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Welcome to Junior Infants , 2019/20.

 

Stay Home Together.

 

 

 

Happy Easter.

 

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Dear children and parents,

My family and I would like to wish you all a very happy and restful Easter.

Stay home and well and I look forward to next part of our learning journey adventure

together after the Easter holidays. 

No formal tasks or homework will be set over Easter, but please find below some tasks and

activities that may be enjoyable and make the best of our time spent at home.

  • Reading together.
  • storytelling.
  • writing letters, cards and lists/notes.
  • gardening.
  • baking and cooking with adult supervision.
  • setting the table and doing daily jobs at home.
  • gardening.
  • nature walks.
  • creative arts and drawing.
  • outdoor play and physical activity- creating obstacle courses etc.
  • board games.
  • card games.
  • Jenga.
  • jigsaws.
  • flying a kite.
  • Lego- see lego challenge below.

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I hope the Easter Bunny manages to get around and that chocolate covered faces bring joy!

All the very best,

A Halligan.

 

 

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Stay Home Together.

 

 

RTE Home School Hub, 02/04/20.

This morning the RTE Home School Hub had a lovely

hands-on Science lesson that would great fun.

The lesson was a floating and sinking lesson and

would need a random selection of objects, a tub/basin

of water and some adult supervision. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Tiny Seed Thursday!!

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The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.

Visit the following link and read the story of the Tiny Seed.

https://youtu.be/I_A_e6h-DhU

What an amazing journey of growth the seed experienced. Can you remember and re-tell

the parts of the story and all the things that happened to the seed?

Name the seasons shown in the story.

Repeat and list the Seasons in order, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

In America, Autumn is called Fall. Can you think of a reason it is called the Fall?

Visit the following links for Season and Months of the Year videos and songs;

https://youtu.be/Iisj2kTZIFs

and 

https://youtu.be/Fe9bnYRzFvk

The Illustrations in the book are very beautiful.

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Can you see the beautiful dots and splashes of paint and how the spatter painting makes beautiful illustrations.

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If you are allowed, why not try spatter painting outside by puttting some paint on the

brushand using your finger flick the brush to make the spatter.

Alternatively, use a wasted marker to paint  tiny dots and then finger paint

the bigger shapes. Let them all combine to create a dot picture in some

of the colours shown in the story.

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If you are running out of jobs to do at home and would like to help the birds, why not leave some apple buts or bread out today for our little feather friends, who are busy building nests.

 

 

 RTE Home School Hub- Wednesday, 01/04/20.

This morning the Home School Hub on RTE had two lessons that could easily be

of interest and adapted for the children. In the History lesson on historical artefacts,

the Juniors could easily explore the house/garage for historical artefacts and examine/investigate itemsin the same way.

Old objects such as a walkman or radio or time spent looking for evidence in old

photographs etc will prove both educational and entertaining.

The second activity was the relaxation and yoga lesson. Moving, stretching and physical

activity is of great benefit to the children.  See NEPS relaxation activities below also.

 

 

Relaxation tips for children.

 

 

The National Educational Psychological Service,NEPS have some very useful resources online, including this publication about relaxation techniques.

https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Services/National-Educational-Psychological-Service-NEPS-/NEPS-Home-Page.html

We are all adapting daily to change and anxiety caused by the Corona Virus outbreak and taking some time to relax and breathe is time well spent, especially if we can do it together as a family- giggles and all!!

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Another helpful template is the daily plan template and a document on Guide for

Parents Supporting Children with Routines.

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Tuesday Task.

Sunshine peeping out and time for all things sunny.

A great activity for all the family is to plant seeds.

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Many of you may have done this already over the past

while and now with the hardware/garden shops closed

it may be harder to gets seeds etc, so I have planted

a Sunflower for each of you.

 

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I will look after it daily,

watering, shielding from the cold frost at night etc

and when we get back to school in a while, your

sunflower will be waiting for you!! You could design a name card to put on

your pot and decorate it with beautiful colours.

If you have seeds etc why not do some planting, but another

great activity is to help out in the garden or adopt a tree or

plant and look after it daily for the next few weeks.

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Observe your plant/ tree for signs of growth and buds.

Draw pictures of any blossom,visiting bees or birds or creatures!

Draw lots of pictures or take a photo of your planting, adopted plant

or tree and email them to the school or keep for when we return in a while.

 

 

RTE Home School Hub.

I like many of you tuned into the RTE Home school hub and found that

while it is aimed at 1st -6th class pupils, there are parts of the lessons

and some elements of the activities that would be of interest and

benefit to the Juniors. It is woth a look daily and an idea or topic can 

be adapted or explored maybe with simpler terms and language.

Monday's mapping out of a room task could easily be adapted and

today the warm up activity lesson and physics/ball lesson would be

both fun and engaging for the children. The music lesson was a little

compact, but watching it over 1-2 times and helping the children

participate would certainly give them a great skill and musical

understanding for up the school.

There is also a very nice interactive element whereby the children can

get involved too.

It airs daily at 11am and again in the afternoon at 4.15pm.

Details at rte.ie/learn

 

 

 

Stay at Home.

Dear Parents and children,

I hope that you are all keeping very well and safe and adjusting to

our current situation. Staying at home together is a big adjustment in the modern busy 

world,but it is the one solid contribution each of us can make to keep our

families and communities safe in the longer term.

Our nurses, doctors and healthcare

staff need our help to make it through this and now is our time

to show our support and admiration by staying at home and staying apart.

As you will know from covering our March topics, our Man of the Month is

President Michael D.Higgins.

His Poem called, Take Care trended this week and ends with the line,

Come home together.

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So maybe we can all stay home together so that loved ones will come home together.

 

I have moved the work list for this week up here to the top and I will add little pictures and simple tasks throughout the week.

Please dip in and out of the listed work and take only what is manageable. The RTE classroom will begin broadcasting this week and there is no harm in the juniors joining in if older siblings are watching or engaging in any tasks etc shown. Lots of physical activity, water/sand play and drawing help the children keep busy and enagaged and reading books is the greatest skill we can give the children at the end of all this.

I thank you all so much and hope that you all take care.

Anita Halligan.

 

Outline of work for Week beginning Monday 30th March- Friday 3rd of April.

The Starlight online reader lesson plan will stretch over the week.

Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March:

Phonics revision and formation sheet work as per existing work pack. Continue with a letter per day= 2 colouring pages, online phonics games and videos and formation work as per pack sheets.

Maths: Next 2 pages in the Number Practice booklet.

P.E: 10 minutes Physical activity using RTE10@10 or Joe Wicks daily workout.

Aistear/Role play: half and hour socio-dramatic play per day.

Reading and word work using www.Folensonline.ie resources as listed below. A little bit daily and the lesson plan outlines additional cross curricular learning from the story.

Starlight Oral Language and Reading Work and Resources/Planned layout.

Go online to www.folensonline and create a free sign in/account. Enter Starlight Junior Infants into the search toolbar and search ‘core reader’ and choose Let’s Make pancakes. There are loads of activities, Flashcards for new sight words and interactive word recognition games.

Junior Infants Core/Foundation Reader 3 – Guided Reading and Writing Lesson Plan

Unit

 

Text

Core/Foundation Reader 3: Let’s Make Pancakes!

Theme

Food

Subtheme

Pizza and pancakes

Genre

Procedure

Book band

Core: Red; Foundation: Pink

Sight words

this, one, for, with

New words

Core: make, pancakes, will, need, spoon, bowl, pour, pan, cup, flour, box, quick, mix, up, six, blobs, bubbles, hot, jam, yum

Foundation: stuff, dish, pan, fill, cup, quick, mix, up, stir, blobs, hot, jam

Phonics focus

/qu/, /x/

Comprehension strategies

Predicting, Making Connections, Summarising (C), Inferring

Lesson resources

All online at

www.folensonline.ie

Starlight: Core Reader 3 (p. 1–12)

Starlight: Foundation Reader 3 (p. 1–12

Unit 13: Vocabulary lists (Core and Foundation)

Digital: Unit 13 Vocabulary Flashcards; Unit 13 sight word activity

Cross-curricular links

Maths – Shape: Ask the children to sort and categorise pizza toppings by shape, colour and size. They could create pizzas with round pepperoni, square ham, triangular cheese, rectangular peppers, etc. The children could then play ‘I Spy’ with shapes in the classroom.

Maths – Measures: The children could work in small groups to make playdough. Use a recipe with simple measurements, e.g. 1 cup of salt, 2 cups of flour, ¾ cup of water. Question the children on which is the bigger or smaller measure, e.g. ‘Is two cups bigger or smaller than one cup?’

Gaeilge: Teach children the phrases ‘Is maith liom’, ‘Ní maith liom’, ‘Is féidir liom’, etc. Ask the children to taste different foods and say which ones they like and dislike, e.g. ‘Is maith liom pancóga’, ‘Ní maith liom cáis’, etc.

SESE – Geography: Teach the children about people who work in the community – shop workers and chefs. If the children are given lunches by the school, the children could talk to the people who make their lunches. If you intend to make pizzas or pancakes in the class, the class could visit a nearby shop to buy ingredients.

SESE – Geography: The children could learn about Italy – the home of pizza!

SESE – Science: Teach the children about materials and change by making pizza or pancakes.

SESE – History: The children could learn about the history of Pancake Tuesday.

Art: The children could learn about Leonardo da Vinci, an artist from Italy.           They could create pizzas from clay.

PE: The children could learn the dance to ‘The Fast Food Song’ by the Fast Food Rockers (YouTube).

Games/Activities

Songs: ‘Ten Little Pancakes’ (YouTube video by Little Baby Bum), ‘The Pancake Song’ (YouTube video by Pancake Manor), ‘Peanut Butter in a Cup’ (YouTube video by GoNoodle).

Poem: ‘Mix a Pancake’ by Christina Rossetti.

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Sociodramatic playThe children could play pizza parlours. Each child could wear a chef’s hat and apron. They could create pizzas for their classmates, using the playdough they made in the measuring activity above.

PuppetsThe children could make puppets out of wooden spoons to retell their nursery rhymes and songs.

Construction: The children could construct a kitchen out of junk-art. For example: a microwave from a shoebox or an oven from a large cardboard box (with paper plates for the hob, etc.).

Creative playThe children could create menus, place settings and signs to use in their restaurant.

Water playThe children could use suds and sponges to wash up the bowls and spoons they used to make playdough.

Differentiation

   
 

Writing

Write out a lisk of the ingredients listed in the story.

Assessment

 
         

Reading outcomes

Element

Learning outcome

The child should be able to …

Communicating

LO 1

Enjoy reading a procedure

Understanding

LO 3

Understand conventions of print, including sentences and full stops

LO 5

Recognise the sight words: this, one, for, with

Read CVC words and short simple sentences

Use cues from pictures to read

LO 6

Acquire new vocabulary from a procedure (see new words lists)

Exploring and using

LO 7

Understand that a procedure tells us how to do or make something

LO 8

Respond verbally to a simple procedure and ask and answer questions about the steps

LO 9

Make predictions about a procedure

Make inferences about a procedure

Make connections with a procedure

Summarise the main steps in a procedure

LO 10

Read a simple procedure supported by illustrations, building fluency

Writing outcomes

Element

Learning outcome

The child should be able to …

Communicating

LO 1

Enjoy drawing food items and creating letter-like forms

Understanding

LO 3

Distinguish between reading and writing and write left to right and top to bottom

LO 4

Copy print and write some letters independently

LO 5

Use new vocabulary about food in their writing

Exploring and using

LO 6

Write and sequence a simple procedure about food

LO 7

Use the topic of ‘Food’ to write a simple text in collaboration with Parent/older siblings.

LO 9

Write some upper- and lower-case letters

 

 

Wednesday:

Phonics revision and sheet/formation work as per pack.

Maths:Number formation as per Number Practice booklet. 2 pages.

Half an hour Aistear/role play.

-SESE/Oral language/visual arts.

The Presidents Glasses by Peter Donnelly.

Youtube video/re-telling of the story by Eirinn Doyle available.

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 Key vocabulary and exploration points.

  • Ireland/Europe.
  • Irish/European.
  • Nationality.
  • National Flag of Ireland.
  • Symbol.
  • Capital.
  • Shamrock.
  • Europe.

       ·         Irish Myths and Legends.

       ·         The presidents Glasses.

       ·         The Presidents Cat.

        Sample Vocabulary.

  • Symbol/emblem.
  • Nation/national.
  • Island.
  • President.
  • Pigeon.
  • Official.

Sample Questions.

  • Can you name any places the Pigeon flew past.
  • How did the Pigeon know where to deliver the glasses to?
  • What would have happened if the President had no glasses/ Why did he need them, do you think?

Art- Draw a picture of our Flag and President.

ICT/Technology time:Learn 3 new facts about President Higgins.

Maths: Formation work as per Number practice book. Find numbers around your home. Write down the numbers you find.

Oral language/SESE/ Visual arts/Music: listen to Irish music with a focus on the following Irish instruments- The Harp, The Badhrán, The fiddle and Uileann pipes. Pick your favourite and on the back of one of the sheets from your revision pack draw a picture of your favourite. Is it a loud or soft sound? Draw a butterfly for soft or a thunder bolt for loud.

P.E: 15 minutes physical activity. Visit RTE 10@10 or create your own workout.

 

Thursday:

Phonics revision and sheet/formation work as per pack.

Maths: Number Practice booklet, next 2-3 pages.

Half an hour Aistear Role play.

Ireland Project: On a sheet from your pack or a sheet from home make a mini-project about Ireland.

Include the following.

Title: Ireland.   Your name at the bottom.

Draw pictures of the following- The Flag, President, symbols such as shamrock, shape of Ireland, St. Patrick, Harp. Write words such as Capital City, Island, etc.

PE: 15 minutes physical activity using RTE 10@10 or Joe Wicks daily workout- great for the entire family.

SPHE: revise your Baby Shark tune for WASH YOUR HANDS.

Religion: The Easter Story.

               Grow In Love story- Theme 6.

               Explore and chat about the Last Supper and Jesus Dies on the Cross.

Ask the grown ups in your family about Easter and stories about Easter traditions.

Friday:

Tidy away the Aistear Role play area.

Art: Make an Easter Picture for your home using colouring pencils or painting if possible.

Find a picece of a branch to decorate. you can colour the branches with marker or paint if you have paints to hand.

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An adult will need to help you with the painting.

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When the branch/twig is dry, secure it in a vase or flower pot and decorate with Easter decorations or handmade pictures etc.

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P.E: 20 minutes physical activity/fresh air.

 

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Friday 27th of March.

Dear Parents and children.

Today I have a special additional task for the children.

Social distancing has been a big topic in the media over the last few weeks. The HSE are asking us all to stay home if at all possible and observe social distancing of 2metres when we do go out.

Today a helpful challenge for the children is to measure out 2metres. They will need adult help with this.

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Now fill in the space with twistables, lego, toy blocks etc and count how many are needed to cover the 2M distance. I counted nearly 12 twistables.

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If you have double doors get your child to stand one side, you the other and both take a step back and this will show how big a distance 2 metres is.

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Find objects in the home or around the garden that measure 2metres, such as your child's bed?, the kitchen table?, floor mats?,the bath? etc... the list is endless.

The children have been doing fantastic work on hand washing and the importance of

washing their hands for the duration of a song, with warm/hot water and soap and 

drying carefully. Hand hygiene and cough etiquette remain the most powerful weapon against the spread of all nasty bugs and germs. 

Keep safe and well and happy and I will be updating the Junior Infant area next week with additional pictures etc.

Have a good weekend,

A. Halligan.

 

 

Spring Activity Challenge.

The weather is starting to pick up and there are signs of Spring appearing everywhere. This week take some time out to look around your home/garden for signs of Spring.

I found the following signs of Spring today and wanted to share them with you. Can you name/recognise them.

You may have some signs of Spring in your own garden-go and explore and get lots of sunshine and fresh air. Use a sheet from your pack to draw an example or if possible photograph the signs of Spring you find.

bluebell

 

A Bluebell hiding in the hedge.

primrose

 A Primrose.

ladybird

A Ladybird.

spring buds

 

Spring Buds.

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Willow.

 

COVID-19 Forced Closure Work.

Dear Parents, 

Please read details on how to use the booklet and worksheets/books at home with your child.

A work layout sheet like this one is included in your child's work pack.

 

Forced School Closure-COVID 19.

 

Dear Parents,

 I hope that you are all keeping well and safe and that the children are enjoying any activities/work given, but also balancing work with time to engage in physical activities, getting fresh air, build lego, develop their interests and lots of colouring, art and reading. I am sure you and the children are missing school and the routine as much as I am. I miss them all terribly and can’t wait to have them all back in our happy classroom very soon.

 Attached below are an array of links to online resources and both CJ Fallon and Folens publishers (which we use here in the school) have allowed free access to parents for the duration of this COVID-19 closure. Just google www.folensonline.ie and www.CJFallon.ie for details.

RTE Junior are rolling out educational programmes aimed at pupils 1st-6th, from Monday 30th of March. Junior Infants may seem to fall between the cracks, but so much of the Infant curriculum is Oral language, collaborative, on-task learning and practice based. Keeping up phonics, chatting, socio-dramatic/role-play and lots of colouring and letter formation work will really help the children keep up to date and develop their skills. Lots of drawing, pre/early writing and scribbling is great for building up fine motor, muscle tone and writing skills. White boards and blackboards will really be a valuable aid.

 

The Revision booklet was created for the Forced closure from March 13th to 29th. It now appears we are going to go over that and run straight into the Easter holidays. The booklet has more than enough work to get us to the Easter Holidays, but in an effort to make it less repetitive for the children from this week we will also add in the following;

 

Monday-Friday 27th of March:

 

Phonics revision and sheet work as per pack. Maths and Reading and CVC/Sight words daily.

 

Oral Language/Aistear: Make an Áistear/role play corner space in your playroom or room. Our topic this month is the Doctor’s Surgery. Use dolls and teddies/puppet toys for patients, nurses, doctors/other staff. It will be great to rope in any siblings etc. for this too. You will need an appointment sheet, pencil, any doctor set or similar toys, aprons and so on. Use the key vocabulary below to engage in the role play. See picture here on website to access what the children were using in-class for Aistear.

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Aistear/Oral language development;

$1·         Appointment, patient, reception, waiting room, nurse, doctor, stethoscope, medicine, prescription, x-ray, examination room, feeling ill, pharmacist/chemist…etc.

 

$1·         Engage in Aistear/role play for half an hour daily.

 

https://folensonline.ie>starlight has superb posters on oral language and the topic of the doctors.

 Twinkl.com are giving Parents access to 1 month free use of all the thousands of resources

online. We use many props and templates from Twinkl and it has so much to offer for Aistear and socio-dramatic play props.

SPHE: Create a Hand Hygiene Poster for your Kitchen. Include the terms, WASH YOUR HANDS!

  Sing our Baby Shark/WASH YOUR HANDS song for your family. Teach it to someone in your home. Remember to do the actions.

 

SESE/Oral language: We covered the story of The President’s Glasses by Peter Donnelly in early March. The story is accessible online via YouTube. Explore and research our President, President Michael D. Higgins.  

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Music: listen to your favourite song/music today for 10 minutes. Relax and try to clear your mind. Listening to music is really good for our mental health.

 

P.E: get at least 10 minutes of activity in daily. Today, practice throwing up and catching a ball or beanbag. Create a target and try to hit the target as many times as possible. Try to beat your own record each time or if you have siblings/willing adult play against each other.

 

 

 

Useful Resources and links.

 

$1·         https://irishprimaryteacher.ie/advice-for-parents-covid19/

 

$1·         https://fm104.ie/news/buzz/list-of-free-resources-online-for-your-kids-to-use-during-covid-19-outbreak/

 

PE/Physical and movement activites.

 

$1·         https://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10/

 

$1·         https://family.gonoodle.com/

 

Irish books and resources.

 

Futa Fata-stories etc.

 

www.Facebook.com/futafata

 

www.folensonline/abairliomA/

 

https://cula4.com/ga/

 

https://seideansi.ie/

 

 

 

Religion.

 

Grow in Love:   www.growinlove.iewith the following details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

password: growinlove.

 

Literacy and thematic resources.

 

$1·         https://topmarks.co.uk/

 

$1·         https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

 

$1·         https://nessy.com/uk/

 

$1·         https://twinkl.co.uk/

 

Irish publishers, Folens and CJ Fallon have offered free access to parents to access the online resources used by the schools. You just need to set up a username to access all the resources for free during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

$1·         In our class we use CJ Fallon for Phonics- Just phonics. Key resources and phonics games and activities are available on the website.

 

$1·         Folensonline is well worthwhile as we use the Starlight Oral language Scheme, Planet Maths, Abair Liom A and Explorers SESE. The website offers lots of online resources such as posters, core readers and online interactive games and activities.

 

 

Schedule of work.

Dear Parents.

Due the COVID-19 forced closure I have made a booklet/ work pack for the children. It will be revision and practice with a focus on the core areas of Literacy and numeracy.

The pack contains enough(and even slightly more) work for the next 2-3 weeks.

Daily layout.

Phonics: Phonics Folder/sheets. Beginning with the letter Mm- Do 1 letter per day= 2 sheets to colour per letter.

Maths: Number Practice Workbook. Begin at Page 4 and do 2 pages per day.

Reading: Class reader Splash!. 3 pages per day. Find tricky/sight words. Reading the sentences and talking about the illustrations, content and punctuation marks.

Formation work: Workbook- 1 page per day. Tracing over the Lowercase letters.

The Infants have just come to the end of our Jolly Phonics letters. We will now repeat and revise and develop the sounds by going over them all again, this time 1 letter per day. This revision will be benefited by the Phonics revision being done at home. All the Jolly phonics letters are available on-line as well as the Jolly Jingles and phonics games and activities.

Youtube and on-line videos and resources are all helpful in the forced closure.

Below is a list of the most helpful ones.

$1·         Jack Hartman. Search Jack Hartman and any letter and a multitude of videos pop up.

$1·         Jolly Phonics Letters.

$1·         Jolly phonics songs for children.

$1·         Jack Hartman- Sight Words.

$1·         CVC words.

$1·         Sight words.

$1·         Tricky words for children

$1·         BBC- Alphablocks.

$1·         Counting/number songs for children.

The internet has lots of wonderful apps and videos all supporting literacy. Any time spent revising and going over letters, numbers etc; will be time well spent.

Please look after yourselves and your families and hopefully we will be back safely in school soon.

Kindest Regards,

Anita Halligan.

Please see additional work for Mrs. Brady's groups. 

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Catholic Schools Week 2020 and The Junior Infant

School Assembly.

This month it was the turn of the Junior Infant pupils to lead the school community in celebrating a whole school Assembly.The Assembly this month coincided with Catholic Schools Week and the 75th Anniversary since the liberation of the camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. 

Pupils from the 6th class assisted brilliantly in opening the ceremony for the Infants, who then spoke prayers they had created themselves and sang their Days of the Week song to represent Catholic Schools Week.The children spoke messages and used key words and flashcards to display the message of living as one body and in harmony with creation and the importance of looking after our world.

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The Junior Infants, with their Teacher Mrs. Halligan, then used Paddington Bear as a mascot to represent all the children, past and present who have suffered as a consequence of war. Mrs. Halligan told the assembly the story of how Michael Bond based Paddington Bear on all the real life children he had remembered evacuated from London during the bombing blitz of WW2, with just a coat and suitcase and often with a note attached from their heartbroken mothers.

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The word bear was substituted with the word CHILD for the Assembly and each class created a label for a child who is a refugee, casualty, orphan or separated from their loved-ones as a result of war.

 

The labels were presented at the assembly and contained many striking words such as, LOVE, CHERISH,CARE FOR,ENCOURAGE,HEAL,INSPIRE,PROTECT and SUPPORT.

A candle was lit for all those who lost their lives in war and those who still live with the images of war, such as the survivors of Auschwitz 75 years ago and for all who need hope and light and the promise of healing.

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January 2020.

A Happy New Year to all!

January has arrived and brought lots of fun new topics and

themes to the Junior Room.

We have been super busy learning all about Food, from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Our Aistear Cafe and even down to learning about the food pyramid.

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December 2019.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

 

We would like to wish all our families and friends all the wishes of this truly wonderful season.

We had the best fun preparing for our school Nativity, A Midwife Crisis and have been busy decorating our classroom with paper chain trees and paper art.

We created christmas fingerprint Reindeer cards and clay and lollipop stick art decorations too!

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We explored heat in Science and Penguins in Geography.

Together we tried out a Penguin huddle for two minutes

to see if and how Penguin huddles work. It was super fun and lovely and cosy.

Those clever Penguins!!!!

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We loved our stories, especially Stickman. 

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November.

Mrs. Prickles comes to School.

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We were delighted to welcome Pauline and her visitor Mrs. Prickles to our class. Mrs. Prickles is an African pet Hedgehog and she delighted

the children who even got to see her have her breakfast.

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Mrs. Prickles eats live grubs and worms.

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Weather.

Our topic for English Oral language, Irish and SESE was

Weather. We explored weather in all shapes and forms

and made beautiful rainbow weather pictures.

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2D shapes.

Our maths topic this month was 2D shape.

We created pictures using 2D shapes.

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Áistear. 

Our socio-dramatic play corner this month was the Post Office and we worked as 

postal workers and customers, sending letters, postcards and all sorts of fun

post-related items.

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Hurling Skills GAA.

We are so lucky and happy to be taking part in the Hurling skills coaching every Wednesday

in our School.

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October 2019.

October has been a super busy time in our classroom. We have been 

working on our handwriting, CVC words, letter formation and phonics.

Here are just a few snap shots of some of our work.

we hope you enjoy.

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We are using the Handwriting Without Tears Programme.

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We have been creating letters in playdough, using pegs and threads and

using gel and white-boards.

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We have been very busy in our stations with cutting and sticking and 

with our Áistear topic of the School.

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We have been sorting and matching concrete materials such as our favourite bears

in our maths stations too.

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We are Learning to write letters and write sight words and even sentences

which have our letter families in them.

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We have been learning sight words and CVC words.

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We met the key characters from Starlight- our reading and oral language scheme.

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We worked together in a group Art project to create our favourite 

parts of the story, We're Going On A Bearhunt.

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Archive.

The month of September has been a very busy and exciting one. We have been

settling into our new school and classroom.

Here are just a few snaps of some of the exciting things we have been up to!

We met MATMAN. He had a bit of a frown at first,but we helped him smile.

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We are settling into our work and have been making lots of games and 

puzzles in our STATIONS. This month it was all about the Alphabet.

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We have been working on our fine motor skills and making special progress

with our cutting skills.

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The best bit was developing our team-skills and creating a group shape picture.

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We began work on pre and early writing skills. Our class are using the

Handwriting Without Tears Programme and here are just a few

of the letters we have started......

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Archive.

Welcome to Junior Infants, 2018/19.

We are so proud to be the first Junior Infant class to begin their school career in this

wonderful new school.

 

June 2019.

We learned all about Vincent Van Gogh this month.

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In Áistear, our topic was The travel Agents and The Airport.

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The Junior and Senior Infant yard has now lots of fun games, chalk boards and telephones.

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May 2019.

 

Our topic this Month was Space and Forces.

We learned all about the planets, magnets and push and pull forces.

We listened to space related music from the movies and artists such as, David Bowie and  we followed videos made by astronauts living onboard the International Space Station.

 

 

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We made our own rockets out of Junk Art materials.

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We made Rocket Launc music, using percussion instruments.

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We went on a visit to our new school library and found lots of beautiful 

books and art work.

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Active School Week.

Having a ball this week for Active School Week and the sunshine has even come out to enjoy the activities!

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Orienteering outside was great fun.

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The Finshed orienteering faces.

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Basketball.

 

The Junior Infants had the most amazing fun this week with basketball skills. Our brilliant coaches showed us brilliant warm-ups and skills.

We look forward to the weeks ahead and all the skills we will have.

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April 2019.

Spring is in the Air!

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We loved the story of Rosie's Walk and sequenced Rosie's journey and wrote stories about her adventure.

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We made Easter baskets and animal masks.

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Our Aistear topic this month was the Vets.

We had amazing fun looking after all the poorly animals and creatures.

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March 2019.

Happy Mothering Sunday to all the mammies, grannies,

aunties and families.

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We wish you all a very happy and restful weekend of being spolied.

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Our Topic for March was Ireland and St. Patrick.

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We did projects and learned all about the Irish Flag, symbols of Ireland such as the

Shamrock and had great fun learing all about our President Michael D. Higgins and his pets.

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We are flying at our stations and Integrated Learning Time, we had great fun this month

writing tricky words and CVC words in playdough, paint, writing on the yard with chalk and 

much more. We are also having great fun maikg up silly stories and sentences.

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Our Aistear topic this month was the Shop and

Supermarket.

We had amazing fun playing and working in our shop.

We all had a chance to work in the shop as assistants, cashiers,

delivery drivers and customers.

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March 2019.

World Book Day.

We had super fun celebrating World Book Day and we all brought our favourite book in to school and enjoyed reading and looking at all the cool books.

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Buddy Bench.

The School Community received Buddy Bench Training on

Monday 4th of March. 

The Buddy Bench is now getting plenty of use in the yard and we hope to get decorating our second bench in the next few weeks.

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Chinese New Year- February 2019.

We were delighted to celebrate the Year of The Pig, 2019 in our classroom.

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We Made Chinese Lanterns and Dragons.

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We had a Junk Art Chinese Restaurant and Take-away.

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We built our own Great Walls, just like the Great Wall of China.

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February was also the month of 2D Shapes.

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We had super fun collecting coins for the Coppers for Cups

Challenge.

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Active School 2019.

We are busy taking part in the DAILY MILE- and enjoying the daily exercise as a class.

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February was focused on RESPECT and the drawing up of our class charter of rules.

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Stations- we are really busy working on rhyming words and 

reading in our groups.

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January 2019.

Happy New Year!!

This month our Topic of Houses and Homes has had 

us so busy, designing and making, building junk art

kitchens and even working as Estate Agents.

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We had great fun writing shopping lists for lots of cool things.

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Orienteering- Active School 2019.

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Tricky Words.

January was a busy month of stations and Tricky Words.

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Grandparents Day, 2019.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

We would like to wish all our families and school community a very happy and joy-filled

Christmas.

In our classroom we have been as busy as elves and the Big Man himself, with our own Santa's

Workshop and Christmas related activities.

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100 Years of Voting In Ireland.

Today, December 14th, marks the celebration of 100 YEARS since the people of Ireland voted

in the 2018 elections and moved a step closer to having their own Parliament.

It was also a monumental day for Irish women who had suceeded in fighting for the right to vote just months earlier.

The Junior Infants took time out from busy class work to mark the day and hold their own voting as a tribute to all the great women and men from the past who gave their lives and liberty for our right to vote.

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We have been so busy creating a classroom Post Office and Doctor's surgery.

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Archive----

We had the most amazing day on Sports Day, with a bouncy castle and obstacle coures.

We loved having our faces painted and the ice-cream was fantastic!

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Our topic this month was Space.

We learned all about the planets and the solar system.

Wwe watched footage of the Apollo11 Moon landing in 1969.

It was so intetresting and we did lots of poetry and creative writing based on the topic.

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Busy Bees in Spring 2018.

Term 2 has been such a busy and fun term.

We had great fun with tag games, the parachute and our school took

part in a 5k walk as part of Active School Week.

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 We are currently exploring space in the Junior Room, with lots of fun tactile and

science based tasks and activities.

We  made rockets, planets and explored push and pull.

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January 2018.

January was all about houses and homes and from our junk art and construction

houses and fieldtrip of the village ,we learned lots about houses nearby and in other parts of the world.

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We had Fire Dog visit us for our Phonics.

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And in Aistaer our topic was the House and we made a home corner!

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Archive.

Happy Christmas Everyone!!

December was a month of shapes, Stickman and we even has a visit from

Dale who showed us lots of cool bugs and read us his cool stories

about Harry the Hedgehog and Robby the Christmas Robin.

Thank you Dale.

On December 20th,we had a very special visit from THE MAN OF THE MONTH-SANTA.

Santa brought each and every child a wonderful wrapped gift-Thank you Santa and

all his brilliant helpers!!!!

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November 2017.

What a fun time we have had. We have been so busy creating and playing

in our Aistaer Post Office.

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November was all about the Hedgehog and not only did we make Harry a lovely dry

nest to hibernate in,but we all made little hedgehogs for our Hedgehog Hotel.

Mrs. Prickles, an African Hedgehog, came to visit our classroom and we got to see,

feed and even hold her!!! Thank you so much Niamh and Pauline.

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Happy Halloween!!!

We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween.

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We have been so busy getting ready for Halloween, enjoying witchy 

stories and poems.

Meg and Mog came back to visit our school and we decorated our

classroom and windows to celebrate.

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We are all so excited and delighted to be in Junior Infants and at BIG school.

We have had a very busy month in Juniors as we settled into the school

routine. We had Tiger Ballons come to visit-Thank you Barbara.

We met Matman from our handwriting and went on great adventures

with Little Red Riding hood and The Gruffalo.

A big note of Thanks to Niamh and Seán for the HI-VIS vests as part of the RSA 

and ESB Road Safety Initiative.

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International Book Day, March 2nd.

The Junior Infant class had a wonderful day on World Book Day.

Each child took a favourite book to school and there was face painting and much fun had by all!!

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Happy Halloween from all of us in the Junior Room.

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The Cookie Monster has been eating all Mrs. Halligan's cookies and leaving a crumby mess.

Many thanks to Theresa for her fantastic artistic flair in creating our Cookie Monster!!

 

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Happy Christmas from all in Junior Infants.

We have benn so happy and busy preparing for our Nativity, Christmas art and hurling skills with Christine.

Here are some photo's of us we'd like to share.

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Another school year has begun and we  are so pleased to welcome the new Infant Class.

Here are some pictures of our first few weeks at BIG SCHOOL.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!

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Our Archive.

Here we are at work and play during our final month in Junior Infants! We designed our own fish magnets and had great fun 'going fishing' with them! One of our topics was Under the Sea and we created lots of very colourful fish which really brightened up our classrooms. We also had great fun with Aaron playing soccer, station activities and parachute games!

 

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