On the 18th June, Junior Infants set off on their first ever school tour! We had a fantastic day visiting Explorium in Sandyford. Take a look at some of the activities we got up to!
This month, Junior Infants are learning all about Space. The Play Rota corner has been transformed into our very own space station, complete with two spaceships, space suits, a control centre, aliens, planets and lots more. We have been learning about the planets, about astronauts and about what it is like to live in a spaceship. We worked in groups to paint the solar system, including the planets, the stars, the Sun and the Moon. We learned a little about the astronaut Chris Hadfield, who has lots of great videos about living on the space station. We also learned about the solar system by watching this song.
Last month, we got some new toys to try out during Play Rota. We loved the playboards and the fun magnets and were able to make some fabulous creations with them!
In April, we were learning about athletics during our P.E. lessons. We practiced running, jumping and throwing. We learned to jump over small hurdles and even did some simple obstacle courses. Check us out below!
We focus on a new word family each week and practice reading and writing words belonging to that family. We have done the -at family (hat, bat, sat etc.), the -et family (get, met, set etc.), the -an family (pan, man, tan etc.), the -en family (men, ten, den etc.) and the -ap family (map, tap, clap etc.)
We also visit the library most weeks and try to find our Tricky Words in the books we read.
For the month of February, our socio-dramatic play theme was "The Vet". We created a mind map of things we already knew about the vet and added to it as we learned new information. We read some lovely stories about veterinary surgeries, the people we might meet there and the work that they do.
We had a lovely time caring for sick or injured animals. Maybe we will be veterinary surgeons when we grow up!
Recently in Laura's class, we have been exploring water play. First, we filled our sandbox with some clean water (with the help of Linda and Laura!). Then, we chose some interesting items to put into the water to play with.
We have been discussing how to keep our classroom safe during water play and how to clean up safely when play is finished.
Check out some photographs of us in action!
Our theme for Play Rota for the month of January was "The Doctor". We created a mind map and read stories about this theme. We discussed the different people we might meet in the doctor's surgery and their various roles. We discussed why and when we might need to visit the doctor and the services they can provide.
We had a super time extending our learning in our very own doctor's surgery!
Check us out!
Our Play Rota theme for the month of January was the Optician. We learned about the work of an optician and why they are important. We learned about eye tests and tried on lots of different glasses and sunglasses. Just like in the Doctors' Surgery, there is also a receptionist in the Opticians - we are really good at this job!
We have also been learning all about houses and homes. We discussed how all homes are different and drew a picture of our own home to show the class. We also built lots of houses during Play Rota. Check out some of our buildings!
Check out our performance!
We recited a story and sang a song all about a snowflake. We worked really hard on it!
We hope you enjoy it!
Our Play Rota theme for the month of December is the Doctors' Surgery. We have been learning lots of new vocabulary: stethoscope, otoscope, receptionist, patient, doctor, nurse, appointment, thermometer, medicine, needle, injection.. anything you may find at the doctor. We get a turn once per week to be in the socio-dramatic play are and we have loved it this month - check us out!
In maths, we have been learning about pattern this month. We found lots of patterns in our classroom and around the school. We listened to word patterns, and identified what would come next, and we made our own patterns using lots of various materials. We learned that a pattern can be made using shapes, colours, objects of different sizes and lots more.
We have also been practicing our counting and played some great dice games. We are getting really good at identifying the number on a dice, without having to count each of the spots.
We are also learning how to write our numbers - so far we have learned the numbers 1 and 2. We have rhymes to help us remember the formation:
1: Number one is like a stick, A straight line down that's very quick!
2: For number two go right around, Then make a line across the ground.
We practice our Jolly Phonics every day and sometimes get to play games in smaller groups, along with one of our support teachers. We have a new Phonics table in our classroom also, with lots of fun games to play.
Every week, we continue to learn new Jolly Phonics sounds. We have almost finished learning all of our single sounds, and will then move on to learning the digraphs (2-letter sounds).
We practice all of our sounds every day, either as a whole-class, or in small groups with our support teachers. We practice blending our sounds together to read words, and we love to spell some simple words, using our magnetic letters.
We have been learning about 2-D shapes this month. We have learned the names of 4 shapes - square, rectangle, triangle and circle. We learned the difference between the shapes, focusing on how many sides each one has. We made the shapes using matchsticks and Play-doh, we drew the shapes, we went on a shape hunt around the school and we played lots of games. We even had to find our shapes during Play Rota, as they were hidden in the sand box!
Last week, one of our Play Rota areas was art. We practiced printing, using sponges and rollers - it was pretty messy, but lots of fun!