Junior Infants

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We have three Junior Infant Classes

Ms. Champkin         Ms. Coughlan         Mrs O’Brien

 

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: