Junior/Senior Classes

November 15th 2019

Chef Weronika

 

Our junior infants were delighted to welcome Chef Weronika Cybula into their classrooms today. Over the past two weeks, the boys and girls have been pretending to be chefs, while covering the topic, 'The Restaurant' during Aistear. Today, they got to see a real chef at work! Weronika, mother to Alex from Mrs Moloney's Fourth Class, works as a chef in the Annebrook Hotel and she had great pleasure in instructing the children on how to bake a cake. She began by listing the ingredients they needed. She gave the children the opportunity to beat the eggs and mix in the flour and sugar. Then, rather than waiting for the cake to cook, she produced one she had prepared earlier and allowed the boys and girls to decorate it with cream, jam and fruit. Thanks Weronika for a great cookery lesson!


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November 6th 2019

Aistear


Aistear is an early years curriculum developed in 2009 by NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment) and designed specifically for children between birth and six years of age. The word Aistear is the Irish word for journey and was chosen because early childhood marks the beginning of children's lifelong learning journey.

The children in our junior infants enjoy Aistear daily. This structured playtime has benefited the children in many ways. It helps develop social and cognitive skills. The children gain self-confidence and mature emotionally and this is wonderful to witness.

The theme this week in Ms Kelly's Class is 'The Restaurant' and the boys and girls are thoroughly enjoying the experience. They have four different stations - role play, sand play, construction and arts & crafts. The special 'words of the day' are 'healthy and non healthy'.

Today at the role play station, the boys and girls became chefs, waiters, waitresses, managers and customers. At the sand play station, the children searched for plastic food items buried in the sand. They also created sand pizzas and pies, remembering to sieve the sand of course and not forgetting to add the healthy veg! At the construction station, builders, carpenters and painters built a new restaurant. At the arts and crafts station, the boys and girls searched through magazines for food items and after cutting them out, they designed their own food menu made up of all their favourite foods.

As you can see from the photos below, this fun and creative way to learn is going down a treat!


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October 9th 2019

Plants and Flowers

 

The boys and girls in Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class are learning all about plants and flowers and they're loving every minute. Student teacher, Ms Allan, first introduced the subject during their Science lesson. She told them exactly what a plant needs to grow ie: sunlight, air, water and soil containing nutrients. She also explained the structure of a plant. Above ground, there is a stem, leaves and a bud which blossoms into a flower. Below ground, there are the roots.

Ms Allan also got the children to decorate yogurt pots and they planted cress seeds in them. Over the coming weeks, the children will water their plants when needed and will watch the seeds grow into a hairy plant! What better way to learn about nature, than to see it happen before your eyes. To complement all this learning, every morning during Aistear, the subject continues. At the creative table, the boys and girls designed and made the most beautiful flowers, which now decorate their classroom. Over in the role play section, they are running their very own flower shop, all the while sharing all the information they have learned.


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September 13th 2019

Settling in Well


The first two weeks of school have passed very quickly and by now, everyone has settled into their new routine. Our junior infants are really enjoying their new experience in 'Big School'. Although their days have ended at noon so far, they have still managed to pack plenty of work, play and fun into each day! From Monday, they will begin their longer days, ending at 1.30pm, but I don't think that this will be a problem for this hard working group. Pictured below are some of the students from Ms Kelly's and Ms Mc Laughlin's Junior Infant Classes.


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