2021 - 2022 Junior & Senior Infants & 1st Class
In our class, the excitement for Christmas is tangible! The children have been working very hard over the last few weeks; helping the elves in ‘Santa’s Workshop,’ exploring the playground for 2D and 3D shapes, writing acrostic poems, sorting old and new toys, reading books for the MS Readathon, writing letters to Santa, creating their own healthy plate of food, planting acorns in the polytunnel, and most importantly…. making food for the reindeer!
Junior infants now know all the sounds in the alphabet! Next term, they will be focusing on letter formation and blending! Senior infants are now writing their very own sentences! These sentences entail exciting trips to the park, walks with the dog, outings to the swimming pool and some very important birthdays! Meanwhile, 1st class have been focusing on using capitals, full stops, and question marks in their sentences. They have also been using verbs and conjunctions to create some brilliant sentences in their free writing copies!
During Science Week, the children investigated hot and cold, floating, and sinking, push and pull, friction, and the five senses. We completed numerous experiments throughout the week; investigating what force is applied when playing with various toys, testing objects to see if they float or sink, examining the effects of heat on ice/ice cream/milk, exploring what we can see, hear, touch, taste and smell inside and outside our school.
This term has been a whirlwind! It is impossible to include all that we have accomplished this term, but here are a few more images to give you an insight into the life of our classroom.
Over the last few weeks, JI, SI and 1st class have been learning about different countries and cultures around the world. We identified our country and its flag on the world map. The children drew and coloured their own flag in class and displayed these in the classroom along with our map.
The children also shared a little about their own culture/traditions. They talked about traditional dishes, language, sport, dance, music and so on.
We are excited to learn more about different countries and cultures around the world in the coming weeks!
For Maths week, we played card games to practise our addition and matching skills.
We also had the opportunity to carve our own pumpkins, grown in our very own polytunnel! They were all very scary!
JI, SI and 1st Class also had the opportunity to pick tomatoes from the polytunnel and taste them!
We also picked apples and collected blackberries for our apple and blackberry crumble. It was all hands on deck to make the ultimate crumble!
2019 - 2020 Junior & Senior Infants & 1st
Today Garry the rapper from GMC Beats visited our school. Garry showed us how to write our own raps, sing them and record them. He also taught us about beatmaking and music technology. Press play (above) to listen to our final product.
Animal Scientist, Niamh O’Flynn from Heritage Schools visited us on 4th October. Niamh told us stories about her time working with lots of different animals such as the black rhino, giraffes, monkeys, elephants, reptiles, fish and birds. She taught us all about Biodiversity and the animals native to Ireland. We listened to different bird calls, got the chance to look through a set of binoculars and a spotting scope. We then explored our school garden and found lots of different species and their habitats. We found beetles, woodlice, spiders, ants, crows, evidence of foxes and rabbits and much more!
We started GAA with coach Anthony Shannon. We have GAA every Wednesday. We have been learning Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) and we love playing matches. In PE we have learned some new playground games.