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Junior Classroom

The Junior and Senior Infants are taught by Ms. Power. As you can see from the walls, they love to do art and make lots of exciting things! They enjoy learning about lots of different topics through play using the Aistear Framework.

Summer arrives in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 24th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

We have been learning lots about summer in the Junior Room throughout the month of June. We had fun exploring camping through play. We made play doh and junk art camping items, role played on the campsite & made our own campsites in small world and the sand pit.

We learned all about Summer in different subject areas. We created fingerprint ice-cream cones, drew and coloured summer pictures, went on a summer nature walk & sorted out summer clothes.

For Father’s Day we made ties for our dads drawing pictures of their favourite things on the ties!

Our chrysalides hatched and we had 5 beautiful butterflies in our classroom, we looked after them for a few days before releasing them in our school grounds by the flower beds where they will have plenty of nectar.

We had a Teddy Bear’s Picnic trying summer food, ice-cream and strawberries as well as toasted marshmallows like you’d have camping!

Finally in Science we learned the names of different parts of a plant and all about different materials around us.

Enjoy the summer holidays everyone!

Date posted: 24th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

May Fun in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 4th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, School Outings, Science, Visual Arts |

May has been another busy month in the Junior Room. In SESE we learned all about fish & butterflies. We labelled parts of a fish and learned all about the life cycle of a butterfly. We even got our own caterpillars which we’ve watched grow bigger and bigger and turn into chrysalides!


In Art, after reading the book, we made Rainbow Fish using celery to print their scales. We also made bright and colourful butterflies to fly around on our walls.

We enjoyed getting outdoors to do some practical maths activities like finding certain amounts of daisies or leaves in the grounds as well as spotting patterns in nature.

We continue to work hard learning our sounds and tricky words.

We were thrilled to head off to Rathwood on our School Tour in May as well. We went on a train through the woods, made our own teddy bears, met Goldilocks and the Three Bears and had a picnic, finally we headed to the playground for some fun with our friends.

Junior Infants did a great job drawing their favourite activity on the tour!

Date posted: 4th June 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, School Outings, Science, Visual Arts |

April fun in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 13th April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Easter, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

It has been a busy few weeks in the run up to Easter with Junior and Senior Infants. We learned all about the hairdressers in play. Here we are role playing in the Wandesforde Hair Salon, making items from play doh and junk art and building our own mini salons in small world.

Ms Power and Ms Byrne got their hair styled by the hairdressers at the Wandesforde Hair Salon!

We were up bright and early on April 4th to make an appearance on Ireland AM! We had a lovely morning in the Discovery Park.

In Art we made colourful Easter Eggs using paper doilies and coloured card.

Finally this month we learned all about the weather, we monitored the weather and drew different weather we learned about.

Date posted: 13th April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Easter, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

Spring has sprung in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 2nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Junior & Senior Infants learned lots about the season of Spring this month. In play we discovered all about Spring weather, baby animals which are born and plants and flowers that grow.

We used blocks to make Spring flowers
We made Spring nests and plants from play doh


We made birds nests from our magnets
In the sand we found cards and put them in the correct order to show what happens in Spring

We also created our own Spring Garden in our classroom with daffodils, snowdrops, primroses and hyacinths.

In Art we made St Patrick’s Day crocks of gold and used clay to make daffodil candle holders for Mother’s Day.

Continuing with our Spring theme we made colourful rainbows which we often see at this time of year from the sunshine and showers. We also created fluffy baby lambs, born at the moment as well.

We wrote sentences about Spring and drew pictures to illustrate them in English.

We learned all about water in our world in SESE, looking at places we find water like the sea, rivers, canals, lakes etc. We also experimented to see if materials were waterproof and recorded our results.

Senior Infants learned all about measuring length this month and we measured pencils but used sharpeners instead of a ruler!

In SPHE we discussed and explored feelings we have through reading various Mr Men and Little Miss books. We drew some of the feelings we’d discussed.

We enjoyed two nature walks this month, first of all we went to the river and explored around the river bank and woods with Eileen Canny, although it was raining we had fun!! At the end of the month we went to the Discovery Park and tried to spot as many signs of Spring as we could. Thankfully the sun shone and we had time to visit the playground at the end!

Ready with our clipboards to spot signs of Spring!

Date posted: 2nd April 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

February Fun with the Juniors

Date posted: 4th March 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Our play topic in February was ‘The Jungle.’ We had great fun making jungles in the sand, creating jungle animals and explorers equipment in junk art and play doh. We also went on a jungle trek around our class spotting various jungle creatures. Finally we played in our water station with jungle animals which live in rivers.

We created some of the animals from the book ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ Here’s a leaping gazelle………
and a slithery snake!
One jungle explorer’s trek ended when bitten by a snake!!

In art we created lots of jungle themed work including parrots made from our handprints and colourful chameleons. For Valentine’s Day we made frames of our hands for our families.

In SESE we looked at the animals we find here in Ireland and the different animals which live in jungles, we sorted the animals accordingly and later drew a selection of jungle animals we’d learned about.

We also learned about forces and focused on what is moved by pushing and what is moved by pulling. We sorted some things which are pushed and others which are pulled. We experimented with some things in our classroom to see how they move and pushed paper fish along by blowing them. We had to see which surface they travelled on best.

Pulling

Pushing

In SPHE we continue to do our mindfulness each week, we take some time out to relax, close our eyes and just breathe deeply and calmly.

We also discussed all the things which make us happy in school and drew pictures to show these things.

We have had great fun in January and February learning to dance with Michelle 🙂

In music this month we learned the names of various percussion instruments and learned how to play them.

Finally we had a lovely time in the library where Mary read some stories all about eating healthy food and then we had to guess which healthy fruit and vegetables she had in her bag!

Date posted: 4th March 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |