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.
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 ‘the 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 their own versions of the Mona Lisa.
In Small World they built Sydney Opera House, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Edinburgh Castle, Central Park, the Sagrada Familia and the Eiffel Tower.
The children really loved learning about different cultures and countries around the world. Many thanks to Lexie’s mum Claire for coming in to tell us about her year in Australia!
As part of our Mí na Gaeilge, or month of Irish, the children made books which were entered into a competition, Scríobhleabhar Awards. We had various types of books from paired books, individual books to class books. I attended the awards in Tallaght with 16 children. They were presented with certificates, medals and pencil cases. Well done to Ms McMurdock for all her hard work and the encouragement she gave us all.
The Setanta Book Fair took place I our school on 23rd April for a week. This was run by Ms Armstrong. I saw a lot of eagerness and enthusiasm from parents and pupils who wanted to buy books. A percentage of the books sold goes back into the school in the form of books. This is our year for concentrating on books with our new library so new stock is always welcome. The Fair made over €1700 which was a great success. Thanks to all who got involved especially parents who regularly helped.
We have a lovely Tree of Hope which was put up by Gillian Bourne who is in charge of our Green Schools Programme. Every child had a hope to share with the school. A lovely sight and worth a look.
Two teams were entered into the Spar FAI Primary School’s 5 a side soccer competition. The qualifiers took place in March and the boys’ team played in atrocious weather conditions, winning their section and being narrowly beaten on penalties in the decider. The girls’ team, pictured with coach, Garry Zambra, won its qualifying matches and went through to the Dublin Finals. The girls won their section and were narrowly beaten for a place in the Leinster finals – this was a brilliant achievement. Well done to both teams for all their efforts – we are all very proud of them for the way they played and the exemplary manner in which they represented the school. Thanks also to Garry for giving his time and expertise so generously.
The school football A team, which is mixed, has one more match to play in its league and is in the quarter-final of the cup. The B team were narrowly beaten in the Junior cup.
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.
The Senior Infants put on an assembly about litter and waste. They told the school about recycling and what happens to our rubbish if it’s just thrown on a dump. We looked at how littering affects animal and sea life. The children sang a song called ‘Good Garbage’ and they dressed up in costumes made out of recycled items. They had a great time!