Junior Infants

OCTOBER

TALKING AND LISTENING 

It is so important that we know how to talk and listen to each other. This is how we learn new things. We have been learning how to go ‘knee to knee’ with our talk partner. When we talk to a partner, we look at their eyes and we talk nice and loud. When we listen to a partner, we look at their eyes, we keep our bodies still, we might ask them some questions afterwards. We also take turns to talk and to listen. Here the children went knee to knee, to talk about the books that they liked.

LEARNING ABOUT SOUNDS – PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS

We have been listening to the jolly phonic songs- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCMvsQho4ZE and learning the actions for the sounds. We have been stretching out words to see what sounds are in the words, what the words start with, end with. We have been clapping out words to see how many syllables it has. We have been playing rhyming games. We have been blending and segmenting words.

Here children were drawing some things that started with a g, d, s etc to make a magic spell. Then they shared their spells with each other.

STEAM WEEK

Making constructions

The class had the opportunity to go to the hall, and make constructions using a variety of materials. Some of the children made really tall structures. Some children even made an Eiffel Tower!

NATURE WALK

We had a visitor to come to the class and tell us about some birds and flowers living around our school. We went on a walk to look for some birds and flowers. It was great fun. We even used a checklist to tick off what we found. Look at us exploring!

BOOKS and STORIES

We are really enjoying listening and discussing lots of books. We have been Predicting (guessing what will happen next) and Visualizing (seeing the movie in your head – looking at what’s happening, listening to the sounds you hear, smelling the smells around you, describing what the characters are saying and how they are feeling). We are also talking about the books that we like and the books that we don’t like and giving reasons for this, for example, I like this book because there is a happy ending. I like this book because it is about real life. This is Jumana’s favourite book. She loves it because it is about animals and because it makes sounds. Aryan liked this book because it was about real life and because we can use it to learn how to look after Harry.

 

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MATHS

Here are the children engaging in some maths activities.

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Number One

They were learning how to write the number one – Number One is like a stick, a straight line down that’s very quick.

COMPARING AND ORDERING

Children made towers and then compared them with a partners, to see if their tower was taller or shorter, and who had the tallest and shortest.

2D SHAPES

Children were learning about triangles, rectangles, squares and circles. They are able to name the shapes and also to describe them. For example, A circle is round. A traingle has three straight sides. A rectangle has four corners. A square has four corners and four sides. Here they are tracing some shapes into their copybooks and describing the shapes.

PATTERNS

We were learning about patterns – A pattern is something that happens over and over again, and we can predict what will come next.

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ETHICS – HALLOWEEN AND ANIMAL WELFARE

We were learning all about animal welfare and how to take care of our little pet rabbit – Harry. We were also learning about Halloween. We discussed how not everybody celebrates Halloween and that this is absolutely fine. We are all different. The children wrote a story about Halloween. They thought about what they wanted to say first, and then I could write it down. They decided that it should go outside our classroom door, so that everybody else could learn about Halloween too. Some children also dressed up for Halloween.

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SEPTEMBER

INDEPENDENT CHILDREN 

The children have been learning all about how to be independent. They are doing a great job at tidying the classroom, lining up safely, stacking chairs and putting on coats ALL BY THEMSELVES!! 🙂 Amazing work and such good helpers. I am such a lucky teacher.

ROLEPLAY –

THEME: SCHOOL – PEOPLE WHO WORK IN OUR SCHOOL

The children were playing in the role-play area. They were learning all about the people who worked in the school and the things they do to help us. They were pretending to be the teacher, the children, the principal, the lollipop lady, the cleaners, the care-taker and the secretary. They ran a very organised school.

 

CONSTRUCTION PLAY: SCHOOLS

Children made really creative schools using the blocks. They included the classrooms, the PE hall, the principal’s office and of course, the Yard. They even made up some rules for their school.

JUNK ART: 

The children made lots of art, using junk materials.

They made lollipop sticks that they could use in the role-play, monsters from our book ‘The Monster Pet’ and lots more!

I’m sure you have seen some of the art that they took home! Here are the children hard at work!

SMALL WORLD: HOUSES AND SCHOOL

The children were in the small world, acting as a family in the morning getting ready for school.

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SENSORY PLAY

We were playing in the sand, finding and naming different objects that we have in the school. The children also made lots of sand birthday cakes. YUM!

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READING CORNER

The children also have the choice to go to the reading corner. Here, they get to relax and read the books. They can also act out the books using the puppet theatre

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