Month: October 2018

September’s Aistear: Junior Infants

September’s theme in Aistear was ‘The Farm’.

We learned about the jobs a farmer has to do,the foods we get from the farm and what produce the different farm animals provide us with.We had a visit from Farmer Fox who told us all about his farm.

In the Home Corner the children took on various roles.They were farmers in ‘The Farmyard’,vets,nurses and secretaries in ‘The Veterinary Surgery’ and shopkeepers or customers in ‘The Farm Shop’.

In Small World the children used mobilo to build farm machinery and lego to build farm buildings and homes for the animals.They also played with the farmyard sets.

At the Art Table the children painted and created a scarecrow face. They also made farm animals and created ‘Junk Art’ tractors.

In the Construction Corner the children worked together with their group to plan and build tractors and barns.

They ploughed fields at the Sand Table and were creative with playdough.We also discussed the many signs and seasonal changes of Autumn that we can see.

The stories we read and focused on this month were:’Farmer Duck’,’The Little Red Hen’,’The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Pig in The Pond’.

 

October’s Aistear: Senior Infants

This month the children continued on with the ‘Holiday’ theme. In the Home Corner they played as workers and customers in ‘The Ice-cream Parlour’ and ‘The Hotel’. They also learned about all the different modes of transport that we travel by. They made buses, cars, trains, etc from junk art and Jaggo blocks. In Small World they played with the train set and built a hotel. They also painted beach scenes at the Art Table.

We also learned about special times of the year this month. During our Hallowe’en themed week the children made ‘Shape Monsters’, they played as witches and wizards in ‘The Potion Lab’, they built a ghost train in Small World and they built the scary house from the story ‘A Dark, Dark Tale’ in the Construction Corner. During our Autumn themed week the children went on an Autumn Hunt and collected leaves to make leaf rubbings. They also printed with Autumn leaves and paint. In the Construction Corner they built a woodland and played with their woodland creatures, getting them to gather food and hibernate. They also made signs of autumn from playdough. ‘Farmer Fox’ was our guest speaker this month and he came in to talk to the Junior and Senior Infants about harvest, farm machinery, the jobs a farmer does and farm safety.

The children really enjoyed learning about the above topics.

 

September’s Aistear: Senior Infants

September’s Aistear theme is ‘Holidays’. We learned  about preparing and packing  for holidays, different types of holidays, where Ireland is on the map of the world, weather conditions and what we do on holidays.

In the Home Corner the children played in role as workers and holiday makers in ‘The Travel Agency’, ‘The Airport’, and ‘The Zoo’. They also made ‘weather-testing machines’, did weather experiments and told the weather forecast in ‘The Weather Station’.

At the Art Table the children painted camper vans. They also made weather charts and clothes for teddies who were out in a variety of weather conditions. They made passports and animals from ‘Dear Zoo’ out of junk art.

The children made items from playdough to do with the story ‘Dear Zoo’.

In the Construction Corner the children built a campsite, a plane, a cruise ship and a zoo. They played in these when they had finished building them.

In Small World the children built a campsite, an airport,  a zoo, and a fairground from Lego.