The Aistear theme for September in Senior Infants was ‘Ourselves/Our Bodies’.
We had great fun with this theme and spent a lot of time during the month discussing our talents, likes and dislikes, similarities and differences amongst the class and how we are all unique. The children also learned about the different parts of the body, how to keep their bodies healthy, the importance of a balance diet, how we use our sight to see different colours in the environment and identified the different teeth and their functions. In English we read ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and ‘Izzy and Skunk’ as a stimulus to discussing our emotions and we learned all about Florence Nightingale in History to compare the job of nurses in the past with today.
During the month the children had the opportunity to take on a variety of roles as stylists, customers, doctors, nurses, paramedics, patients and dentists at the socio-dramatic corner set up as The Hairdressers, The Hospital and The Dentist. The children particularly enjoyed acting out scenarios and the process of calling and travelling in the ambulance on their first week and then attending The Hospital for treatment on the second week.
At the Art Table we made self portraits inspired by Paul Klee by sketching our faces in crayon and then painting over squares of tissue paper with water to create a colourful background. These were then hung up in our room to create our ‘Senior Infants Art Gallery’ (as seen below). The class also collaborated to make a collage of The Food Pyramid using pictures cut out of food magazines, created colour wheel hot-air balloons by learning how to mix two primary colours to make a secondary colour and designed unique paper glasses.
The class built and designed a number of model constructions, including an ambulance and the dentist’s chair from large wooden construction blocks and a hospital and some of The Seven Wonders of the World (amazing things to see) from Lego. Hairstyles and X-rays were also sculpted from play dough and patterns were combed into sand at the Sand Table.
One of the most enjoyable activities this month was exploring our Five Senses through popcorn, something you can hear, see, touch, smell and taste. We had great fun choosing words to describe popcorn using the senses and then creating our popcorn buckets for our display. Our favourite part was definitely tasting the popcorn! We also examined a feely box, matched smell pots and completed taste tests at The Five Senses Exploration Table.
Below is a selection of photos of us busy at work. Our Aistear theme for October is ‘The Farm’.