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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.

Amazing April work in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 7th May 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

We were busier than ever during the month of April in Wandesforde. In English we continue to learn our sounds and tricky words.

In Art we created paintings using the Pointillism method, we used cotton buds to make nice, bright balloons!

In SESE we were learning about day time and night time. We sorted pictures into day and night and also learned about the sun, moon and stars. We also drew pictures of the night sky, learned about Neil Armstrong, the 1st man on the moon and drew his rocket ‘Apollo 11.’

We also created our own Solar Systems in Art.

We were busy in the school garden sowing vegetables.

Finally we were excited by some new arrivals to our class……..baby caterpillars! They were tiny when they arrived but are growing bigger every day, we will keep you posted on how they get on during May. Fingers crossed we will have some beautiful butterflies emerging in our room soon.

Date posted: 7th May 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

Welcome back to the Junior Room

Date posted: 8th April 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

We were delighted to get back into the classroom for the month of March and we’ve been busy completing lots of work for the month. For Mother’s Day we made fingerprint poems for our mums.

We celebrated St Patrick’s Day by making Leprechauns and we also practiced our cutting skills by snipping out some St Patrick’s Day pictures.

In SESE we learned the story of The Ugly Duckling. We drew pictures of where the story took place, who was in it and what happened.

Also in SESE we had fun learning about the season of Spring. We went on a nature walk to the river and spotted some signs of Spring, buds on the trees, birds collecting twigs for nests and primroses growing in the woods.

We drew pictures from our walk of what we saw, heard, smelled and our favourite part of the walk.

We are hoping to have lots of colour in our school grounds by summer as we planted sunflower seeds!

In Music we listened to and learned about Irish musical instruments including the tin whistle, Uilleann Pipes and fiddle. We listened to reels and jigs and discussed how fast the music was.

Finally in Art we made Spring Chicks which look lovely and bright on our classroom wall.

Date posted: 8th April 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, History, Junior Classroom, Local Visits, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

Merry Christmas from the Junior Room!

Date posted: 3rd January 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

December has been as busy as ever in the Junior Room! Check out what we’ve been up to below.

In Art we made Nativity silhouettes and Christmas Tree Snowglobes. We used shaving foam to create puffy paint for the snow!

In SESE we learned all about the topic of Winter. We watched a video about Polar Bears and labelled them and we discovered information about animals which live in the North and South Poles and located the North and South Poles on a globe.

We learned about the explorer Tom Crean and why it is important to look after and feed garden birds in Winter.

We also heard the story of The Spider and the Christmas Tree. It tells the story of a poor family who have no decorations for their tree but when they wake on Christmas morning spiders have built webs in the tree which glisten in the light! We made our own glistening trees like the family had.

In RE we learned the story of the first Christmas when Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

This month in Maths Junior Infants were playing games about numbers 1-5 which they learned this term and Senior Infants learned positional language using words like beside, on, over and between. They drew Rudolph flying using these words so he was in the correct place.

Junior Infants were also learning new letter sounds, including l.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year from everyone in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 3rd January 2021 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Religious Education, Science, Visual Arts |

November News from the Junior Room

Date posted: 29th November 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

November has flown by in the Junior Room and once again we have been busy learning lots of new things across the curriculum!

At the start of the month we had a virtual visit from Marina Levitina through the Heritage in Schools Scheme. She taught us lots of information about native Irish plants and flowers and we did an art lesson with her where she showed us how to draw a Meadow Sweet flower.

In SESE and Music this month we learned all about musical instruments from around the world, including the tin whistle from Ireland, castanets from Spain, bagpipes from Scotland, drums from Africa and the digeridoo from Australia! We listened to all these instruments and then played some percussion instruments in Music class.

We also listened to some classical music by Mozart and learned some facts about him.

In Gaeilge we learned all about Bia this month and made our own Bosca Lón with ceapairí, bainne, uisce, banana, úll, iógart agus piorra!

Finally in Maths we were learning about 2D shapes and made these shape monsters with Ms Delaney who was with us on Teaching Practice for the month.

Date posted: 29th November 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Irish, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Visual Arts |

Autumn fun in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 29th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We are delighted to be back in the Junior Room, this Autumn Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st Class have been really busy settling back into school life and learning about lots of different topics.

Back in September we discussed our summer holidays and drew pictures of all the activities we got up to.

We practiced our cutting skills, Juniors cut straight and curved lines, Seniors made clowns and 1st Class made emojis!

In SPHE we learned all about families and drew family portraits.

Junior and Senior Infants discussed when and where they were born in SESE, we made worksheets showing us when we were babies.

We learned the names of body parts, Junior Infants cut out and stuck body parts in the correct places while Senior Infants and 1st Class labelled parts of the body.

We all see how we are growing taller all the time. Ms Power noticed how much everyone had grown up since we last saw each other in March!

In Maths Junior Infants were busy learning the numbers 1 & 2, they sorted bears into groups of 1 and 2. Senior Infants were doing lots of work on patterns and made their own patterns on peg boards.

We were busy in art and made colourful handprints, designing patterns to border it, after learning all about Autumn we created colourful Autumn leaves and made spooky bats for Halloween!

Using clay and spaghetti we made hedgehogs, they are getting ready to hibernate through Winter at the moment.

We learned lots of information about the farmer in Autumn and all the work they do at this busy time of year. We learned they plough fields, harvest corn and pick fruits like apples. We also listened to the story of The Little Red Hen and put the events of the story in order.

Also in SESE we discovered information about all the rooms in our houses and put the correct furniture in each room.

Bats were an animal we learned all about before Halloween and we also listened to an older person telling of games and traditions they had as children at Halloween. We labelled Halloween pictures and the different parts of a bat. We looked at our Bat Box in the tree outside our school and we think we spotted a bat’s foot poking out! Finally we all had fun dressing up for Halloween before mid term break. Happy Halloween everyone!!

Date posted: 29th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, Hallowe'en, History, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |