We have been having fun and learning so much in First Class!
We kicked off the year with Well-Being week. We learned all about the importance of looking after ourselves. We learned about being in the moment and being connected with others. We learned how to let bad feelings go in order to let good feelings in.
We did lots of experiments with eggs and learned that they are stronger than they look!
We painted self portraits.
We have been reading lots of books. Our favourite author this year is Roald Dahl. We have read: The Twits, Fantastic Mr. Fox, George's Marvellous Medicine, The Magic Finger, Essio Trot and now we are reading Matilda.
We have learned so many new words in Irish.
We have learned lots of new things in maths. We can count all the way to 100! We can skip count in 2s, 5s and 10s. We have played lots of maths games!
We have learned about countries like China, New York, New Zealand, France, and all the countries our families come from.
The list is endless!
To see lots of photos and updates about our amazing year, follow us on twitter @SarahEsker!
The two Senior Infant Classes are going on a trip to the Arc on the 12th of December to see the play Annabelle's Star.
The play is about a girl called Annabelle who is very small and who finds herself alone. Her friends, two golden stars appear to guide her on a spellbinding adventure.
The play is designed specifically for young children. The performance will explore many of the key strands of the Drama and SPHE curricula.
To cover the cost of travelling by bus and the theatre ticket it will be €9 per child. Please return this money along with the permission slip to the class teacher as soon as possible. If you need another permission slip, please let the class teacher know. Any child without a permission slip will not be able to attend the trip.
Over the past six weeks we have been inviting parents in to read with the children on a Tuesday morning.
Thank you so, so much to the parents who came in to read a story with the class. Time spent with children reading is invaluable!
This six week session has now completed, but we are hoping to have another session after the Winter holidays.
Also, we have begun sending readers home as part of your child's homework.Two books will be sent home each week. These should be read with your child a few times each. I then read them with them when they come back to school. While reading, talk to your child about what is happening in the story, guess what might happen next, and ask them other questions to make sure that they are understanding what they read.
Please make sure that the book that is sent home on Monday is returned on Wednesday, and that Wednesday's book is returned with the homework on Friday. The more practise children can get at reading, the better their reading will become.
Again, thank you so much for your continued support.
This week in Science Week!
We started off with a fun activity of making rice crispie buns, which I hope you all saw some of yesterday!
We will be doing a lot of science activities this week including
- Making butter
- Investigating the reaction of baking soda and vinegar
- Making convection plates (that turn when heat rises)
- And many other activities too!
You can participate in fun science experiements in your home too!
This website has some great ideas for easy to do science activities.
Happy Science Week Everyone!
This year in Senior Infants Green, we are employing a play based teaching methodology called Aistear. Aistear is the Irish word for journey. The children also participated in this with Leah in Junior Infants. They will know it as activity time.
Aistear is the new infant curriculum framework in primary schools, designed to teach children how they learn best, through play.
Each day, the children participate in a different station. Some of these stations stay the same each week, other change from week to week. There are five stations in all, which means each table gets a turn at the different stations once a week.
As part of Aistear, the children participate in self-directed learning. Before beginning their play, they must plan with their team mates what it is they are going to do at their station.
The children are then given 30 minutes of play time. Following this, the group come together and talk about their play. We discuss if they followed their plan and why they chose to follow it or not. We talk about what social skills they have acquired, how they problem solved and what else they might have learned.
The children really enjoy this time each day, they don't even realise that they are learning!
Some examples of the stations that they participate in are:
- Sand play
- Block play
- Malleable play (play dough/ clay)
- Art station
- Writing Station
- Role play station
- Teacher led station (for example, making gloop, making rice crispie buns, making butter etc)
I have found Aistear to be a very beneficial methodology in the classroom. Working with small groups give each child more one on one time with the teacher.
Please see the pictures attached for a glimpse into the fun we have at Aistear time!
On the last day of term we celebrated Halloween in Senior Infants Green.
Some children chose to dress up in scary costumes, we had skeletons, vampires and even zombies!
Other children chose to dress up in their best clothes, some wore beautiful eye masks, and we even had a fairy princess for the day!
Even the teachers got in on the act!
We had lots of fun dressing up!
Hello everybody and a very warm welcome to Senior Infants!
I hope that you all had a lovely mid-term break and that you are ready for more of our fun-filled year of learning!
We have been off to a great start in the first half-term. We covered the topics of:
- My family
- My School
- Sports and Hobbies
We will be revisiting some of these topics later in the year.
In the coming weeks, we will be learning about:
- Customs and Cultures