This month for Aistear we are learning all about the Restaurant.
We were delighted to be joined by some parents this week to help us with each of our areas for play. If any other parents are interested in taking part in Aistear please let Rory or Niamh know.
Here are some pictures of Rory's class taking part in Aistear this week.
We were all very happy to return to school after the midterm break. In Maths this week we were learning about small, medium and large.
We worked in pairs and sorted the teddy bears into three different piles of small, medium and large. We all really enjoyed this activity.
We hope you like the pictures of us enjoying this Maths lesson!
We had such a fun week before we went on midterm break. We have been learning all about the different festivals associated with this time of year like Diwali, Harvest, Halloween and Día de los Muertos.
We carved a pumpkin and named him Pumkie! On the Friday before the midterm break we celebrated One Day Together. This is a special day where all Educate Together schools are encouraged to raise funds for the Educate Together organisation. Many of the students and teachers dressed up for this special day. We had lots of superheroes, firemen, princesses, vampires and cats in the classroom. Niamh dressed up as a princess and Rory was dressed as Branch from the movie 'Trolls'.
We had a really fun day and are looking forward to return to school after the midterm break!
For the past number of weeks the children have been learning all about home in Aistear. They have really been enjoying it-as have their teachers!
The children will continue to explore this theme until the midterm break.
After the midterm break our them will be 'The Restaurant'.
Please bring in material to help build our Junk Art area. Egg cartons, ribbons, styrofoam, cardboard boxes and bubble wrap are some items that can help us with our Junk Art areas for Aistear.
Here are some photos of Junior Infants B enjoying Aistear over the past week.
Learning the correct pencil grip can be quite challenging for young children. Activities like cutting with a scissors and using clothes pegs can be very helpful as they help strengthen small muscles in the hand. Using a small binder clip (like the one shown in the picture) on a pencil can help children hugely with pencil grip.
The following website article has some great tips on how to correct pencil grip that you may find helpful:
Furthermore, the next website article has some excellent fine motor activities that can help strengthen hand muscles for all children thus improving writing skills. Some of the activities are very enjoyable for children too so if you are ever stuck for rainy day activities these could come in handy!
On Friday Junior Infants A and B went on a nature walk to Carrigaline Park. We walked the whole way from the school and back again. Everybody walked with a partner and we used the safe cross code we had been learning during the week when we crossed the road.
At the park we looked at the trees. We saw that a lot of the trees were losing their leaves and changing colour. We looked at the river and saw the ducks and gulls.
Whilst we were at the park we played at the playground. We had a really fantastic and fun time. Our teachers Rory and Niamh were really proud of us. Thank you to Thomas who came to help us too!
When we got back to school after our walk we were all exhausted but we had a brilliant time. We can't wait for our next adventure outside of the school!
This week Junior Infants A and B celebrated Rosh Hashanah which is the Jewish New Year.
On Friday the classes ate some apples dipped in honey. Apples are sweet and honey is sweet too. Jewish people eat apples dipped in honey on Rosh Hashanah for a sweet and joyful year ahead.
As we all ate our apples dipped in honey we said 'Shanah Tovah' which is Hebrew for 'Happy New Year'.
We all really enjoyed learning about Rosh Hashanah this week.
Shanah Tovah everyone!
For the next number of weeks Junior Infants A and B will be undertaking GAA classes with Brendan O'Driscoll from Carrigaline GAA.
The lessons will take place every Friday for the next 5/6 weeks.
We had our first session last Friday and had lots of fun.
A reminder that the full infant day begins on Monday 18th of September.
School will begin at the same time-8.50 am.
Small break will be from 10.50-11.00 am.
The children will remain in school from 12 and have big lunch from 12.30-1.00 pm. They will eat in the class from 12.30-12.40 pm and then play in the yard from 12.40-1.00 pm.
Children in Junior and Senior Infants finish school at 1.30 pm and parents may still collect children from the classroom door as normal.