September and October’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 travel and transport 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’, ‘The Ice-cream Parlour, ‘The Zoo’ and ‘The Hotel’. They also made ‘weather-testing machines’, did weather experiments and told the weather forecast in ‘The Weather Station’.
At the Art Table the children made weather charts, clothes for teddies who were out in a variety of weather conditions, passports, beach scenes, animals from ‘Dear Zoo’ and different modes of transport from junk art.
The children made items from playdough to do with the seaside and travel and transport. At the Sand Table they played on the beach and at the Water Table they played at the pool.
In the Construction Corner the children built a campsite, an aeroplane, a cruise ship and many other modes of transport. They played in these when they had finished buiding them.
In Small World the children built a campsite, an airport, a zoo, a fairground and a beach from Lego. The made modes of transport from Mobilo.
Thanks to Dave Caffrey (Rhy’s dad) who came in to talk to us about his job with Aer Lingus. We loved having him as a guest speaker and we learnt a lot. Thank you for all the toy planes too!
The Aistear theme for the month of May was ‘Capital Cities and Countries’ and Senior Infants were very busy as there was a lot to learn. We focused mainly on France, Spain, London and Kenya. We learned all about the lifestyle and culture of these countries and discussed their location on the map, the language, the weather, main cities, traditional food, popular sports, animal and plant life and traditions. We looked at lots of photographs of famous landmarks, watched video clips that gave us a glimpse of life in each country and we read two lovely books in English called ‘A Lion in Paris’ by Beatrice Alemagna and ‘Iggy Peck Architect’ by Andrea Beaty. We also enjoyed some French food tasting, sampling baguettes, croissants and brie cheese!
The Home Corner was set up as The French Restaurant, The Spanish Café and The London Tourist Information Office with a Red Bus Tour And a visit to Buckingham Palace.
At the construction corner the children worked collaboratively to construct famous landmarks such as The Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe, The Plaza Espana, The Sagrada Familia, a Spanish Bull Ring and a variety of other famous buildings from the book ‘Iggy Peck Architect’ from the large wooden blocks.
They also built the city of London from Lego and some of the city’s buildings from Mobilo, while designing and creating their own bikes for The Rathmichael Tour de France out of pipe cleaners and straws.
At the Playdough Table we sculpted Picasso inspired faces and traditional African and North American homes, while at the sand table we explored the type of animals and plants you would find in desert areas.
Finally, the class produced some amazing art this month. They painted Claude Monet’s Poppy Fields from observation. They sculpted Spanish carnival masks from clay which they stuck feathers into, painted and added sparkly detail to. They spun paint on a paper plate in a salad spinner to mimic Damien Hirst’s Spin Art and experimented with Pop Art inspired by Andy Warhol.
Take a look at our work below.