During the January and February lockdown the boys and girls were working so hard at home. It was amazing to see the creativity and the interesting ways we could learn at home. In particular we loved Susan's Outdoor challenge which was a great way to learn about the world around us! We did scavenger hunts, made bird feeders and used our imagination
We also had an OWL Outstanding Weekly Learner! Each week it was so difficult to choose the winners, this was someone who was trying their best with learning online. We worked on our High Frequency words and continued with our phonics. We did number hunts, reading words and learning our Gaeilge vocabulary.
In December, our Aistear theme was Winter Wonderland. We had our very own igloo, we went fishing in the lake and cooked some food on the campfire! We even went exploring looking for some Arctic animals!
In the small world we had snowball fights and made snowmen. We talked about what clothes might be important to wear in the Winter and dressing for the cold weather!!
We created Winter Wonderland pictures by designing houses and painting snow on the houses! We are so proud of our work!
In December we had a 'Silly Hat Day' as a fundraiser for the PTA. It was a lot of fun! Check out some of our amazing hats!!
We are having lots of fun with our latest theme. 'The Construction Site'. In the construction area we are using the polydrons which helped us make some towers, bridges and houses! We used pictures of famous buildings from across the world. Our favourite was definitely London Bridge!
Here we are working as builders, architects, site managers and clients in the role play area!
We had a junk art station for art. We made some cool inventions like a bird feeder, binoculars, bridges and robots!
We were learning about Materials in Science. We sorted objects by material. We also did a 'Material Hunt' in the classroom where we looked for things that were made from plastic, metal, wood, fabric etc.
What a fun day we had on Friday! Check out some of our costumes!
We had a popcorn and movie party on Friday to mark all the hard work we have done over the last nine weeks!
Milena very kindly showed us how to make some Halloween treats! Lucky us!!
October was a busy month in Junior Infants! Our Aistear Theme was 'The Supermarket'. The children were in role in the role play area as shop keepers, customers, shop assistants and managers. We also built some supermarkets in the construction area and told our friends where you would find bananas, marshmallows and sweets. Some of us even included hand sanitizers at the entrance to our supermarkets!
Before the customers went shopping, they wrote their shopping lists of what they wanted to buy. When they went to the checkout they made sure they had everything on their list!
We made some Autumn leaves paintings as well as using fruit and vegetables to do some printing! We also made some Autumn leaves rubbings with crayons! Before we began our art, we sorted the leaves by colour !
Fine Motor Skills
We have been working on our fine motor skills in Junior Infants which is so important to help develop the muscles in our hands! Some ways we have been developing our fine motor skills is through threading, using tweezers to pick up pom poms and putting pegs into peg boards! We have been doing these activities as part of our Maths and Literacy stations!
We have been settling in so well to Junior Infants. Take a look at some of the fun things we have been up to since starting school!
One of the things we loved doing each day in our first few days of school was Aistear, which is where we learn through play! In September, we were learning about the theme of 'The Home'. We have five different stations and we get a turn with our group in each station. This is where we practise working as part of a team, using our problem solving skills and including the vocabulary we have learned about our theme.
In our role play area we took turns being in role as mums, dads, brothers, sisters and we had various jobs to do in the home such as making the dinner in the kitchen, setting the table or relaxing in front of the TV! I think the role play was our favourite area in September.
We built some interesting homes and castles, worked together to make jigsaws and we painted some pictures and even played in the sand pit for our sensory play area!
The boys and girls have been working super hard on their Early Mathematical Activities (EMA). Here we have been sorting items into sets, making patterns and playing turn taking games. We started with sorting random objects into a set and we moved on to sorting by colour, shape, size and thickness! It has been fun using lots of hands on materials!
We have been doing some Cosmic Kids Yoga! As we are trying hard to stick to our 'pods' the spots on the floor have been great for helping us to practise our social distancing from each other but also still getting to do fun activities!
Before the school closures we had our Learn Together Assembly on Fridays. The Junior Assembly took place every second Friday. At the assemblies, a class performed a song about something they were learning about in class, Colette would read a poem and Gemma would do Maths problems.
Since we will not be in school, we are having our 'Virtual Assembly'! The theme of this week's assembly is Kindness.
Tune in at 1pm today instead of 11am because the older children are watching the RTE Home School Hub!
Can you spot some familiar faces on the screen? Tell Mums and Dads who you see!
I have attached Friday's activities. As you are aware would have been getting our Easter holidays tomorrow! Feels very strange to think of that when being in school seems like so long ago now. I hope you enjoyed the blog post of some of the lovely pictures that have been sent to me over the past few weeks. Don't forget to tune into the virtual assembly tomorrow!
As previously mentioned by Colette, the children were due to be on holidays so no school work will be uploaded over the next two weeks. The children can still do any of the activities previously sent if you wish. After Easter, if we do not return to school, we will be using See Saw as our way of communicating activities.
We have suggested some apps that the children can use if you wish during the holidays.
Have a lovely break, stay safe and well and hopefully we will see each other again soon. I miss you all.
See tomorrow's activities attached. It has been great to see the children engaging and enjoying the activities.
Have a lovely evening,
Hi my name is Niamh and welcome to the Junior Red blog. See what we get up to in our first year of school.