Hello everyone and welcome to Ms. Cox's new Senior Infant Class Blog. Here you will be able to keep in touch with all the fun and adventures we get up to throughout the year. Check back in regularly and you will see lots of photos and videos of us! See you soon!
The children from Ms Dunne and Mr Geaneys class were accompanied by our 3 5th class groups to a teddy bear picnic in Gerry’s Garden. The children took such great care of their teddy bears on the walk up and were delighted to see all the hard work Gerry puts into his garden!
And just like that we have almost come to a conclusion of our time in Senior Infants. We've had a great year and want to fill you in on what we got up to in our last term.
We have been working hard on our digraphs and in this term we took a digraph a week to focus on. Each day we completed a hands on station based on the digraph and by Friday of each week, we had learned lots about the digraph and also had great fun. Here is a sample of us working on the digraph 'ng'
This aistear topic could definitely be voted as one of our favourites. We enjoyed so many fun activities like making clay aliens, creating space crafts, writing about what we would bring to space and making cool solar systems. We learned so much and had lots of fun along the way!
We learned about lots of different minibeasts and what better way to put our learning to the test than heading to our lovely garden with our 6th class pals to go in search of some small creatures! We also learned a new song about Minibeasts that we think you'll love!
Money proved to be a popular maths topic. We learned about all the coins and became very good at identifying these coins. We did lots of sorting, and worked very well in groups and pairs during station work!
Our School Tour
One of the highlights of this term has got to be our school tour. We headed to Tullamore on our lovely coach bus and visited a park first where we ate and played together. We then set for Playtown and had so much fun entering the world of make believe in so many different rooms. The pictures below definitely show how much fun we had!
We had a brilliant active week and go to take part in so many activities. Our sports day was amazing, we visited the tennis courts and did lots of dancing with the whole school!
Teddy Bear's Picnic
With some lovely weather in the month of June, we had to take advantage of it. So, we headed to Gerry's Garden for a picnic with some cuddly friends and the 5th classes. We enjoyed eating our lunch together and playing in the garden!
The boys and girls in Junior and Senior Infants were delighted to have a visit from All Ireland champions Ryan and Darragh. They had a great chat with the children about the commitment involved in playing with Kildare. The encouraged the children to continue to play football and to always try their best. Thank you to both Ryan and Darragh!
We had great fun on our school tour to Llyold Park in Tullamore where we enjoyed a picnic and played on the equipment. We then went onto Playtown where the children engaged in some fantastic imaginary play. The Garda Station proved a great hit!
Wow - what a term this has been. We have been extremely busy this term and had so many fun events. We also had the pleasure of a student teacher - Ms. Mullins, taking care of us for 4 weeks. Check out an update of what we have busy working on and having fun with below:
We learned all about primary and secondary colours in January. We mixed primary colours and were able to make secondary colours as a result. We put our knowledge to practice then and create a beautiful 'Colour Wheel Caterpillar' that is proudly displayed outside out classroom for passer bys to see!
Planting in the Garden:
We were delighted that Gerry asked us to contribute to the school Garden. We planted an apple tree which will now proudly grow and provide fruit for many years to come. When we look back at this tree in a few years, we will remember our year in Senior Infants and the fun we had!
Aistear - The Post Office:
We really enjoyed the theme 'The Post Office' in Aistear. We delivered important letters around the classroom, sorted materials, filled out forms such as TV licences, wrapped parcels and went on word hunts around the classroom. We also had sand and water play too. Check out so busy postal workers below:
Art - Clay:
One of our favourite art projects this year was making pinch pots with clay. We did an amazing job following the instructions step by step, smoothing the sides and using water to make sure the finish was perfect. We let them dry for a week before painting them and brining them home. Check them out below!
Who doesn't love Pancake Tuesday? We had been working so hard in school that Mr. Geaney treated us to some heated pancakes with a choice of toppings. We really enjoyed them and watch somethinig on the board as we ate. What a great Tuesday!
World Book Day 2023
We love reading in Senior Infants so it's no surprise that World Book Day was one of our favourite days of the year so far! We dressed as characters from our favourite books and showed off our costumes in the hall to all the children in our school. We also decorated our door with our favourite book - Owl Babies!
Art - Crazy Cows
Because we were working on the farm as part of our Aistear theme, we decided to create some crazy cows! Everyone followed the direction of the teacher slowly and then added as much bright colours as possible to make our cows look CRAZY!!
Science - Shadows:
One of our studies in Science recently was shadows. We really really enjoyed learning about shadows and how they are formed. We formed some dark spots and used torches to make our own shadows too. Check out our creations below:
Maths - Heavy vs Light:
At the beginning of our maths topic weight, we focused on the words Heavy and Light. We did lots of hands on activities to learn more about these words. You will see us in the pictures below sorting objects in our classrooms into heavy and light categories. When we perfected this, we moved onto using pan balances which was very fun. We really got creative with some of the heavy ones!!
Art - St. Patrick's Day:
We created our very own self-leprechauns. We used forks to create a lovely orange beard and then used green card to finish our creations. We hope they are proudly displayed at home! As it was our Lá Glas, we also visited our Senior Infant friends and had a biongó as Gaeilge together.
Seachtain na Gaeilge & Lá Glas:
Seachtain na Gaeilge was for two weeks and what a busy two weeks it was. We had shared reading with fourth class who read to us as Gaeilge. We did lots of practising for the céilí and dances such as Rós sa Ghairdín, Ballaí Luimnigh and Ionsaí na HInse. We also took on a special challenge that Mr. Geaney set to us by performing the tradition brush dance. We used hurls for our dance and dances so bravely in front of the entire school. We got a massive round of applause and everyone thought we did a brilliant job! Tadgh also won the Cárta Glas competition - Well done Tadgh!
Rós sa Ghairdín
An Hocaí Pocaí
An Damhsa Scuab - Entrance
An Damhsa Scuab
We worked with our 6th class friends on two different pieces of art to create an amazing display outside our classroom. We made some Easter bunnies and some Easter eggs to accompany our bunnies also. Check out the pictures below!
Check out our song 'Spring Chicken.' Have a great Easter everyone!
“Happy St Patrick’s Day from Senior Infants”
Ms Dunne’s senior infants all looked great in their yellow today celebrating Daffodil Day. Well done to all the children on such a great effort to fundraise for the wonderful cause that is the Irish Cancer Society!
The boys and girls in Senior Infants have been working really hard to learn the song “Im a Spring Chicken”. What a perfect day to perform it with them all dressed in their Spring colours in celebration of Daffodil Day!
A very big welcome to all the visitors to our blog. It's hard to believe that our first term is over already. What a term it has been. We are going to show you some of the things we got up to over the past four months. We hope you enjoy!
The Construction Site
Our first Aistear topic was the construction site - and what fun that was. We completed Role Play as builders, digger drivers, engineers to name but a few. We constructed houses and schools using big blocks and lego. We made 2D castles by using our excellent fine motor skills. We also created some blue prints of our builds and made our very own toolbets. It was a busy month. Check out some of the pictures below:
EU Code Week:
The whole of SALI took part in EU Code week and Senior Infants were budding coders too. We did lots of coding work across the fortnight. We first began with programming commands physically on mats with our beebot cards. This was a great way of learning directions. We then moved onto the whiteboard and worked as a class to solve the problems. When we became pros we used the IPads and to finish off the week we used Beebots in stations and had great fun!
Halloween was a really fun time in school. We did lots of cool activities in Aistear. We made some multicoloured pumpkins - we bet you have never seen those before! We also went on a Witch and Wizard walk with our 6th class friends. We walked around the block in our favourite halloween costumes. I think we scared quite a few people around the village!
We really enjoyed the maths topics 2D shapes. We did lots of hands on activities. We created shapes using playdoh and matchsticks and marshmallows and matchsticks too. We used shapes to tesselate and copy some patterns. We completed lots of stations and really enjoyed this week!
The Italian Restaurant
One of our favourite Aistear topics has been the Italian restaurant. We took on the roles of chef, waiter and customer in the role play area. We designed our own menus with Italian food, made art pizzas, used playdoh to create our favourite Italian foods. But, our favourite part of this Aistear has to be making pizzas in class. We used toppings of cheese, tomato sauce and pepperoni and made some delicious pizzas!
Christmas is always a special time in the infant classroom and this year was no different. It started off with some cold snowy days. Although we weren't able to run around we did some lovely winter walks on the yard and enjoyed the little dusting of snow that was there! We completed some lovely pieces of Christmas art including pop art angles, jack frost and a christmas candle. We had a special visit from Santa and we sang a song to him in the foyer. We learned a new song called Ho Ho Ho! - check it out below!
We hope you enjoyed visiting our blog. Check back in soon to see what Term 2 brings!
The boys and girls in Mr. Geaney's Senior Infants have been working on their song singing in recent weeks and would love you to listen to two of our songs!
Every Brand New Day:
Elmer the Elephant:
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