Happy new year from all in Ms. Lynch's class. We had a very busy and interesting first term. In aistear, we studied construction, houses and homes and the restaurant.
We had a coach for hurling for 6 weeks. We had great fun and learnt some new skills.
At Halloween, we all dressed up and walked the block, despite the rain! After lunch, we played some traditional Halloween games.
In December, we had lots of festive fun. We did lots of art, learnt some Christmas songs and watched the Christmas concert. We even had a surprise visit from Santa! Looking forward to another busy term! Happy new year to all.
December in Ms. Gaire’s classroom
The Junior & Senior Infants were so excited for the arrival of the month of December. It brought fun, festive cheer and a fantastic work ethic to our classroom. This month our classroom resembles Santa’s workshop as the children are working so hard to produce fabulous work.
At the start of the month, we focused on the season of Winter and made beautiful caps and Christmas jumpers to acknowledge the change in the weather. We learned about the seasonal changes between Autumn and Winter focusing on the changes in nature and the weather.
We spent time one afternoon decorating our classroom and Christmas tree while singing Christmas songs. Our class teddies, Buddy and Cuddles joined in on the fun.
During Aistear we made lovely snowglobes. We used the technique of pointillism to create nice Christmas scenes inside the snowglobes. We focused on our colouring, cutting and sticking skills by creating unique Christmas trees.
The Junior Infants had a busy month rehearsing for their show “Forgetful Santa.” They put on an amazing show with great singing and energetic dance moves!
Happy Christmas from the Junior Infants, Senior Infants & Ms. Gaire!
Ms. Gaire’s Junior Infants & Senior Infants Class
The first half term in Ms. Gaire’s classroom has been a busy, fun and successful one! The children made new friends and discovered new talents.
During the first fortnight we focused on getting to know each other and making new friends. Have a look at the photographs taken on the first day at school and the photograph of the Junior Infants that featured in The Leinster Leader paper.
Cuddles, our class teddy bear, has made lots of new friends. He spent many weekends visiting his friends and staying over in their homes. He took part in family activities, for example, baking, sports, trips to the playground etc. The children enjoy when Cuddles visits their homes, even though he snores quite loudly at night time! He is looking forward to more visits in November and December.
Gerry, our school caretaker, took the Junior Infants outside one lovely morning to do some planting. Each child had a job to do and planted bulbs for blue bells. The Junior Infants can’t wait to see the beautiful flowers when they start to grow!
The class love taking part in Aistear sessions each week. During September we focused on the theme of “The Construction Site.” The children worked at many stations. At the Role Play Station they dressed up as builders and worked with various tools and machinery. At the Construction Station the children built many buildings of various sizes and shapes. At the Shape Station they used 2D shapes to create houses and apartment blocks. At the Writing Station the children wrote a list of tools we need to build with. At the Drawing Station drawings were done of the buildings the children wished to build. At the Playdough Station the boys and girls made buildings and created various tools. At the Cut & Paste station the children cut out the parts of a house and stuck them onto card to create lovely houses.
During October we focused on the theme of “Houses & Homes” in Aistear. The children learned the names of many types of houses, the rooms in homes and the parts of a house. At the Role Play station the children created many rooms in doll’s houses and cooked delicious meals in the play kitchen. At the Cut & Paste station they cut out pictures of furniture and stuck them into the correct room in a house. At the Writing station they wrote the names of various household items into the different rooms in a home. At the Painting station the children painted a colourful picture of their own homes. At the Playdough station furniture and items were made for the house.
The class really enjoy Art lessons. As a class we created our own designs using hessian. We read the story “Elmer the Elephant.” Elmer is a special and unique elephant. After listening to the story the children realised that they too are different from one another and that makes us all special. They created their own elephants. After learning about the season of Autumn, the class worked with their 5th Class partners to create owls. We usually meet with the 5th class children on Fridays to read together. However, on this occasion, the 5th class children helped us create a beautiful owl.
The class worked on various Maths topics over the past few weeks. They particularly enjoyed working on Patterns. Here are some photographs of their great work.
We celebrated Halloween together throughout the last week in October. The children dressed up in impressive costumes and took part in the Witch & Wizard Walk. We had a class party, sang Halloween songs, played various games and drew a scary face on our class pumpkin. The boys and girls made Halloween arts & crafts.
We look forward to the remainder of Term 1 at school!
For all our hard work doing shared reading with our fifth class partner we were treated to a teddy bear's picnic in Gerry's garden. We brought our favourite teddy bears and walked down the road to Gerry's house. We played games in the garden, ate our lunch an even saw some hens. What a great day!
We had a wonderful day last Thursday when we all travelled to Lullymore heritage park! We discovered fairies, made wishes, swung on swings, explored ancient houses of the past, got to say hello to lots of friendly animals and travelled in style by train to discover the magical landscape of Lullymore. A wonderful day of magic and adventure which we will never forget!
Have a look at some of our activities last term. We have been very busy. We visited the post office with our letters.
We studied the hospital in Aistear and had loads of fun!
We had lots of special days where we dressed up. We celebrated World Book Day, World Down Syndrome day with odd socks and daffodil day by dressing up in yellow!
We also went on a Spring Walk!
We loved the Daily Mile challenge and our fitness levels really improved!
We finished off the term with a magnificent Easter Egg hunt!
We're so excited for Christmas in Senior Infants and we have been busy preparing and spreading the Christmas cheer by doing lots of Christmas based activities.
In Aistear we wrapped presents, we used playdough to make the nativity scene and we've also done lots of art work based around the theme.
We've had a really busy, fun and exciting first term with our new teacher Ms. Comerford. We've been learning lots of new songs a poems, doing lots of reading with our shared reading partners and we've also been working very hard in Aistear. Below are some photos of us working on our recent Aistear topics:
To end our busy term we went on a witch and wizard walk. We dressed up as spooky creatures, witches & wizards and our fifth & sixth class reading partners accompanied us on our walk. We really enjoyed waving to everyone on our journey around the village.
Happy Halloween from room 4. We had such a busy term. Have a look at our photos to see some of our activities.
In aistear, we learned about construction and houses.
We were very lucky to have a hurling coach in to teach us lots of new skills in Hurling. Our skills have really improved over the course of the training.
To celebrate Maths Week, we took to the grounds of the school with our fifth class partners and completed a maths trail. It was great fun learning maths in a different environment.
Finally, for Halloween, we all dressed up and walked the block. After lunch, we enjoyed some barm brack and old fashioned Halloween games. We had great fun together.
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