For the last week, Martha's First Class have been working extremely hard on a fun home learning project. They were tasked with creating either a board game or a card game from materials around their houses. This morning the children presented a wonderful selection of games. All of the games are so creative and so different! Well done First Class! Have a look at some pictures of the games and the children playing the games with each other.
Martha's First Class are having great fun this week learning about magnets. Yesterday we did an investigation in our classroom to see what objects are attracted to magnets. We then used our knowledge of magnets to create a variety of mazes and games. Magnets are magnificent!
We have been having loads of fun and doing lots of learning this autumn in 1st Class.
In our Maths lessons, we learned all about data representation. We carried out surveys and created a number of different graphs to show our data. Have a look at our block graphs that show the most popular activities in our class during our weekly Golden Time.
We also learned about 2D shapes. As part of our learning, we created monsters using 2D shapes. First we designed our monsters by drawing them and then we built them using colourful paper.
During our SPHE and Learn Together lessons, we have been learning about our feelings and our wonderful qualities. We created these art pieces to describe ourselves.
In History, we learned about traditional Irish cottages. We learned the parts of the cottage and what materials were used to build them. We also learned all about the festival of Halloween and its traditions. We carved a class pumpkin and created our own Halloween decorations.
We have been doing lots and lots of art projects. Have a look at our self portraits and our scratch art pictures. We created our scratch art pictures by first colouring a blank page with bright crayon, then painting it black and finally scratching off the black paint once it had dried.
We have been doing lots of writing during our English and Irish lessons and have been enjoying sharing our work with our friends in the class.
In our Science lessons, we learned about the hedgehog. We found out lots of information about hedgehogs and made our own hedgehogs using our hand prints to create the spines.
What a great term so far!
Today our whole school went on strike for climate change. In the morning we made signs to hold up during our march. Our signs were to tell people about climate change. On our march we walked around the school gates three times. We chanted, "Save our Planet!" Lots of vehicles beeped their horns and lots of people waved at us to show their support! What a great day!
Today was an exciting day! The mobile library came to visit our school and 1st Class got to visit it for the first time. Everybody borrowed a book and they will get to take it home for a whole month! The library will be back again in October.
What an exciting few weeks we have had so far! The children have been getting to know each other and settling in to the lovely new classroom. They have been busy making up a new class contract, designing some artwork for our walls, choosing classroom responsibilities and doing lots of new learning. We will be adding some photos later in the week :-)
All of the children in my Senior Infants class entered an art competition called Gifts to the Starman in December. They completed a drawing using chalk pastels on sugar paper to create beautiful colurful space-themed pictures based on the David Bowie song Straman!
I am very proud to say that not one but two of the pupils in my class were selected from thousands of entrants to be a part of the Gifts to the Starman exhibition as part of Dublin Bowie Festival. Their work will be exhibited in The Phoenix Park Visitor's Centre, and it is free for all to attend, The opening times are 9.30-5.30 9-13 January.
Here are the two winning drawings!
Hello everyone and welcome to a new school year in Sarah's Senior Infant class in Citywest ETNS!
Firstly, I apologise for the delay with uploading to the website. I was experiencing difficulties initially, but that problem has been solved now, so I am uploading the backlog from September all at once!
Phonics in Senior Infants
We are looking at rhyming words on a daily basis, and this can be practiced at home too. The word families we have cover so far are. -at, -in, -et, -an, -ut, -ap.
We also learned the poem, The Fat Cat.
The Fat Cat
She walks along the garden wall,
She hasn't got a home at all,
The thin cat, the thin cat,
The homeless little thin cat.
But now she lies upon the mat,
Her coat is warm and she is fat,
The fat cat, the fat cat,
The happy little fat cat!
Learning through Play!
Here is a little look at our morning activities and some play rota areas from September.
My class is learning about The Story of 5. This means that they are learning to partition sets to combine numbers up to 5, (e.g.0+5, 1+4, etc...)
This is a screen shot from the visualiser which I use to demo activities to the children, and then they complete this activity in pairs, taking turns to write number sentences on white boards or use the materials and make the partition. The children really enjoy hands on Maths activities and have fun learning them too!
Gingerbread Man Activity
As I'm sure you have seen, the gingerbread men were the first addition to our window display this year. The children carefully followed a set of instructions to complete this fine motor task and it was a very successful lesson. I was proud of their level of focus and impressed by the accuracy of their skills.
Art - Colour mixing.
Last week the children painted colour wheels for art and learned how to mix colours, wash their brushes and how to stay clean in an art class.
The children learned about the three primary colours, red, blue and yellow. They also learned that when you mix two primary colours together that it makes a secondary colour. The secondary colours are orange, purple and green.
Red and yellow make orange
Red and blue make purple
Blue and yellow make green.
The children mixed the secondary colours by themselves in pairs.