13 Dec · Senior Infants · No Comments

Our Trip to Airfield

We braved the elements to visit Airfield last week and even though it was a very cold day we enjoyed our trip. We were lucky enough to see the farmer collect the eggs and milk the cows and we even saw other gorgeous farm animals huddling together for warmth! Our numb fingers and toes didn’t …

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27 Nov · Senior Infants · No Comments

The Weather Station

Here in Senior Infants we have settled in to our new classrooms and are really enjoying all the space that we have, especially when it’s time for Aistear! This month we have been studying the weather, which seemed very appropriate after the events in October and our visit from storm Ophelia.  During Aistear we have …

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26 May · Senior Infants · No Comments

Picnic in the Park!

Senior Infants went for a wonderful walk in the sunshine to Balally Park today. They played in the playground and had a picnic on the grass. Look at all the fun they had!

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17 May · Senior Infants · No Comments

Picnic Time in Senior Infants!

We love when the sun shines! Today we were practicing our GAA skills with Dónal, our coach from Ballinteer St Johns. We were hand passing the ball, catching it and kick passing. We were sprinting also. After GAA, we went out to the grass and had a picnic in the sunshine! It was fantastic!

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12 May · Senior Infants · No Comments

Air Control to Senior Infants!

Senior Infants have opened a new airport in Aisling’s room. The children have been inspired by the stories of Amelia Earhart and the Wright brothers so they are inventing new methods of air travel, as well as operating a commercial airline! Flights are departing daily to Canada, Norway and Spain (among other places). Security is …

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9 May · Criona · No Comments

The Beat Goes On…

We have been learning about rhythm in music. Some words like duck have only one syllable, so for this we learned to represent this with one tap. However, other words such as duckling have 2 syllables, so we represent this with two taps. Then we put our knowledge to the test and using various images …

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9 May · Criona · No Comments

Picasso Portraits

We learned about Pablo Picasso in Art. We looked at some of his most famous paintings with a focus on his use of colour and shape. We discussed how he went against the conventions and traditions of the previous generations. We had a look at his ‘blue period’ and spoke about how the colour blue represented …

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9 May · Criona · No Comments

Curious Curators

To conclude our Artist in Residence programme we paid a final visit to Dunlaoghaire Lexicon. In advance of our trip, Claire from the arts office visited us in school to talk to us about the concept of curatorship. Curators, like many of us, like to collect items. We talked about our collections of shopkins and stickies. …

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4 May · Senior Infants · No Comments

Minibeast Invasion!

Senior Infants have been learning all about gardening and minibeasts over the last few weeks. They loved exploring nature through play when we were doing ‘The Garden Centre’ in Aistear. The children then made their own minibeats using clay. They experimented rolling, pinching, scratching and stretching the clay. They used some of our art supplies …

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30 Mar · Senior Infants · No Comments

Shadow Puppets

Senior Infants have been learning all about the sun recently. We made shadow dinosaurs to help us discover what caused shadows. We did an experiment to see if we could make the shadow puppets larger and smaller. We used torches in our investigations. Then we went outside and used the light of the sun to …

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30 Mar · Senior Infants · No Comments

The Garden Centre Opening!

The space station has shut its doors in Senior Infants. A new garden centre is opening instead. The garden centre will be selling flowers, seeds, tools and equipment so make sure to pay us a visit for all your landscape gardening needs! Have a look at our garden centre assistants and gardeners hard at work …

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16 Mar · Senior Infants · No Comments

The Aliens Have Landed!

Senior Infants are learning all about Space this month. We have loved learning all about Neil Armstrong’s moon landing. We have been designing space aliens in art and writing about our aliens in English. We have been reading a variety of factual and fictional books about space. We have been singing songs about the planets …

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16 Mar · Senior Infants · No Comments

Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

Senior Infants have been practising their Irish dancing this month. They have all really enjoyed doing their 1, 2, 3 ‘s and listening to Irish music.  Today we even got to do a céilí dance ‘The Walls of Limerick’ / ‘Ballaí Luimnigh’ . Have a look at our video to see us doing some of our …

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2 Mar · Senior Infants · No Comments

Senior Infants Love Reading!

We love reading in Senior Infants! Today was World Book Day and we have been doing a lot of fun activities in Senior Infants to celebrate. All week we have been having visits from ‘Secret Readers’ who have been sharing their favourite books with us. We have heard stories about Rosie the engineer who made …

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28 Feb · Senior Infants · No Comments

Do not feed the animals!

This month Aisling’s class have been learning all about the zoo, during their Aistear hour of play. We have been designing habitats within the zoo for animals, building rescue centres for ill or endangered animals, creating animal masks using fabric and fibre, making animals and animal food out of playdough and  pretending we are zoo keepers …

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28 Feb · Senior Infants · No Comments

Pancake Tuesday in Senior Infants!

The children in Aisling’s Senior Infants read the stories ‘The Runaway Pancake’ and ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’ in school today because it is Pancake Tuesday! We discovered the ingredients needed to make pancakes, and we discussed our favourite toppings. Nearly everyone loved lemon and sugar! But sadly we do not have a hob to cook pancakes on …

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17 Feb · Senior Infants · No Comments

Helping at Home Challenge!

In Ballinteer ETNS we have all been helping out at home this month. In Senior Infants the children have been tidying up toys, emptying dishwashers, folding clothes and even helping with babies nappies! Have a look at our video to hear all about our hard work!  

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10 Feb · Criona · No Comments

Outdoor Pursuits

In the wise words of Elsa; the cold never bothered us anyway! Críona’s Senior Infants have been channeling their inner Bear Grylls and learning the basic principles of orienteering, as well as enjoying the great outdoors. Working cooperatively with a partner, we have been using our reading skills to solve clues and complete our missions. …

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7 Feb · Criona · No Comments

Print Charming!

Críona’s Senior Infants have been letting their artistic juices flow for the past few weeks with the help of Tunde and Kim. This week, the boys and girls used the foam printing blocks they made previously to create their own original prints. The results were spectacular as you can see from the photos. Here are …

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26 Jan · Senior Infants · No Comments

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!

We have been learning all about the weather in Aisling’s Senior Infants. We have been reading factual and fictional stories based around the topic of the weather. When we read ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ we knew it must be fictional – there was food falling from the sky! We then pretended we lived …

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26 Jan · Criona · No Comments

Chinese New Year

Senior Infants have been learning all about Chinese New Year, which begins this Saturday, January 28th. We looked at the story of The Great Race and learned that this year will be the Year of the Rooster. We completed some lovely writing and pictures based on the story. Following that we enjoyed making our own …

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24 Jan · Criona · No Comments

Numeracy & Literacy Games

Críona’s Senior Infants have been having lots of fun while learning through play. Through various numeracy games we have been practising our skills in counting, number recognition and our knowledge of shapes. Through our literacy games we have been reinforcing our knowledge of phonics and learning lots of new words. We are also learning important …

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23 Jan · Criona · No Comments

Letter Writing & Stamps

Críona’s Senior Infants have been looking at letter writing through our recent Stories the Week; The Day the Crayons Quit and The Jolly Postman. We looked at how language can often be persuasive and discussed the feelings of the various crayons and the characters in the stories. Then wrote our own letters and designed our …

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23 Jan · Criona · No Comments

Artist in Residence

Críona’s Senior Infants have been lucky to have the opportunity work with two artists; Tunde and Kim from the Dunlaoghaire Rathdown Artist in Residency Programme. We began the project with a visit to an exhibition in Dunlaoghaire library. We looked at various images and discussed the shapes that we saw. Then using oil pastels we …

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11 Jan · Senior Infants · No Comments

Senior Infant Weather Symphonies!

Aisling’s Senior Infants are learning all about An Aimsir (the weather) this month. We will be exploring different ways to measure and predict weather, reporting the current weather and recording the weather. Here are some of the phrases we are practising: Cén saghas lae é? (What sort of day is it today? ) Tá an …

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9 Dec · Senior Infants · No Comments

Senior Infants are Arctic Explorers!

Aisling’s class have been learning all about the animals that live in the Arctic this week! We have been on adventures finding out about the animals during our hour of play. We have seen polar bears, Arctic hares, snowy owls, seals, Arctic foxes and much more! Some penguins even came from the Antarctica for a …

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23 Nov · Senior Infants · No Comments

The Thankful Turkey

Senior Infants have been learning all about Thanksgiving. We decided to create a ‘Thankful Turkey’ to show all the things and people that we are grateful for. When we wrote down all the things we were grateful for, we were amazed by how lucky we are! Our turkey looks very big and tasty! We are …

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22 Nov · Senior Infants · No Comments

Math Games in Senior Infants

In Senior Infants, 7 is the magic number! We have been doing a wide range of counting games and math activities over the month of November, all focusing on the number 7. We have been making sets of 7, building number towers and using our math eyes to find the number 7 in our school …

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28 Oct · Senior Infants · No Comments

Aisling’s Senior Infants was full of wonderful characters to celebrate the last day of midterm. Have a look at some of our brilliant costumes!

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19 Oct · Senior Infants · No Comments

Aisling’s Authors and Illustrators

The Ballinteer ETNS Book Fair is starting next week and we are really excited about it in Senior Infants. To celebrate our Book Fair we have written and illustrated books about Autumn. We are very proud of our writing! These books will be displayed next week so make sure you have a look at them! …

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18 Oct · Senior Infants · No Comments

Autumn Adventures!

Last week Senior Infants went on our Autumn walk. We had a lot of fun on our adventure with Aisling, Ann and Críona. We saw the leaves turning gold, red and orange. We collected pine cones, acorns, conkers and leaves. We even saw a squirrel! We finished off our walk with a quick trip to the …

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17 Oct · Senior Infants · No Comments

Math in Senior Infants

This week in Senior Infants, we are learning all about the number 6. Have a look at our gallery to see how we are learning to partition and combine within 6. We are having a lot of fun while we learn.

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12 Oct · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Television Debut

    Our Senior Infants have been discovered and are all set to take the world of television by storm! Ashling, Tara’s mum, works with RTE Jr. She had an idea of doing a multi lingual piece, featuring children saying ‘Get Giggly’ in many different languages. Lots of our children took part in the recording …

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5 Oct · Senior Infants · No Comments

The Opticians has Opened!

Ballinteer Opticians has opened its doors in Aisling’s room. All the children are delighted to be having their eyes checked and picking new contact lenses, glasses and sunglasses. The teddy bears need eye tests as well! Thankfully our helpful opticians are testing bears as well as children! The designers are hard at work designing new glasses and …

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5 Oct · Senior Infants · No Comments

Learning Through Play in Senior Infants!

In Senior Infants, we have been doing loads of fun activities to help us with our number formation. We have been writing numbers in sand and shaving foam! We have also been making the numbers out of play dough.  As well as that, we have been writing the numbers on whiteboards with markers and on sugar …

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15 Sep · Senior Infants · No Comments

Welcome back Senior Infants!

Senior Infants are really enjoying being back at school. We have been getting to know all our new friends and we are having great fun with our old friends too! We have been using the topic of homes and the story of the Three Little Pigs during our play for the last two weeks. In the Construction Area …

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28 Jun · Senior Infants · No Comments

Teddy Bear Invasion in Senior Infants!

Our teddy bears came to school today! Have a look at our video to see how they got on!  

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16 Jun · Senior Infants · No Comments

The Olympics in Senior Infants!

We are learning about the theme of ‘The Olympics’ through Aistear this month. We have been really enjoying our socio-dramatic area, where we are warming up and competing in different events. We have been looking at old Olympics mascots and designing new mascots, as well as writing about the Olympics in our writing area. In our …

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13 May · Senior Infants · No Comments

School Tour Video!

Listen to some of the boys and girls from Aisling’s class as they tell you about their favourite activities on the school tour.  

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26 Apr · Senior Infants · No Comments

Ipads in the Classroom

Senior Infants are using ipads to help us with our literacy! We love playing the phonics games, learning new sounds, writing letters and collecting monsters along the way! It is great fun!

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14 Apr · Senior Infants · No Comments

The Garden Centre

Have a look at all the hard work children in Aisling’s class are doing! We are planting seeds, working at the cash register, designing new machines and weighing seeds during our play.

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13 Apr · Senior Infants · No Comments

Spring Walk

Senior Infants went on a spring walk on Tuesday. We used four of our senses on the walk ; our sight, our hearing, our our smell and our touch. We saw birds eating worms and the bright colours of Spring, we heard the chicks chirping in the trees, we smelled the freshly cut grass and …

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16 Mar · Senior Infants · No Comments

Space Aistear

We were exploring Space during our play for the past three weeks. We have been building rockets, travelling to different planets, designing space equipment and spotting aliens! We really enjoyed our space journey!

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16 Mar · Senior Infants · No Comments

Senior Infant Space Assembly

We had a great time practicing for our show and hope that everyone enjoyed it! Have a look at our rehearsal!  

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24 Feb · Senior Infants · No Comments

Airfield Farm Video

Senior Infants went on a class trip to Airfield Farm today. We saw chickens, cows, calves, goats (or a Tribe of goats!), sheep and a very large sow! We watched the farmers collect the eggs from the chicken houses and saw the cows being milked! It was amazing! Thank you to all our parent volunteers …

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10 Feb · Senior Infants · No Comments

Chinese Restaurant

Senior Infants  have been learning all about Chinese New Year, healthy eating, food choices and restaurants through play. We made some beautiful Chinese New Year Art also. There has been a lot of drama in the Chinese restaurant. Some chefs were quite cranky, while others were clumsy and some forgot the orders as soon as they got them! …

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15 Jan · Senior Infants · No Comments

Healthy Eating Art

In Senior Infants we have been exploring the benefits of healthy eating and the advantages of having a healthy lifestyle. Our Aistear topic this month is the Healthy Eating Cafe and we are having great fun designing menus, playing in the restaurant and kitchen, creating our own restaurant small world and making sand pie! We …

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18 Dec · Senior Infants · No Comments

Winter Wonderland

Senior Infants have been exploring the Arctic (and the Emperor Penguins in the Antarctica)  over the past moth. We have learnt all about the Inuits, the Arctic animals and the Arctic weather conditions during our Aistear play. We have made some beautiful igloos, fantastic penguins and essential exploring equipment during our play. Here is a snapshot …

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18 Dec · Senior Infants · No Comments

Jingle Bells

Senior Infants loved using the percussion instruments to accompany our song Jingle Bells. We discussed what instruments we should use, which instruments sounded soft and gentle like snow and which sounded louder like bells. We picked a variety of bells, chimes and shakers to play during our song. We hope that you enjoy it!  

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14 Dec · Senior Infants · No Comments

Winter Snowflake Science

Today we were very lucky to have a visit from the fantastic Grace Garde, a science expert from the Heritage in Schools Programme. She taught us all about how a snowflake is formed and we learnt a lovely song about snow! She brought us in some holly, leaves, twigs and acorns found during the month of …

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10 Dec · Senior Infants · No Comments

Maths Marvels!

In Tamasine’s Senior Infants we have been learning about 3D patterns and the number 7. Some of us are making patterns with colour and shape and others are getting know the number 7 by making flowers with seven petals, playing ‘What’s my Number?’ and creating the numbers 0 to 7 using Play-Doh. Here we are …

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24 Nov · Senior Infants · No Comments

Anti-Bullying Week Senior Infants

It is Anti-Bullying Week in Ballinteer Educate Together National School. In Senior Infants we have been learning about how we can ‘Say No To Bullying’. We have been focusing on friendship and how we can be a good friend. We have been giving compliments to other people and we made friendship bracelets. Here are some …

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18 Nov · Senior Infants · No Comments

Monet Masterpieces

Today we were looking at some of the work of French Impressionist painter, Claude Monet. Monet painted beautiful pictures of gardens and waterlilies. He often painted the same picture repeatedly in different types of weather and at different times of the day. Here are some of the images we were looking at today. What do you think you see?   …

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11 Nov · Senior Infants · No Comments

Diwali Celebrations 2015

We made Diwa lamps and coloured Rangoli patterns to celebrate Diwali.  Diwali is the Hindu festival of light and we certainly light up a room with our smiles!

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11 Nov · Senior Infants · No Comments

The Weather Station

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6 Nov · Senior Infants · No Comments

The Big Good Wolf

The Golden Rule that we have been focusing on this week is ‘Listen to the person speaking’. We have been doing a lot of different listening activities and our listening has really improved! Today the storyteller and author Liam Farrell came to our school. He told us a fantastic story ‘The Big Good Wolf’. He …

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23 Oct · Senior Infants · No Comments

Colourful Costumes

We have had a fantastic Book Week in Ballinteer ETNS! We looked at many different books and genres in senior infants and had lots of fun doing it! To finish off Book Week in style, we dressed up as our favourite characters ( some were a little spookier than others!)  Have a look at some of …

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9 Oct · Gordon Cooke · No Comments

RSS Feeds for Each School Year

Do you want to keep in touch with what's going on in your child's year? Then just subscribe to one of the following RSS links below. RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content through mobile device browsers or apps. One useful app available for both Android and iOS devices as ...

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8 Oct · Senior Infants · No Comments

Designer Glasses Half Price!

Have a look at some of our special offer designer glasses – all half price!

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7 Oct · Senior Infants · No Comments

Optician Now Open!

The Optician is now open in Senior Infants and we are having lots of fun checking eye sight, building tonometers and designing glasses. We are experts when it comes to eye care! Here is a sample of our work.

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7 Oct · Senior Infants · No Comments

Math Madness

In September in Senior Infants, we were revising number in a lot of creative and interesting ways. We were making numbers out of play dough, sticks, blocks and pegs. We have been playing lots of fun math games such as ‘Dickie Dickie Dox’, Humpty Dumpty and many more! We have also been using  the Interactive whiteboard and writing …

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7 Oct · Senior Infants · No Comments

Estate Agent Now Closed!

The Aistear corner is under new management and the Optician’s has moved in! We had great fun learning about homes and houses during Aistear. We were architects, builders, estate agents and interested buyers. Here is some of our hard wo rk.

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22 Sep · Muireann Carr · No Comments

Senior Infant News

Welcome to our Senior Infant blog. We can’t wait to share all the exciting things we are doing with you!

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