Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Santa Comes to Visit!!

We had a very special visitor on our last day of term - Santa popped in to say hello! We sang songs for him. We all had a little chat with him and he gave us a treat! We promised we'd be in bed early Christmas Eve when he visits again!! We're so happy he came to visit!

Friday, 18 December 2015

Festive Art

Our Christmas Trees and Polar Bears!!

The Sleepy Shepherd

We performed our Christmas play 'The Sleepy Shepherd' last night. We sang songs, said our lines clearly and acted out our parts. Our mummies, daddies and families were in the audience to cheer us on. We did a fantastic job!!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Aistear - Christmas

We are most certainly in the Christmas spirit in the Senior Infants classroom.

Playdough Area
We have lots of playdough activities to choose from. We make stockings for the fireplace, put buttons on the snowmen, design and make snowflakes, give antlers to the reindeer etc. 

Writing Area
We are writing Christmas present lists.

Role Play Area
It is very busy in Santa's Workshop - we take on the roles of Santa, Mrs Clause and the elves. We have  toys to design and make. They must be packed and wrapped and loaded onto the sleigh by Christmas Eve.

Computer Area
We were super excited to use the laptops for the first time this year. We played Christmas Maths games. Most of them were based on counting. Click on the link to play at home.

Construction Area
We work together to create Santa's village. Todays group made Santa's sleigh!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Christmas Play Update

Preparations are well underway for our Christmas Play - the children are singing their songs and practicing their lines. Thank you for your help.

This week, we will organise costumes please. We have the main parts of costumes at school; I've sent a note home with some children for costumes needed.

M. Sloyan

Dates for the Diary
Matinee: Wed Dec 16 @ 12.30 p.m.
Evening: Thurs Dec 17 @ 7.00 p.m.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Aistear: The Supermarket

We started a new theme today for Aistear - the Supermarket. We watched this video and then talked about the items we can get in a supermarket.

Here we are in our play stations.

Construction Area
We build a supermarket. We make sure to include aisles, sections, a checkout, a carpark etc.  One supermarket even had escalators!! 

Playdough Area
We make items for the supermarket.  We fill the shopping baskets with food and other items.  We make playdough numbers on the till.

Table Top Area
We have a great game called 'Shopping List' to play. We find the items on our shopping list and put them in our basket/trolley.

Writing Area
We are writing shopping lists.

Role Play Area
We take on the roles of cashier, customer and butcher.  The shelves must be organised first - we place the items in the correct sections. We add price tags.

Maths Area
 The teddy bears are having a picnic. We place the 9 bears in various ways at the picnic table - there are lots of different ways to make 9.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Aoife's Visit

As part of our work on China, our friend Aoife visited our classroom today to talk to us about China. Aoife was born in Ireland but lived in China for 5 years. We had lots of questions to ask her.

Here are some things we learned:
  • Aoife uses chopsticks and a spoon to eat her dinner. She showed us how to use chopsticks. She likes noodles.
  • She lived in the countryside in China - there were shops nearby and sometimes, markets.
  • She saw a skyscraper when she visited the city.
  • She didn't wear a school uniform in China but they did wear a red tie.
  • The children sit with their hands crossed in front of them at school
  • She can speak Chinese - we learned how to say 'hello', 'goodbye' and 'thank you'.
  • She talked to us about the Chinese New Year, a big celebration in China...and about dragons and lanterns. They decorate lanterns with pictures.
  • We learned that they don't celebrate Halloween, Christmas or Easter in China.
  • She talked to us about the Chinese flag - it is red with 5 yellow stars.
  • She never saw a giant panda or a red panda although they live in China. 

Thank you Aoife for being so kind and coming to talk to us and Georgina for coming along too!! 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

This is the Bear

We are reading the story 'This is the Bear' this week.

Listen and read the story at home too!

We worked in pairs to put the story in order.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Monday, 9 November 2015

Aistear - The Chinese Restaurant

This fortnight our Aistear theme is 'The Chinese Restaurant'. We did lessons on China and Food and are using our vocabulary in our play stations.

Playdough Area
We are busy making food for a restaurant. We are doing the number 8 in Maths and some of us chose to make sets of 8 carrots, cakes, buns etc. Noodles and rice are a popular choice as these are for the Chinese restaurant.
Today's group worked together to make a fabulous cake, complete with icing and sprinkles. Yummy!

Table Top Area

We have a fun game called 'Tummy Ache' to play. The aim of the game is to get 5 foods for your dinner. We have to watch out for the 'unsafe' food with bugs, flies etc. - they make us shout tummy ache!!! We name the foods as we look at them. We know it is important to take turns in this group so that the game is fair.

Writing Area
We are designing menus for the restaurant. We use our best writing, drawing and colouring to make our menus look great.

Role Play Area
The Chinese Restaurant is busy this week. We take on roles of host(ess), waiter (ress), chef and customer.  The restaurant is beautifully decorated with our paper lanterns.

Construction Area
We looked at pictures of the Chinese cities and landscape. The houses in China look different to ours especially the roofs. We are planning and building mountains, hills, houses and skyscrapers. We even tried 'The Great Wall of China' - a very long wall!!!!!!

Creative Area
In our 2nd week, we made pandas.  We looked at posters, books and videos of the panda. When we finished our art work, we wrote some sentences about the panda.

'Made in China'
Whilst playing, one of us noticed our clipboards are made in China. We learned that there are lots of factories in China and we are going to look at our toys and clothes at home to see if any of them were made in China.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Five Little Pandas

We are learning about the Panda Bear this week as part of our lessons on China. We had fun singing and doing actions for the song 'Five Little Pandas'.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Oiche Shamhna

This week is Halloween week in our classroom.

We learned Halloween words as Gaeilge, sang Halloween songs, made spooky pumpkins, read Halloween stories and did Halloween writing.

One of the stories we read was 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. We really enjoyed it. We watched the animation of it also.

The highlight of the week was our Halloween Fancy Dress Parade. We were very excited to put on our costumes. Some of us really scared Teacher!!!

Our Trip to the Bottle Bank

This fortnight we did lessons on Recycling. We looked at the bottle bank in our town and discussed how we can care for our town/world by recycling glass.

Today we helped our teacher by taking a trip to the bottle bank to recycle bottles, jars and cans. We sorted the glass by colour and put them into the correct bank.

We had fun on our walk through the town. Thanks to our senior buddies for joining us on our journey. 

Teddy Bears

In History we talked about toys we played with as a baby and toys we have now. We noticed that we played with teddy bears as babies and still have them as toys now. We coloured, cut and made teddies. We did a super job!!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Maths Week

As part of Maths Week, we went on a Maths trail outside. We teamed up with our Junior Infant buddies and worked together to count and to find shapes and colours. Our teachers were delighted with our hard work!