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Whatever the Weather!

In Senior Infants, our theme for February was Weather and Clothes. We learned about the different kinds of weather, we chatted about our favourite kinds of clothes to wear and we identified the different kinds of clothes worn in each season.

In Aistear, our role-play station was ‘The Clothes Shop’. The children had so much fun dressing up!

For Art, we designed our own jumpers using different materials.

As always, we made brilliant creations with construction materials and junk art.

It was also Senior Infants turn to create the schools Learn Together display. We wrote about Chinese New Year and made cool dragons!

The highlight of the month has definitely been triathlon training.

Food Glorious Food!

In January, Senior Infants enjoyed lots of activities around the theme of ‘food’. We discussed the different kinds of foods, our likes and dislikes and how food is important for giving us energy and keeping us healthy.

Our Aistear role-play area was a Café/Restaurant. The children had so much fun pretending to be chefs, waiting staff and customers.

We used lentils and rainbow rice for our sensory station.

We made paper plate pizzas.

We made mini-restaurants and cafés for our small world station.

Exploring The Arctic in Senior Infants!

Our Aistear theme in Senior Infants for December was The Arctic. 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 took a trip to the amazing Arctic. We built igloos, went camping and looked after some arctic animals.

We use sago seeds as snow in our sensory play station and it was a huge hit!

We made beautiful winter scenes.

Senior Infants Blast Off!

In Senior Infants, our theme for November was Space. We learned about night and nay, the 8 planets and what it is like to be an astronaut.

For Aistear, our role-play area was The International Space Station. The children had lots of fun conducting space experiments and meeting aliens!

For art, we made really cool clay aliens. We also made aliens at our playdough station.

In junk art, we made everything from rockets to space stations.

For construction, we challenged ourselves to make really cool bridges.

In English, we learned lots of lovely poems about space and wrote about what we would bring with us to space.

An Outstanding October

Senior Infants have had a fun and busy October. Our theme for this month was ‘Houses and Homes’ and we learned lots about the different types of homes, the materials used to build them, the rooms in the home and different kinds of families.

We embraced the seasonal changes that are happening around us and we learned lots about autumn. On National Tree day we went on a walk to Finsbury Park to look out for signs of autumn and to collect some leaves and identify the different trees that grow there.

We also celebrated World Mental Health Day with a whole week of nice activities. We did some yoga, lots of mindfulness activities and we had a picnic outside in the outdoor classroom.

Our Aistear this month was based around our theme. The children enjoyed buying and selling homes in the Estate Agent role-play area. The houses for sale become quite spooky, towards the end of our last week!

We used Lego as our construction material and built lots of different kinds of homes.

We made bedrooms and homes using junk art.

We drew our families and made lollipop stick homes at our art station. We also made pumpkins!

Small world was a big hit this month. The children loved playing with the doll’s houses and setting up the furniture in the different rooms.

Fáilte go dtí Meán Fómhair: A Flying Start to Fourth!

It is only the end of our first month and we have already been up to so much! Not only have we all become great friends (me included!!) but we have been catching up on all of the fun things we got up to over the summer. After such an uncertain last year, it has been wonderful to be surrounded by friends once again, playing and learning as all should be. We have rediscovered our own beauty with self-portraits, hung up in the corridor for all of the world to see! We’ve made the most of our lovely Finsbury park with games and stations during PE. We have explored Irish myths and legends with The Children of Lir and the magical tale of those poor children who were turned into swans. And that’s only to start!!

We had the great privilege of a Nature Writing Workshop with Shane Casey, hosted by Unesco in which we wrote nature stories about badgers, hedgehogs, ducks and hares, oh my! Our imaginations really spilled onto the page for that one but still, we long for when an author can really and truly come in to visit!

We each chose our own passion project, whatever we liked! Some chose holidays and summer memories, some decided that animals were their favourite thing, others created objects and scenes of wonder for us to marvel at! We heard about everything from the history of fashion to football.  We even had a volcanic eruption to enjoy! We worked so hard on these projects at home and being able to share them with our classmates made the dedication and work all the more sweet!

Another excellent month is sure to come, with plenty of fun, learning and new discoveries along the way!

(Photos to follow!)

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!

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!

A special message from Irish Sportspeople

To help celebrate Sports Week, some Irish athletes and sportspeople sent in special messages to all the children…

Wild Patch

Pay attention

Be astonished

Tell about it.

Mary Oliver

As part of our school’s work around Earth Day a small group of students in fourth class asked Orlaith and Jim if it would be possible to leave a patch of the front lawn to grow wild.

We had noticed back in April that some lovely wildflowers like cowslips and field speedwell were emerging.  We hoped that more species of plants would emerge and that we could encourage pollinators and biodiversity into our wild patch!

You will see the wild patch behind the sign at the entrance to the school.  Look closely at the growth which now includes 

Clover (seamar bhán)

Daisies (nóiníní)

Dandelions (caisearbhán)

Ribwort plantain (slánlus)

Speedwell (lus cré garraí)

The website http://www.wildflowersofireland.net/index.php is a brilliant source of information for identifying wild flowers growing in our area.  

You can also become a citizen scientist by logging your identified plants with Biodiversity Ireland at https://records.biodiversityireland.ie/.

Sinéad

Travel and Transport in Senior Infants

Senior Infants have had great fun this month learning all about travel and transport!

They enjoyed their time at ‘The Airport’ role play station area during Aistear. We made our own passports, checked our baggage weight at the check in desk and we even took on the role of the pilot. We are all set for when we are allowed to travel again!

The children made runways, aeroplanes, airports and many more exciting things at the construction area.

We painted pictures of hot air balloons flying over places we would love to visit in the future!

The children played with vehicles in the small world area. They used Lego to build towns and cities and practised driving cars and trucks around these busy places!

Our Earth Day Poster Competition

We created some fantastic posters to celebrate World Earth Day which happens on the 22nd of April each year. The winner of the poster competition is…..drum roll…… Harrison! Congratulations!

Well done to Ania too, who created an excellent earth day poster which helped inspire our window painting at the front of the school.

Non-stop Learning in First Class

Way back in November we were treated to a Zoom call with author and illustrator Alan Nolan. We had so much fun, Alan was so funny and he had us rolling about with laughter! He also taught us how to draw and answered all our questions, it was amazing.

To say thank you we all wrote Alan a letter, we wonder how long it took him to read them all!

Winter Crafts… Printing gift wrap and weaving with wool on cardboard looms… First Class also prepared and produced a performance of Nick Butterworth’s One Snowy Night which was shared with the rest of the school for a virtual winter show!

During Engineers Week we learnt all about the Design Process. We put this design process into practice ourselves by planning, making, testing and improving on a variety of things that could help the Gingerbread Man cross the river safely so that he would not need to rely on the sly fox or be worried about becoming soggy in the water! We designed and made, zip-lines, boats and bridges…

First class are also truly amazing artists… this year we have learnt about some famous artists, Kandinsky and Van Gogh. Inspired by these artists we created concentric heart cards for someone we love and still life paintings of beautiful Spring flowers.

First class love getting outdoors… we had lots of fun doing some active scavenger hunts before the Spring break. As scientists we have been growing plants, discovering how plants take up water and need sunlight, water and air to grow and live. We celebrated Earth day in style with lots of great books like “Here We Are” by Oliver Jeffers and “Earth Yay!”. We also lernt the song “Cover Me in Sunshine” by Pink and created the most brilliant group dances during P.E. We created beautiful Earth Day posters and we made some delicate wildflower sun-catchers for our window. We also learnt all about the life-cycle of a ladybird after Claire found some strange little bumps on her tree and discovered they were ladybird pupa!

More recently we have zoomed out of planet Earth and have begun to explore the whole solar system. We have learnt about Apollo 11 and the moon landings. We have seen how much has changed and developed in space travel and science since 1969. We really enjoyed reading Chris Hadfield’s book “The Darkest Dark” and then watching him brush his teeth and make a sandwich in outer space on the international space station. Watch this space ;-), I think we have lots of budding astronauts here in First Class!

Daffodil Day March 26th

The Student Council arranged some fundraising activities for Daffodil Day March 2021, and we were so thrilled and delighted to see so many people getting involved. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone so much for their generous donations!

The Student Council sent this letter earlier this week.

“Dear parents of BETNS,

As this Friday, the 26th of March is Daffodil Day, we will be fundraising for the Irish Cancer Society. Our target goal is €800, which is an average of about €2 per person, but you can donate as little or as much as you like. 

We will collect online and with pots that we will leave in the classrooms on Friday. The students are encouraged to wear yellow or something Daffodil related on Friday. Throughout the week, there will be Daffodil Art and the children can bring in Daffodils to decorate their classroom if they want. 

Sincerely, 

The Student Council “

We will update this post with new photos and the amount we raised when it is all counted.

Friday Culinary Delights

Rebecca’s 6th Class have been putting their culinary skills to use every Friday as they engage in an online bake off. So far we have made chocolate brownies, Oreo and Malteser cheesecake and cupcakes. The cupcake session was led by the lovely Lily who shared her love of baking by teaching us all. There certainly are many star bakers in this class!

Ballinteer Educate Together Masterpiece Challenge

We thought we would invite our school community to get involved in a fun challenge. Earlier in the year the Getty Museum challenged people to recreate famous pieces of art using everyday household objects (and people or pets). We thought we would try our own Ballinteer ETNS version of this challenge. 

So how will it work for our school’s Masterpiece Challenge?

  1. First choose a famous piece of art you would like to recreate. Inspiration could come from a famous painting, a sculpture, stone work, pottery… Take a look on some art gallery websites online and see what you can find!
  2. Look around your house and find household objects to use for your recreation. You can have people and pets in your recreation also.
  3. When you have created your masterpiece, send a photo of it, along with a picture of the original art, to info@ballinteeretns.ie.
  4. All masterpieces will then be hung here in our virtual gallery on our school website!

Have fun! We look forward to seeing your imaginative works of art!

Check out our wonderful masterpieces below!