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September/October Aistear:Senior Infants

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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!

Senior Infants Aistear – June 2017

The Aistear theme for the month of June was ‘Summer and Holidays’ and we spent three weeks focusing on this topic. We learnt all about the type of weather experienced in the summer season, the different vocabulary to explain different types of weather, selected clothes to wear during the summer and discussed activities and traditions associated with the summer. We also learned about the types of holidays we go on, how we might get to our holiday destination and the type of buildings we could stay in. We read two fun books in English; ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl and ‘Come Away From The Water Shirley’ by John Burmingham.

At the Home Corner the children took part in delivering a live weather forecast in front of a green screen at The Weather Station and they described the type of weather to be expected in different parts of Ireland using the large map of Ireland and weather symbols. They also filled out weather charts and dressed ‘Teddy’ for the day here. At The Airport the children had the opportunity to make a passport to show at the check-in desk to receive their boarding cards, weigh their bags on a conveyor belt and go through an x-ray machine at airport security where the airport police took their jobs very seriously. Finally they could board the plane ready for their holidays! On the last week the children went camping. They had to register their tent to get a pitch and then they could enjoy activities such as sleeping in the tent, going fishing, having a picnic or sitting around the campfire. Toasting marshmallows on the campfire and then eating them was definitely the highlight of this week!

At the construction area, they worked collaboratively to build different modes of holiday transport out of large wooden blocks, while on the third week they enjoyed free play with these and the new plastic building blocks. They also made Lego models of a luxury hotel, drawing on personal experiences of the facilities they might enjoy there.

At the Art Table we discussed the works of numerous artists and tried our hand at our own version of their art. We used oil pastels to create a Gustav Klimt inspired tree trunk with Wassily Kandinsky’s concentric circles as flowers. We sketched and then coloured a picture of three ice-cream cones inspired by Wayne Thiebaud using oil pastels and we sketched from observation and painted ‘Irises’ by Van Gogh.

At the Playdough Table we sculpted weather charts and we enjoyed splashing around in our water park at the Water Table. It has been a busy year of Aistear in Senior Infants. We all enjoyed different aspects but have definitely learned a lot and had great fun!

Ms. Johnson

 

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Aistear in Senior Infants – May 2017

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.

Ms.Johnson.

 

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June Aistear, Junior Infants: Space

This month the children were learning about Space. They learned the names of the planets and heard the stories of Neil Armstrong and Chris Hadfield.  In the Home Corner the children became astronauts. They worked in the Space Station and explored Space in their rocket. At the Art Table they made Junk Art rockets and spaceships. In the Construction Corner they built a spaceship and went on a Space adventure. They also made rockets from Polydrons. In Small World they build rockets and planets and played with aliens. At the Sensory Table they made moons from puffy paint and used the Space playdough mats.

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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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