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Senior Infants and First Class

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Teacher: Mrs. Gleeson

Seniors and First Class June Update

This term has been very busy in Senior Infants and First Class!

In SESE we learned about Nelson Mandela from South Africa.We loved how he stood up for what he believed in and always treated peoplefairly. Mandela spent 27 years in prison. We also learned a song that was written about him called ‘Free Nelson Mandela’.

We learned the story of ‘The Salmon of Knowledge’. We learned it is called 'An Bradán Feasa’ in Irish. The person who ate the salmon would get all the knowledge in the world. A boy called Fionn accidently burned his thumb on the skin of the salmon and put it in his mouth. He became a great leader.

This year we had Food Dudes visit our school. Every day we got a different fruit and vegetable to eat. When we had tasted the new food, we got prizes; pencil cases, water bottles, pedometers and lunchboxes. Here are the fruits and vegetables that we ate: carrots, cucumber, peppers, baby corn,oranges, apples, bananas, grapes, melons, blueberries, pineapple. Since having the Food Dudes in our school most of us eat a wider variety of foods.

In art, we learned about the primary colours. We used those three colours to mix new colours and create a picture. We also made beautiful tropical fish and created an underwater scene.

In drama, we made a television and used to it make broadcasts.We had sport reports, news reports and weather reports. We also made a remote and changed the ‘channel’. It was lots of fun!

We love singing and dancing. We learned lots of dance moves and love putting them to use in the class!

Everyone in our room brings favourite items from home for‘Show and Tell’. It is a great way to share the things that are important to us.

We went on our school tour to ‘The Old Rectory’ in Croom. We had an amazing day! First, we went on an obstacle course through a forest, then we went on a treasure hunt and got lollipops once we had found everything. We made cookies using different cutters and decorated them with smarties. We ate our lunch at picnic tables. We played on the climbing frames and then we met all the animals and their babies. We had a wonderful day!

We have had a great year and are ready for some summer fun!!

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Juniors, Seniors and First Class enjoyed a Teddy Bear's picnic after their year of hard work! Each pupil brought a special teddy of theirs to school. They brought teddies they had since they were babies, teddies given as gifts and teddies sent from relatives far away. Some teddies were new while some had missing eyes, hands and legs! The teddies were treated to a picnic on the school grass area where the pupils had a great time showing them around and playing with them. They also shared some treats as part of the special day. Thanks to Mrs. Glesson, Ms.Balfry, Marian and Linda for helping the picnic run so smoothly!

Juniors, Seniors and First visit the Old Rectory

Juniors, Seniors and First Class visited the 'Old Rectory' for their school tour. They were treated to a variety of activities ranging from baking, treasure hunts, obstacle courses, farm animals and playground games. Everyone had a super day and thank you to Mrs. Gleeson, Ms.Balfry, Mrs. Quinn, Linda and Karina for all their help!

Senior Infants and First Class December Update

We have been very busy this term!

Senior Infants have been working really hard at their reading, and all their hard work is paying off. First class and Seniors have been really enjoying their C.A.P.E.R. work at home. It is important to spend uninterrupted time reading with younger children. It increases their vocabulary, comprehension and confidence. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful library filled with reading and sensory resources.  

In SESE we learned all about our teeth and what we used different teeth for. The children practised making teeth from plasticine –sharp incisors for biting and square flat molars and pre-molars for chewing –before making our own from clay! First class learned about ‘Síog na bhFiacla’along the way and we had plenty of ‘fiacla ag bogadh’!

We experimented with different materials in Science. The children made predictions about which materials would be waterproof, and also which objects would float or sink. They used what they had learned to design and make a waterproof outfit for a doll. The groups each had a chance to share their creations with the class.

Seniors and First class were delighted to get the chance of dancing with Kate Upton and learned many new dance moves! Dance is a stand-alone strand in the PE curriculum, which emphasises and helps to develop gross motor skills, including co-ordination and balance, through fluid movement. The children love the chance of performing onstage and preparing for and putting on a show is a very valuable learning experience. We hope you will all enjoy our show ‘The Wizard of Oz’!

I set the children two separate STEM challenges this month.The first was to build a bridge which would carry the Billy Goats Gruff across the river. The children worked in small groups to create a bridge choosing suitable materials from a range available to them. They did an amazing job and even tested the stability of the bridge using goats and cows from our ‘Small World’farm!

The second STEM challenge was to build Santa’s sleigh! First class worked together to make a wonderful child-sized sleigh that had a seat for Santa, reins for the reindeer and a big compartment for presents!!

Wishing you all a wonderful peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year!

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