The sun shone today, Tuesday June 27th, for senior infants on their Teddy Bears Picnic. Accompanied by fifth class, they walked to Gerry's garden where they played with their teddies, enjoyed a picnic and had fun chasing and racing around. A huge thanks to Gerry for giving up his time and for the use of his stunning garden.
The role play area taught us that the post office offers us lots of services. Aswel as buying envelopes & stamps and posting letters, we can pay bills, get useful forms for things like passports and currency exchange.
We wrote letters and postcards to each other, learning how the basic format and how to write an address. Then we went to the role play post office, bought stamps and posted the letters and postcards. Every morning the post man or woman delivered the post to all the senior infants, much to all our excitement. With all this practice, we were able to write a letter to a friend or family member. We walked to the post office in Prosperous to post them.
We looked at a variety of Irish stamps and used these as inspiration to design our own.
Ms. Casey read us The Jolly Postman. In response, we made a map and matched the correct post to each character.
We learned that letters and packages are sorted in four different centers in Ireland. We practiced sorting letters in different ways. We learned that packages are weighed to decide how much it will cost to post them. We practiced this using balances and marbles. These activities linked with our maths curriculum.
We made our own post boxes so we can play post office at home.
Junior and Senior Infants headed to Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park on the bus (a sure highlight for some!) for their school tour. As soon as we arrived, we headed for the adventure outdoor playground and crazy golf. Soon after we had our break and proceeded to the Funky Forest - the large indoor play centre with slides, ball pits, football tables and air hockey machines. Next in store was the guided tour where we saw the fairy forest and made a wish, took a train ride and met with lots of farm animals where the baby goats were a hit! We ate our lunch and had another play in the outdoor playground. A great day out was enjoyed by all!
Author of the Johnny Magory books Emma-Jane Leeson visited Scoil an Linbh Íosa recently. The past pupil read her books Johnny Magory in the Magical Wild and Johnny Magory and the Game of Rounders to the Senior Infants. The children were engrossed in the stories and listened attentively, enjoying the bright, vivid illustrations and the rhyming words. The author answered questions, explaining how long it takes her to write a book and where she gets her ideas. It delighted us all to hear that fond memories of PE lessons playing rounders with Mrs. Kavanagh and Mrs. Nolan was the inspiration behind Johnny Magory and the Game of Rounders.
Emma-Jane promises another book is in the pipeline. We look forward to the next addition in the series. The Adventures of Johnny Magory books make for a lovely birthday or Christmas present or indeed some summer reading over the holidays. They are available in all good bookstores.
Many thanks to Emma-Jane for visiting and generously donating ten books to our school library.
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It may be nearing the end of the year and Ms. Casey may have almost forgotten but a gentle reminder form one of her students jogged her memory... Check out the mini performances of The Nativity from December 2016.
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