Month: May 2017

Jnr. Infants Aistear, April & May

The theme for April and May is ‘Habitats’.

At the Art Table they made penguins, ocean prints, jungle animals, paper plate minibeasts and the painted sunflowers, inspired by Van Gogh.

In the Home Corner they explored polar regions and rainforests. They also worked in a garden centre and as florists. They worked as scientists in the ‘Bug Exploration Lab’. The children went on a minibeast hunt in the school garden.

The children used the water table frequently this month. It became an Ocean for tropical fish and sharks, the Arctic Ocean and a pond. The sandpit became a desert.

The children also made sea creatures and dinosaurs from playdough.

In the Construction Corner the children built an igloo and played with polar animals. They also built a rainforest.

In Small World they played in ‘Dinosaur World’ and made caves, volcanos and trees from Lego. They built igloos from small blocks and played with polar animal models. The children also designed their dream garden with Lego and the built a jungle.

There was a huge amount of learning in this topic and the children really enjoyed exploring this theme.

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Aistear in Senior Infants – April

There was only three weeks of Aistear in April, split up by the midterm break, two before the holidays and one week after. As a result the theme for this month included a mixture of Space and Spring.

Space was a great, fun topic that interested everyone and Spring gave us an opportunity to do fun activities such as planting potatoes and onions in the school garden as one of our Aistear stations.

During the month we read Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s book ‘The Darkest Dark’ and an exciting story called ‘Aliens Love Underpants’. We enjoyed this story so much that we attempted to write our own small mini-books based on it but with the aliens coming to earth to find all sorts of strange things! We worked really hard on these so that we could impress everyone with them on open day!

We also learned the different parts of a plant, the lifecycle of a plant and what plants need to thrive. We discussed the signs of Spring we observed and the variety of new life in nature during this season.

At the Home-Corner the children had the opportunity to take on roles at The Space Station and The Garden Centre. They learned lots of facts about space to write into their space passport and they created paper flowers out of straws and crepe paper within this station.

We created our own paper collage underpants based on our story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’, cardboard tube butterflies and impasto  painted Easter Eggs (paint mixed with flour to give it texture) with blow-painted boxes at the Art Table.

The groups worked collaboratively to build a space ship out of large wooden blocks, they enjoyed designing a garden out of Lego and they sculpted the solar system and a bunch of flowers out of play dough independently.

We are really hoping that our potatoes and onions that we planted will grow and be ready to harvest before the end of the summer term.

There are plenty of pictures below to give a glimpse into our hard work.

Ms. Johnson.


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Aistear in Senior Infants – March

Senior Infants were lucky to have Ms. Cooke teaching them for March and leading Aistear for the month. The theme for the four weeks was Habitats. The children were very interested in each topic and embraced the opportunity to play in role as explorers in The Jungle and The Arctic, tour guides and costumers at The Aquarium and scientists at The Bug Research Lab at the Home Corner.

During the month Senior Infants also spent a lot of time learning about the plant and animal life within each habitat in class and reading stories such as ‘Gorilla’, ‘Over in the Meadow’ and ‘Rainbow Fish to the Rescue’ based on the topic.

At the Art Table, the children made paper plate jungle animals, paper collage fish, junk art mini-beasts and they created a chalk picture of ‘The Northern Lights’.

Playdough was a station each week and involved sculpting animals from each habitat, the results of which were brilliant! The Construction Area focused on building animal homes and playing with these using small world materials such as plastic animals, trees and rocks.

At the Sand Table the children dug for mini-beasts and at the Water Table the play centred on sea-creatures one week and penguins and polar ice caps another week.

Senior Infants would like to thank Ms. Cooke for all her hard work setting this up!

Below are some pictures of us hard at work.

Ms. Johnson


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