We have a new friend in Senior infants this week, his name is Harry. Harry is going to be our class pet and we were so excited to meet him. Harry is only ten weeks old so we must be very careful not to be too noisy or scare him away. Each class will have a pet minder each week who will make sure Harry has plenty of food and is happy in our class.
Children in Senior Infants have been learning all about ‘Myself’.
They were talking about where they live and where they come from. We have travelled all over the world and now we live in Dublin. We made t-shirts to show our support for Dublin! Up Dublin! We have been learning how to say ‘I live in Dublin’ in Polish – ‘Mieszkam w Dublinie’ Give it a try! How many languages can you say it in?
In the role-play area we have been celebrating birthdays. Everyone acts as a different family member eg father, grandmother, grandchildren, uncle etc. Everyone has different jobs to complete to get ready for the birthday. It has been a lot of fun pretending we are different ages. In Irish we are learning how to ask and say your age. ‘Cén aois thú? Tá mé cuig bliana d’aois.’ We have also learnt how to say our name in Hindi ‘Mera naam Kerry hai.’ We all look after each other as a family especially people who are much older and much younger.
In Science, we are discussing the toys we play with and if we have ever flown kites before. Children are sharing their experiences and making their own kites. We have experimented with long/short strings and also if the strings should be glued at the open end or the closed end of the paper bag. We have found out that we need the force of the wind to blow air into our bags so that they will fly. Watch out for our kites around Adamstown! Can you make any other toys in your homes?
We have been reading a book called ‘My Senses’ and finding out all about our senses and also the senses that animals have. We have been taken part in some senses experiments as well. We are using our hearing to play instruments in time and describe their sounds, we are using a blindfold and using our sense of touch to guess the objects, we are sorting foods we like the taste of and foods we don’t like the taste of, we are using our sense of sight to play a memory game and we are using our sense of smell to guess what scent is on the plastic bags. Did you know we have five senses? You can find lots of videos on youtube about senses such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1xNuU7gaAQ
We have been learning about our bones and the names of our bones. It is very tricky to put a skeleton back together. You can learn a skeleton song at home on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e54m6XOpRgU
Children drew pictures of themselves and then wrote words to describe themselves – we have lots of fast, smart, pretty, clever, tall boys and girls in Senior Infants! Maybe you could make a picture of your brother/sister at home and write words about them!
The Gruffalo Big Book
Children were listening and discussing ‘The Gruffalo’. This is a link to the movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXFVeB64FmE. Watch it at home with your child. Children took part in role-plays and completed art-work based on The Gruffalo. Look at them hard at work!
STOP, THINK, DO
Children have been learning what to do when a problem arises e.g somebody knocks down your blocks, somebody pushes you, somebody skips you in the line etc.
If this happens you need to STOP – what’s the problem? What are the feelings? THINK – Do I act aggro, weak or cool and friendly? DO- Choose a cool and friendly way to solve the problem.
We do not push back, knock their blocks down or scream at them. This is an AGGRO way to behave. We do not cry, stamp our feet, have a tantrum or sulk. This is WEAK way to behave. We tell the teacher, ignore it and play with someone else, ask them to stop doing it or tell them you were in the line first. This is the COOL AND FRIENDLY way to behave.