The children in junior infants were very sad to hear that none of the farm animals would help the little red hen to bake her bread. So they decided to help. We mixed all our ingredients together and put it in the oven to bake. We checked on it after lunch and we all enjoyed a slice with butter :)
This month in Aistear the children have been learning all about food! Where food comes from, who makes our food, people who work in the food industry and much more. Over the last month the children have been working hard at different stations, we had children in the supermarket, children working in our new pizzeria, we were making our own pizzas, we have been designing new menus, creating our shopping lists, we were building a new restaurant and supermarket after it was ruined by a terrible fire, etc. The children have been using all the vocabulary they have been learning over the last month to help bring their stations to life. Each day we've left the classroom very hungry and excited to go home to our dinners!
We were learning all about sequencing and the steps involved in a procedure during our history lessons. We learned that a procedure involves steps where we use vocabulary like first, next and last. The children made their own procedure for making rice crispie buns, and then we followed the steps to actually make our rice crispie buns during our science lesson. We had a list of our ingredients and materials and then we followed our procedure step by step to make our yummy buns :) The children all enjoyed them during our lunch time!
The children have been completing lots of fine motor activities each day in school, and their fingers are getting stronger every day. This week for art we decided to do some molding with clay to make pinch pots. The children used their thumbs and fingers to sculpt their pots in to the circular shape and learned that we have to work quickly while the clay was wet. The children then painted their pots with silver paint and picked their own glitter to sprinkle on their pot. Some children said they would use their pot as a jewelry holder, a key holder and some even said they'll use it to eat their breakfast :)
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!