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Meadhbh O'Connor

A month of animals in Senior Infants!

Senior Infants had a lot of fun in October learning all about Animals!

In Aistear, our role play area was the vets clinic, we had lots of fun performing check ups, checking temperatures, administering injections, performing X-rays and checking heart rates. We practiced our writing skills by booking appointments and filling in forms about our patients.

We had lots of fun in our under water scene in our tray too! We learned the names of some sea animals and played amazing imagination games!

In construction we built amazing homes for animals!

In English we read lots of books about Animals. We focused on Dear Zoo. We sequenced the story, wrote letters to the zoo and painted the animals from the story.

 

In Maths we were working hard on the idea of two parts making a whole! We practiced adding to parts to make a whole and we used our animal friends to help us.

We had a great month learning about animals and incorporating it into as many subjects as we could!

September In Senior Infants!

 

Senior Infants have been very busy this month! Learning and having fun. We have continued our theme of “Homes” and really enjoyed linking our learning through our play.

Check out what we have been up to!


Our home corner turned into a birthday party which was a lot of fun. We got to practice writing invitations, party lists and make birthday cards at the creative station.

We even got to practice some fine motor skills by wrapping up presents for the birthday party!

 

In English we read the stories of The Three Little Pigs. We sequenced the story and retold it to our friends.

In our creative station during Aistear we created a retelling of the story. We made the different types of houses and tried labelling our pictures.

We got to try out the new calm area on the playground and had fun on the trampolines and swing!

In Maths we have been using our manipulatives to practice making groups from 1-5. We have also been revising our number formation and our rhymes to help us remember how to write them correctly.

In Aistear we played number blocks and made the numbers ourselves!

We also continued our theme of Homes in construction where we made all kinds of interesting homes!

We have kept practising our cutting skills remembering to say “thumb on top, chop chop chop”

We even tried printing with lego !

What Senior Infants Have Been Up To!

Senior infants have been very busy since we returned to school, learning and having lots of fun too! Our theme this month is “Homes” so we tried to incorporate that into a lot of our learning activities. Check out a few snippets of what we have been up to!


We have been doing lots of fine motor tasks during morning activities to get our hands nice and strong for writing.

In art we drew self portraits!

In English we learned the story of Hansel and Gretel – we designed our own ginger bread house and learned what characters and settings were!

In aistear we had a lot of fun in the home corner!

We had lots of messy fun pouring, measuring, emptying and imagining we were baking at the tuff tray!

In small world we played with different types of homes including animal homes!

We built and designed some really cool types of homes in Construction!

We have been very busy and looking forward to lots more learning next week!

Second Class Learning

Have a look at what we have been up to recently!

Science and STEM:

In Science, we investigated floating and sinking and how and why a boat floats. We made our own boats out of paper, some were successful and some were not but we learned a lot!

We did a STEM challenge where we used only one piece of paper to create a column that would hold up the heaviest books in our class. We all used different strategies and really used our engineering brains!

 

In Maths we had a lot of fun recently doing a Maths Trail in our car park. We collected data on the colours of cards, the make, the year and what county they came from. All of the cars in our carpark were from Dublin except for one from Kerry! Black was the most popular colour and Ford was the most popular make of car.

In Learn Together we recently learned about the Buddhist festival of Wesack. We made lanterns to celebrate this festival and learned about the life of Buddha.

During Autism Awareness month our class word was “Inclusion” we created a collaborative e sign to represent this.

Finally, during May we wrote some Poems check some of them out here!

 

Earth Day 2022

April 22nd is the official date of Earth Day and today second class learned all about the theme of this year’s Earth Day “Invest in the planet”.

We learned that this could mean investing our time, energy and resources into making the earth a better place to live.
We made promises to the earth on what we would do to invest in the planet!
We came up with some great ideas check them out here.

Well-being week so far!

Well-being week is off to a great start in second class!

We started the week by making our well-being choice boards. We have been using these throughout the day and letting one person choose a well being activity for the whole class from their choice board. So far we have had some extra movement breaks, arts and crafts and some Pokémon drawing!

We have also been enjoying our 5km running challenge. We have run a kilometer a day so far. We figured out that if we ran 5km it would be like nearly running all the way to Sandymount beach!
11 laps of our playground is 1km!

by Friday we will have run 5km!

We have lots more fun activities planned for our well-being week and are enjoying it a lot so far!

Jackson Pollock Inspired Art


Second Class have been learning about the abstract artist Jackson Pollock.

We learned all about his famous drip painting technique and got to try it out for our selves. It was messy but a lot of fun!

Like real artists we came up with names for our pieces and labeled them! 

Next we moved on to using the Jackson Pollock inspired methods to create a “Crazy Hair” piece. We drew and designed the body and to create the hair we used straws to blow water colours in all different directions.
We are very proud of our finished pieces!

Second Class Story Writers

Second Class have been working so hard the last few weeks on creating their very own stories.

We started by creating the main character for our story.

Next we moved on to designing our story setting some of us even created two settings.

After that we thought of our Problem and Solution and finally we moved on to our story plan.

There was great creativity and imagination happening in our room and now we are working on creating our very own books. Stay tuned for their release in the new year!

Enjoy this video of our writing process!

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Second Class

Ryan’s New Jumper

Second Class had fun thinking about and designing a jumper for Ryan Turbidy for tonight’s Late Late Toy Show.
We also learned about the history of the Toy Show and how it has been airing for 47 years!

Each year has a theme and we made a few predictions about what tonight’s might be!

Our favourite parts to learn about were the performances, the special guests and of course the toys!

1 Minute Maths!

Second class had a lot of fun learning about time last week. We became very secure in the concept of how long a minute is.

We estimated how long it would take us to do certain things in 1 minute. Some of the things we estimated were how many jumps we could do, how many times we could run the length of the yard or how many long steps we could take in one minute.

   

It was a lot of fun and we got fresh air and exercise while practising our counting skills, our estimation skills and developing our understanding of time.