Junior and Senior Infants put on a short show about Hansel and Gretal. Many thanks to Moss’s mum and dad for their fantastic set!
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!
During March Junior Infants continued with the theme ‘Our Locality’. We continued discussing the many different jobs and community workers that are in a town and about the ways in which we have a responsibility to look after our world.
In the Home Corner they had the opportunity to play as various characters and explore the jobs in ‘The Cafe’ and ‘The Firestation.’These required very many different roles and scenarios to be acted out.
At Small World Area the children designed the playground of their dreams,they built lego buildings and then incorporated the small wooden firestation and they had fun using the motorway track and vehicles .
In the Construction Corner the children created a village of burning buildings using polydron blocks and paper flames.They rescued these using our fire-trucks and emergency vehicles.
In Art we painted a fire truck and designed and made one out of junk materials .We also created playdough meals.
We also explored the dangers and uses of electricity in our homes and we carried out experiments with magnets to find out which everyday items were magnetic.
As we were also talking about Spring the book we read was ‘The Teeny Tiny Tadpole’.
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’.