October in Seomra na Naíonáin October was a very busy month in our class. We started the new month by learning 'The Butterfly Song' which we preformed with actions at our school mass. Our teacher Miss Marron was very proud of us because we had a lot of actions and words to learn and a lot of animals to learn about in order to sing our song confidently. We were a little nervous standing up in front of everyone but we knew that we would be alright because we were not alone we had our teacher and each other for support. We decided not to tell our parents about our song. We wanted it to be a surprise for them when they attended mass. Some of the Senior Infants also completed some prayers of thanksgiving and we all thought that they did a fantastic job. We were very proud of ourselves after our school mass because we knew that we had listened to our teacher and followed her instruction and everything was just perfect on the day.
Maths Week Our plans for Maths Week 2017 were interrupted by storm Ophelia. We were a little disappointed but we still found time to learn some new mathematical concepts. In Junior Infants we learned that a set is a group of objects. We learned to match sets that are the same. We discussed sets that were different by focusing on the mathematical language of more or less, fewer, not as many, not enough. We also did lots of counting from 1-5 Senior Infants focused on combining numbers within 5 using concrete materials. They had so much fun combining sets using cubes of different colours to show their understanding of this concept. We found it difficult to begin. Using different colours was a bit confusing but as Miss Marron told us "practice makes perfect". Eventually after a lot of patience and a positive attitude to our work we got it! Here are some pictures to show you how hard we were working during Maths Week 2017:
Halloween Art We were also very busy this month creating lots of lovely Autumn and Halloween pieces. We made pumpkins simply by using orange paint and gluing a picture of ourselves onto the middle. Miss Marron laminated them for us. Now our parents will be able to keep our art forever as a memory of our time in Junior and Senior Infants at Halloween. Here is a slideshow of some of our pumpkins we made for our parents: If you look closely you will see that each one says "Happy Halloween from your Little Pumpkin." We hope you like them!
We had a SPOOKTACULAR day on Friday last as we celebrated Halloween and participated in Trick or Treat for Temple Street Children's Hospital. We had a Halloween Fancy Dress day in school on the 27th of October. You will see from the photos below that everyone worked really hard making their costumes. We loved posing for the camera.......we had a Halloween boogie with all the other classes in the hall and after lunch we had a Halloween party with our teacher in our class.
I think our smiles say it all.........Look at the friendships made, the bonds and the TEAM ethic that is clearly visible and we are just nine weeks into our new school year.
Finally all that is left to do for October is wish everyone a Happy Halloween from Miss Marron who is now also known as Sister Holly Luya and her amazing little pumpkins..........
September was a very busy month in Junior and Senior Infants
We had a very busy but exciting month of September in the infant classroom. We welcomed our new junior infants as well as our new teacher Miss Marron. It took us a few weeks to settle back into school after our Summer holidays but it wasn't long until we felt settled and ready to work to the best of our ability. We have been working really hard and doing our very best to ensure we start the new school year off with the right attitude as we continue to strive to reach our full potential. Miss Marron has already taught us a new class motto for the year ahead. It goes something like this........ "The sky is the limit in Junior and Senior Infants, there is no such word as can't in our classroom because if we try, it really is possible to achieve anything."
Here is a closer look at some of the things we have been learning about:
In maths we have been learning to match equivalent and non-equivalent objects focusing on the mathematical language of things that are the same, things that are different and also matching things that go together. In the photos above you will see some of us exploring and matching colours as part of our art lesson. We had so much fun.
We were having so much fun matching things that are the same but we were also very proud of ourselves because we were learning to help each other and to wait to take our turn.
Here are some of us matching things that go together!
We also started Aistear! Keep Scrolling to see our slideshow............
Aistear is an early childhood curriculum framework that promotes well-being, identity, belonging, communication and exploring and thinking. Aistear itself is a Gaeilge term which translated means journey and I am sure you will agree it is very appropriate as junior and senior infants is a very important time for your child to lay the basic foundations they will need as they go forward on their educational journey's . Aistear in our classroom is a form of structured play where the children are fundamentally learning through play. During the month of September the children were working from the theme of myself across various curricular subject areas and this in turn was also linked to Aistear as the children's learning was based on the theme of myself while they were working, exploring, thinking and communicating in the Doctors Surgery, in the Reception area, constructing/building the surgery as well as various other activities. The children's imaginations and things they come up with make all the difference during Aistear. It is their time to explore their imaginations and abilities through play. The teachers role is to guide them as they play to ensure they are learning what is set out for them at a specific station and to assess them accordingly. Miss Marron likes to make sure that at the end of Aistear each day we spend time questioning, discussing and self-assessing what we have learned or perhaps something we could do better next time. We are looking forward to linking our Aistear themes to the new language curriculum this year. We hope you enjoy our slideshow which will show you some of the stations we have been working at based on our theme. If you look closely you may even see Miss Marron as a patient in the Doctors Surgery! Enjoy!