Fifth Class and Senior Infants made the most of the good weather and got together with their buddies to read stories on the lawn.
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 ‘the 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 their own versions of the Mona Lisa.
In Small World they built Sydney Opera House, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Edinburgh Castle, Central Park, the Sagrada Familia and the Eiffel Tower.
The children really loved learning about different cultures and countries around the world. Many thanks to Lexie’s mum Claire for coming in to tell us about her year in Australia!
The Aistear theme for April and May is’ Habitats’.During April we looked at ‘The Sea’ and ‘Polar Lands’
At the Art Table the children painted paper plate fish and they made penguins.They also made sea creatures out of playdough .
In the Home Corner they enjoyed ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ and they explored ‘Polar Regions’.
The children used the Water Table frequently this month as it became the ocean for many types of sea creatures and then The Arctic Ocean.
In Construction the children worked in their groups as a team to design and make an igloo and a snowmobile.
The children built igloos using small blocks and they played with models of polar animals in small world.
There was a huge amount of learning in this topic and the children really enjoyed both themes.
The Senior Infants put on an assembly about litter and waste. They told the school about recycling and what happens to our rubbish if it’s just thrown on a dump. We looked at how littering affects animal and sea life. The children sang a song called ‘Good Garbage’ and they dressed up in costumes made out of recycled items. They had a great time!
During February Junior Infants focused on ‘Our Locality’. We used Google Maps to have a look at the different types of buildings in Shankill.We discussed the many different jobs and community workers that are in a town. We also talked about ways in which we can care for our environment and how we have a responsibility to look after our world.
In the Home Corner the children looked closely at our school and they took on the role of various jobs in the school. They also explored ‘The Fire Station’ which required them to take on various roles and act out varied scenarios. We learned about electricity and the dangers of it in the home ,about fire safety and we used magnets to explore some everyday items to find out which were magnetic.
At Small World the children built a town from lego and they followed on from this by adding in fire engines designed and made from mobilo.They also played with the toy fire station which they thoroughly enjoyed. The children used the road mat and toy cars to design a motorway scene. While this was going on the children, in groups, explored what could be moved by pushing or pulling. They used various surfaces and heights to test cars on the friction ramp thus exploring forces and gravity. Another group of children played at builders in ‘The Construction Site’ and at the sand table.
In the Construction Corner the children built a town using large wooden blocks.They also used Polydron Blocks to construct a town of burning buildings which they rescued and saved by using the large toy fire trucks and emergency vehicles.
In Art we talked about what we see on our journey to and from school and each of us made a map of our trip. We also drew a poster to encourage people to care for our environment. In junk art we each designed and made a fire engine.
The story we concentrated on was ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’.
This month our theme for Aistear was ‘The Zoo’ and it was led by Ms. O’Driscoll.
In the Home Corner we had lots of wild animals to care for so we took on the roles of zoo keepers and vets.
We designed and made animals by using lots of different junk materials and then the following week we made enclosures and cages.
The children built a zoo for the animals out of lego in Small World and out of large wooden blocks at the Construction Table. This activity required the children to work together and be part of a team.
At the sensory table lots of animals were created out of Play Dough and the children used cutters and tools to make lots of interesting creations.
The books we worked on were ‘Monkey Puzzle’,’Jungle Run’,and ‘Elmer’. We also got to listen to and enjoy ‘Dear Zoo’,’The Selfish Crocodile’ and ‘Giraffes can’t Dance’.
Rathmichael had great fun with Pancake Day this year. The PTA pulled out all the stops and flipped pancakes all morning to everyone’s delight. Each child brought in €2 and the proceeds went towards Crumlin Hospital. This is part of our Global Citizenship Flag where we work towards helping others in the wider community.
Our new nets went up around the Astro Turf. We have been afraid that one day one of our many balls was going to cause an accident on the Dublin Road. Health and Safety is always our first priority. We are relieved to have them there. Many thanks must go to the PTA and their fundraising for paying for these.
Natasha Stanley is going to Romania with her school to build houses. We helped her raise money towards this trip by holding a RED day on Valentine’s Day. Children could wear red or hearts into school instead of their uniform. She will return to an assembly and tell us all about her trip. Natasha supplied us all with biscuits which were delicious. Many thanks Natasha. We here at Rathmichael wish her the very best with her venture.
Children these days have so many opportunities. They are very lucky to be able to go abroad so easily. I hope they appreciate the help their parents give them to avail of all of these.
Our new PE coaches from Southside School Sports started with us in February and we are delighted with the energy and enthusiasm they bring with them.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank June Lawless and her team for all their work with Afterschool Games over the years. June has been invaluable, reliable and so very capable. We will miss her in Rathmichael and have really appreciated all the work she has done for the school. I have a feeling she will still be seen knitting and sewing with the teachers!!
There was a ceremony held on 7th March to open the new pitches on Stonebridge Road. This has taken a long time and the schools will be extremely grateful to have them to play their matches. The area was originally zoned for business and after many meetings it was re-zoned for Parks. Well done to all involved for achieving so much.