2021 - 2022 Junior & Senior Infants & 1st Class
It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the school year! It is only a couple more days until the Summer holidays begin, and the excitement is palpable! The highlights from this term include; Sixth class teaching PE to the Infant room on Wednesdays, our annual Sports’ day, MTU races, a Ukulele concert at Inchadoney, music lessons with Mr Carroll, and “Reading Buddies” out on the front lawn!
This term, we have been exploring the Zoo and Pirates in Aistear; creating maps, hiding treasure, writing about pirates, sharks, ships, underwater sea creatures and many more fun things! In persuasive writing, Infants and 1st class have been working together to write arguments persuading the class of the best animals in the Zoo. Some very compelling and well thought out arguments!
We were also able to start, “Reading Buddies,” this term. Every Wednesday, the Infant room and Sixth class have been reading each other a story out on the front lawn. This has been a huge source of excitement for both the Infant room and Sixth class!
The Infant room planted cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, radishes and kale in the Polytunnel earlier in the term. We studied the life cycle of the seeds that we planted and the conditions in which they need to grow; water, soil and sunlight! The fruits of their labour have finally paid off, and they are eager to take home some fresh vegetables to their families this week!
Earlier this term, First class created our schools first, “Thankfulness Tree,” in the school corridor, as part of attaining our second Amber Flag! Every week, we have been celebrating, “Thankfulness Thursday,” by writing something that we are thankful for on a leaf and adding it to our tree. This has been a huge success, and we have loved pausing and thinking about the many things we can be thankful for!
Congratulations to Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st class on a fantastic year. They should be very proud of themselves for all their hard work!
Juniors, Seniors and First class have had a very busy second term. They have been hard at work creating their own wormery, planting in the polytunnel, and learning about the importance of recycling and composting in order to make the world a little bit greener! We even made our own green code, “Don’t leave litter on the ground, pick it up so it won’t be found!”
First class used recycled bottle caps to create a mural which is now proudly displayed at the front of our school!
This term, we had the opportunities to dress up for several very special occasions; National Autism Awareness Day, PJ Day [raising money for the Special Olympics], St. Patrick's Day, and Valentine’s Day – not forgetting some fun in our Space Station, Post Office, and Restaurant!
As part of the Blast Art Initiative, we took part in a series of art lessons with Síológa. Julie Kelleher, the visiting artist, worked with us on the theme of Spring. We created some beautiful, bright and colourful spring scenes with oil pastels, collage, and felt.
This term,Infants and Síológa began GAA with Gavin, the visiting football coach. We thoroughly enjoyed developing our fundamental movement skills every Wednesday with him!
First class also had the opportunity to show the rest of the school their epic science experiment on Science day!
Juniors, Seniors and First Class have had a very busy term counting, adding, telling the time, measuring, investigating, reading, writing, reporting, presenting and creating!
We are already looking forward to term three; longer days, sunshine and more learning!
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.