The Junior and Senior Infants had a teddy bears picnic to celebrate the end of term!
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 Bondi 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 created Matisse inspired paper cut out pictures.
In Small World they built Sydney Opera House, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Edinburgh Castle, Central Park, the Sagrada Familia, Plaza de Espana and the Eiffel Tower.
The children really loved learning about different cultures and countries around the world. Many thanks to Callan’s dad Peter for coming in to tell us about growing up in Scotland, reading us The Gruffalo in Scots and to his mum Sarah for making Scottish Tablet for us to try!
February and March’s Aistear theme is ‘Showtime’. The children have been learning about the circus, Chinese New Year, the movie world, carnivals and fairgrounds.
In the Home Corner the children have been in role as performers and the audience at ‘The Circus’, they were wait staff, chefs and customers in ‘The Chinese Restaurant’ and they played a variety of games at ‘The Fairground’. They also acted as staff and customers in ‘The Cinema’.
At the Art Table the children made clown faces, Chinese fans, carnival masks and junk art awards. They told the class why their mum deserved the ‘best mum’ award!
In Small World they put on puppet shows and played in the circus tent, built Lego circuses, created Chinese floats for the Chinese New Year festival and made a funfair out of Lego. The children used the tablets to video the puppet shows.
In the Construction Corner they built a Big Top, The Great Wall of China, a funfair and a stage from which they presented ‘The Oscars’!
We linked these topics with the following stories in English: ‘The Singing Mermaid’, ‘The Great Race’ and ‘Dogger’.
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’. Zoe’s mum Ashling came in to talk to the class about her job as a stylist and they really enjoyed that.
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. The also made baby equipment from polydrons.
In Small World they made bodies from Mobilo and 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. They showed each other their baby photos and talked about what had changed and what had stayed the same. We discussed what we couldn’t do as a baby that we can do now, walking, talking, reading, etc.
For ‘Show and Tell’ they spoke about something they had from when they were babies and why it was special to them.