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Junior Infants’ Aistear: February and March

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During February Junior Infants focused on ‘Our Locality’. We used Google Maps to have a look at the different types of buildings in Shankill.We discussed the many different jobs and community workers that are in a town. We also talked about ways in which we can care for our environment and how we have a responsibility to look after our world.

In the Home Corner the children looked closely at our school and they took on the role of various jobs in the school. They also explored ‘The Fire Station’ which required them to take on various roles and act out varied scenarios. We learned about electricity and the dangers of it in the home ,about fire safety and we used magnets to explore some everyday items to find out which were magnetic.

At Small World the children built a town from lego and they followed on from this by adding in fire engines designed and made from mobilo.They also played with the toy fire station which they thoroughly enjoyed. The children used the road mat and toy cars to design a motorway scene. While this was going on the children, in groups, explored what could be moved by pushing or pulling. They used various surfaces and heights to test cars on the friction ramp thus exploring forces and gravity. Another group of children played at builders in ‘The Construction Site’ and at the sand table.

In the Construction Corner the children built a town using large wooden blocks.They also used Polydron Blocks to construct a town of burning buildings which they rescued and  saved by using the large toy fire trucks and emergency vehicles.

In Art we talked about what we see on our journey to and from school and each of us made a map of our trip. We also drew a poster to encourage people to care for our environment. In junk art we each designed and made a fire engine.

The story we concentrated on was ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’.

MARCH

This month our theme for Aistear was ‘The Zoo’ and it was led by Ms. O’Driscoll.

In the Home Corner we had lots of wild animals to care for so we took on the roles of zoo keepers and vets.

We designed and made animals by using lots of different junk materials and then the following week we made enclosures and cages.

The children built a zoo for the animals out of lego in Small World and out of large wooden blocks at the Construction Table. This activity required the children to work together and be part of a team.

At the sensory table lots of animals were created out of Play Dough and the children used cutters and tools to make lots of interesting creations.

The books we worked on were ‘Monkey Puzzle’,’Jungle Run’,and ‘Elmer’. We also got to listen to and enjoy ‘Dear Zoo’,’The Selfish Crocodile’ and ‘Giraffes can’t Dance’.

 

Mrs Senior’s Blog: April

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Rathmichael had great fun with Pancake Day this year. The PTA pulled out all the stops and flipped pancakes all morning to everyone’s delight. Each child brought in €2 and the proceeds went towards Crumlin Hospital. This is part of our Global Citizenship Flag where we work towards helping others in the wider community.

Our new nets went up around the Astro Turf. We have been afraid that one day one of our many balls was going to cause an accident on the Dublin Road. Health and Safety is always our first priority. We are relieved to have them there. Many thanks must go to the PTA and their fundraising for paying for these.

Natasha Stanley is going to Romania with her school to build houses. We helped her raise money towards this trip by holding a RED day on Valentine’s Day. Children could wear red or hearts into school instead of their uniform. She will return to an assembly and tell us all about her trip. Natasha supplied us all with biscuits which were delicious. Many thanks Natasha. We here at Rathmichael wish her the very best with her venture.

Children these days have so many opportunities. They are very lucky to be able to go abroad so easily. I hope they appreciate the help their parents give them to avail of all of these.

Our new PE coaches from Southside School Sports started with us in February and we are delighted with the energy and enthusiasm they bring with them.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank June Lawless and her team for all their work with Afterschool Games over the years. June has been invaluable, reliable and so very capable. We will miss her in Rathmichael and have really appreciated all the work she has done for the school. I have a feeling she will still be seen knitting and sewing with the teachers!!

There was a ceremony held on 7th March to open the new pitches on Stonebridge Road. This has taken a long time and the schools will be extremely grateful to have them to play their matches. The area was originally zoned for business and after many meetings it was re-zoned for Parks. Well done to all involved for achieving so much.

Mrs Senior’s Blog: March

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The Credit Union ran an art competition. Ellie Mcdonald won first prize in this winning a family pass to the Zoological gardens.

They had previously run an art competition in conjunction with Shankill Traders. In this we had three four winners, Poppy Miller, Max Lawless, Olivia Carroll and Ellie Mcdonald. Poppy won a camera at this time.

6th Class entered a quiz which the Credit Union sponsored for schools. This was enjoyed by all.

Our M3 money saving club is also run by the Credit Union and is very popular.

Well done Core Credit Union on all you do for the schools It is very much appreciated. Getting involved with the local community is important in our school. Indeed it is part of our Global Citizenship Flag.

 

We held our own handwriting competition in the school to promote neatness, good punctuation and clarity. We hold this twice a year and it has proved to be very popular throughout the school. Children who are making great strides with their writing are also encouraged as we have prizes for each class for most improved.

 

This year we held an Adult Quiz as a fund raiser in Shankill Tennis Club. This was well attended and great fun. Niall Carty, a parent, went to enormous trouble putting questions together and unfortunately for him has a job for the next4/5 years!! Well done to the PTA for the refreshments and organisation involved. Getting people to attend fundraisers can be a very difficult task, however usually everyone has a good time and certainly the school benefits each time. Thank you all my amazing volunteers.

 

Mrs Senior’s Blog: February

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Fields of Life

Every month we collect money for Fields of Life to sponsor two children, Caleb and Rebekah, for their education in Uganda. Previously we have sponsored children and they have gone on to become an electrical engineer and a lawyer. This is part of our Global Citizenship Flag which we are trying to attain this year. A group from Uganda came touring to Ireland and Scotland to promote Fields of Life and to get sponsorship. They performed for the school and spoke about the children we support and have supported. It was a lovely experience for the school showing the children what our collections are all about and making it real for them. Hopefully we will continue to do this for a long time.

Volley Ball/ Soccer

John Scottus Secondary School and ourselves teamed up for a project this year. The Transition Year students came and played Volleyball and Soccer with our 5th, 6th 2nd and 3rd classes. This was a great experience for them showing responsibility and respect for the different age groups. We were tremendously lucky with the weather and the children looked forward to it every week. I would like to thank John Scottus School for this opportunity and hope to liaise with them again in further projects.

Don Briggs

Don Briggs, author of ‘The Boy who wanted a Dragon’ came to visit the school with his illustrator. He has been to the school before. This time he promoted his new book ‘The Return of the Dragon’. This he sold at the school for €10 and all proceeds went to Temple Street Hospital. We have recently renovated our library and are trying to have authors in and to promote it with the children. We hope to have a few more over the next few terms.

Art and Wine

We held our annual Art and Wine. The theme this year was ‘Fairytales’ which was in keeping with our new library. The children displayed wonderful artwork and there was a lovely atmosphere on the night. Well done PTA and teachers on the evening.

Drama

Drama and music are a huge part of Rathmichael School. Both 4th Class and the Infant Classes put on shows for the parents and the school. They were of a very high standard and great thanks must go to the staff and Naomi, our Music Teacher for this. They appear to get better and better each year.

Senior Infants’ Aistear, February

 

This month’s Aistear theme is ‘Showtime’.  They have been learning about the circus, Chinese New Year, 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’..

At the Art Table the children made paper plate clowns, Chinese fans and lanterns and carnival masks.

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.

In the Construction Corner they built a dragon and fairgound rides.

We linked these topics with the following stories in English: ‘The Singing Mermaid’, ‘The Great Race’ and ‘Dogger’.

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Junior Infants’ January Aistear

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.’

 

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