Here's a little snippet of the arts and crafts we have been creating in Junior Infants this Christmas. I know the children cannot wait to take home their sock snowmen and their star decorations to hang on their own tree at home!
A big thank you to all of Our little Santa’s helpers. Our theme in Aistear for the next 3 weeks is Christmas. At one station the children are looking for decorations in our sand tray and helping to decorate our tree and at another station our little elves are building Santa’s workshop. Some other children are posting and collecting letters in the post office to send to Santa, and at our last station; the children are making presents and toys with play dough. We are all so excited while preparing for advent and Christmas!!
We were very lucky to have visitors from Rosie's farm come to the school to meet the children. There was a hare, lizards, snakes, a chinchilla, a meercat and an owl who the children were all very excited to see. We learned all about where each animal was from, what they liked to eat, where they stayed on the farm and also how old they are. The children were very lucky to get to hold some of the animals.
We have been learning about patterns in maths. We can make patterns with colours, shapes and people! We have been concentrating on colour patterns; particularly 2 and 3 colour patterns. We picked 2 colours and had to create a pattern along a design which we integrated with art. We have also this week been trying to make patterns with 3 colours. It's a little bit harder but we're practicing every day. Did you know there are patterns all around us? There are wallpaper patterns, clothes patterns, food patters and also patterns in the pavement! Look at some of the patterns we made.
We have been learning how to write our name in Junior Infants. We've been tracing over our name, writing it in sand, on whiteboards and also making our names with play dough. We have been concentrating and practicing a hard letter in our name and we're all almost able to write it now without copying, or without teacher's help. Can you write your name?
We decided it was time to start filling up our nature table! During our science lesson while we were learning about the characteristics of autumn, one of the children noticed there were berries on the tree right outside our window. Another child noticed that some of the leaves had already turned orange, so we had to go outside an investigate! We collected lots of different leaves and some berries to put on our nature table. Since then. the children have been bringing in more leaves, acorns, pine cones, branches and berries every day and our nature table is almost full!
We are having lots of fun this week learning about and engaging with our new theme in Aistear for this month; Houses and Homes. The children are learning about all the different types of houses and homes we can live in, and also all the rooms in the house, The are building up their vocabulary of different furniture and objects we might find in each room in a house, and learning about all the families that live in different types of houses and homes.
This week we were learning about mixing colours and if we mix two particular colours we can make another colour. So, we decided to try and mix all our colours together to make colourful firework splashes on our pages. The children used the straws to drop watery paint on their pages and then blew it across the page. The huffed and they puffed!
It's very important in Junior Infants to practice lots of different funky fingers activities to make our fingers big and strong. Fine motor skills are necessary for children to build the adequate strength in their fingers to hold a crayon, pencil and scissors properly. We complete different fine motor skills activities every morning like cutting, threading, linking chains, using play dough, painting, building cube towers, colouring and much much more. Take a look below to see what we've been up to!
Cutting is also a very important skill we've been earning. But remember we're only allowed to cut paper!
During our first week of Junior infants we learned lots of new and exciting things. We completed a lot of different tasks and activities and learned all about our new school and the different people in our school. During art this week we made self portraits so that everyone in the school would know the new boys and girls in junior infants.