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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.

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:

http://tiny.cc/WholeSchoolSingingBETNS

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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Welcome chicks!

http://tiny.cc/SeniorInfantsChicks Follow the link to see the first video of Senior Infants’ newly hatched chicks!

The chicks were due to hatch on Tuesday, but one hatched on Sunday, while three more hatched on Monday. No more have hatched today, and while fingers are crossed, senior infants have always understood that hatching is very difficult, and even if everything is kept just right, sadly, some of them may not hatch.

When they hatch, the chicks have a little “egg tooth” on the tip of their beak which they use to chip out of the shell. This falls off a couple of days after hatching. See if you can spot an egg tooth!
They have been moved to a “brooder” where they have food, water, warmth, and air, which all living things need to survive.
If there are 11 eggs, and 4 have hatched, how many are left?What would you name these little chicks? We won’t know if they are boys or girls until they grow up!

Jack and the Beanstalk in Senior Infants

Spring Chicks Hatching in Senior Infants

Laura’s class are hatching spring chicks this month. Watch their progress here!

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!

World Book Day

Yvonne’s Senior Infants

On the 25th of October Senior Infants dressed up as their favourite book characters. We had great fun discussing our favourite books and characters!

Helpful Otto

We had a very exciting day in Senior Infants today, we met Otto. Otto is a highly trained ‘task specific’ golden retriever dog. He is assigned to a wonderful child and he helps keep him safe and calm during stressful situations. He walks very well on a lead and helps him with day today tasks.

Otto sitting when requested.

He follows directions and stops when asked. We learned the importance of not disturbing assistance dogs when they are working. We can tell Otto was working when he is wearing his blue vest.

We had lots of fun getting to know Otto today and learning how certain animals can be trained to do special jobs for people.

Otto uses a special lead that is attached to the person he is walking with and they can hold Otto using another lead. We want to thank Otto’s family for bringing him into our class today and helping us learn more about assistance dogs and Autism.

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!

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!

The Arctic

This December the Senior Infants have had the joy of becoming Arctic explorers and going on an expedition to the Arctic. The boys and girls been learning all about Arctic traditions and animals. They boys and girls have been looking at the many ways people and animals have had to adapt to survive in the Arctic.

Some of the traditions they enjoyed learning about were throat singing and ice fishing. They boys and girls agreed that they would enjoy building snowmen if they were in the Arctic. They thoroughly enjoyed learning all about caribou, lemming, huskies, polar bears, seals and snowy owls.

We also introduced a sensory box, full of sago seeds which looked like snow. The children loved the feel of the beans. They constructed Inuit villages in the sensory box and played with the Arctic animal figures.  They also enjoyed building Igloo’s out of Lego and cubes.

Thank you to everyone who send in books and toys to help our exploration of the Arctic.

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!

               

 

Shapetastic

We have had lots of fun in Senior Infants this month learning all about shapes. We used lots of materials in our classes to learn about shapes. Have a look at our cool pentagons and hexagons. We love using lollipop sticks and straws to make new shapes.

 

We had a lot of fun arranging ourselves into various shapes in our groups. We organised our groups into the new shapes in our classrooms. We love maths and we had so much fun.

We had so much fun using markers and straws in our classes to  build shapes and the best thing is we can do the same activities at home. We can’t wait.

 

 

 

Some of the songs we listened learned to help us remember our shapes are:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M44hNrLgT3I

 

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. 

 

January in Senior Infants

Well 2018 has been very busy so far here in Senior Infants!  During January we started Literacy stations and we are loving all of the activities, from using the iPads to working with Ciara on the P.A.T. Programme.  We even started D.E.A.R. Time and really enjoy picking our own books and reading independently.

We have also shared books with our new Reading Buddies, Aongus’s Fourth Class.

In Maths we have been playing active learning games and here we are having great fun!

Unfortunately we have to say ‘farewell’ to the Healthy Eating Café but our next topic is Space and the Solar System so ‘watch this space’!  We have cooked up so many nutritious meals and written so many delicious menus that our start to the New Year has been a very healthy one.

As we say ‘goodbye’ to winter and ‘hello’ to spring we have many things to look forward to so stay tuned for more exciting news from the Senior Infants!

 

 

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 stop us from having a great time and we very much look forward to our next visit.  Thank you so much to all the volunteers, we couldn’t have made it without you!

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 participated in many different activities.

We have been making weather instruments using junk art… 

…writing weather reports…

…designing weather-appropriate outfits…

…role-playing in the weather station…

…and using the water station to investigate floating and sinking.  Some of us have even been carrying out weather experiments!

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!

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!

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 tight so make sure to check your belongings for sharp objects before passing through our metal detectors. Our flights are strictly hand luggage only, which must be placed in the overhead bins or under your seat. Listen closely to the safety instructions and keep your seat belt securely fastened. Enjoy your flight!

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 we tapped our compositions.

Can you guess what they might be?!

https://youtu.be/SuhSnQkqh5A

https://youtu.be/Vap1w0_6aWk

https://youtu.be/bQjJcwnAIB0

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 his sadness. Then we created our own Picasso portraits using oil pastels.

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. Curators then decide which items are their favourite and how best to display these items.

So on this trip to the Lexicon we had the opportunity to meet Martin Drury the curator. He explained to us the reasons why he has hung some of the images down low; so that they will be at eye level for children in buggies.

We are now also able to distinguish between the various art forms; paintings, drawings and sculptures. Our artistic vocabulary has really expanded since we began this project in January and I think we all have gained a greater appreciation for the importance of art in our lives.

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 to add eyes, wings and legs. Have a look at some of our fantastic results (before they were even painted!)!

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 play with our puppets. We played shadow tag and tried to make different shapes with our shadows – it was a lot of fun!

 

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 today.