Junior Infants

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We have three Junior Infant Classes

Ms. Champkin         Ms. Coughlan         Mrs O’Brien

December 2018 Update

This month has been a busy one so far in Junior Infants. We have been preparing for our Christmas Show which we had today in the hall for all our families and friends. We sang beautifully and really enjoyed learning all the songs together.

We are now starting to use our jollyphonics sounds knowledge to sound out and blend short words like at, mat, cat and sat.We are starting to spell these words too and are listening out for initial sounds in words.

We have been learning how to write the letters c, o, a, d, g and q. Writing is fun. Practice makes perfect- keep on writing every day!

There are elves visiting us from the North Pole and we have set up Santa’s Grotto areas this month for our Aistear area. Have a look at the photos below to see more of what we have been doing this month:

November 2018 Update

We have been learning all about some very important people who help us- the doctor, nurse, optician and dentist. We explored each of the themes during Aistear this month with a role play area, small world, messy play, art and writing stations.

We really loved pretending to be the doctor, nurse, optician, dentist, receptionist and patients. We learned how to take and read an x-ray, how to use a stethoscope and how to write a prescription.

During messy play we created our own plaster cast mix and we made arm and leg casts for the baby dolls who had broken bones. It wasn’t long until they were all better again!

In Maths we have been learning about the numbers 2 and 3. We have been doing lots of hands on group tasks writing the numbers, making the numbers using playdoh, making sets of 1-5, exploring dice number patterns, finding different ways to show 2 and 3 on our peg boards and connecting links to make different lengths from 1-10 links.

We have also been exploring capacity while using our sand trays and water play areas. We have been filling small and large containers using sand and/or water- filling them up to the top, emptying them, exploring how many scoops of sand/water it takes to fill the container, finding out which container holds the most and which one holds the least.

During Gaeilge we have been learning about ‘an aimsir’ agus ‘éadaí’ – is aoibhinn linn Gaeilge! D’fhoghlaim muid conas dul siar a dhéanamh faoi na héadaí atá á chaitheamh againn agus d’fhoghlaim muid faoin aimsir chomh maith. Rinneamar go leor cluichí freisin- cluiche kim, cad atá sa mhála, cad a thóg mé, éist agus tarraing, cluichí ar an gclár bán idirgníomhach agus fíor nó bréagach!

This month our teachers also met with our parents for the annual Parent Teacher meetings and it was Book Week too. We had a special book week assembly which was fantastic. Check out our photos below to see more from November in Junior Infants.

October 2018 Update

We have had a very busy and fun month in school during October- we started ‘Aistear’ time, had our ‘Green School Action Day’ and not forgetting our Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Disco!

  • We explored the theme of ‘Homes’  through play and hands on activities during ‘Aistear’ time- we really enjoyed creating a ‘home corner’ role play area in our classrooms and we pretended to be the Mums, Dads, brothers, sisters, Grannies and Grandads.
  • For small world play we built the 3 little pigs houses and we acted out the story with small puppets. We had a lot of fun pretending to be the wolf as he blew down the first 2 pigs’ houses! We also acted out the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears.
  • In our construction area we built our own homes using blocks, lego and large plastic clicks. We also built other types of homes such as tall apartments, bungalows, caravans, semi detached houses and detached ones too.
  • During messy play we used our large sand tray to find Autumn themed items, we created sand hedgehogs, found hidden worms/spiders/eyes/letters and a witch’s potion too.
  • During Junk Art we created our own lollipop houses, made witches potions and spiky hedgehogs getting ready to hibernate.
  • We had our Halloween Disco this month too- look at our amazing outfits in the photos below and take a look at all the other work we have been up to this month.

 

 

September 2018

Junior Infants have completed their first month in school. They have settled well at this stage.

  • For oral language / SESE, we talked about our families and our friends. We also discussed our five senses – taste, touch, sight, hearing and smell.
  • In Jolly Phonics we learned the songs for the letters – s,a,t,i,p,n,k/c and e.
  • To prepare us for writing we have been completing lots of writing patterns.
  • We have started to write our names.
  • We have been singing a lot of nursery rhymes – Humpty Dumpty, Hey Diddle Diddle, Incy Wincey Spider, Hickory Dickory Dock and Twinkle Twinkle.
  • In maths, we have completed a lot  of sorting and matching exercises.
  • In P.E. we have been playing with beanbags.

How you can help at home:

  • Revise your child’s letter names and letter sounds at home every afternoon. To help you could sing the Jolly Phonics songs with him/her. These are all on youtube and on the Jolly Phonics website. Google “Jolly Phonics p”  for the letter p.
  • Help your child to write his / her name. Write in lowercase letters. Please do not write the name in all capital letters. Watch that your child is forming each letter correctly, always starting at the top. Also watch that your child uses a “froggy legs” grip when holding the crayon / pencil.
  • Encourage your child to colour and to cut using a scissors. This helps to improve their fine motor control.
  • Sing plenty of nursery rhymes at home.
  • Talk to your child about the theme of the month. The theme for October is – The Home / The House.
  • Read plenty of storybooks to your child.

 

 

Some of our fantastic art work: