Senior Infants were learning all about ‘The Farm’ this October in Aistear. We had great fun and were very busy. We were learning all about the different machinery used, identifying the types of animals found there and where they live on the farm and matching different produce to the correct animal. We also discussed farming in the past and compared the way we produce milk and butter now with how it was made in the past. We even churned our own butter in class and enjoyed it on crackers! As it is now Autumn we also discussed signs of autumn, seasonal changes and kept a nature table to gather autumn leaves and cones.
At the Home-Corner the children had the opportunity to take on a variety of roles at ‘The Mart’, ‘The Farm Shop’ and ‘The Pet Groomers/The Pet Shop’. At the Art Table, we painted lovely farm scenes (which are now on show outside our classroom), we recreated The Life-cycle of a Hen and made an autumnal painting by printing painted leaves on a tree.
On top of this each Aistear group also got to design a farm from Lego, construct scarecrows using the large blocks, explore stuck in the muck animals at the sand table, create harvest machinery from Mobilo and sculpt playdough farm animals.
For the last week of October, we focused on Hibernation, creating clay hedgehogs, constructing hibernation homes from large wooden blocks, sequenced The Hibernation Cycle of the Hedgehog and listened to the story ‘Bear Snores On’ in The Hibernation Station before taking on the role of a hibernating animals sleeping for the winter (their snoring could be heard all over the classroom!!).
Finally, Senior Infants also made bird feeders using pine cones, peanut butter and bird seeds to help the birds who struggle to find food in the winter. We then went out in our Halloween costumes on the last day before midterm to hang the bird feeders in the school garden. Have a look below!
Our topic for November is ‘My Locality’.
Jonah Carroll’s dad Nigel is a Nano scientist and he came in and taught us about Nanoscience. He did lots of experiments with us. He froze a banana and flowers with Nitrogen. We looked at electricity and we made ice-cream. We had a fantastic time and it tied in well with our potion lab in Aistear. Big thanks to Jonah’s parents!
This month’s theme is ‘Fairytales and Fantasy’ and this is what the children got up to:
In the Home Corner the children played in The Three Bears’ Cottage. They took on the roles of the three bears, Goldilocks, the director and the narrator as well as making up additional characters in the story. In our ‘Hallowe’en Week’ the children were in role as witches and wizards creating potions in ‘The Potion Lab’ and casting spells. They adored this activity!
At the Art Table the children created treasure maps during ‘Pirate Week’. They made clay bowls for The Three Bears, Junk Art creations from ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and Hallowe’en silhouettes. They also created ‘Shape Monsters’ which tied in with this week’s maths topic.
At the Sensory Table the children played at the Desert Island with toy pirates. They made playdough models on ‘The Three Bears’ playdough mats. Each group planted beans and cress seeds and learned about what plants need to grow as part of our ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ week, and they created Hallowe’en playdough models on Hallowe’en playdough mats.
In Small World the children created a pirate ship and desert island from Lego. They built the setting of the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and then played out the story with their Lego men.
In the Construction Corner the children built a pirate ship. They also constructed the “truly magnificent broom” from ‘Room on a Broom’ and acted out the story.
Story Corner: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, Room on a Broom.