The Junior and Senior Infants enjoyed their time at a teddy bears’ picnic today. They played ‘Duck, Duck, Teddy’ and ‘Teddy Tag’ when they had finished eating.
The Aistear theme for April and May is’ Habitats’.During April we looked at ‘The Sea’ and ‘Polar Lands’
At the Art Table the children painted paper plate fish and they made penguins.They also made sea creatures out of playdough .
In the Home Corner they enjoyed ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ and they explored ‘Polar Regions’.
The children used the Water Table frequently this month as it became the ocean for many types of sea creatures and then The Arctic Ocean.
In Construction the children worked in their groups as a team to design and make an igloo and a snowmobile.
The children built igloos using small blocks and they played with models of polar animals in small world.
There was a huge amount of learning in this topic and the children really enjoyed both themes.
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.’
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.
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.