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Junior Infants 1 (Ms.O’Connor)

Welcome to Junior Infants 1!

Aistear: This month in Aistear, Junior Infants are doing the topic of the Summer Garden. In the role play area: they are making a garden centre, in the small world area: they are making a summer garden, in the art area: they are painting a summer garden, in the construction area: they are building a bug hotel. The last group go out to the school garden to water plants, taste herbs and weed.


SESE/Religion: This week in both Science and Religion the class were talking about the season of Summer. Today the class went out to the garden to look for signs of Summer. They watered plants and picked fresh strawberries!


Active Schools Week: Cricket


Active Schools Week: Basketball!


Active Schools week: Ultimate Frisbee!


Active Schools week: Obstacle course: Today the class got to participate in an obstacle course out on the astro pitch. They had a great time!




Science: On Friday we had to say goodbye to our baby chicks. Thor, Loki, Captain America and Iron man were collected by Farmer Billy and were brought back to their farm. Junior Infants will miss them very much! The classroom is very quiet without them.



Science: This week there has been great excitement in the class! Farmer Billy brought in some chicken eggs in an incubator. There were 4 eggs. After 3 days one egg hatched, after 4 days 2 more hatched. We are still waiting on the last two eggs to hatch. The first chick we called Thor. Tomorrow the class will be naming the other chicks.


P.E: This week the class continued doing Orienteering for PE. They had to find pictures of various objects hidden under cones all around the hall. 


Geography: Today the class went on a Geography trail up to the traffic lights on Sundrive Road, to look at the community around them. In particular, they had to spot different types of buildings, vehicles and road signs. They had great fun!



Maths: Today in maths the class were looking at the number 5 and making sets of the number 5.


S.P.H.E: The class are looking at media education this month. Here they are looking at newspapers to see what job newspapers have.


Music: This week in music the class were composing their own sounds using the instruments. At every table a leader had to come up with a sound and the rest of the table had to copy the sound.


The Garden: On Monday Junior Infants went out to the garden with Patrick. They were weeding the plant beds, planting some seeds and had great fun!


P.E: In P.E this week, Junior Infants began orienteering lessons. Pictures of animals were hidden under cones all around the PE hall. The class had to navigate their way around the hall finding all animals on their control card. They had lots of fun!


History: In history today the class were recalling what they did in different times of the day i.e. morning, afternoon, evening and night. The class then used the jigsaw approach to investigate the activities we do at different times of the day. They worked in groups with one person as the group reporter.


Oral Language: Today we had a debate about whether Junior infants should do chores at home. The majority of the class felt that they should do chores as ‘it helps mammy and daddy’ and ‘it helps keep the place clean’. Those that didn’t agree said ‘chores are too tiring’ and ‘they are boring’.

We think we should do chores!
we think we should not have to do chores.


P.E: This week we have been learning the skills so we can play Dodgeball:


Aistear: This week in Aistear, we are making water shakers! We made them using water, food colouring, glitter and recycled plastic bottles.


Science week: Lorraine Bull, a marine scientist, spoke to the class today about whales, dolphins and sharks and also about what we can do to keep these sea creatures safe.


Science week: Experiment Stations- Junior infants had great fun taking part in a number of experiments on Friday. Thank you to the parents who came in to help the kids.


Science week: DSPCA visit- Today the class learned all about how to look after pets and how important it is not to litter so pets and wild animals won’t be harmed.


Science week: Experiments with Senior Infants: Senior infants came to visit the Junior Infants today to do an experiment on sound. After Junior infants went to visit Senior Infants to do an experiment on water absorption. We had great fun!


Science week: Dave’s Jungle: The class had great fun getting to see and hold some of the reptiles and other creatures from Dave’s Jungle. They were very brave!


S.P.H.E: Media Education-we were looking at pictures in books/magazines that show facial expressions to demonstrate emotions. We then played a game where we had to guess what feeling our partner was showing using their face:

Feeling sad
Feeling excited!
Feeling angry!
Feeling happy
Feeling excited
Feeling happy


Science week: The Zoo workshop:


Tennis: Junior Infants began tennis lessons on Friday with Stephen, the coach:


Maths: We were learning about Money this week. We were making different sums of money using 1c, 2c and 5c coins.


Aistear: this month in Aistear we are looking at the theme of water. Role play area: at the beach, Small world area: the ocean, Water area: capacity, Art: underwater scenes, Construction area: Building piers, boat yards, bridges etc.


The Easter Bunny left some secret treats for the class today, thank you Ms. Fallon for arranging it all.


Art: the class made lovely Easter bunnies with Ms. Fallon this week:



Science: On Friday we learned about floating and sinking in Science. Here are pictures from our experiment with Ms. Fallon:


Happy St. Patrick’s day weekend from all the children in Junior Infants 1!


Drama: Today in Drama, Ms. Fall on read us the story ‘Laura’s Star’ and after we did some role play acrtivities based on the story. Here we are in our make believe beds: 



Science: Today Ms. Fallon taught us an experiment for rolling. We had to find out what objects rolled and what objects didn’t roll:


Geography: This week Ms Fallon taught us about homes around the world. Here we are making some of these homes including igloos and tepees:




Yesterday we partnered with Ms. Finnegan’s Montessori class for peer reading for World Book Day:



Today was ‘World Book Day’ and here we all are dressed up as our favourite characters!




Today in Science we were doing an experiment on moving air! Look at us in action:


Luke the coach taught us some kicking skills today in Gaelic.

Today the Gruffalo came to visit for story time!


This week in Aistear we are constructing farm buildings using recyclable materials!



Today we did some yoga:


This week in Aistear we were making Valentine’s day cards:


Maths: Today we were looking at the topic of Capacity. We tested a number of containers to see which one held the most liquid. We learned new words: Empty, full and overflowing.

Testing different containers
Capacity experiment


Drama: Our story of the week was the three little pigs. We acted out some scenes from the story:

Mr. Wolf
The imaginary house of straw
The imaginary house of sticks
The house of bricks


Aistear Month: This month in Aistear we are covering the theme of the Farmer/The Vet. Here we are in each of the play areas:

Role Play Area: The Vet
The Vet’s waiting room
Small World Area: The Farm
Sand Area: Searching for letters and numbers
Construction Area: Building farm buildings


Today in Science we were learning about how plants grow. We learned that plants need the following things to grow: 1) seed 2) water 3) Soil 4) sunlight.

Here are some pictures of us doing an experiment. We used cress seeds, cotton wool and small pots. We put seeds, cotton wool and water in one. Then we put seeds and just cotton wool in the other. Lastly we put seeds, cotton wool and water in the final pot, but we put this pot into a dark box. Over the next few weeks we will observe which pot has the best growth.



Today in maths we were making sets of numbers 1, 2 and 3!

making sets of 1
making sets of 2
Making sets of 3









Today we had so much fun in PE, we were playing a great game called rocks and wizards for a warm up before we started playing a Gaelic football match.

Rocks and Wizards warm up game
Gaelic football match


Look at us doing our Irish dancing!

In Maths this week we are learning to make sets to show more than/less than. Here we are playing a game where one of us is the teacher and the others must guess which set is more than/less than!


This term we started Gaelic Football lessons with our coach Luke. This week we were focusing on kicking, taking four steps and hand passes. We had great fun!

Here we are ready for Gaelic Football
practicing our ball skills

practicing our kicks
practicing our hand passes


We had great fun today in Science learning all about the sense of taste. Here are some pictures of us tasting various foods. We had to tell our teacher if the food was salty, sweet, sour, and bitter.


During maths today we were using a scales to weigh objects.



Look at us writing our cursive letters!



We have been studying the topic of Winter all month. Here are some of the winter arts and crafts we have been doing. (Hibernating animals, winter penguins and winter polar bears-construction strand, drawing strand and print)


Today in Geography we went on a Winter nature trail looking for signs of winter. We also sat out in the outdoor garden to talk to each other about Winter.


Today in Maths we were learning all about weight. We played a game where we had to go around the class and point at things that were heavy or light.



This week we are learning how to use the red hat from DeBono’s six thinking hats. When we wear this hat we have to talk about our feelings and emotions towards a certain topic. On Wednesday we were talking about how we feel about the season of Winter.



Today we had some very special visitors to the classroom. Junior Infants were very excited to interview two grandparents today for History. We asked some very interesting questions about school life when they were the same age.



Today in Maths, we were sorting our toys into sets of one and two. 


Today in Geography we were studying the season of Winter. In our groups we sorted Winter weather pictures.



This week in Oral Language we were using DeBono’s Six Thinking Hats Strategy. We began using the white information hat to find out what facts we know about the season of Winter. We had great fun.



December Aistear Topic:

This month in Aistear we have been doing the theme of ‘Christmas/The Toy shop’,here we are in action.

In the role play area we were role playing the toy shop, in the sand area we were searching for coins, in the construction area we were Santa’s little helpers building toys, in the art area we were making Christmas decorations and in the small world area we were playing car land.



Today in Science we were learning all about colours, here are some pictures of us sorting toys into different sets of colours.



We made our own Rudolph the red nose reindeer! 

We made snowmen paper plates.

In maths this week we were learning to make sets of numbers.

We recreated the story ‘The Mitten’ By Jan Brett.

We were learning about flowers with Patrick and we drew some flowers.

We were studying ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ and decided to go on our own bear hunt around the classroom!


We have had a busy first two months in school. Here is some of our fabulous artwork!

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