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Jnr. Infants Aistear, April & May

The theme for April and May is ‘Habitats’.

At the Art Table they made penguins, ocean prints, jungle animals, paper plate minibeasts and the painted sunflowers, inspired by Van Gogh.

In the Home Corner they explored polar regions and rainforests. They also worked in a garden centre and as florists. They worked as scientists in the ‘Bug Exploration Lab’. The children went on a minibeast hunt in the school garden.

The children used the water table frequently this month. It became an Ocean for tropical fish and sharks, the Arctic Ocean and a pond. The sandpit became a desert.

The children also made sea creatures and dinosaurs from playdough.

In the Construction Corner the children built an igloo and played with polar animals. They also built a rainforest.

In Small World they played in ‘Dinosaur World’ and made caves, volcanos and trees from Lego. They built igloos from small blocks and played with polar animal models. The children also designed their dream garden with Lego and the built a jungle.

There was a huge amount of learning in this topic and the children really enjoyed exploring this theme.

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Aistear in Senior Infants – April

There was only three weeks of Aistear in April, split up by the midterm break, two before the holidays and one week after. As a result the theme for this month included a mixture of Space and Spring.

Space was a great, fun topic that interested everyone and Spring gave us an opportunity to do fun activities such as planting potatoes and onions in the school garden as one of our Aistear stations.

During the month we read Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s book ‘The Darkest Dark’ and an exciting story called ‘Aliens Love Underpants’. We enjoyed this story so much that we attempted to write our own small mini-books based on it but with the aliens coming to earth to find all sorts of strange things! We worked really hard on these so that we could impress everyone with them on open day!

We also learned the different parts of a plant, the lifecycle of a plant and what plants need to thrive. We discussed the signs of Spring we observed and the variety of new life in nature during this season.

At the Home-Corner the children had the opportunity to take on roles at The Space Station and The Garden Centre. They learned lots of facts about space to write into their space passport and they created paper flowers out of straws and crepe paper within this station.

We created our own paper collage underpants based on our story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’, cardboard tube butterflies and impasto  painted Easter Eggs (paint mixed with flour to give it texture) with blow-painted boxes at the Art Table.

The groups worked collaboratively to build a space ship out of large wooden blocks, they enjoyed designing a garden out of Lego and they sculpted the solar system and a bunch of flowers out of play dough independently.

We are really hoping that our potatoes and onions that we planted will grow and be ready to harvest before the end of the summer term.

There are plenty of pictures below to give a glimpse into our hard work.

Ms. Johnson.


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Aistear in Senior Infants – March

Senior Infants were lucky to have Ms. Cooke teaching them for March and leading Aistear for the month. The theme for the four weeks was Habitats. The children were very interested in each topic and embraced the opportunity to play in role as explorers in The Jungle and The Arctic, tour guides and costumers at The Aquarium and scientists at The Bug Research Lab at the Home Corner.

During the month Senior Infants also spent a lot of time learning about the plant and animal life within each habitat in class and reading stories such as ‘Gorilla’, ‘Over in the Meadow’ and ‘Rainbow Fish to the Rescue’ based on the topic.

At the Art Table, the children made paper plate jungle animals, paper collage fish, junk art mini-beasts and they created a chalk picture of ‘The Northern Lights’.

Playdough was a station each week and involved sculpting animals from each habitat, the results of which were brilliant! The Construction Area focused on building animal homes and playing with these using small world materials such as plastic animals, trees and rocks.

At the Sand Table the children dug for mini-beasts and at the Water Table the play centred on sea-creatures one week and penguins and polar ice caps another week.

Senior Infants would like to thank Ms. Cooke for all her hard work setting this up!

Below are some pictures of us hard at work.

Ms. Johnson


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Aistear in Senior Infants – February

The theme for February’s Aistear was Fantasy and Fairytales. We had great fun with this theme for the three weeks as it involved a lot of dressing up!

During the month we read and discussed lots of fairytale stories. The class focused mainly on the books ‘Cinderella’ by Niamh Sharkey, ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne and ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’, which were read as part of the Story-Station in Aistear.  We examined what is usually needed to make a good fairytale and then we created and wrote out our own unique fairytales using prompt cards and a dice. We learned about the features and rooms within a castle. We explored which materials were waterproof and non-waterproof by experimenting and finding a suitable material to create our own umbrellas. We sequenced events and created maps of the journey taken in the story ‘Into the Forest’.

At the Construction Corner the groups worked collaboratively to make superhero transport from the large wooden blocks.  They also created The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff’s bridge before re-enacting the story using their bridge and masks of the main characters.  They also built a medieval castle from Lego at the Small-World Area.

At the Home Corner the children had the opportunity to act out various characters in The Castle and at The Superhero Rescue Centre, where they had to design a superhero passport which gave them super powers and they were sent on lots of important missions.

Oil-pastels were used to draw and colour a picture of a castle using 2D shapes inspired by Paul Klee’s ‘The Castle and The Sun’ at the Art Table. Also at the Art Table we used masking tape to make an imprint of the shape of The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff‘s bridge on paper before painting a background, peeling off the tape and adding a troll.  Finally we all became superheroes when we painted our ‘Superhero Cityscapes’ and coloured in our own superhero costume to attach our faces to and fly. These superhero pictures are up on display outside our room so make sure to have a look. Finally, we sculpted ‘fairytale characters and scenes’ and ‘superheroes and villains’ out of play-dough.

Here are some pictures of all our hard work.

Ms. Johnson.

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Aistear in Senior Infants – November and December

During the month of November Senior Infants were focusing on ‘Our Locality’ and we were very busy! The class learned all about the different types of buildings in our community and the jobs involved in these. We looked closely at our own school and the activities and jobs within it. We read the story ‘The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse’ to compare and contrast living in a town/city or the countryside and we discussed ways to care for the environment and our communities.

At the Home Corner the children had the opportunity to play as various characters and explore the jobs in The School, The Bakery, The Fire-Station and The Post-Office. Each week was a huge success as they all required very different roles and scenarios to be acted out.

At the Art Table the children looked at the work of Wayne Thiebaud whose work is largely focused on paintings of food and cakes. The children then drew a slice of cake from observation and coloured the different layers and plate using oil pastels. They looked fabulous and of course very tasty! We then spent the further three weeks of the month working on a collage inspired by the movie ‘Up’ for the Art and Wine Evening where we sold all our works of art and they looked great.

At the Playdough table the children were asked to create playdough meals and at the small-world area they designed the playground of their dreams, a shopping centre and a postal run (village) with Lego.

With the large construction blocks the children built a garage and used toy cars and a road mat to act out scenarios, while another group tested the toy cars on the friction ramp with various surfaces and heights to explore forces and gravity. They also created a village of burning buildings with res paper flames to rescue using our fire-trucks and emergency vehicles. We also explored the dangers of electricity in the home and conducted experiments with magnets to find out which everyday items were magnetic.

We were very lucky to have a number of people to come into our classroom as guest speakers and tell us all about their jobs. Firstly we were very excited to have Ben’s uncle in, who is a drone expert, and he brought a fireman with him who works for Dublin Fire Brigade. You can read all about their visit and see photographs further down the page. Later in the month we also had three parents in who explained their jobs in the community. Conall’s mum told us all about her job as a physiotherapist, Daniel’s mum told us about being a biomedical engineer and Ollie’s mum had some lovely stories of how  she cares for people as a nurse. We are extremely grateful to all our visitors and we learned so much,  Thank You!!

In December we only had two weeks of Aistear as we were very busy with practicing for our concert, writing to Santa and going to the panto.

The class read some lovely Christmas stories during the month, including The Gruffalo’s Child and The Jolly Christmas Postman. We examined the types of materials found in presents and created our own texture hand prints by matching a range of materials to descriptive words. We were discussing the type of weather we have in winter, signs that winter is here and changes that occur at this time of year before we wrote our very first acrostic poem on the word ‘winter’.

In the Home Corner this month we took on a variety of special roles at The Christmas Post Office and Santa’s Workshop, both of which were lots of fun!

At the Small World Area we built the nativity scene with the stable, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the three wise men, the angels and the shepherds. We were very familiar with the story of Jesus’ birth as we had spent lots of time over the course of the month  listening to and discussing stories about it in RE. We also worked really hard on making Junk Art sleighs using plastic containers, bottle tops, round lids and gold strips of cardboard as another Small-World activity.

At the playdough table we made lots of imaginative Christmas presents and decorations and we constructed Santa’s sleigh and grotto from large wooden blocks. In art we created lovely glittery Christmas baubles to take home and put on our trees and painted a wintery scene with willowy trees and Christmas robins.

However, the highlight was definitely the Christmas concert where the class performed four songs for their families on stage in the hall, all dressed up as elves. They did a really good job remembering all the words and it was a lovely show!

Please look through the photographs of us hard at work.

Ms. Johnson

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Aistear: Feb/March, Jnr.Infants

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This month’s Aistear theme is ‘My Locality’. The children have been learning about the different buildings and places in the locality and the various jobs that people do.

In the Art Corner the children have been making street scenes from coloured paper, posters to protect the local environment and junk art buildings that they have spotted in the locality. Frank O’Neill was our guest speaker this month as he is on the Tidy Towns Committee. He told us all about how we can keep our locality clean and tidy.

They have been playing as builders in ‘The Construction Site’ at the Sand Table and they also experimented with magnets.

In Small World the children have been building towns and villages from Lego and the wooden boards. They also played with the Doll’s House, designed and built a park from Lego and played with the toy garage and fire-station.

In the Home Corner the children took on different roles in ‘The Hospital’, ‘The School’, ‘The Cafe’, ‘The Post Office’ and ‘The Fire Station’. They loved learning about the different jobs that people do.

In the Construction Corner, the children built a town and a police station. They also made buildings from Polydrons and experimented with objects that could be pushed or pulled.

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