Junior and Senior Infants are currently participating in a six week gymnastics programme. They are learning how to do forward rolls, backward rolls, pencil rolls. They are using the equipment to experiment with all kinds of movements including hanging off of and travelling across the monkey bars, climbing the climbing frame, balancing on the benches, jumping off of the box. We love gymnastics!
Junior and Senior Infants did some gardening during the lovely Spring sunshine last week. We decided to weed our flower bed and plant some wildflowers. We would like to attract butterflies and bees. We raked the soil, scattered the seeds and watered the soil. We hope we will have beautiful flowers soon!
Infants, first and second classes took a class trip to the library in Birr. We travelled on the bus. We listened as Joe the librarian read us a story. We had a picnic in the library and then we visited the playground. We had a wonderful adventure!
This week is Global Citizenship week in our school. We are hoping to win our Global Citizenship Green Flag this year! We will be having lots of visitors during the week. On Monday we were visited by Tom Roche from "Just Forests" to speak to us about the importance of conserving our forests for future generations.
On Thursday Louise from Goal visited us to tell us about the children from Kolkota that spend their days working in brick kilns. She also spoke to us about the projects Goal sponsors in Africa.
We made Halloween pumpkin masks using paper plates, lollipop sticks and green handprints! We had lots of fun colouring, cutting and pasting!
We have begun our new year in school and welcomed our new Junior Infants into our class. Here we are having fun at playtime!
We had a soccer tournament organised in the school by Leah Gath and Sasha Connolly. The children were divided into teams with the Junior and Senior infants having a tournament between their own classes. Each day Leah and Sasha came in at lunch to play off the games and referee them. The children really enjoyed it. The winning team for the tournament was "Spain".
On Wednesday 8th Junior and Senior Infants along with Ms Maher, Ms Norris and Ms Teehan travelled to Ballaun, Co. Galway to Turoe Pet Farm. A fantastic day was had by all. Have a look at our pictures!!!!
We were blessed with lovely, sunny weather for our sports day this year. Ms Howell and Ms Maher did a really good job of organising all our fun games! We had sprinting, chicken running, a sack race, the egg and spoon and an obstacle course. And that was just before break! After break we enjoyed lots of fun relay races, especially the sponge relay and the jigsaw relay. At lunch time we got lovely treats from some of the mammies! Next, we went to the basketball court and had lots of fun dancing with the older classes and even the teachers and parents! The day finished with the Slow Bike Race. Some of the class brought in their bicycles, which were beautifully decorated, and they raced them across the yard. We loved sports day!
Ms Lupton got a letter from her teddy’s mammy asking us to throw him a surprise party. We decided we would have a teddy bears’ picnic and got to work planning. We had to organise a shopping list, send our teddies invitations and figure out how much money the food would cost. On the day, all our teddies came, we had our picnic inside on blankets, we sang Happy Birthday to Charlie and we played lots of games!
In May and June we were learning all about the different ways to measure items. First of all we had lots of fun learning about length and using nonstandard units to measure things in the classroom. We even measured our names, feet and each other! Did you know we could measure how tall a person is using lollipop sticks or teddy bears?
Next, we learned how to buy sweets in the shop. Junior Infants learned about the 1c, 2c and 5c coins while Senior Infants can tell you all the coins up to €1! We had lots of fun playing shopkeeper and customer with our partners and seeing how much money we would need for our Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
After that we were looking at containers and which containers in our class hold more or less than our cups. We wondered what size bath you would need for an elephant? We also helped Jack figure out which container he should bring up the beanstalk with him to carry the most golden beans.
Finally, we finished our year in Junior & Senior Infants by learning all about weight and how to weigh things in our classroom. We compared items, estimated how heavy things would be and also thought about how a balance works. We really enjoyed working at the different stations!
Learning about the lifecycle of the butterfly!
Junior and Senior Infants learnt all about how a caterpillar forms a cocoon around itself and some time later emerges as a beautiful butterfly. We made our own green and red caterpillars and became caterpillars by creating and wearing headbands.
We also made colourful 3D butterfly wings that we can wear!