During the month of February Senior Infants have been learning all about the theme ‘Countries and Capital Cities’ based on the ‘People and places in other areas’ strand unit of the Geography curriculum. The countries that we focused on for the month are America, France, Kenya and Australia. We learned all about the lifestyle and culture of these countries; the people, the language, the weather, the capital cities, the food, sports, animals and plant life and traditions. We looked at lots of photographs of famous landmarks, watched video clips that gave us a glimpse of life in each country and we read a lovely book in English called ‘A Lion in Paris’ by Beatrice Alemagna. We even enjoyed some French food tasting, sampling baguettes, croissants and French goats cheese!

In the home corner we took on roles in the ‘American Fast Food Diner’ and the ‘French Restaurant’ to develop our understanding of the different types of restaurant and the different foods, service and style in each. We were very busy at the construction corner this month too, making The Empire States building, The Statue of Liberty, The Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe, The Sydney Opera House and The Sydney Harbour Bridge. We also designed very detailed models of Central Park including all the activities that can be done there and created our own bicycles out of pipe-cleaners, straws, bottle tops, beads and bells for our very own ‘Rathmichael Tour de France’ (which is now displayed on the wall of our classroom if you would like to visit and have a look”).

We discussed some of these countries most famous artists and experimented with their style of Art. We created Andy Warhol inspired handprint paintings (now on display on the wall outside our room), we painted our own version of Claude Monet’s Poppy Field which was very difficult as there’s lots of detail and finally this week we have been designing our very own Aboriginal Dot Art.

It’s been a busy month as we also had a visit from Dogs Trust and enjoyed the Pancake Day! Our new topic starting next week will be ‘Space’. We will have two weeks on this topic before the Easter holidays and no doubt it will be lots of fun!

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