Author: Katie Fox (page 1 of 17)

Junior Infants’ Aistear: September

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.

In the Home Corner the children took on various roles.They were farmers in ‘The Farmyard’, vets, nurses and receptionists 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 fields for the animals.They also played with the wooden farmyard sets. The also built the set for the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and acted it out using the toy farm animals.

At the Art Table the children created a scarecrow face from a variety of fibres and fabrics. They also made paper plate farm animals and created ‘Junk Art’ tractors which the told the class about during ‘Show and Tell’.

In the Construction Corner the children worked together with their group to plan and build farmyards and barns. The also built the set for the story ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ They then told the story with the toy animals and we filmed this using the tablets while casting it onto our Interactive Board so that they could all watch the story.

They ploughed fields at the Sand Table and were creative with playdough using farm mats. We also discussed the many signs and seasonal changes of Autumn that we can see. The children learned about Harvest.

At the Water Table the children told the story of ‘The Pig in the Pond’.

This theme tied in nicely with the Assembly we are putting on in October where they will be acting out the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and celebrating Harvest.

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’.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

The Junior and Senior Infants had a teddy bears picnic to celebrate the end of term!

Hansel and Gretel

Junior and Senior Infants put on a short show about Hansel and Gretal. Many thanks to Moss’s mum and dad for their fantastic set!

Senior Infants’ School Tour to Dublin Zoo

Lewis Keane’s entry in an Agri Aware colouring competition won a school tour to Dublin Zoo. The children planted seeds, had their faces painted and spent an hour and a half viewing the animals at the zoo. A great time was had by all! Many thanks to the mums who came to help.

Explorium School Tour

The Junior and Senior Infants went to Junior Explorium on a  school tour on Tuesday, 11th June and they had a ball! Many thanks to the mums who came to help!

Senior Infants’ Aistear: April and May

Over the past two months the Senior Infants have been learning about different countries around the world. They learnt about Australia, Italy, England, Scotland, America, Spain and France.

In the Home Corner the children took on a variety of roles in ‘The Pizzeria’, ‘Buckingham Palace’, ‘The American Diner’, ‘The Tapas Restaurant’ and ‘The French Restaurant’.

In the Construction Corner the children built Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Colosseum, a black cab and a red bus, the Loch Ness Monster, Skyscrapers, the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge, a bull fight ring, the Louvre and the L’Arc de Triomphe.

At the Water Table the children played ‘The Great Barrier Reef’, ‘Boats on the Thames’ and ‘Loch Ness’. They played on Bondi Beach at the Sand Table.

At the Art Table the children made paintings inspired by Aboriginal dot art, clay pizzas, crowns from a variety of materials, pictures of themselves in tartan kilts,  The Statue of Liberty from Junk Art. They painted faces inspired by Picasso and created Matisse inspired paper cut out pictures.

In Small World they built Sydney Opera House, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Edinburgh Castle, Central Park, the Sagrada Familia, Plaza de Espana and the Eiffel Tower.

The children really loved learning about different cultures and countries around the world. Many thanks to Callan’s dad Peter for coming in to tell us about growing up in Scotland, reading us The Gruffalo in Scots and to his mum Sarah for making Scottish Tablet for us to try!

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