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Music

Music is taught by the class teacher. The children have the opportunity to learn the piano and guitar from 1st class onwards if they wish. Every second year, we have a group called the “Funky Kids Workshop” in our school to help us put on a wonderful show. Denis and Olivia from the Funky Kids group teach us songs, dances and we then perform them at a Christmas Show for parents and the school community. We also record the show on DVD for parents to purchase! Each week in Assembly, we sing a song and once a year, we attend a Children’s Choral Festival with the other schools in the Diocese.

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 ūüôā

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 |

Summer Fun with Junior & Senior Infants!

Date posted: 23rd June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Sport, Visual Arts |

As the year ends we have been busier than ever in the Junior Classroom!

We were learning all about the garden and garden centres in play. We role played in the Garden Centre, discovered tools gardeners use in the sand, made garden related items in junk art, constructed a garden centre in small world, made garden flowers from play dough & explored the use of water at the water station.

We also sowed sunflowers for our own gardens at home. We watered them and kept them on a sunny windowsill and after a few days they began to germinate. They were starting to grow quite tall by the time we brought them home!

We had great fun at our Sports’ Day, sprinting, running over hurdles, competing in the egg and spoon race and sack race.

Before our annual Sponsored Cycle we had a Cycle Safety Workshop. We learned how to safely steer around objects as well as how to use our brakes properly.

In Art we made sailing boats, we used potatoes to print the boats onto our painted background.

Before the holidays we had a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. As a treat we had some delicious Summer food – ice-cream and strawberries!

In Maths we’ve learned all about money. Here are Senior Infants sorting out their change!

We were also working on addition skills, Junior Infants played a game ‘Fill It, Spill It, Add It’ to learn about adding.

Senior Infants played Number Dots to practice their addition skills.

We continued to work hard learning tricky words. We practiced writing them with markers and shaping them in play dough and completing worksheets for different words.

We had a great morning learning to play drums and beating different rhythms.

In Science we learned all about the life cycle of a ladybird and we made paper plate ladybirds in Art.

Happy holidays everyone, have a great summer!

Date posted: 23rd June 2018 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, Junior Classroom, Mathematics, Music, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Sport, Visual Arts |

Merry Christmas from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!

Date posted: 22nd December 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

We have had a very busy month preparing for Christmas in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class!  We have had lots of fun along the way too!  On 7th December, we went Carol singing in the Discovery Park!

The children performed their Christmas play “Superstar” on Tuesday, 19th December.¬† They did a wonderful job!

We wrote letters to Santa Claus in English and went to the post office to send them.  We even got a reply from Santa at this busy time!

In English we read a poem called “Jack Frost in the Garden” and decorated our poems.¬† We learned all about nouns, adjectives and verbs as we read it.

 

In Art, we coloured festive candles…

We also made clay decorations as presents for our family and friends…

Santa came to visit on Thursday, 21st December with lots of goody bags for the boys and girls …

In Geography, we looked at the country of Brazil and completed a mini-project on this beautiful place.  We wrote about places to visit, things to eat, famous footballers and the Olympics that were held there in 2016.

We also created these colourful masks to reflect the vibrancy of street festivals and parades in Brazil!

In Geography, we learned about the weather and integrated what we had learned with Music.  We created these bright rainmakers that make the sound of the rain once turned gently!

 

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Date posted: 22nd December 2017 | Category Blog, Christmas, Class Work, English, Geography, Middle Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Special Occasions, Visual Arts |

November News from the Junior Room

Date posted: 30th November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Irish, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

We have done lots of work in Junior & Senior Infants since we came back from mid term break. Our play themes have been The Post Office and The Airport. We learned and created lots about these topics.

Making aeroplanes in junk art.

Building our own airport with a runway and control tower.

Designing and writing in our own passports.

Checking in at the airport.

Going through security and bag checks.

Buying stamps at the Post Office.

Making post boxes in Junk Art.

In Art we made hand print planes, linking to our play topic.

We also made various creatures from clay in Art. We had fun moulding the clay and painting it in bright colours when dry.

 Our topic in Gaeilge has been Eadaí and we made our own Líne Eadaí based on the work we did.

Staying on the theme of clothing we designed our own outfits using different fabrics in Art.

In SESE we learned all about Barn Owls and created pictures of these nocturnal birds.

In Music we learned the song Miss Polly has a Dolly. We coloured in pictures of the song and sequenced them in the correct order.

We worked lots on being a good friend this month. We looked at videos, read stories and discussed what it means to be a good friend. We made a friendship tree from all our hand prints to show that we are all friends in the Junior Room ūüôā

Date posted: 30th November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, Irish, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, SPHE, Visual Arts |

A New Year Begins in the Junior Room

Date posted: 10th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |

September has been a fun filled and busy month in the Junior room. Check out what we’ve been up to below!

To begin with we drew colourful pictures of our summer holidays.

In Art we made squirrel mobiles and we had looked at these interesting animals in Science.

We’ve been revising letters in Senior Infants and learning our sounds in Junior Infants. We made colourful letters from our names using oil pastels and black paint. There were patterns etched in the paint to show the letter underneath.

We’ve also been learning all about how we’ve grown since we were babies. We have a clothes timeline in the corridor as well as photos of us as babies and now, showing how we’ve grown and changed over the years.

To show that we are all unique we made hand prints with colourful frames.

In music we learned lots of nursery rhymes, as well as singing them we coloured and  cut out pictures of them and put them in order.

We learned all about homes and houses through play. We made houses with a driveway in the sand. There were houses made from polydrons and wooden bricks with
dolls house furniture.

We also made different homes such as apartments, houses and cottages in art using lots of different materials.

Date posted: 10th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Music, Our Work on Display, Science, Visual Arts |