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October’s Aistear: Senior Infants

This month the children continued on with the ‘Holiday’ theme. In the Home Corner they played as workers and customers in ‘The Ice-cream Parlour’ and ‘The Hotel’. They also learned about all the different modes of transport that we travel by. They made buses, cars, trains, etc from junk art and Jaggo blocks. In Small World they played with the train set and built a hotel. They also painted beach scenes at the Art Table.

We also learned about special times of the year this month. During our Hallowe’en themed week the children made ‘Shape Monsters’, they played as witches and wizards in ‘The Potion Lab’, they built a ghost train in Small World and they built the scary house from the story ‘A Dark, Dark Tale’ in the Construction Corner. During our Autumn themed week the children went on an Autumn Hunt and collected leaves to make leaf rubbings. They also printed with Autumn leaves and paint. In the Construction Corner they built a woodland and played with their woodland creatures, getting them to gather food and hibernate. They also made signs of autumn from playdough. ‘Farmer Fox’ was our guest speaker this month and he came in to talk to the Junior and Senior Infants about harvest, farm machinery, the jobs a farmer does and farm safety.

The children really enjoyed learning about the above topics.

 

September’s Aistear: Senior Infants

September’s Aistear theme is ‘Holidays’. We learned  about preparing and packing  for holidays, different types of holidays, where Ireland is on the map of the world, weather conditions and what we do on holidays.

In the Home Corner the children played in role as workers and holiday makers in ‘The Travel Agency’, ‘The Airport’, and ‘The Zoo’. They also made ‘weather-testing machines’, did weather experiments and told the weather forecast in ‘The Weather Station’.

At the Art Table the children painted camper vans. They also made weather charts and clothes for teddies who were out in a variety of weather conditions. They made passports and animals from ‘Dear Zoo’ out of junk art.

The children made items from playdough to do with the story ‘Dear Zoo’.

In the Construction Corner the children built a campsite, a plane, a cruise ship and a zoo. They played in these when they had finished building them.

In Small World the children built a campsite, an airport,  a zoo, and a fairground from Lego.

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 ‘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!

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Junior Infants’ January Aistear

This month our theme for Aistear was ‘Our Bodies’. The children have been learning about their skeleton, what our bodies need to keep healthy, healthy and unhealthy  foods, our 5 senses and some of the people in our communities who care for us.

In the Home Corner the children have been in the role as doctors, nurses and patients in ‘The Doctor’s Surgery’. Then they continued their roles by  constructing  and building an ambulance from large wooden blocks.

In Small World they made bodies from Mobilo, built hospitals and ambulances from lego and created a town scene or a countryside scene. The children also created skeletons and healthy dinner plates from playdough and explored using their 5 senses. We had a feely bag, smell pots,taste testing ,optical illusions and created loud and soft sounds with musical instruments.

At the Art Table the children made skeletons from pasta, created a collage of healthy and unhealthy foods by cutting food pictures out of magazines and they drew a self-portrait. As it was winter we also made a snowman picture.

For oral work the children brought in photographs and we talked about growing and changing. We also enjoyed the stories ‘Dogs don’t wear glasses’ and ‘Handa’s surprise.’

 

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Senior Infants Aistear: January

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’.

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.

In Small World they made bodies from Mobilo and a creche from 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.

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

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Junior Infant’s Aistear, November

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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 different types of homes out of junk. They made apartment blocks, caravans, bungalows and two-storey houses. They designed photo frames for pictures of their families and created an owl baby picture. The children also made a map of the family journey in ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’.

In Small World they created a village with different types of homes and buildings using blocks and our wooden town set. They also built a scene from the book ‘Peace at Last’ and designed the ground floor of a house using lego blocks and our new dolls house furniture.

In the Construction Corner the children worked as a team to build homes from Polydron blocks. They also played with the large doll’s house.

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 ‘Birthday Week’ the children made birthday cakes out of sand and playdough.

 

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