Category: Aistear

Junior Infants Aistear: February

This month’s Aistear topic is ‘My Locality’. The children have been learning about the different jobs people do in our locality. In the Home Corner the children took on a variety of roles in ‘The Hospital’, ‘The School’, ‘The Café’, ‘The Estate Agents’ and ‘The Fire Station’.

At the Art Table the children made a street scene from coloured paper and card, paintings about caring for our environment, houses and junk art buildings.

In the Construction Corner they learned about forces and friction and built ramps to carry out experiments. They also built a town, a garda station and a playground from the Jaggo blocks and polydrons.

The children played at ‘The Construction Site’ at the Sand Table and they learned about magnets and carried out experiments around the classroom.

In Small World the children built a village and a park from Lego and they played with the wooden village, the garage and the fire station.

The books we focused on were ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ and ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ by Julia Donaldson.

Work linked to this topic: recycling and marine pollution, mapping, people who care for us, where we live and play, homes, forces, fire safety, electricity-uses, dangers, saving electricity.

Junior Infants’ Aistear: January

This month our Aistear theme is ‘Our Bodies’. The children have been in role as dentists, doctors, opticians, nurses, receptionists and patients in the Home Corner.

In the Construction Corner they built and played in an ambulance and a Teddybears’ Hospital.

At the Art Table they made skeletons from pasta, healthy and unhealthy food collages and photo timelines of their lives. 

The experimented using their five senses-tasting and smelling a variety of food types, guessing what objects were by using the sense of touch, using their sense of sight to make out optical illusion images and using their ears to create different sounds with the musical instruments to represent a variety of images.

In Small World they built Mobilo bodies, sports pitches from Lego and they played with the wooden hospital.

The children learned so much this month. We learned to name our different body parts, how to care for our teeth and protect our eyes, what food is good for us, why exercise is important, feelings, how we have changed over time and so much more!

December Aistear: Junior Infants

This month’s Aistear theme is ‘Christmas’. The children are making Christmas Cards, candle holders and Nativity pictures at the Art Table. They are building Santa’s sleigh in the Construction Corner and taking turns to play the part of Santa, Santa’s elf, a reindeer and Mrs.Claus. They also built ‘Teddy Town’ where Teddy Santa delivered gifts to all the other teddies. In the Home Corner the children worked as Christmas elves in ‘Santa’s Workshop’, designing and building toys. They then showed their creations to the class in ‘Show and Tell’ where their classmates paid them compliments and asked them questions. The children made Santa’s sleigh from Mobilo in Small World and they created Christmas items from playdoughat the Sensory Table. The stories we are focusing on this month are ‘Stickman’, ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ and ‘Santa on the Naughty Step’.

Junior and Senior Infants’ Nativity

The clssses put on The Sleepy Shepherd a d they were fabulous!

Halloween fun!

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’.