then practised one more tally within the class comparing boys to girls, so that we had a clear understanding of five being the magic number in the tally system.

Then we set-off to the car park with our clipboards and partners to tally the colours of the cars. There was some debate and discussion over colours, with white and silver causing some ambiguity! We found no green cars at all. The clear winner for this tally indicated that silver cars dominated our car park.

Gaelic Football with Dónal

Dónal from Ballinteer St. John’s GAA joins us every Wednesday. Each week we practise our football skills and are getting better at remembering the keys skills; running hip to lip, using our hand in a tick-tock motion to pass the ball and kicking the ball using the laces area of our shoe. We really enjoy these weekly sessions and have been making steady progress with our ball skills.

 

A Bug’s Life

We had a visit from Nessa from Heritage in Schools. She told us that she works as an entomologist, which means she knows a lot about insects!

First of all we looked at some pictures to see which insects we could already name and recognise. We learned that there are 99 different types of bee found in Ireland! Nessa then showed us how to do the honey bee dance which was a lot of fun.

Armed with our pooters, jars and insect guides we set off on our field trip. We found so many different insects living in the trees in Finsbury Park from bees to beetles to frog hoppers.

We took at close look at them all using the investigation trays and through the magnified lids on the jars. If we were unsure what we had found, Nessa had lots of helpful picture charts which we used to confirm our findings.

We made sure that we released all the insects back into the wild before we finished up. It was great fun using the pooters and getting to see the insects close up. We really learned a lot about who we share our community with!

Our Trip to The Pine Forest

On Thursday, an excited bunch of Junior Infants set off on the bus to The Pine Forest Art Centre, Glencullen. There was plenty to see en route as we left the city for the hilly countryside.

We were met on arrival by the enthusiastic staff, Niall and Pixie, who firstly took us on a mountain walk. We navigated steep slopes, avoiding nettles along the way, until we came to the magical fairy hawthorn tree. We made a wish here before trekking back uphill for a well-deserved snack.

Our first activity was with Pixie where we made cone characters. We let our imaginations run wild adding all sorts of embellishments to create quirky characters.

We then moved onto the next chalet with Niall where we made a pond drawing similar to the pond on-site. We then visited the pond which was full of tadpoles and pond-life.

Then it was time for a picnic lunch which we enjoyed in the sunshine with our friends. Our final activity of the day was making foam fridge magnets with Niall. We added feathers and wings and made them in happy bright colours.

After a busy day of activity it was time to return to school on the bus. We enjoyed the fantastic views of Dublin city as we descended the mountain and enjoyed spotting places we knew. It was a great day out and everyone had a fantastic time. We even had someone fall asleep on the bus on the way home! It was an unforgettable day.

Celebrating New & Old

In Junior Infants we have been learning about the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year. We read the story of The Great Race and learned that this  is The Year of the Dog.

Red is considered a lucky colour in China so we made red lanterns to decorate the school hallway and we coloured images of the animals from the story. We discovered that most of us are either dragons or snakes because we were born in 2012/2013.

We then turned our attention to look at old and new toys. We saw that some toys like Lego are the very same even after many years. Many of the toys we play with now make sounds and need batteries but things like dolls and teddies are still as popular today as they were many years ago.

I think the general consensus was that the Vtech computer doesn’t offer as much fun as today’s iPad!

Crafty Work

Junior Infants have been busy this festive season making and creating!

We made festive greeting cards, salt dough decorations, orange pomanders and rice krispie buns.

We used our scientific knowledge to predict what would happen to the chocolate when we placed it in the microwave…and it surely melted!

We measured and mixed the ingredients for our salt dough decorations to ensure we had just the right consistency.

Our orange pomanders gave us an opportunity us to refine our pincer grip as we pushed the cloves into our oranges.

We hope the recipients of our crafts will enjoy them.

Learning is Fun!

In Junior Infants we have been playing games to improve our numeracy and literacy skills. We really enjoy these activities as it’s fun to learn while playing together with our friends.

Our numeracy games help us with our counting, understanding of number and the concept of more/less.
At our literacy stations we have been improving our phonic knowledge through interactive games on the iPads, working on our penmanship and reading together with friends to put our phonic knowledge to the test!
Furthermore these activities help us to learn important life-skills; turn-taking, sharing, co-operating and encouraging others. Winning is a bonus but not the most important thing!

October in Junior Infants

During October we focused our attention on the story of The Gingerbread Man.

Using lots of mathematical language we measured the ingredients needed to make and bake our own gingerbread men. We measured cups of flour to ensure that they were full, we counted the spoons to ensure we had put in the correct amount of ginger and sugar. Then we had great fun decorating and eating them.

We also made our own ginger scented playdough. This involved reading the recipe together and exploring the concept of more and less. We saw that by adding more flour the playdough became less sticky!

We had fun acting out scenes from the story after we retold it in our own words and  in the correct order.

News from Junior Infants

Junior Infants have been reading lots of traditional tales.

While reading the story of The Little Red Hen, we talked about helping others and being a good friend. We then put our co-operative skills to the test and together we made some bread. We all helped with measuring the milk and flour and stirring the mixture together. Then we put it in the oven to bake and watched it rise.

When the class were asked; ‘Who will help me eat this bread?’, the answer was a resounding, ‘ME!’.

 

We also read the story of The Three Little Pigs. We took on the role of the Big Bad Wolf and used our lungs to huff and puff as much as we could to create some blow art paintings. It was hard work but we enjoyed watching the watery paint run around the page!

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

We enjoyed a wonderful picnic accompanied by our favourite teddy bears. After eating we played with our teddies. We sang along to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic song afterwards in class. We had so much fun!

Neola’s Class Trip to Glenroe Farm

We had a fantastic day at Glenroe Farm. Take a look at the photos to see what we got up to!

Trip to Glenroe Farm

Junior Infants had a great time on their trip to Glenroe farm. It was our first time going on a bus together and we were so excited. When we got the farm, we left our bags in a big barn and went to play in a HUGE playground.

 

We had so much fun on the swings and the slides and we really worked up an appetite, so we headed back to the barn for our lunch.

After lunch, we were brought on a tour around the farm to see all the animals. We saw cows, goats, ducks, geese, chickens, lambs, turkeys, deer, donkeys and horses. We even got to hold a baby chick, called Nugget, and a baby rabbit, called Candyfloss. We listened so nicely to the farmer, we stayed close to our teachers and parent helpers and we had a super day!

 

Let’s go to Italy

Junior Infants have been learning all about Italy this May. We made passports and took an imaginary trip to lots of different places in Italy. We went on a Gondola in Venice, took photographs of the leaning tower of Pisa, visited the Colosseum in Rome, threw a coin in the Trevi fountain and even walked around the old buildings in Pompeii. We couldn’t leave Italy without tasting all the yummy pasta, pizza and gelato! Look at the postcards we made to our families.

For art, we made delicious pizzas with all our favourite toppings. We also learned about Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. We wanted to know what it was like to paint something on a roof, so we stuck some paper under our tables and tried to draw some pictures. It was very hard!

 We were very lucky to have special visits from Giovanni’s mum, Milena, and Matteo’s mum, Stella, both of whom are from Italy. They told us about the places they are from and taught us some Italian. Milena taught us about the Monk Seal and the Alpine Ibex and Stella told us the story of Romulus and Remus and also a story about two monsters! The children absolutely loved these visits. We even got to taste some Italian bread sticks. YUMMY!

 

Ciao for now!

Learning about Passover

This week, Ciara’s Junior Infants had a special visit from Maya’s dad, Colin. Colin came in to talk about the Jewish festival of Passover. He told us the story of Passover and explained how it is celebrated. He showed us a story book about Passover and a Seder plate. We even got to taste the special matzah bread which is eaten over Passover. The children thought it was really yummy!

Junior Infant Artists

Junior Infants really enjoy making art. Have a look at some of their beautiful creations

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To Infinity and Beyond

We explored space in Aistear for the month of March. We learned all about the solar system, planets, space stations, NASA, galaxies, gravity and air resistance. Eliza’s dad came in to do a rocket experiment with us and we carried out an air resistance experiment on the yard

The Flower Shop

Ciara’s Junior Infants have just started a new 3 week block of Aistear and our new theme is ‘Plants’. We have a ‘Flower Shop’ role play area, a creative station, a sensory gardening station, a construction station, a writing station and a playdough station. The children are loving this theme so far and are really using all the ‘plant’ related language we have been learning the past few weeks. Have a look at us in action.

 

Special Visits

In March, Junior Infants have been learning lots about people who help us. We were very lucky to have some of our parents come in to visit us and tell us about their jobs and how they help people. Our first visit was from Sarah, Nina’s mum. Sarah is a psychotherapist, who works with children. She told us about her job and how people come to her to talk about their feelings. We played some fun games too.

Next, we had a visit from Fiadh’s dad, Dave. Dave is a fire fighter. He explained all the different jobs that fire fighters have to do and gave us some fire safety information. Dave brought in lots of equipment to show the class and even let the children try on his helmet!

Spring is in the air

Ciara’s Junior Infants and Aongus’ Second Class have become super friends since starting Reading Buddies last month, so we decided to go on a ‘Spring Walk’ together. We paired up with our buddies and walked around to Balally Park, keeping a close eye out for any signs of Spring. We noticed the cherry blossoms and daffodils in bloom, the birds singing loudly whilst busy making their nests and the smell of fresh cut grass, not to mention the lovely warm weather. Our buddies made a huge effort to get to know each other better on the walk to the park and they had great fun playing together in the playground. We hope to do lots more fun activities together in the future.

1, 2, 3 Blast Off

Junior Infants were very lucky to have a visit from Eliza’s dad, Justin. Justin is an engineer who loves making rockets. He showed us some of the rockets that he and Eliza made. We brought them outside and watched them blast into the sky. It was so much fun!

The Veterinary Surgery

Ciara’s Junior Infants have just started a new Aistear.  Our theme for this Aistear is ‘Animals’ and the children are really enjoying it so far. In junk art, the children have really been using their imaginations and creating x-ray machines, medicine and other inventions that could be used to help animals. They have been having great fun in ‘The Veterinary Surgery’ role-play area taking on roles like animal owners, receptionists and vets. They really enjoy looking after the sick animals. In small world we have been using Lego and small toy animals to create zoos and animal hospitals. The children have also enjoyed making farms using play dough and waffle blocks. Thank you to everyone who sent in resources for this Aistear. Look at how much fun we are having!

Fun February

Junior Infants have been doing lots of fun activities this month. We have added a new station in Aistear where we test different materials to see which one makes the best ramp for our little cars.

In Maths, we have been playing a fun game called ‘The Sweety Jar Game’. Children roll the dice and place the correct number of counters into the sweety jars. Each day, the children have a different ‘goal number’ with which to fill the sweety jars.

We have also paired up with Aongus’ class for some buddy reading. The children loved making new friends with the 2nd class and we are looking forward to more weeks of reading with our new buddies.

We Love To Read

We love any opportunity to read in Junior Infants. We read at our tables and in our new reading corner too.

Aistear

Aistear is the curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland which involves learning about a particular theme through play, discovery and discussion. Ciara’s Junior Infants have just started Aistear and we love it! Our themed for January is ‘Toys’. The children have been busy making different toys using junk art and playdough. The ‘Toyshop’ role play area has been a great hit and the children are really using their imaginations to come up with different situations for the Teddy Bears picnic.

Active Maths

We take part in fun games and activities when exploring number.

Little Architects

We are very good at designing and building lots of different creations in Junior Infants. Please take a look! 

Team Work and Physical Education

Last week in PE, we took part in some team building activities which also tested and developed our co-ordination and motor skills. Take a look to see how well we worked together as a team. 

Show and Tell (Old and New Toys)

We are learning all about new and old toys for the month of January. We learned lots from each other’s show and tell presentations. Kitty brought in her mum’s old toy doll which was made entirely from soft material. Sofia’s modern doll on the other hand was made out of plastic. We learned that old toys did not need batteries. The owner had to improvise. We have been exploring toys in Aistear, learned songs about toys and even designed our own toy inventions in art.

Junior Infant Mathematicians

We are very good at counting, ordering and writing our numerals in Junior Infants. Take a look at us playing our maths games and taking part in our maths learning stations.                          

Patterns of Two

This week, we were revising the number 2 and we had great fun making ‘patterns of two’ using lots of different resources. We used beads, bears of different sizes, tangrams, peg boards and unifix cubes. Check out our work!

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Digging in December

Last year, the current second classes planted lots of yummy vegetables in the school vegetable patch. The brussels Sprouts and leeks were finally ready to be harvested so Junior Infants did the job. Anna’s mum Laragh helped us to dig up the vegetables and the children helped to pick all the brussels sprouts off the stalks. It was very mucky and very fun! The children all got to bring home some brussels sprouts to have for dinner.

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Home is Where the Heart is

Our theme for Aistear in Junior Infants this month is “The Home.” We’ve learned that there’s all different sorts of families and houses but the common thing between each is love. We have had lots of fun playing home with the doll houses and role play area. We made lots of things you would find at home using our playdough. During art, we made lovely wallpaper and curtain patterns.

Science Week In Junior Infants

For Science Week 2016 Junior Infants examined four different types of materials to see which would make the strongest house for the three little pigs to live in. It linked in perfectly with our Aistear theme for this month ” The Home.” We had lots of fun exploring, building, discussing and predicting. The four materials we tested out were paper towels, tin foil, card and building blocks. We tested out the strength of our houses using Neola’s hairdryer (The Big Bad Wolf!) In the end we concluded that the building blocks were the best material to use as the hairdryer didn’t blow these houses down. Take a look at all the fun we had being scientists!  20161115_110149-1 20161115_110156 20161115_110602 20161115_110741 20161115_110748-1 20161115_110801 20161115_11150720161115_110944-1

The Story of One

Junior Infants have been learning all about the number 1 this week. We had great fun searching for buttons with 1 hole in the sandbox. We decorated a number 1 template using buttons, sticks and counters. We played with board games which involved tracing the number one. We coloured in number one templates beautifully and we practised writing the number one on our mini whiteboards.

 

Language Stations In Junior Infants

We have been practicing reading and writing our first two ‘Jolly Phonics’ groups this school term.  We are able to blend sounds together to help us read CVC words. During our station work we made the letters with play dough, wrote letters on white boards, wrote them in sand and played a matching game to help us learn. We have been exploring the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears also. We have sequenced the story, acted it out with finger puppets, created scenes from the story with play dough and are preparing for our show in November. 20160930_110010 20160930_110035-1 20160930_110035 20160930_110133 20160930_111244 20160930_111338 20160930_111432 20160930_113215 20160930_113242

Junior Infants Art Gallery Term One

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Maths Week In Junior Infants: The Great Outdoors

Junior Infants had lots of fun outdoors for Maths Week. We worked together in groups finding and taking photographs of 2D shapes and numbers outside in the playground. We also went on a nature walk to explore the Autumn trees. We had lots of fun counting the leaves, trees and horse chestnuts we saw. We continued working on patterns in the classroom. We made some very impressive patterns, please take a look.             20161004_091505 20161004_091742 20161004_091829 20161004_092309 20161004_092313 20161004_092728 20161011_092530 20161011_092535 20161011_092943 20161011_093015 20161018_093226 20161018_093357 20161018_093417 20161018_093555 20161024_111004

Exotic Fruit Tasting and Pumpkin Harvest

Our theme for October is food. We’ve been learning poems about food and read “Handa’s Surprise,” which is all about exotic fruits from Africa. After reading the story the children had the opportunity to taste some of the fruit mentioned in the book. We also received our very own pumpkin to display on our Autumn window. The pumpkin was harvested from the school garden with the help of Jim, Third class and Anna’s mum Laragh.20161013_083002 20161013_091409 20161013_091421 20161013_091435 20161018_083808 20161018_083910

Crazy about patterns.

For the month of October,  Junior Infants have been learning lots about patterns in maths. First we copied patterns, then we extended patterns and finally, we had great fun making patterns of our own. We made patterns using different colours, shapes and sizes. Have a look at some of our amazing work.

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Happy Tree Day!

On the 6th of October, Ciara’s Junior Infants celebrated National Tree Day. We talked about all the wonderful things that trees give us, like oxygen, fruit and paper and then we learned the names of the parts of the tree. We went on a little ‘Tree Walk’ to have a look at the lovely trees on the school grounds and we whispered ‘Thank you’ to the trees for all that they give us.

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Busy Bees in Junior Infants

Junior Infants have been very busy bees this September. Take a look at what we have been doing.

We have been working very hard at our letter formation. It is great fun making the letters in sand, with play dough, on the interactive whiteboard, with crayons and with markers.

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We have been learning about 2D shapes and have had lots of fun making these too. We have been doing lots of sorting activities and have made sets using Venn Diagrams.

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We were very lucky to have a visit from Nessa’s dad Joey. Joey works for ESB and came in to chat to us about safety around electricity.

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Neola’s class have been learning all about the hospital for Aistear. During role-play we have been pretending to be radiographers, doctors, nurses, patients and receptionists. At the construction station, we made x-ray machines, hospital buildings and ambulances, to name but a few. We made x-rays of our arms in art.

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Our first week in Junior Infants

Junior Infants have settled in very well to school and are already busy learning, working hard and making new friends. Take a look at what we have been up to!

We have great fun during activity time with our friends.

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We have been reading lots of books.

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We have been doing some matching activities in Maths.

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We are looking forward to the year ahead!

 

Our First Day at School!

Our Junior Infants had a fantastic first day filled with games, songs and rhymes. We were so delighted to welcome each and every beaming face into our school community and we can’t wait to get to know them well throughout their stay here!