Junior Infants 2018/2019
This year everyone in our school is going to have circle time so that everyone gets to have their say. We had our first circle time on Friday and we used it as an opportunity to get to know our new friends better. We brought something which is special to us to school and we took turns to tell the others why our item was special to us. After we told everyone about our special item we placed it on a piece of fabric in the middle of our circle.
As part of our Mind Up programme we've been busy learning about our brains and how important they are. We've been finding out about the prefrontal cortex which helps us to learn new things and to solve problems, the hippocampus which helps us to remember things and stores our memories and the amygdala which controls our emotions. We've also been practicing our deep breathing which can help us to allow our brains to relax and to calm down if we're feeling frightened, angry or sad. Here we are trying to 'breathe' our soft toys off our chests. If we breathe very deeply we fill our chests with air and this makes our toy move up and down.
We have been practicing our cutting skills and getting used to using scissors. We're going to take lots of opportunities to get better and better at this over the next few months.
Super Jigsaw Makers
Our Writing Patterns
Our first writing pattern is our 'across straight, up straight, across straight, down straight' pattern. It's a great pattern for drawing castles!. We've been writing our patterns on paper but also making them on the floor with lollipop sticks and on our tables with matchsticks.
Junior Infants 2017/2018
Time For Planting
We've been busy filling in our class raised bed and preparing it for planting. Thank you to Eleanor ( Christian and Gabrielle's mammy), Edel ( Morgan's mammy) and Barbara ( Tony's mammy) and the other volunteer mammies from older classes who came and supervised events. They were all very impressed with the fantastic gardeners in Junior Infants. Thank you also to Eoin Dunford for all his hard work in making and setting up the raised beds. We're really looking forward to the next step of planting some flowers and some vegetables.
Happy Valentine's Day
We've been busy with our Café this month. We're taking turns to be chefs, waiters, cashiers and of course customers. We're also busy with our other activities during Aistear time. Have a look below.
Small World Play
Oscar's Getting Big!!
We've been continuing to watch baby Oscar's development. Look how he can sit up on his own now! Thank you to his mammy Eleanor who brings him to engage with us each week and to Stephanie ( Jacob's mammy) who organised this activity and facilitates the session each week. Oscar is teaching us lots!
Santa Claus Is Coming To School!!!
We had a very special visitor to school on Friday 22nd December. There was great excitement as the children from Junior Infants to 2nd class were gathered in our room to sing some Christmas songs when Santa arrived. We had a chance to ask Santa some very interesting questions and we sang some songs for him including Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer which he particularly liked as he confided in us that Rudolf is his favourite of his reindeer. Since it's such a busy time of the year for Santa we invited him to join us in a brain break and we told him about our Mind Up programme. He became so relaxed he even fell asleep!.
Hampers For Barnardos
In December we spoke about Homeless people and people who don't have as much as we do. To make it more concrete for the children and to help some of these people we contributed to two hampers which we sent to Melinda in Barnardos. She was delighted to find good homes for our hampers and sent her thanks to the Junior Infants and their families. Melinda also distributed the fantastic shoe boxes of donated goods from our school and was really impressed by how thoughtful and generous people were. Thanks to all.
Shape In Maths
On Friday we started a new activity. Eleanor brought her gorgeous baby, Oscar to visit us. For the next few weeks we're going to watch the two of them interacting and follow the changes in Oscar's development.
As part of the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot we've been taking the opportunity to eat our lunch outdoors in our Sukkah ( a tent like structure covered in branches). Anna's Daddy Eoghan did a super job on making it for us.....thanks Eoghan:)
National Tree Day
Thursday the 5th October was National Tree Day and we celebrated by going for our first walk in the woods of the year. We in Kilcolgan Educate Together are incredibly lucky to have our school situated in the middle of woodland so we didn't have to go far to reach the woods. We were very lucky to have 6 mammies with us so we were able to investigate in very small groups. Eleanor got us to close our eyes and listen and take notice of the sounds around us. We also gathered up some signs of Autumn to take back to school with us. Thanks to Eleanor, Edel, Stephanie, Cathy, Barbara and Virginie for accompanying us on our walk.
Hugh was delighted to meet this gorgeous robin during our walk.
Morgan and his Mammy, Edel brought a little Ash tree from their garden and we planted it in our school. It will be lovely to watch it grow and it will remind us of Tree Day 2017.
Our Autumn pictures
European Language Day
We celebrated European Language Day on Tuesday 26th September. We had three guests to read and sing to us in French, Polish and German. It was lovely to hear the sounds of the different languages. At the end of the session we sang some songs in our favourite European language....Gaeilge ( Irish) of course!!!!!
Celeste's Mammy, Virginie sang some action songs in French for us. Celeste helped out by showing us the pictures in the song book.
Jan's Mammy, Agneiszka read a poem in Polish for us.
Jacob's Mammy, Stephanie read two German picture books for us. One of the books was about an owl with a sore head.
The Magical Menagerie......A Puppet Show
On Friday (22nd September) we went to see a super puppet show in the halla near our school. It was a story about lots of animals from the rain forest and it was great fun. There were lots of instruments in the show too.
We're going to practice using scissors each Friday. The more we practice the better we'll get. It's really good for developing our fine motor skills and we can make super pictures with the pieces we cut out.
We've been busy using our construction toys to make fantastic creations.
We've been practising our writing patterns....but not just on paper!. Here's some we made on our tables and on the floor. It's a great pattern for drawing castles.
A Turtle In Our Classroom!
Luke (1st class) and Kaelan (6th class) are helping to rescue a turtle which was found near their home. They visited us today to show us the turtle and to tell us some interesting things about him. They also told us some interesting facts about the differences between turtles and tortoises.
Getting To Know Our New Friends
We've been busy in Junior Infants getting to know all our new friends. We played 'Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?' to help us to learn all of our names and we made 'All About Me' boxes at home so we could tell each other about some of our favourite things
All About Me Boxes
Jan loved sharing this photo of his trip to India with his family.
Morgan had his favourite soft toy Wolfie in his box
Erin likes Frozen!
Erin's bunny is lovely and soft.
Junior Infants 2016/17
Our Easter bonnet parade has by now become a tradition and this year didn't disappoint. It was very clear that a lot of imagination and effort went into the wonderful millinery on view at this year's event on Friday 7th April. Well done to everyone and their supporters!.
Student Led Conferences
On the 29th March we invited our families to our classroom so that we could share our learning with them while in our classroom environment. We showed them some of our work in our folders, read a book, and did a science experiment with magnets amongst other things. We also taught our families some Lámh signs and sang some songs for them. Everyone was really happy to join us on the day and Fionnuala was very proud of us all.
World Down Syndrome Day
We celebrated World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March. Maeve (Ruby's mammy) and Suzanne (Max's mammy) prepared a super presentation and went to every class in the school to tell us about Down Syndrome. It gave us all a fantastic opportunity to learn about Down Syndrome and to ask any questions we had. Thanks Maeve and Suzanne for sharing your time and expertise with us. Thanks also to Deirdre who made our gorgeous banner.
As socks are used by Down Syndrome International as a symbol of the extra chromosome which people with Down Syndrome have we all brought our odd socks in and made a line of them in our school yard. We couldn't believe that it actually snowed on the 21st March.....it makes for a more interesting photo though!!!
Seachtain na Gaeilge
In March we joined in with lots of other children around the country to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge ( Irish week). We took part in lots of activities such as 4th class coming to read to us as Gaeilge, a teacher swap when Fionnuala and Anna Mc swapped over to teach us more Irish and a fabulous fashion show on the 16th March which of course had an Irish theme.
Here's Noah ag léamh as Gaeilge (reading in Irish) to Max.
And here are our some of our amazing models at our fashion show....bhí siad go hiontach agus bhí an spraoi againn.
In science we've been looking at magnets. We went around our class with magnets to see what was or wasn't attracted to them. We also talked about the materials which the magnets were or were not attracted to. We found that the magnets loved metal but not wood.
In the materials section of our science curriculum we looked at the characteristics of some materials which would be suitable or not suitable to make a raincoat from. Following our experiment using gloves made of rubber, plastic, cotton and wool we discovered that it would be best to use rubber or plastic as they were waterproof.
A Visit to the Nursing Home
In our school we think that community links are very important and we also love to go visiting so we went off to sing for the residents in a nearby nursing home. We hired a bus to go there which was great fun. We had a great time with all the people we met there and we think that the residents enjoyed our singing. We sang songs in Irish and English but we think our audience liked 'You Are My Sunshine' the best. Ellie( Ciara's mammy) and Fergus (Ruby's daddy) came along as our helpers. Nora from Germany who was helping out in our classroom for a couple of weeks also joined us. Thank you Ellie, Fergus and Nora.
Happy Valentine's Day
Look how busy we were with scissors, glue and of course LOTS of red paint!!!
Welcome to our Vet's Surgery
As part of our Aistear programme ( learning through play) we set up our own vet's surgery and had a great time looking after the animals of the area.
Here's Maggie making an appointment with Robyn who was our receptionist on the day. She had a lovely phone manner!
While the American people were deciding on their new president we spoke about democracy and the concept of one person, one vote. We held our own election on the day of the election in the United States. We got to vote for jigsaw time or an episode of Rhubarb and Custard.
After all the votes were counted Rhubarb and Custard won out by 5 votes!.
Ciara's daddy David came to our class to talk to us about our brains and the amazing jobs it does. He showed us pictures and he let us look at slides with his microscope. David also brought some models of the brain which showed us the different parts of the brain. Thank you to David for sharing his time and knowledge with us and to Ciara for being a super assistant on the day.
Xavier's dad Paul brought us on a super walk in the woods near our school. We met up at the walled garden and then headed into the woods. Paul had collected some sample leaves and while in the woods he showed us where to find these common leaves but he also told us great stories and names of some less well known trees. We had a lovely time. Thanks to Paul for taking time out of his busy day to help us with our learning. Xavier was very proud to have his daddy as our guide.
6th class made super maps and brought us on a tour of the school so we could see where everything on their maps was to be found. We really enjoyed our map reading.
European Language Day
We invited our families to share different European languages with us on the 26th September. Thank you to all our guests.
Marisol read a story in Spanish and Ian did a great job of adding sounds to the story.
Irina and Conor shared two of Conor's favourite animal books with us in Catalan.
Iollan's mammy Jill read a leabhar mór as Gaeilge ( a big book in Irish ) for us. Iollan helped her. The book was called 'Ag Siopadóireacht' ( Shopping ).
Liliana's granny, Marian sang a song for us in German. It's a song that she and Liliana like to sing together.
'All About Me' Boxes
We have been busy learning all about our new friends in Junior Infants. We got some help at home to decorate a box and put in some photos and other items which we like and wanted to share. It's been a great way of seeing how big we've become since we were babies and also to show our friends our likes and interests.
Ciara really likes this photo of herself with her big sister Izzy when they were camping.
Scott loves dogs.
Robyn wore this hairband when she was a baby.
This is Julia's favourite soft toy, Fluffy.
Liam loves cars.
Max loves this photo of him with his family.
Here's Maggie with her puppy. Maggie likes animals and showed us a photo of her pet pigs.
Fun With Scissors!
We've been practicing our cutting and sticking skills. First of all we cut straight line strips of paper and glued them to a coloured background to make really cool pictures and the following week we cut out circles, triangles and rectangles to make scarecrows.
We talked about how we are all special and we decided to paint a picture of ourselves.
Junior Infants 2015/2016
Fun in the Walled Garden
We are incredibly lucky with the location of our great new school. Look what's on our doorstep!. Recently we went to visit the beautiful garden near our school. We met Brigid who works hard in and looks after the garden. She explained how we could help her to keep the garden looking lovely and she told us to go and enjoy the garden. This instruction was very easy to follow!. We had a super time there and have been back again on a beautiful day to have our lunch at the picnic benches there.
Time To Vote
In Learn Together we've been looking at voting in the context of our General Election. We voted for a story for home time and we had a choice between two stories, Goodnight Tiptoe and The Pirate Cruncher. We learned that each person could have one vote and while we got to decide which book was our favourite we had no guarantees that our choice would win out. We spoke about our country's general election and how we will pick our new government. Our polling station was in our 'Aistear' shop. A big thank you to Eleanor who made our ballot box and our voting equipment last year when we used it to learn about the importance of having our say during the same sex marriage referendum.
After the votes were cast it was time to count. Mairead set up the count centre on the Bord Buí ( yellow table). She had lots of willing helpers. The Pirate Cruncher came out on top. Some boys and girls were a little disappointed with the result but Gabriel's Pirate Cruncher book was a super story so it all worked out well in the end!. Good luck to all our new TDs on forming a government. We'll be watching them closely!.
Our January theme in Aistear is the Doctor's Surgery and we've been busy learning all the language we need to run our surgery and treat our patients.
Lily, Carla and Tilli waiting patiently in our waiting room.
Dr. Lena being assisted by Nurse Amy looks after Finn who has come to our surgery for treatment.
Cathal's mammy, Naomi is a nurse and she kindly came to tell us all about her job. Naomi works with little babies and she showed us the instruments she needs to check the babies' weight and other measurements. Cathal was a fantastic assistant. Thanks Naomi for sharing your time and expertise with us. We really enjoyed your visit.
Gabriel's mammy Eilís is a doctor and she very kindly came to visit us on her day off to tell us all about how she helps people in her job. Eilís also works with babies. She told us all about the importance of not spreading germs by washing our hands and keeping them nice and clean. Eilís brought us all a hat and mask which doctors use when they are in operating theatres....we had great fun pretending to be doctors. Gabriel did a super job of being his mammy's assistant on the day. Well done Gabriel and thank you Eilís.
Freddy and Scruffy got a full work up!!!!
The Fish Tank
Joanne's 6th class has a fish tank on loan from the Galway Aquarium and they kindly allowed us to visit. The children in 6th class introduced us to all the native species fish in the tank. We met Hermie the hermit crab, a starfish, a butterfish, a goby fish and a flat fish. Thanks to Joanne and all in 6th class as we really enjoyed our visit. Those fish are going to be really clever after being with 6th class for a few weeks!
On the 19th January we had two special visitors to our school. Two members of the Irish army came to present us with a national flag and a copy of the Proclamation. The army are presenting these to all schools to commemorate 1916. Cathal and Murragh (from 1st class) got to take the proclamation from the officers as their dad's cousin read out the proclamation outside the GPO 10 years ago for the 90th anniversary commemoration ceremony.
Carla and Kolja are the two youngest pupils in our school and they were presented with our new flag.
We looked at the Hanukkah and Christmas stories. We made Hanukkah candles and Christmas trees.
6th class came to read Irish stories to us. We had a great time. Bhí siad go hiontach ag léamh agus bhaineamar an-taitneamh as.
In Science we've been looking at forces. We looked at things which are moved by pushing, pulling or twisting them. We also brought some toys from home to see if we would push, pull or twist them to make them move.
Gabriel brought a crocodile to pull.
Kolja's car moves when he pushes it.
Luke pushed his Jack in the box down into it's box before he started to twist the handle. This made Jack jump up!.
We push our trolleys when we go shopping....but we can also pull them if we get stuck!!
We invited our families to come to our classroom so we could sing our Hallowe'en songs for them and scare them with some Hallowe'en poems. We had a huge audience and we gave them lots of frights!! Here we are before they all arrived.
On the 22nd October we met up with our buddies in 6th class to complete a Maths trail around our school. We did lots of counting and had a great time bringing Maths outside.
Did you notice that it was also dress up day for Hallowe'en?!.
Making Millie's Bread
The day after our visit to the theatre to see 'Bake' Millie's mammy Helena visited us to show us how to bake brown bread. We lined up all the ingredients and measured them out using a cup, a jug, a teaspoon and a dessertspoon. First we put all the dry ingredients in and then added 2 eggs, and buttermilk. We all got a turn to mix the dough with a wooden spoon. Helena brought the dough home to bake and came back at home time with a slice wrapped up for each of us. Millie was a fantastic assistant. Thanks to Helena for sharing her time and expertise with us. we really enjoyed ourselves.
'Bake' at Babaró
On Thursday 15th October we went to the theatre in Galway as part of the Babaró theatre festival. We saw a show called 'Bake' at the Nun's Island theatre and we had a great time. The show was all about a baker who made cakes in a castle bakery. We got a bus to take us to Galway and we also enjoyed the journey there. A big thank you to Gemma, Marisol and Esther who came along with us to help out on the day.
Signs of Autumn
We joined our buddies in 5th and 6th class to go on an Autumn Walk. We looked for and talked about signs of Autumn. It was lovely to meet up with 6th class again.
Getting To Know Our New School
Our friends in 6th class made fantastic maps of our school. They collected us on our second week in school and gave us a tour of the school. It was a super activity and as well as meeting our new friends in 6th class we got to read their maps and see where all the other classes in our school are and what the middle and top yards look like. They were really friendly and took great care of us as we explored our new school. Thanks to Joanne and all the boys and girls in 6th class.
We also went to check out where Anna and Noreen work on the top floor. They were delighted to see us!.
We're Very Arty!
We've been cutting and sticking.
.......and painting ourselves.
We classified leaves and then made some leaf rubbings. We looked at oak, sycamore and horse-chestnut leaves and we talked about the fruits of these trees too.
Our new sound was 'd' so we invited Lochlan from 6th class to play his drum for us....what a super sound he made!.
'All About Me' Boxes
We put some of our favourite things in a box and covered our boxes in colourful paper and glittery bits. We took turns to open our boxes and show everyone the treasures we had chosen. We got to learn lots of new things about our friends from our 'All About Me' Boxes. Our boxes were full of history!.
Cici showed us a little bear with her name on it. It was her favourite thing in her box.
Colin showed us a lovely card with his picture on it which he made in play school.
Marley drew this gorgeous picture and put it in her box to share with us.
Grace showed us a pair of little shoes which she wore when she was a baby.
Dylan loves Superheroes and had one of his favourite cars in his box.