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Junior Infant’s Aistear, November

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Our Aistear theme for November was ‘Families’.During this month we focused on the stories ‘Owl Babies’, ‘Peace At Last’, ‘A Quiet Night In’,and  ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.

In the Home Corner the children took turns at playing the many different roles within a family. During ‘Birthday Week’ they prepared the corner for a party. They made cards, prepared the party food, played a party game and celebrated the birthday.

At the Art Table the children have been very busy. Our discussion on Homes at the beginning of the month led to the children making different types of homes out of junk. They made apartment blocks, caravans, bungalows and two-storey houses. They designed photo frames for pictures of their families and created an owl baby picture. The children also made a map of the family journey in ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’.

In Small World they created a village with different types of homes and buildings using blocks and our wooden town set. They also built a scene from the book ‘Peace at Last’ and designed the ground floor of a house using lego blocks and our new dolls house furniture.

In the Construction Corner the children worked as a team to build homes from Polydron blocks. They also played with the large doll’s house.

At the Water Table the children were learning how to bath and care for babies. They learned how to dry them,put on nappies and feed the baby a bottle.During ‘Birthday Week’ the children made birthday cakes out of sand and playdough.

 

Senior Infant’s Aistear, November

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November’s Aistear theme was ‘Fairytales and Fantasy’.  Our topics were ‘Superheroes’, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’.

In the Home Corner, the children worked as superheros in the ‘Superhero Rescue Lab’ going on missions and saving the day. They also reenacted the stories of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’,  ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, taking it in turns to play the different roles.

At the Art Table the children made Superhero street scenes from paint and coloured paper which depicted themselves as the superheroes. They made a self-portrait on the ‘Mirror, Mirror on the Wall’ which can be seen at the Art and Wine evening and they created a silhouette of Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf from coloured paper. They also made ginger scented salt dough from which they created Christmas decorations.

In Small World they designed and built superhero rescue mobiles. They also built the settings  from the stories of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and they played out the stories with puppets. They also made Grandma’s Cottage from wooden blocks.

In the Construction Corner they built a superhero rescue mobile in which they went on missions in, they built the castle from  ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ after learning the names of the different parts of a castle  and the built the wood from ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.

At the Sensory Table they made gingerbread people from playdough.

We also had Georgie’s mum, Gillian in to talk to us about her job with the Hilton Hotels group. The children loved hearing all about what she does and they were thrilled with their Hilton  goodie bags. Thank you Gillian!

There was also great excitement when our GAA coach Stephen brought the Sam Maguire cup in following Dublin’s win!

 

Aistear: Junior Infants October

This month our theme was ‘Fairytales and Fantasy’.

In the Construction Corner  the Junior Infants worked together as a team to build a pirate ship  then they had an adventure in their ship. The children also build a castle and re-enacted the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

In Small World the children created an island and pirate ships from lego.They built the Three Bears Cottage using lego and blocks. The children also used’ The Happy Architect’ boards to build the setting of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and re-tell the story.

At the Sensory Table the children explored a desert island and played with toy pirates. They used playdough  to make models on ‘ The Three Bears’ playdough mats. Each child planted a broad bean seed and learned about what plants need to grow.

At the Art Table each child created an island treasure map during ‘Pirate Week’ and they drew what they would like to find in a treasure chest. They made a clay bowl for one of the three bears and also made a clay hedgehog as we were continuing with our discussions on autumn and hibernation. The children made paper plate pumpkins and a picture of the witch on her broom for Hallowe’en.

In the Home Corner the children took on the ropes of the 3 bears and Goldilocks and played in The Three Bears Cottage. In our Hallowe’en week the children were in role as wizards and witches creating potions in ‘The Potion Lab’. They certainly had great fun at this activity.

The stories we focused on this month were: Cats ahoy; Jack and the Beanstalk; Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Room on the Broom.

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September Aistear, Junior Infants

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Junior Infants were learning about ‘The Farm’ this September in Aistear. They learned about the many different jobs a farmer has to do, how most of the food we eat comes from the farm and what produce the different farm animals and crops provide us with.

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

In Small World the children built tractors from Mobilo; made lego farms and played with the animals in the wooden farmyard.

At the Art Table the children painted a scarecrow face and made hats out of a variety of fabrics. They also made paper plate farm animals and created ‘Junk Art’ tractors.

In the Construction Corner the children built a tractor in which they played. They created play dough farms and ploughed fields at the Sand Table.

As it is now Autumn we also discussed the many signs and seasonal changes of Autumn .We made our own Autumn trees by tearing paper and cutting out leaves.

The children focused on many stories this month.’The Pig in the Pond’; ‘The Little Red Hen’; ‘The Three Little Pigs;’ ‘Farmer Duck’; and  ‘What the Ladybird Heard.’

 

September/October Aistear:Senior Infants

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September and October’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 travel and transport 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’, ‘The Ice-cream Parlour, ‘The Zoo’ and ‘The Hotel’. They also made ‘weather-testing machines’, did weather experiments and told the weather forecast in ‘The Weather Station’.

At the Art Table the children made weather charts, clothes for teddies who were out in a variety of weather conditions, passports, beach scenes,  animals from ‘Dear Zoo’  and different modes of transport from junk art.

The children made items from playdough to do with the seaside and travel and transport. At the Sand Table they played on the beach and at the Water Table they played at the pool.

In the Construction Corner the children built a campsite, an aeroplane, a cruise ship and many other modes of transport. They played in these when they had finished buiding them.

In Small World the children built a campsite, an airport,  a zoo, a fairground and a beach from Lego. The made modes of transport from Mobilo.

Thanks to Dave Caffrey (Rhy’s dad) who came in to talk to us about his job with Aer Lingus. We loved having him as a guest speaker and we learnt a lot. Thank you for all the toy planes too!

Senior Infants Aistear – June 2017

The Aistear theme for the month of June was ‘Summer and Holidays’ and we spent three weeks focusing on this topic. We learnt all about the type of weather experienced in the summer season, the different vocabulary to explain different types of weather, selected clothes to wear during the summer and discussed activities and traditions associated with the summer. We also learned about the types of holidays we go on, how we might get to our holiday destination and the type of buildings we could stay in. We read two fun books in English; ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl and ‘Come Away From The Water Shirley’ by John Burmingham.

At the Home Corner the children took part in delivering a live weather forecast in front of a green screen at The Weather Station and they described the type of weather to be expected in different parts of Ireland using the large map of Ireland and weather symbols. They also filled out weather charts and dressed ‘Teddy’ for the day here. At The Airport the children had the opportunity to make a passport to show at the check-in desk to receive their boarding cards, weigh their bags on a conveyor belt and go through an x-ray machine at airport security where the airport police took their jobs very seriously. Finally they could board the plane ready for their holidays! On the last week the children went camping. They had to register their tent to get a pitch and then they could enjoy activities such as sleeping in the tent, going fishing, having a picnic or sitting around the campfire. Toasting marshmallows on the campfire and then eating them was definitely the highlight of this week!

At the construction area, they worked collaboratively to build different modes of holiday transport out of large wooden blocks, while on the third week they enjoyed free play with these and the new plastic building blocks. They also made Lego models of a luxury hotel, drawing on personal experiences of the facilities they might enjoy there.

At the Art Table we discussed the works of numerous artists and tried our hand at our own version of their art. We used oil pastels to create a Gustav Klimt inspired tree trunk with Wassily Kandinsky’s concentric circles as flowers. We sketched and then coloured a picture of three ice-cream cones inspired by Wayne Thiebaud using oil pastels and we sketched from observation and painted ‘Irises’ by Van Gogh.

At the Playdough Table we sculpted weather charts and we enjoyed splashing around in our water park at the Water Table. It has been a busy year of Aistear in Senior Infants. We all enjoyed different aspects but have definitely learned a lot and had great fun!

Ms. Johnson

 

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