Junior Infants 1 (Ms. Fallon)
Welcome to Junior Infants 1
Keep an eye on this page to see what we get up to throughout the year!
Bird Watching with Patrick 🐦
On Friday we went ‘Bird Watching’ with Patrick. First Patrick taught us about some of the birds we might see. Did you know, birds are the only animals with feathers! The first one was ‘The Great Tit’. This bird has a black stripe down the centre of its tummy. It sings a song like ‘teacher teacher teacher’. We were able to tell Patrick all about ‘The Robin Red Breast’
When we went on ‘Bird Watching’ we had to be very quiet. We used a telescope to find the birds. Take a look!
We are so excited to work with Patrick again!
This month we have been learning all about ‘The Robin Red Breast’. We each designed our own Robins using crepe paper. Our beautiful Robins are on display outside our classroom. Take a look!
Faoi láthair táimid ag foghlaim faoin aimsir. D’oibrigh muid lenár bpáirtí agus chuireamar ceist ar a chéile faoi ‘Cén saghas lá atá ann?’
Ról imirt ‘Réamháisnéis na hAimsire’: Anuas ar sin ligeamar orainn gur cailíní nó buachaillí aimsire muid. Bhaineamar an sult as é seo!
Play/Fine Motor Activities:
This month we have been building lots of different things, from towns to towers, to people. We have been focusing teamwork and each group built something together.
This month we have been learning all about patterns. Each morning we created our own patterns using beads and laces. Each day our patterns got more challenging.
Cutting and Writing:
Each morning we were practising our cutting skills and our writing skills. We pulled out each others name from the box. We sounded them out or went on a hunt looking for the name on the table. We really enjoyed this.
We were learning all about touch and how different objects feel. We each designed our own ‘Feely People’. Some were soft, fluffy, hard, smooth, rough, spiky, bumpy and shiny.
SANTA CAME TO VISIT US!
Santa and his helper came to visit our class! We were so excited! Santa gave us all a Selection Box. We told Santa what we wanted for Christmas. We got class photo with him.
We were very busy in Aistear. Our theme for this month was ‘Santa’s Workshop’. We had so much fun
Socio Dramatic Area: ‘Santa’s Workshop’
The elves were very busy making the toys for all of the boys and girls in their workshop. Santa was very busy packing his big sack. The elves were taking orders at the shop. Have a look at our wonderful workshop!
Creative Area: Playdough
In this area we built our own snowmen out of playdough. We used googly eyes and sticks for their arms.
We decorated Candy Canes using cotton buds and paint. We dotted lots of dots on our candy canes!
We made Christmas decorations using jars, napkins, ribbons and tea lights First we painted the jar using white paint. Then we chose the Christmas napkin and glued it to the jar. We chose our ribbon and then put tea lights inside. Look at all of our creative Art!
Construction and Small World Area:
Santa visited our classroom. He made a big mess!! His footprints were all over the classroom but they lead us to our very own Christmas tree! Santa also left an elf in our classroom. His name was Buddy! Buddy moved around our class every day and he even went on an adventure around the school.
Maths: The Number 2!
We have been learning all about the number 2! We sang along to ‘The Number 2’ song by Ms Tracey. We practiced writing the number 2. We made sets of 2. Follow this link to sing along to ‘The Number 2’ song with Ms Tracey.
English Reports: Our News!
Each Friday our class teddy Bumbles goes home with a boy or girl in our class. As well as Bumbles, our Active Teds, Running Ralph and Jumping Jimbo have started to go home too! Running Ralph, Jumping Jimbo and Bumbles have gone on exciting trips. Every Monday we share our news based on our weekend focusing on when did it happen? Who were you with? Where did you go? Here we are sharing our news using ‘knee to knee’ to build on our listening skills and to encourage eye contact.
Fine Motor Activities
We were not in Aistear this month. Instead we have been working on our fine motor activities.
The ‘Sound Monster’ was very hungry! He ate all of our letters. Each time we pulled out a letter we said its sound. Then using our froggy legs we wrote the letter on our whiteboards. At our free drawing station, we used our imagination and we drew lovely pictures!
We also played our ‘POM POM’ game using pegs. This took a lot of concentration and strength in our fingers. We were working with our partners. We had a race against each other to see which pair could sort all of their pom poms first.
In construction we used our imagination to build dance floors, towers and many more fascinating constructions. Take a look:
We loved reading the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’. During our drama lesson we took on the role of the wolf and the pigs. The wolf blew the straw house and the stick house down. He was so scary! Luckily the third pig’s house was made of bricks and the three little pigs were safe!
Using the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’, we built the pig’s houses. Our beautiful art pieces are hanging up outside our classroom for all to see!
Oral language, Drama and Art
This month we read the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We had lots of fun sequencing the story and retelling the story using puppets. We built the pig’s houses using sticks, straws and bricks.
This month we are so lucky to have a Zumba classes with our Zumba teacher. We are having great fun!
This week in Maths we have been sorting different objects by their length. Some objects were long and some objects were short. We played lots of games, where we had to tell Ms. Fallon which object was longer and which object was shorter. Here are some pictures of us working hard with our groups and trying our best!
From the beginning of the year we have completed lots of different artwork. We designed our own turtles, artwork based on ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and Halloween cards using a printing technique. Our beautiful was displayed outside our classroom for everyone to see.
On our last day of school, we all dressed up for Halloween. We made magic wands with magic glitter. After we all created spooky spells using our magic wands. We had so much fun!
This week was Maths Week. Ms. Moriarty and her 6th class organised a scavenger hunt for our class. We worked with a pupil from Mr Glynn’s 4th class. We had so much fun searching for the shapes around the school garden. Afterwards we sat down in the outdoor classroom. We tested the boys and girls in 4th class and asked them very difficult questions about shapes. Take a look at us on our scavenger hunt!
During the first term, we have been doing orienteering during PE. We had so much fun working with our partners. We have really enjoyed orienteering so far!
In Maths we have been working so hard. We have been learning all about shapes. We made new friends with Cerol the Circle, Sandra the Square, Timmy the Triangle and Ruby the Rectangle. We worked together to create our own shape monsters.
The first week of October was friendship week. We were learning about how to be a good friend, focusing on the theme of sharing using the book ‘The Rainbow Fish’. We each designed our own fish. We were sharing the materials with each other and we helping each other with our fishes.
Aistear has started this month. Our class will be doing Aistear month on, month off. For the month of October our theme is Autumn/Halloween. Every day we will play at a different area: Small World, Sand, Creative, Construction and Socio-dramatic area.
We are enjoying our time in the Aistear room and we look forward to it everyday.
At the sand area we are digging and sorting shapes.
In the small world area we built hibernating dens for our hedgehog.
In the socio-dramatic area we were organising Halloween parties, writing invitations, preparing food and dressing up in costumes.
In the creative area we went on a nature walk around the school. We gathered leaves and we created leaf rubbings. We had so much fun creating hedgehogs and hoglets using play dough and sticks as their prickly spines. We had so much fun making our own monsters using play dough and google eyes. Take a look!
In the construction area we have been building spooky witches houses. Have a look!
At assembly this month we won the attendance award. Out of all the classes in the school from Junior Infants to Sixth class, everyone in our class was in school every day. We were rewarded with this special certificate by Ms Keheo at our very first assembly. On Thursday the 25th of October we will attend a special workshop as our prize. We cannot wait! We are so excited.