Aistear: The Post Office
One of the children's favourite Aistear topics this year has been the Post Office. We did lots of fun activities such as delivering post, finding hidden post office words in our classroom, constructing train tracks, making our own fairytale post map, practising our blending by posting in the post box, role play in the post office and lots of sensory work with shredded paper and shaving foam.
One of our proudest art pieces to date were our clay pinch pots. This lesson was over two days as we first created the pinch pots and left them to dry. Once they were fully dry we then painted them with our favourite colours. We learned lots of techniques when creating our pots and used water at the end to both smooth and shine our pots. Check out the finished products!
We studied sound in science and used recycled bottles and various materials such as cheerios, rice, and lentils to make sound shakers. It certainly created a big mess in our classroom but it was totally worth it when we got to use our new instruments with to accompany some of our favourite pop songs!
Mr. Geaney was very impressed with some of our budding Dentists during this Aistear topic. We had some amazing receptionist who helped the Denists when the surgery got busy also. During this Aistear topic we had to scrub plaque using toothbrushes, make some amazing smiles and work on our fine motor in sand by picking teeth (marshamallows) using tweezers. There could be some dentists in our midst in the future!
We took our inspiration for our Valentine's Art from artist Jim Dine. We recreated his piece entitled 'Painted Heart' with lots of striking colours. These art pieces got lots of compliments from those who passed them outside our classroom!
We celebrated world book day in style in our classroom this year. We really enjoyed dressing up as our favourite characters from books. We also had a dance party with the other senior infant classroom in the hall!
Another popular Aistear topic was the farm. We enjoyed lots of activities based on the farm and farm animals. We did lots of art pieces including making spring meadows with paintbrushes, and making paper plate farm animals. We used role play for the farmer's market, soil for planting and water for ducks and lots of farm games like mother and young matching, bingo and puzzles!
We did some themed St. Patrick's Day art which you can check out below. We used crepe paper and water to make special prints!
We are always interested in seasonal change and we really enjoyed learning about Spring. We learned lots of facts and Mr. Belgey also took us on a Spring scavenger hunt to our garden. Check out our rendition of 'Spring into Action' below too. We think we did a great job!
We loved becoming astronauts during our Aistear topic Space. We used the role play to prepare in the Space Station and to launch from our rocket. We also contructed rockets using lego and big blocks, created an art piece of the sequence of the planets and created rockets also! We loved clay so much before that we created our own clay aliens! This was a really fun Aistear topic!
We were so lucky to have Mr. Begley teaching us for three weeks. He did so many fun things with us and was so kind to us. We had to get a group picture with him on his final day and before we finished for the Easter break!