a caterpillar invasion
This week there has been a caterpillar invasion in room 3 and the caterpillars have crept into almost every subject including literacy, numeracy, art, history and science! We started the week by reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar(one of our favorite books so far), then we studied the life cycle of the caterpillar and sequenced it, then we made caterpillars using our handprints and finally we made our very own Hungry Caterpillar books in maths using our numbers 1-5!
sunflowers by van gogh
Spring has sprung and junior infants have been learning all about plants. In art we looked at the painting called Sunflowers by Van Gogh to get some inspiration for creating our own flowery masterpieces. It took us two art lessons to complete these pieces. The first art lesson was spent sketching our flowers and colouring them in oil pastels and the second was spent painting the background in watercolour paint. We think they look great!
the garden centre
Spring has arrived and everyone is trying to get their gardens ready, including junior infants! This inspired us to open a garden centre for the month of March. When we were not busy working in the garden centre, we spent our time making flowers and building sheds and garden benches to sell in it!
Term 2 so far
So far in term two we have had lots of fun learning about 3D shapes and numbers. We have ordered numbers 1-5 in ascending and descending order, made sets of 3 - 5 and kept a log of our sets in our copy, played Ready, Set, Go maths games including The Sweetie Jar Game, What's Missing? and Animal Hunt, practiced writing numerals 3 - 5 and even started to combine and partition within the numbers 3 -5. Soon we will be learning about money... we can't wait!
Chocolate smiles on Pancake Tuesday...
The children had great fun playing in The Building Site for our Aistear time in February. We read books about the building site, constructed our own diggers using 2D shapes, made tools out of play dough, worked at the sand pit building site, played in the role play building site and even designed and built our own constructions using blocks. There was a great excitement in the room everyday as the children transformed into builders!
Aistear Fun in Term One
Aistear is our favourite time of the day in Ms. Griffin's class. We have had great fun during aistear this term playing in the home/kitchen, the hibernation station, the Halloween house, the vet's surgery and the post office. We always enjoy the aistear art station and have made things like 2-D shape homes, junk art homes for animals, x-rays, model mouths, life size people who help, stamps and Christmas cards. We have also had great fun with playdough, small world toys, sand, jaggo blocks, lego and stickle bricks. We can't wait to have more aistear fun next term.
A Fortnight of comparisons
In November we spent lots of time comparing items. We compared items that were long and short, wide and narrow, smooth and rough and heavy and light. Take a look at some of our heavy and light comparisons below.
A Jolly good start
November has gotten off to a very exciting start as our class have started the Jolly Phonics programme which will help us learn to read and write. Phase one of the Jolly Phonics programme starts with the letter S and we have had great fun learning the song and the accompanying action. Take a look at our sound board below:
Halloween Songs and Celebrations
Flutter Flutter Little Bat is one of our favourite rhymes so far this year. We loved performing it with our little bat friends. You can take a look at our performance by following this link 'Flutter Flutter Little Bat' and entering the password junior. You can also see photos from our Halloween party below where we watched a Halloween movie and had some treats.