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We have been doing lots of work on opposites in maths. Using different resources, we have measured long and short; tall and small; and wide and narrow. We also had lots of fun making opposites shapes with our bodies. We decided that our doorways were wide because we were able to fit 5 people into 1!
We are working hard with our Jolly Phonics sounds. We have just started on Group 4 now. Here is a clip of Group 3 songs, so you can keep practicing at home. Games like "I Spy," "Spot the Sound" (look for different sounds on road and shop signs) and "Fast Finger" (find the sound/sight word on a page) are great for reinforcing sounds.
We were very excited to do an investigation in science. We tested different materials to see if they were hard or soft. We checked to see if we could bend the items or if they stayed stiff. We also tapped them on the table and noticed that the hard things made a much louder noise than the soft things.
We are lucky to have lots of resource teachers visiting our classroom each week. On Mondays and Wednesdays they help us out with our reading and on Fridays we have just begun to introduce station teaching. This is where the groups move around the tables and spend time with each different teacher doing different activities. This week we focussed on opposite games. Last week, we had 3 literacy stations and 1 fine motor skills station. Have a look at us hard at work.
We will be having a small Christmas play for our class. It will be in the school hall on Tuesday 19th of December at 11.40. We hope you can make it. :)
We have had lots of fun on the lead up to Hallowe'en. We went on a maths trail around the quad outside our classroom. We put on our "maths eyes" and looked for patterns, matching things that go together, counting and measuring. It was a lot of fun.
And here are two very happy boys after winning Bingo Oíche Shamhna. We used a lot of the vocabulary we have been doing since September - such as body parts, as well as our Hallowe'en words.
"Cé tusa?" "Úúúúúúúú. Is mise an púca!" "Is tusa....." We had a great game trying to guess who was being the ghost.
We did lots of art on the lead up to Hallowe'en. We did cutting and sticking with two colour pattern pumpkins, 3 colour pattern witches' legs and we loved our fabric and fiber witch masks. Can you guess who is hiding behind the mask?
I hope everyone is having a happy and safe Hallowe'en. See you on Monday!
More to come over the next few days but here we are on Wednesday, on our "Spooky Walk." We had lots of fun saying our poems 'as Gaeilge' when we found the cailleach and the púca.
Scoil Carmel will be closed tomorrow, as directed by the department. Please see https://www.met.ie/nationalwarnings/default.asp and https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2017-Press-Releases/PR2017-10-15b.html
Stay safe everyone!
I will be meeting with parents in the hall for about 30 minutes on Thursday at 9.30. We will look back briefly over what we have been doing in school and I will introduce the homework plan. We will be starting that after Halloween.
The following week, the photographer will be coming in to take the Junior Infant photographs. We will be sending out permission slips once they arrive at the school. Please let me know if you want older siblings to have their photo taken together.
We had a great Goal Jersey Day on Friday. At last collection on Friday, you had raised nearly E700!
In school, we had great fun playing Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We read the story and then also listened to the fantastic Debbie and Friends on You Tube.
We had lots of fun pretending to be Goldilocks during a drama lesson. We also did some "hot seating" where "Goldilocks" visited the class and the children got to ask her questions. We had some great questions like "Why were you out in the woods on your own?" "Were your Mammy and Daddy worried?" "Did you feel bad for breaking Baby Bear's chair?" The children played with finger puppets and worked on retelling the story this way.
Still working away with our fine motor skills. We are taking in a few skills here, finding matching pairs and also the motor skills. This one is always a parent's favourite! A great reason to help with the laundry, get those socks rolled! :)
We had a visit from Aisling Walsh from the ESB on Thursday. She talked to us about electricity safety and keeping ourselves safe on the road, especially in these shorter, darker days. The children received a high visibility vest and colouring pencils. We had a very bright yard that day, a see of florescent children! :)
If you would like to see some photographs from the day, have a look at this link.
The video played that day can be found on
www.esbnetworks.ie/staying-safe/educational-resources Also the details of the colouring competition can be found there also.
We have been learning all about autumn over the last few weeks. Look at our lovely art!
And here we are at work and at play over the last few weeks.
Pinching, squeezing, twisting, pulling, tearing and cutting...we've been busy strengthening the muscles in our hands. A quick 5 minute activity at home could be to rip up the junk mail or to squeeze and scrunch an old newspaper.
We are working on two colour patterns in maths. We have been building towers with cubes and trying the peg boards and also colouring patterns in pictures. We have built towers in partners and some of the tables even decided to do a whole team build.
We have a resource team coming into our class 3 days a week and we are working on a variety of skills with the children. Later in the year, the team will be concentrating on reading, during 2 of those sessions each week. For now, we have been learning how to play different games, practicing taking turns and doing lots of tearing and sticking and scissors work.
As you may have heard, there was the first "Star of the Week" on Friday. This is an award that gets announced by Ms Martin, for each class in the school, on Fridays. It can be a little tough on Junior Infants and waiting for their turn (and they will all get one, don't worry) can be very difficult. All of the children have been fantastic and it really could have been any of them, they were all stars! So we are working on being happy for the star of the week and being patient until it is our turn. :)
Finally, here are some pictures of the children at work and play from the last few weeks.
We have had 3 full weeks of school now and the children are settling down so well. We have been busy learning all of new routines and beginning school work. There are lots of new friends now and fun games happening in the yard.
We are working on our pre-writing skills at the moment - drawing different types of swirls, squiggles and lines and strengthening our hand muscles. We use lots of pinching exercises for this, such as opening clothes pegs, tearing strips of paper, using playdough etc.
We are working on making matches and things that go together (eg - toothbrush and toothpaste) in maths. We had fun playing this game on our new touchscreen interactive whiteboard http://www.primarygames.com/puzzles/match_up/findthepair/ It got progressively more difficult so if you are playing at home you might find the children need a little help. We have also been playing lots of memory matching pairs games, which helps us with so many different skills.
We have started our Jolly Phonics sounds and have just finished phase 1. These sounds are 's a t i p n.' It would be a huge help if you would keep practicing these at home. You could play "I Spy," go on a sound hunt or spot a specific sound on 1 page of a book or on signs in a shop etc. For the sounds, we don't use their names in Junior Infants, we refer to them as the sound they make instead. (We say 'i' as in the start of igloo, not I as in 'eye.' This makes it much easier for the children when they begin to blend their sounds later in the year.
We are trying to do increase our independence in school. Lot of the children are excellent at opening and closing their lunchboxes/beakers themselves. If you notice your child is struggling a little with theirs, please do some practicing at home. Also, if you feel they aren't eating enough lunch each day please remove packing/peels at home. This definitely slows some of the children down, as do yoghurts. At the moment, we take 20-25 minutes to eat our big lunch each day, so the children should have plenty of time....but it can be hard to concentrate with so many other children around. :)
Keep practicing with taking off jumpers, turning the sleeves the right way around and putting coats on and off independently. The children should be well able to dress themselves by school age but turning sleeves the right way around can still be a bit tricky.
Our lining up in the yard in the morning is going really well. Such big kids coming in by themselves! You are, of course, still welcome to bring them in if they are nervous but they seem to be doing really well with that at the moment.
I am still missing 3 contact forms/permission slips. If you could please return these this week to school. I will hopefully be able to put up photos of the children here when I get these all back.
If you are worried or concerned or just want to check in, pop in to me after school any day.
We have had a great two first days, settling into school! It has been lovely to meet all of the children and getting to know a bit about them.
At the beginning of the school year, we are going to be revising colours and nursery rhymes, doing lots of colouring in practice, cutting and sticking and hand strengthening tasks. We will begin our sounds on Monday - starting with "s."
PE will be on Tuesdays and Thursday for our class. If the children could please wear in their tracksuits and runners on those days.
Permission slips will be sent out next week and, after their return, I will put some photographs of the children up on the blog of their first day in school. In the meantime here is some coloring in from Friday, "Two Little Dickie Birds."