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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.

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 |

Jingle all the way with the Juniors!

Date posted: 20th December 2019 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The children in the Junior Room have been very busy during the month of December. To begin with in Play we explored Santa’s Workshop.

We made Christmas trees in Junk Art.
Making a Post Box for letters to Santa.
Building Santa’s Sleigh in Construction.
Wrapping presents in Role Play.
Making Rudolph from Play Doh
A Play Doh Christmas Tree

In SESE we learned all about penguins. We were also busy discovering some facts about the season of Winter. We circled signs of Winter in pictures and listened to instructions to draw a snowman.

We also explored freezing and melting this month, we looked at ice and described how it looked and felt, then we placed ice in different parts of our classroom to see where it melted fastest and recorded what happened.

It was freezing, smooth, hard and watery.

We made Christmas Robins and Rudolph in Art.

In RE we learned all about Advent and the story of the birth of Jesus.

In Maths we coloured Christmas pictures by numbers and Senior Infants drew Rudolph in lots of different places as they had been learning lots of positional words.

Senior Infants were also learning about 3D Shapes and made these graphs.

They are learning more Tricky Words each week.

In SPHE we have been exploring our sense of taste. We tasted different foods which were sweet, salty, sour and bitter and recorded if we liked them or not.

In our school play ‘The Inn Crowd’ the children performed in many different roles including sheep, wise men, shepherds and angels. They also sang lots of songs during the show.

Finally a very special visitor arrived before the holidays……..SANTA!!!!

We were delighted he popped in with some treats for us all before the Christmas break. 🙂

On the last day we had a chilled out morning watching a DVD.

Merry Christmas to everyone from all in the Junior Room, see you in 2020!

Date posted: 20th December 2019 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, Drama, Drama, English, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Up, Up And Away with the Juniors!

Date posted: 2nd December 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have really enjoyed learning lots in November about the Airport and Post Office in play.

Biulding an airport in Small World.
Building a Security Gate
Making airport items in Junk Art
Building a Terminal
Going through security
Making play doh items
Building a van for the Postman
Collecting the post for delivery
A busy day in Wandesforde Post Office!
Making a post Office in Junk Art.
Finding Post Office words in the sand.
Building a Post Office in Small World.

We also learned about Amelia Earhart in History. She flew all the way across the Atlantic on her own in her yellow plane called ‘The Canary.’

In Art we created handprint aeroplanes in lots of bright colours as well as practicing our cutting skills.

In Art we also worked with clay and made pots. We enjoyed painting them nice bright colours.

We were busy in SESE learning all about magnets and discovering what is magnetic and non magnetic in our classroom.

In SPHE we have been learning all about being good friends to each other and we drew pictures of us being good friends. We also made a Friendship Tree with all our class helping to create it.

In Maths we discovered lots about 2D shapes, we found lots of them in our classroom and made some shape pictures.

Finally in Geography we discussed different modes of transport. We made a graph to show how we all travel to school.

Date posted: 2nd December 2019 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |