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!