This week we had our school tour! We visited Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate. We were so excited to go on a bus altogether for the first time.
We saw so many farm animals of all shapes and sizes! We were even able to pet and feed some of the very friendly goats.
We enjoyed a picnic on the grass for both our breaks.
We really had the best day at the farm!
As we are learning all about spring time and how flowers grow, we decided to do some flower art!
We used lollypop sticks and bun cases to create these gorgeous flowers. We then painted them afterwards.
Laoise, who has been on work placement in our class, created this gorgeous display of all our art work in the corridor for the whole school to enjoy. Thank you Laoise :)
As it is now spring time we were excited to begin planting flowers. We are also learning about the garden centre this month as it's one of our play areas.
Louise kindly offered to help us with this as she loves gardening! We planted Marigolds and Sweet Peas.
Some already started sprouting shoots before the mid-term break. Louise offered to "plant sit" the plants over the mid-term break so that they wouldn't be without water. Thank you Louise!!
Watch this space to see how our flowers grow over the next few weeks!
There were many steps involved in creating our milk bottle Elmer's!
Step 1: Our Senior Infants worked hard to collect empty milk bottles from home. If some children didn't have a milk bottle their friends offered to bring one in for them!
Step 2: Emer did the tricky cutting. She cut each milk bottle in half.
Step 3: We had to cut lots of squares of coloured crepe paper.
Step 4: We made Elmer's ears. First we cut out 2 ears from a template. Next we began sticking on squares of crepe paper using PVA glue.
Step 5: We began sticking on the squares to the milk bottle. We also stuck on the ears and googly eyes!
Finally, our Elmer's went on display in the corridor for the whole school to see!
In December we were treated to a special film screening of Oliver Jeffers "How to Catch a Star". It was produced by Branar (one of the leading children's theatre company's in Ireland).
Before we watched it we enjoyed reading the book.
After we watched it we were feeling inspired so made clay stars.
We love to play creatively in Senior Infants!
Here's a selection of pictures showing how we use our creativity to play and create real life things.
One play area shows us having fun pretending we are in a doctors surgery.
The next picture shows us building a wooden bench together.
The last picture shows us creating a building together.
Visit from Garda Colm
We were very lucky to have Garda Colm visit us in our classroom!
He brought in many things for us to look at, for example: a yellow safety vest, a Garda hat, a walkie talkie, an ID badge, and a baton.
He helped us learn about the importance of Gardai in our community.
We had SO many questions for him including:
- How long have you been a Garda?
- How many criminals have you caught?
- How do you catch criminals?
- What do you do in a Garda station?
Thanks for taking the time to visit us Garda Colm!
We have been learning four 2-D shapes this month - square, circle, rectangle and triangle.
It was important for us to learn how many sides and corners they each have.
We used these resources to make the different shapes:
1: Wooden sticks
2: Whiteboard markers and whiteboards
3: Play doh
4: Plastic cubes
We also make 2-D shape monsters using coloured card, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners.
Aren't they amazing?!
Let's Get Reading!
Since we learnt all our Jolly Phonics sounds in Junior Infants, it's now time to revise them AND start using them to make words to help us read.
First, we need to say the sounds on their own.
Next, we "blend" the sounds together.
Lastly, we READ the word!
It's a nice step-by-step way to help us learn how to read.
Hot Chocolate Mug Craft
Since we loved making the real hot chocolates, we also decided to try out making a hot chocolate mug craft.
First we needed to glue wooden lollipop sticks together.
Next we had to paint them when they were dry.
Then we had to stick on pipe cleaners as the handle.
Finally we needed to stick cotton wool on to look like marshmallows and then decorate them!
Check out our finished crafts below.
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