Category: Aistear (page 1 of 6)

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!

Junior Infants’ Aistear: March

During March Junior Infants continued with the theme ‘Our Locality’.   We continued discussing the many different jobs and community workers that are in a town and  about the ways in which  we have a responsibility to look after our world.

In the Home Corner they had the opportunity to  play as various characters and explore the jobs in ‘The Cafe’ and ‘The Firestation.’These required very many different roles and scenarios to be acted out.

At Small World Area the children designed the playground of their dreams,they built lego buildings and then incorporated the small wooden firestation and they had fun using the motorway track and vehicles .

In the Construction Corner the children created a village of burning buildings using polydron blocks and paper flames.They rescued these using our fire-trucks and emergency vehicles.

In Art we painted a fire truck and designed and made one out of junk materials .We also created playdough meals.

We also explored the dangers and uses of electricity in our homes and we carried out experiments with magnets to find out which everyday items were magnetic.

As we were also talking about Spring the book we read was ‘The Teeny Tiny Tadpole’.

Aistear February/March: Senior Infants

February and March’s Aistear theme is ‘Showtime’.  The children have been learning about the circus, Chinese New Year, the movie world, carnivals and fairgrounds.

In the Home Corner the  children have been in role as performers and the audience at ‘The Circus’, they were wait staff, chefs and customers in ‘The Chinese Restaurant’ and they played a variety of games at ‘The Fairground’. They also acted as staff and customers in ‘The Cinema’.

At the Art Table the children made clown faces, Chinese fans, carnival masks and junk art awards. They told the class why their mum deserved the ‘best mum’ award!

In Small World they put on puppet shows and played in the circus tent, built Lego circuses, created Chinese floats for the Chinese New Year festival and made a funfair out of Lego. The children used the tablets to video the puppet shows.

In the Construction Corner they built a Big Top, The Great Wall of China, a funfair and a stage from which they presented ‘The Oscars’!

We linked these topics with the following stories in English: ‘The Singing Mermaid’, ‘The Great Race’ and ‘Dogger’.

Junior Infants’ Aistear: January

This month our theme for Aistear was ‘Our Bodies’. The children have been learning about their skeleton and its functions,healthy and unhealthy  foods, the 5 senses, caring for our teeth,the importance of exercise, growing and changing and people in our communities who care for us like doctors and nurses.

In the Home Corner the children  took on different roles  in ‘The Doctor’s Surgery’,’The Dentist Surgery’ and ‘The Optician’s’. Then they continued their roles by  constructing  and building an ambulance from large wooden blocks and the Home Corner became the accident and emergency ward in ‘The Hospital’.

In Construction the children also made surgeries and hospitals from polydron blocks.

In Small World they created bodies from Mobilo and built hospitals and ambulances from lego .The children also created skeletons and healthy dinner plates from playdough .

At the Art Table the children made skeletons from pasta and created pictures of healthy and unhealthy foods by cutting food pictures out of magazines. They decorated their own healthy fruit bowl based on the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’.The children decorated around their baby photograph and they talked about what has changed and what has stayed the same. As it was winter we also made a snowman picture.

We also enjoyed the stories ‘Funnybones’ and ‘Handa’s surprise.’

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!

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