Junior Infants December Update

Happy Christmas from Junior Infants!

Juniors have worked so hard this half term and are looking forward to a well deserved break! We have finished learning all our Jolly Phonics sounds and learned new sight words. We read our first reader called ‘The Picnic’ and have learned to put our finger under each word as we read and move across in the reading direction. We enjoyed reading all about the Wandsville characters’ picnic and how GG accidentally ruined it! We love reciting rhymes together each day. We have learned lots of new vocabulary and Ms. Balfry is so proud of how much effort we have put into our work at school and at home!

We love our art lessons and have created art pieces based on stories we read in class. We made paintings using clothes pegs and pom poms from the story ‘Owl Babies’, paper plate paintings based on ‘The Gruffalo’ and maps from ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We had lots of fun this month making reindeer using our hands for antlers and special 3D snowmen. We mixed PVA glue, paint, glitter and our special ingredient...shaving foam to make our snowmen! We also painted beautiful Robin Redbreasts and learned how to switch between colours when we paint. We enjoyed learning all about the primary colours and even did some colour mixing and made the colour brown using the three primary colours!

We have had great fun doing PE in the astro turf every week and always ask to play the bean game! We enjoy movement breaks in class every day and Ms. Balfry thinks we are super dancers!

We learned about the Beatles in music and listened to ‘Yellow Submarine’ and ‘Octopus’ Garden’. We also explored musical traditions in other countries at Christmas time and sang Christmas songs together.

We had a surprise visitor to our class this month in the form of Santa’s elf, Jingles! Jingles has been hiding around our class everyday; having tea parties, messing with the toilet roll and even painting! Ms. Balfry is so proud of how we use our Kind Words, Kind Hands and Kind Feet everyday in class and knows that Jingles has reported this back to Santa!

We have loved learning about Christmas and Daidí na Nollag in our Gaeilge lessons this month and want to wish everyone a very safe and happy Christmas. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2021!

Nollag Shona Daoibh from Juniors!!!!!

1st & 2nd Class December Update

Welcome back to 1st and 2nd class! The first term has just flown by!

We had lots of fun during Science week when we learned all about teeth. We investigated how some foods can cause tooth decay. We used eggs for teeth and placed the eggs in coke, water, milk, apple juice and vinegar. The results were very interesting. We also made a model of teeth using plasticine.

In Geography, we have been watching the weather,measuring the daily rainfall using a rain gauge and learning about the watercycle.

In Maths, we practised counting money and calculating change at the shop. We also learned about symmetry and created beautiful symmetrical butterflies. We examined 3D shapes and made our own out of paper nets and match sticks.

Although the lead up to Christmas has been a little different this year, we have still really enjoyed it. We had a special visitor this month. Allie the Elf has been moving around the classroom and watching everyone very closely to report back to Santa. We love finding her new hiding place every morning.

We have looked forward to checking what treats are behind our advent calendar each day. There has been hot chocolate, fluffy socks day, a talent show and lots more. We loved working together to write Christmas acrostic poems and created lots of fabulous, festive artwork.

We are looking forward to our Christmas holidays afterall our hard work this term.

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year from 1st and 2nd class!

6th Class December Update

What a busy and fun term we have had!

In English, we are reading the novel Holes by Louis Sachar. We are also completing lots of activities on it. We are enjoying the story of Stanley in Camp Green.

In Maths, we are enjoying our stations every Wednesday. This has made Maths and problem solving fun! Everyone loves Maths on Wednesday!!

We did lots of Christmas Art during the month of December. We loved getting creative!

In STEM, we completed the skier challenge. We planned, designed and engineered a skier that could stand on skis. This was a super fun challenge that we loved doing.

We did Secret Santa in our class again this year. We put lots of thought into our gifts and had so much fun opening our presents.

There was great excitement in our class on the 14th December, after Limerick winning the All Ireland Hurling Final. We decked ourselves in green and got a night off homework to celebrate.

We had great fun deciding on the name of our gnome. In the end we choose Bing Bong!!

We have had a great term and will be looking forward to a new year.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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!