Author: Katie Fox (page 1 of 15)

January’s Aistear: Senior Infants

This month’s Aistear theme is ‘Our Bodies’. The children have been learning about healthy eating, the importance of exercise, personal hygiene and feelings.

In the Home Corner they have been in role as stylists and clients in ‘The Hairdressers’, shopkeepers and customers in the ‘Fruit and Vegetable’ Shop and parents and nurses/doctors in the ‘Baby Clinic’. Zoe’s mum Ashling came in to talk to the class about her job as a stylist and they really enjoyed that.

In the Construction Corner they built a town for the people who work and care for us in the local community. The also built a gym where they worked as trainers and clients. The also made baby equipment from polydrons.

In Small World they made bodies from Mobilo and  Lego.

At the Art Table they made a giant food pyramid using pictures of food cut out from magazines, they painted people with  ‘blow-paint’ hairstyles, they drew their favourite things in their ‘thinking’ pictures, they made themselves from junk art and they made frames for their baby photos. They showed each other their baby photos and talked about what had changed and what had stayed the same. We discussed what we couldn’t do as a baby that we can do now, walking, talking, reading, etc.

For ‘Show and Tell’ they spoke about something they had from when they were babies and why it was special to them.

 

 

December’s Aistear: Senior Infants

This month’s Aistear theme is ‘Christmas’. The children have had a ball. In the Home Corner they made Christmas cards and Santa lists and posted them in ‘The Christmas Post Office’. They also worked as elves in ‘The Elves’ Workshop’ designing and building toys which they then showed to the class in ‘Show and Tell’ and the children  then asked them about their creations. At the Art Table the children made fingerprint fairy light cards, Christmas cards for their buddies in 6th Class and snow globes. In the Construction Corner they built teddy town for Teddy Santa to deliver presents to, Santa’s sleigh and the Stable in which they acted out the story of Christmas. In Small World they built a town decorated for Christmas and the Nativity scene. They also made Christmas items from playdough. It’s been a fun month!

Junior Infants’ Aistear November

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 their homes out of junk and painting a picture of their house. They designed photo frames for pictures of their families and created an owl baby picture. The children also drew a plan of their bedroom which they later used when working at the Small World station.

In Small World they created a village with different types of homes and buildings using blocks and our wooden town set. They also sequenced story pictures and built a scene from the book ‘Peace at Last’.The children followed the plan of their bedroom and they built it using lego  and our  dolls house furniture.

In the Construction Corner the children worked as a team to build homes from Polydron blocks. They constructed apartment blocks,caravans.bungalows and two-storey houses.

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 this month the children used playdough  to  create birthday cakes and to make the members of their family.

 

Junior Infants’ Aistear: 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. They build a castle and re-enacted the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and the children also designed and built a new chair for Baby Bear.

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 and the doll’s house with furniture to build the setting of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and re-tell the story.During Hallowe’en week the children used the train set and made a spooky ghost train.

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.They also did some lovely paintings of the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

In the Home Corner the children took on the roles 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.

November’s Aistear: Senior Infants

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’  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.

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’ and the river in ‘The Gingerbread Man’  .

At the Sensory Table they made gingerbread people from playdough.

This month the children learned how to play in role to tell a story. It was very good for working on turn-taking. We also used the tablets to film the stories in Small World and in the Home Corner. They enjoyed playing Kahoot quizzes based on the fairytales on the tablets also.

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’.

 

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