Senior Infants & 1st Class

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Teacher: Mrs. Gleeson

Seniors & 1st Class End of Year Update!

Our final half-term has been a busy one!

We learned about ‘buachaill bó’! Bhí an buachaill bó ag marcaíocht. We played ‘Deir Ó Grádaigh’ and loved it when Mrs. Gleeson called out ‘Bígí ag marcaíocht’! We read a story about a ‘cailín bó’ called Ordinary Audrey. It was set in the ‘Wild West’ and there were some outlaws causing trouble. Our ‘cailín bó’ was the renamed ‘Extraordinary Audrey’ after her clever antics!

We learned how to draw ‘Little Rabbit Foo Foo’, the main character in another story we loved. He was a very bold rabbit and was turned into a goonie at the end. We didn’t know what a goonie was until we saw his transformation! We all did an amazing job at copying the shapes to draw both characters!

We used our drawings as a stimulus for shared writing. We brainstormed our ideas and some people made the Goonie into a kind character, while others gave him mean characteristics. We had lots of fun sharing our stories!

We have been playing ‘Headbanz’ for fun, but really we are learning to ask the right questions and follow clues. It has been wonderful to play together, taking turns and listening to each other, and also use or oral language skills.

We have been playing lots of games during ‘Maths for Fun!’ time! We played snakes and ladders, which involves lot of counting forwards and backwards. We played with tangrams to build pictures and shape puzzles. We also played lots of fun physical counting games like ‘Blastoff’ and ‘Higher or Lower’.

In SESE, we learned about different bodies of water (stream,river, canal, sea) and how to recognise them. We also did a survey with a grandparent about what life was like when they were our age. It was great to learn things about our grandparents when they were children and hear what games they liked to play. We learned about magnets and carried out investigations with different materials to see what items were magnetic. We were surprised by some of the outcomes! We also got to play with iron filings and magnetic cars.

We all helped to make a wormery. We needed different layers so Senior Infants collected lots of small rocks and pebbles, first class dug upsoil using spoons and Mrs. Gleeson gave us sand. We layered these in a pattern before adding in some food for the worms – we used some banana peel and leaves.We also sprayed water on every layer. Then we added our worms. We kept the wormery in a dark press and checked on them every couple of days. It was amazing to see the tracks that they made mixing each layer.  

We have been enjoying lots of time outside, taking advantage of the lovely weather. We are so lucky to be able to use the astro turf for PE and the whole field for nature walks. We love searching for minibeasts and examining wildflowers.

Our ‘fun week’ was brilliant. We wore our own clothes, which was a novelty! On Tuesday, we all took part in potato and spoon races and sack races. We had so much fun! In the afternoon, we went up the GAA field and took part in a penalty shoot-out and an obstacle course! Sixth class had prepared a goody bag for us, which was a great treat!

On Thursday, we saw Peter the magician. He was AMAZING!! He turned a picture of a bird into a real bird and changed a dove into a rabbit! On Friday, we were visited by the ice-cream van after lunch!

We have had a great time in Senior Infants and 1st class and are ready for summer holidays!

Senior Infants & 1st Class Easter Update

We were so delighted to be back to school after lockdown. We spent a lot of time playing together, in our pods, and socialising again! We were so lucky that the weather stayed dry, we were able to go outside for PE and lots of outside playtime.

We are ‘ag baint taitneamh’ as Bua na Cainte and playing games like ‘Deir Ó Grádaigh’, ‘Cluiche Kim’ agus ‘Cad atá imithe?’

In SESE, we learned about the life cycle of the frog. We watched a video and examined pictures of the different stages. One of our classmates was responsible for looking after some rescued frog spawn, ensuring it had the correct food and habitat to make it all the way to adulthood. This was a wonderful learning experience that was exciting to follow! Thank you Dante and Helen!

We were very lucky to be able to use our kitchens at home for some ‘Maths’ during lockdown. When we were learning about weight, we each had to bake something, with help from an adult. Mrs. Gleeson was so delighted to see all our finished cookies, brownies and cakes!

Since we returned to school, we have learned to read o’clock(Seniors and 1st) and half past on the clock. We played ‘What time is it Mr. Wolf?’. It was lots of fun!

Seniors were so good at using our ‘five frames’ in Maths that they were able to start using ‘ten frames’.

Writing is still a very important focus for us, especially in Senior Infants. We are getting so much better at keeping our letters on the line and making them a more mature size. We like to write jokes and stories in our ‘free writing’ time. We also illustrate our work.

We are happy to be back doing our CAPER (Children And Parents Enjoying Reading). We all enjoy quiet reading time at home with our mom or dad.

We have been learning a lot about Spring and all the changes that it brings. We created a beautiful Spring frieze in our classroom, with butterflies and lambs and our seasonal tree, which is now growing buds. We also painted daffodils, using different shades of green that we mixed from the primary colours.

We used collage, with gummed coloured paper, to make symmetrical butterflies. We created a 3D effect on our lambs by using cotton wool to give a similar texture to real-life wool. We were able to feel real sheep’s wool. It was so soft!

We had our lunch outside one sunny day! We picked dandelions from the grass and put them in our cardboard vase!  

We have welcomed Ms. McMorrow to our ‘seomra’ on teaching practise. We have been learning lots and enjoying our lessons with Ms.McMorrow.

 

Senior Infants & 1st Class December Update

Happy Christmas!! We have had a very busy half-term!

We have learned about 2-D and 3-D shapes. We spent a lot of time investigating and handling sets of shapes, so we could figure out their properties. We learned the names of circles, rectangles, triangles and squares and cube, cuboid, sphere and cylinder. We made shape pictures with the 2-D shapes and buildings with the 3-D shapes. We also completed a maths trail,where we identified 2- and 3-D shapes in real life.

We learned how to measure using non-standard units, like cubes, lollipop sticks, straws and even our hands. We use comparative words to describe items like long, longer, wide, wider, tall and taller. In first class we started measuring using a metre stick.

We love our Bua na Cainte. We have learned all about Daidí na Nollag, stoca Nollag, cáca Nollag, hata dearg, cóta dearg agus bristí dearg! We love singing our songs and saying our rhymes, especially Bualadh Bos agus Síndo Lámha.

Our writing and reading are continuing to improve. We learned about acrostic poems and wrote a shared one entitled ELF. First class made up their own amazing acrostic poems called SANTA. We have enjoyed reading independently during our DEAR time. Senior Infants are really enjoying their CAPER time at home and first class are looking forward to starting it in the new year.

In SESE we have learned about toys and games that might be the same nowadays as they were when our grandparents were young. We watched archived footage of ‘The Late Late Toy Show’ and compared it to this year’s Late Late Toy Show! We examined the materials that some toys are made from and looked for those materials in our local environment. We investigated objects made from a variety of materials to examine whether they would float or sink. We observed the weather and kept a record of it every day for a week. It was cold and rainy most often! We read a wonderful story called Raindrop Bill, which describes the water cycle. We replicated rain falling from rain clouds with shaving foam and food dye. We celebrated Science week by having experiments every day. We grew seeds but kept the light from one seed tray to test if the seeds would grow. We put hard boiled eggs into different liquids to examine the effect on the shell of the eggs. The egg shells react in much the same way as the enamel on our teeth do; after a few days we examined the eggs and used a tooth brush to clean them!

In SPHE we have started our Stay Safe programme.  We also learned the correct way to brush our teeth, with help from the Singing Dentist! We made a 3-D collage of a toothbrush and tooth paste.

In art, we learned about primary colours. We mixed yellow and blue to make different shades of green. We used our greens to paint Snapsy theAlligator, a character from one of our stories. We mixed yellow and red to make different shades of orange, which we used to paint the sky at sunset. Once it was dry, we used our pencil and crayons to draw a silhouette. We made and decorated Christmas trees and Christmas baubles. We were also lucky enough to be gifted wooden reindeer ornaments from a parent, which we decorated and hung at home.  

We love going to the astro turf for PE lessons. If the weather is not suitable, we work on fundamental movements in our pods. Our teacher always makes sure we get enough movement throughout the day. We play lots of physical games for Maths and Gaeilge.

Nollag Shona Duit!

Senior Infants & First Class Mid Term Update

It has been wonderful being back in school and seeing our friends every day! Our teacher, Mrs. Gleeson, is so proud of how well we have adjusted to the Covid-19 regulations. We have five different colour pods in our classroom. In Seniors we have the primary colours– red, blue and yellow. In First Class our colours are orange and green. On the first day we had our colour balloons floating above our tables to help us find our way!

                  We always remember to sanitise our hands when we enter and leave the classroom. We also sanitise before we eat. In class, we stay at our own pods and we can share with other children in our pod.We have special boxes of toys that we can use. When we are finished with them,they go into ‘quarantine’; then we can swap the boxes safely. We remember to put our books straight into the quarantine box when we bring them back to school.

               In SPHE we have been learning how to take turns, especially when we are talking in class. We try to look at the person that is speaking and we put up our hands when we want to say something. We have also been learning about healthy eating and the kinds of foods that we should eat lots of and the foods that we should keep as a treat. We can bring a treat in our lunch on Fridays, but we eat our healthy food first! We have been learning about how we grow and change. We hav eall grown up so much since we first started school.

               In Literacy we have made great progress with our reading. We concentrated on our Jolly Phonics sounds and actions; we like to sound our and blend the words we come across. Mrs. Gleeson gives stamps for great reading and writing – when we fill our stamp card, everyone gives a ‘bualadh bos’, our name gets written in the special pink circle and at the end of the day we get to pick a prize from the prize box!

In First Class, we are doing the PAT programme, which helps our reading and writing. We love using our free writing copies to create stories, jokes, poems and pictures.

In Maths we enjoy playing lots ofgames to warm up our brain – Buzz is our favourite! We like using our 5-frames and 10-frames to learn more about number. We spent time examining and investigating some 3-D shapes – cube, cuboid, sphere and cylinder. We discovered which ones could roll and which we could stack. We even use 2-D shapes when we go to PE lessons in the astro turf.

In First class, we are getting really good at our tables and knowing our mental maths facts by heart. We can add three numbers together and are learning different ways of subtraction. We also like talking out the maths problems and finding out how everyone did it!

In Gaeilge, we love our new Bua na Cainte programme. There are lots of interactive games and poems and songs.Is maith linn é! When an adult comes to the classroom we say ‘Fáilte romhat!’ We also love to play ‘Deir Ó Grádaigh’. Mrs. Gleeson doesn’t play ‘knock out’ every time because we are so good! Sometimes she calls out a child’s name and says ‘Tusa an múinteoir anois!’ and then that child gets to call out the instructions.

We have created lots of art since we have been back at school. We made emoji faces and a sleeping three toed sloth using a paper plate. We used rolled-up card and strips of paper to make an octopus. We learned to draw Hairy Mc Lairy, the dog in our story, and then we stuck pieces of wool on to the picture to create his long messy hair! We made lots of different Halloween art – a collaborative 3-D ghost, bats and a painting. We found out where socks go – there’s a secret tunnel at the back of the drier that leads to ‘Sock City’ – so we created our own sock puppet from all the lonely socks left behind! Everybody created their own character using foam for the tongue and different eyes. Some people made lots of eyes! We love being creative with plasticine too.

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