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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.

Hi again to Junior and Senior Infants!

Date posted: 6th May 2020 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom |

Hello again girls and boys. I hope you are all keeping well and safe at home. I am well and when the sun is shining I go out walking and cycling, it’s nice to get some fresh air and exercise. I hope you are getting out too and enjoying the sunshine!. Unfortunately we won’t get back before the summer holidays but I am looking forward to seeing you all again, the next time I see you, you will be Senior Infants and First Class!! Thank you to those who have sent me emails, I really enjoyed hearing how you are doing and seeing all the work you have done 🙂

Parents,

I hope you are all well, I’ve put together some work for the next fortnight for the children to complete. As before there’s no pressure to do it all but phonics and reading are the priority for the children to work on if possible. Also as before you can send pictures of any work or learning (from books and outdoor activities) to info@wandesforde.ie and I’ll get back to you. Thank you to those who have been in touch, it’s been lovely to see how the children are doing. In the meantime take care and stay safe.

Susan

PHONICS

Junior infants –

Learn 3 new sounds ue, er & ar. Work on each sound for 2-3 days before moving onto the next one. The children can do pages 74, 75, 76, 77 in their Just Phonics Books and practice writing the letters. They can also look up Geraldine the Giraffe on Yotube and Jolly Phonics jingles as last month and practice writing simple words using the sounds we have learned to date. Please if at all possible keep going over sounds learned and practice blending them together, there are examples of words at the bottom of the pages but feel free to make up more examples.

They can also play some games like ‘I Spy’ using sounds instead of letters or colours, write sounds on cards, turn them upside down and say the sound when you turn it over, call out different sounds for your child to write, practice writing sounds in sand, salt, play doh etc

Jolly Phonics Programme resources available at https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/resource-bank/

Handwriting – continue Handwriting book, they can complete the next 5 pages.

Senior Infants –

Children can continue pgs. 78-79 learning ‘ay’ sound. This work can be done over a few days and they can then practice writing words with that sound as you say it. This is a good oppertunity to show rhyming words which end in ‘ay’

They can continue learning ‘Tricky Words.’ They can learn 4 more over the next few weeks. Again learn the letters which make up the word and then write 2 sentences with that word in it. As like last month I’m going to print out some and post them on to you. The words to learn are: one, old, by, only.

Like  last month they can play some games based on new tricky words and keep revising ones already learned. There are some great ideas for learning and revising tricky words on the following website.

https://www.phonicshero.com/tricky-words-activities/

There are many readers online which you could practice reading with. I’ve got some examples below.

EdCo

www.edcolearning.ie

Username: primaryedcobooks

Password: edco2020

Log in to website using the details above. Select English, then scroll down and select the following readers:
Danny to the Rescue
A Snowy Idea
Oh no Zeb
What a Box!
Wow! 2012

CJ Fallon

https://my.cjfallon.ie/dashboard/student-resources

Select class level, subject& filter the title you require.
Suggested readers for Infants: A New Baby
Stories For You
Visiting
Look at This!
Jen Plays Tricks
Len Likes to Hide
Hello

Handwriting – continue Handwriting book, they can complete the next 5 pages.

GAEILGE – As before if you wish to you can look up https://www.folensonline.ie

Look up the book Abair Liom A – this is the Junior Infants  book.

Click onto different topics and listen or play games.  Pastimes –  Caitheamh Aimsire (co-hiv I-M-shir) which we did after Christmas. If you wish you could also access Food– Bia (bee-a) which was  our topic before that.

MATHS

Junior Infants can continue to revise combining totals like last the last fortnight. They can also learn about capacity. Look at the picture below and discuss which are full and which are empty. You could get them to do some practical work around this topic like finding items which are full (can of food, toy box, milk carton, shower gel etc) and empty (box, used food containers etc) They could show you an empty container and then fill it for you.

They can also learn the number 0. There’s a video link on pg.83 of  Operation Maths Junior Infants on www.edco.ie.

They can count down to zero like in the video and practice writing it. We use the rhyme “Make a loop just like so, that is how you make a zero.”

They can also then practice combining totals including zero like the example below. Again 5-6 of these any day is plenty.

Senior Infants can practice ordering numbers. Below is a sample from the page 91 of their textbook. If possible you could make up some examples of your own for the children to complete.

The children could also practice writing the numbers between 1 and 10. Finally they could practice combining 3 numbers and calculating the total like below.

SESE

Log onto www.edcolearning.ie and open Explore With Me Junior Infants

On page 52 there is a story to listen to called Frank the Fisherman. Discuss the story and compare how fishing was when Frank was small and how fisherman work now. Can the children name some fish they catch?

They can also listen to the story The Fish Who Could Wish. After they can draw a fish and label the eye, scales, tail and fin on their fish.

You could also look at the experiment on page 54 of the textbook (link at top of page). Explain there is a lot of fat mixed in with the liquid in cream and as the jar with the cream is shaken the fat sticks together to make butter. The children could experiment and make their own butter in this way. Ask them what it looks like, smells like and tastes like (if they wish to try it!) Afterwards they could draw the items they needed to make butter and label them.

Art

Drawing: Get children to write their name in big, colourful letters and decorate around it with pictures of their favourite things such as food, animals, hobby, place to go, people, tv show, weather, game to play etc.

PE

Below is an idea for lots of different actions for different letters. The Children could spell out their name or Senior Infants could practice some tricky words with it.

There are lots of other great activities for all the family on the website. https://www.laoissports.ie/childrens-activities-family-fun/

There are some ideas for indoor activities on these cards.

file:///C:/Users/User/Desktop/Downloads/Activity%20Break%20Cards%20(1).pdf

As last month Joe Wicks workout is very good and just getting out for walks and cycles is also of great benefit for everyone. It was lovely to see pictures from some of you out and about in your gardens, on nature walks and helping on farms! Keep up the good work 😉

Music

Continue to follow the videos Claire sent on from last month and there are some more uploaded in the last few weeks. I’ve put the link in below again.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLU3F-vCGC1LOk4QSKIJgJ2Vxt_2cFXoK

Religion

There is a 4 day plan below but feel free to pick and choose activities as with other subjects there is no pressure to complete it all.

On Our Way

Water is Good

Scanned pages of lesson attached including pupil’s book and worksheet.

Resources:

Day 1: Conversation about garden (story and discussion on pages). Pupils could draw or take photo of their garden.

Day2: Scanned page of pupil’s book attached and discussion questions in lesson.

Day 3: Bible story is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jYmiGu2BlY

Day 4: This could be done at home – find all the things you need water for and draw or write a list.

Date posted: 6th May 2020 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom |

Hello to all in Junior & Senior Infants!

Date posted: 20th April 2020 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom |

Hi girls and boys!

I hope you are all keeping well  and had a nice Easter 🙂 It is very strange not being in school at the moment and I am really missing seeing all of you and Mrs Dooley every day in our classroom. For now I am going out on lots of walks with our dogs and I’ve even started  knitting! (I have knitted a surprise for our classroom for next year!) I am really looking forward to when we can all see each other again in school which will hopefully be soon.

Parents,

I’ve outlined some more work to complete below. There is no pressure to do it at all and it’s totally up to you as to what you choose, the only things which really need to be completed if possible are the phonics.

I hope all is ok with you at this pretty extraordinary time.  If you wish you can take pictures of any work the kids do, academic or out and about learning about the world around us and send pictures to info@wandesforde.ie and I’ll get back to you. I would love to hear from the boys and girls and see how they are all doing!  Also if for any reason you need to contact me you can do it through that address and I can ring/email you. Take care and please God we will all be back in Wandesforde soon.

Susan

PHONICS

Junior infants –

Learn 3 new sounds qu, ou, oi. Work on each sound for 2-3 days before moving onto the next one. The children can do pages 71, 72 & 73 in their Just Phonics Books and practice writing the letters. They can also look up Geraldine the Giraffe on Yotube and Jolly Phonics jingles as last month and practice writing simple words using the sounds we have learned to date. Please if at all possible keep going over sounds learned and practice blending them together, there are examples of words at the bottom of the pages but feel free to make up more examples.

They can also play some games like last month or ‘I Spy’ and instead of colour say sound …. I spy something beginning with sh. etc

Jolly Phonics Programme resources available at https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/resource-bank/

Senior Infants –

Children can continue pgs. 74-75 learning ‘aw’ sound. This work can be done over a few days and they can then practice writing words with that sound as you say it. They can then do pgs. 76-77 which are revision.

As you know Senior Infants have been learning ‘Tricky Words’ this year. They can learn 4 more over the next few weeks. We learn the letters which make up the word and then write 2 sentences with that word in it. We usually then do some worksheets with the word. I’m going to print out some and post them on to you. They are self explanatory and the children are well used to doing them! The words to learn are: here, there, they, said. (They may have done one or two of these back in school with me but it’s good revision)

Like  last month they can play some games based on new tricky words and revise ones already learned.

GAEILGE – We use Bua na Cainte which you have at home. Unfortunately all the lessons are interactive and unavailable to parents at the moment so please leave this book for the moment. If you wish to you can look up https://www.folensonline.ie

Look up the book Abair Liom A – this is the Junior Infants  book and has quite a lot of the vocabulary we’ve been learning.

Click onto different topics and listen or play games.  Clothes –  Éadaí (Ay-dee) which is what we were working on most recently. If you wish you could also access Weather – An Aimsir (An I, M-shir) which was  our topic before that.

MATHS

Unfortunately you don’t have the Maths Books at home so we will have to improvise…..!

Junior Infants should be beginning to combine totals- we use a simple diagram as below which you can easily draw and use concrete objects to help them count or draw in counters. They simply write in the numbers accordingly and fill in the answer at the end. 5 or 6 sums each day is plenty, Operation Maths Junior Infants on www.edco.ie has the work like this from pg. 77-80 if you want to check it out.

Senior Infants can learn about the number 10. Operation Maths Senior Infants on www.edco.ie has a video link on page 87 at the top of the page which you can look at. If you don’t have access simply ask your child to collect 10 things from around the house e.g. collect 10 books, 10 forks and spoons, 10 toys etc. Practice counting to 20 as well.

They can practice writing the number 10, we have rhymes to practice forming all numbers they can say “number ten is a hero, first a one and then a zero” to help them remember it. Unlike Junior Infants Seniors use symbols + and = to do sums.

Using concrete materials e.g. blocks or pieces of play doh they can complete the story of 10.

0+10=

1+9=

2+8=

3+7=              and so on…..

They can practice combining different totals to make sums which add to 10 or less. E.g. 2+5=     4+ 2= etc

As with previous work in maths I would encourage lots of practical, fun activities and outdoor work where possible, if you have chalk practice writing numbers on the ground outside, count different amounts of flowers or insects in the garden, find the longest and shortest twigs or blades of grass, find the widest and narrowest stones on walls, look for the tallest tree, make numbers from play doh or trace numbers in rice, sand, salt or shaving foam. Look for different 2D and 3D shapes around the house and garden.

SESE

Log onto www.edcolearning.ie and open Explore With Me Junior Infants

Page 53 – Discuss what are healthy and unhealthy habits using pictures on the page and the picture slideshow link at the top of the page.  Explore need for sleep, healthy diet, exercise for growth & development. Get your child to suggest ways in which they can stay healthy e.g. brush teeth, eat fruit & veg etc

Draw a healthy lunchbox. As an extra activity you can explore what happens to a peeled and unpeeled orange when placed in water. Predict if they will float or sink and see what happens!

Page 54 – Look at animation of The Salmon of Knowledge

Draw  and colour in the Salmon from the story. You could use tin foil to make scales if you like. If you want to you could read and discuss some other Irish Legends like The Children of Lir, Oisín in Tír na nÓg or The Giants Causeway. (We learned about The Giants Causeway with Michael Moylan, historian, so this could be a nice way to revise it)

Page 57 – Look at video of Erin, Sparky and Fionn in the Italian restaurant. This video has lots of information about Italy. Ask your child to retell you some key information from the video. They can draw their favourite pizza toppings , colour an Italian flag or draw Italy which looks like a boot!

PE – I’m sure you’ve seen Joe Wicks is a great workout on Youtube! Also if you are able to you could  get out for a walk or cycle within the 2km allowed. I’m out walking most days and it is lovely to see all the signs of Spring around…..a  few weeks ago  I saw a new baby foal on my cousin’s farm! If you like you can let me know what you’ve seen lately. 🙂

ART – we would have been making Spring Flowers from egg boxes. If you have time you could paint or colour them and stick onto card, colour in the inside of a cereal box for this if you don’t have any blue card, below is an example of what we did 2 years ago.

MUSIC – Claire Kilkenny from Music Generation has forwarded on the following work and sent the following advice ……… that the students take their time learning it and to do it in stages – stop and pause taking breaks and coming back to it. And of course, to have fun!

Junior and Senior Infant Class Groupings

Date posted: 20th April 2020 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom |

WORK TO DO AT HOME – INFANT CLASSES

Date posted: 24th March 2020 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom |

Hi everyone,

Firstly and most importantly I hope everyone is keeping safe and well. As it looks like we won’t be back before Easter I’ve put together some work for the pupils to complete. There are some worksheets to print but if you don’t have a printer at home no worries just use paper, copies etc

Junior Infants:

Phonics – complete sounds sh, th and revise the 6 sounds up to page 70 of the book. (I think I sent this book home if not practice writing the sounds and come up with some words that contain those sounds & read them) You can check out “Geraldine the Giraffe” on Youtube. We often watch this in class and the children will be familiar with her. Just search for her on Youtube Geraldine the Giraffe sh etc

We also learn the Jolly Phonics Jingles to go with each sound these are on Youtube as well.

Maths – practice writing numbers 1, 2, 3,4 ,5 (worksheets available on www.twinkl.ie if you are unable to print worksheets just practice on ordinary paper) Recently we were learning ordinal numbers so the children could practice lining up toys and telling you which is 1st and last. They could also practice drawing different amounts of things you ask them to. Also children could go to the garden and collect you different amounts of things e.g. find me 5 twigs, find me 3 daisies etc

Senior Infants:

Phonics – complete the next 3 sounds in Phonics book ue, er, ar pgs. 68-73 Like Junior Infants you can check out “Geraldine the Giraffe” on Youtube. Just search for her on Youtube Geraldine the Giraffe er etc

Practice reading words that contain these letter sounds and you could call out some simple words for the pupils to write out. These can contain all the letter sounds they’ve done to date e.g. mat, sun, ring, pair, coin, shout etc pgs 62-63  have examples of words.

Maths – practice writing numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (worksheets available on www.twinkl.ie if you are unable to print worksheets just practice on ordinary paper) Recently we were learning addition, totals up to 9 so they could do some sums and use toys etc to help (we use counters in class so the children will probably need some concrete materials to help them with this) you can make these up. Also like Junior Infants go out and find different amounts of things in the garden or ask the children to find 2D shapes in the environment e.g. what shape are doors, road signs etc. they could also find the longest stick and shortest, or find tall and short flowers.

Both classes:

***to practice sounds children can play simple games, write sounds on cards, turn them upside down and say them when they turn them over. If they don’t know them they put them back, if they do they keep the card. Senior Infants could do this with their ‘Tricky Words’ cards too. If you have play doh make the letter sounds/words from it. Read story books and spot the sounds and words in them.

SESE – we broadly follow the book ‘Explore with Me’

Edco who publish this have free access to all their e-books at the moment. Log onto www.edcolearning.ie/login

Use the username primaryedcobooks  password edco2020

Go to Explore with Me Junior Infants and bring up book. They can look at pages 40, 41, 42 Click on the animation at the top of the page watch and discuss.

Go out for a nature walk and see what signs of Spring children can spot. Spring flowers, ploughed fields, nests being built, buds on trees, blossom on trees, baby animals in fields etc. There is a ‘Spring Hunt’ sheet on www.twinkl.ie if you’d like to use it.

Children could also draw a picture of Spring for me, I’d love to see them when we do get back to school. 🙂

Art – draw Easter egg templates. Children can make their own designs for them using Spring images or patterns with lines and shapes. They can colour or paint them in – parents choice there!!

Education publishers are all offering free access to online books, details below if you’d like to look up some examples of books for ideas. No pressure to do this just resources you may find useful.

PRIMARY STUDENTS/PARENTS/TEACHERS 

Visit: Educateplus.ie/homestudy-primary Select your book from the list to access your ebook and resources. (We use Just Phonics from this publisher)

www.cjfallen.ie   has access to books you can filter through and find titles relevant to your child

To lend a helping hand to schools and parents over the coming weeks we are giving access to all our digital resources on FolensOnline.ie.  

Parents and teachers can follow the steps below to get access:

  1. Go to FolensOnline.ie and click register
  2. Select Teacher
  3. Fill in a username, email and password
  4. For Roll Number use the code:  Prim20

Edco that there was access to for SESE above also publish Operation Maths & Bua na Cainte which we use in our class.

Hopefully we will be back in school soon, I’m looking forward to seeing you all again and hearing how you all are. Mums and dads this is a guideline to try and keep some routine and structure there for the children, if they could do something everyday to keep in touch with school work that’d be great.

In the meantime take care, hopefully this will be over soon and we’ll be back in Wandesforde in the near future.

If you have any questions leave them in the comments section below and I’ll reply.

Susan  

Date posted: 24th March 2020 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom |

February fun in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 28th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Another month has flown by in the Junior Room and we have been busier than ever! In Art we made St Bridget’s Cloak using different fabrics. We also made x-rays as we were learning about ‘The Hospital’ in play and we learned about warm and cold colours and used what we’d learned to create colourful pictures like the artist Kandinsky!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we created heart collages for our loved ones.

In play our topics we learned about were ‘The Hospital’ and ‘The Zoo.’

A baby’s bed from the hospital made in Junk Art.
Thermometers, medicine and a drip made in Junk Art.
Lions and a panda from the zoo!
Play doh flamingos and penguins in the zoo.
Building a hospital in Small World.
Building a zoo in Small World.
Role playing in the Hospital.
Building animal enclosures at the zoo in Construction.
Building a zoo in the sand
Visiting the Zoo!
Buying our tickets to the Zoo

We are having lots of fun learning dance from Michelle on Wednesdays!

In S.E.S.E. we read the story of Town Mouse and Country Mouse. We sequenced events in the story and followed the path the mice took. Also in S.E.S.E. we learned some facts all about Ireland such as what the capital city and longest river are. We also took a virtual tour of Dublin and saw some famous landmarks. We drew a local famous landmark, Kilkenny Castle.

We also learned what equipment a doctor uses and what we might find in a hospital.

We spent some time learning what school was like for boys and girls long ago, it was quite different to today!

We were delighted to welcome local historian Michael Moylan to Wandesforde! He told us lots of stories about Setanta and The Giants Causeway. Afterwards we got to dress up in costumes he brought along!

On Pancake Tuesday we all went to the Assembly Hall and had some pancakes with our friends.

During the month we looked after some eggs in an incubator and three chicks hatched out! Our class decided to call our chick Rosie!

Finally Senior Infants are continuing to learn their Tricky Words for reading.

Date posted: 28th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Winter Weather Watch with the Juniors!

Date posted: 30th January 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

We’ve made a great start to 2020 in the Junior Room. In play we explored the topics of weather and the restaurant. We recorded the weather each day for 2 weeks and used equipment to measure the weather outside.

We made weather related junk art, presented the weather in role play, made weather with coloured blocks and created weather with play doh.

In the Restaurant we made our own tables and chairs to eat off in construction, role played in the restaurant, built restaurants in small world and made lots of restaurant things in junk art.

Creating menus
Making pizza and chocolate cake-yum!

In art we made rainy day scenes, winter snowmen and stormy scenes.

Daniel in the Lions’ Den as well as David and Goliath were the 2 stories we learned about from the Bible this month, we drew pictures of both.

Junior Infants learned all about length in Maths and we all created patterns based on the topic of the restaurant! Juniors also practiced recognising different numbers by building cube towers of different heights.

In SESE we discovered lots about toys and play. We matched toys to the places we play with them and found out about some toys used long ago.

Most children knew the story of Little Red Riding Hood in English but we really enjoyed listening to it as Gaeilge!

All in all another great months work by the girls and boys in the Junior Room- Well done!!

Date posted: 30th January 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |