Junior Infants’ Aistear: October


This month our theme was ‘Fairytales and Fantasy’.

In the Construction Corner  the Junior Infants worked together as a team to build a pirate ship  then they had an adventure in their ship. They build a castle and re-enacted the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and the children also designed and built a new chair for Baby Bear.

In Small World the children created an island and pirate ships from lego.They built the Three Bears Cottage using lego and blocks. The children also used’ The Happy Architect’ boards and the doll’s house with furniture to build the setting of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and re-tell the story.During Hallowe’en week the children used the train set and made a spooky ghost train.

At the Sensory Table the children explored a desert island and played with toy pirates. They used playdough  to make models on ‘ The Three Bears’ playdough mats. Each child planted a broad bean seed and learned about what plants need to grow.

At the Art Table each child created an island treasure map during ‘Pirate Week’ and they drew what they would like to find in a treasure chest. They made a clay bowl for one of the three bears and also made a clay hedgehog as we were continuing with our discussions on autumn and hibernation. The children made paper plate pumpkins and a picture of the witch on her broom for Hallowe’en.They also did some lovely paintings of the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

In the Home Corner the children took on the roles of the 3 bears and Goldilocks and played in The Three Bears Cottage. In our Hallowe’en week the children were in role as wizards and witches creating potions in ‘The Potion Lab’. They certainly had great fun at this activity.

The stories we focused on this month were: Cats ahoy; Jack and the Beanstalk; Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Room on the Broom.

November’s Aistear: Senior Infants

November’s Aistear theme was ‘Fairytales and Fantasy’.  Our topics were ‘Superheroes’, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’.

In the Home Corner, the children worked as superheros in the ‘Superhero Rescue Lab’ going on missions and saving the day. They also reenacted the stories of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’,  ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, taking it in turns to play the different roles.

At the Art Table the children made Superhero street scenes from paint and coloured paper which depicted themselves as the superheroes. They made a self-portrait on the ‘Mirror, Mirror on the Wall’  and they created a silhouette of Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf from coloured paper. They also made ginger scented salt dough from which they created Christmas decorations.

In Small World they designed and built superhero rescue mobiles. They also built the settings  from the stories of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and they played out the stories with puppets.

In the Construction Corner they built a superhero rescue mobile in which they went on missions in, they built the castle from  ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ after learning the names of the different parts of a castle  and the built the wood from ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and the river in ‘The Gingerbread Man’  .

At the Sensory Table they made gingerbread people from playdough.

This month the children learned how to play in role to tell a story. It was very good for working on turn-taking. We also used the tablets to film the stories in Small World and in the Home Corner. They enjoyed playing Kahoot quizzes based on the fairytales on the tablets also.

Good luck to our past pupils!

Lee Cole and Alan Sothern, our past pupils and past hockey coaches, will be representing Ireland at the Hockey World Cup in India, starting with playing Australia today! We are proud of you guys and can’t wait to see you in action! Go n-éirí on bóthar libh!

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September’s Aistear: Junior Infants

September’s theme in Aistear was ‘The Farm’.

We learned about the jobs a farmer has to do,the foods we get from the farm and what produce the different farm animals provide us with.We had a visit from Farmer Fox who told us all about his farm.

In the Home Corner the children took on various roles.They were farmers in ‘The Farmyard’,vets,nurses and secretaries in ‘The Veterinary Surgery’ and shopkeepers or customers in ‘The Farm Shop’.

In Small World the children used mobilo to build farm machinery and lego to build farm buildings and homes for the animals.They also played with the farmyard sets.

At the Art Table the children painted and created a scarecrow face. They also made farm animals and created ‘Junk Art’ tractors.

In the Construction Corner the children worked together with their group to plan and build tractors and barns.

They ploughed fields at the Sand Table and were creative with playdough.We also discussed the many signs and seasonal changes of Autumn that we can see.

The stories we read and focused on this month were:’Farmer Duck’,’The Little Red Hen’,’The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Pig in The Pond’.


October’s Aistear: Senior Infants

This month the children continued on with the ‘Holiday’ theme. In the Home Corner they played as workers and customers in ‘The Ice-cream Parlour’ and ‘The Hotel’. They also learned about all the different modes of transport that we travel by. They made buses, cars, trains, etc from junk art and Jaggo blocks. In Small World they played with the train set and built a hotel. They also painted beach scenes at the Art Table.

We also learned about special times of the year this month. During our Hallowe’en themed week the children made ‘Shape Monsters’, they played as witches and wizards in ‘The Potion Lab’, they built a ghost train in Small World and they built the scary house from the story ‘A Dark, Dark Tale’ in the Construction Corner. During our Autumn themed week the children went on an Autumn Hunt and collected leaves to make leaf rubbings. They also printed with Autumn leaves and paint. In the Construction Corner they built a woodland and played with their woodland creatures, getting them to gather food and hibernate. They also made signs of autumn from playdough. ‘Farmer Fox’ was our guest speaker this month and he came in to talk to the Junior and Senior Infants about harvest, farm machinery, the jobs a farmer does and farm safety.

The children really enjoyed learning about the above topics.


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