Welcome to the Junior Room’s Page
In our class this year there are 21 students from Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class. We will keep you updated, on this page, on all of the fun and interesting things that we do in school.
The Junior Room would like to say a huge thank you to the school and the parent’s association who kindly bought us some large unit blocks for use during Aistear in the classroom. The children have really been enjoying building with their new blocks.
The Junior Room had a lovely visit from Nurse Joanne today! This month we have been learning all about the hospital as part of our Aistear programme. We really enjoyed hearing all about the job of a children’s nurse. We had the opportunity to ask lots of questions and were very lucky to get to see and use all the different pieces of equipment involved in the job. Bhí lá iontach againn!
In February, the children in the Junior Room were very busy learning all about Spring. We went to the garden centre in role play and built our own garden centres in construction. We painted scenes from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and we also planted our own seeds. We are looking forward to seeing our flowers grow!
Our caterpillars got fatter and fatter during May and eventually spun their chrysalis. The children loved watching the transformation.
After about two weeks we had butterflies!
A huge well done to First Class who took part in the Scríobh Leabhar competition. They wrote fantastic books and three of them were chosen as winners.
All of the children in the junior room put in a huge effort during English Literacy stations over the past 8 weeks. They read so many books and were delighted to have the 6th class in to help us with our stations.
Our Aistear theme for the month was ‘The Restaurant’. The children had loads of fun writing menus, building restaurants and playing in the role play restaurant.
We have been having great fun outside with some of our new P.E. equipment. Here are some pictures of us with the new javelins.
This month we looked at vets and the work that they do. We set up our own veterinary surgery in role play where the children worked hard to look after all of the different animals.
The children have been building higher than ever with their new unit blocks. Here are some pictures of what they have built.
The children had a fantastic time using some of our new science equipment to take part in a mini-beast hunt. The children worked in groups to find mini-beasts, identify them and then to capture them in pooters. In art the children then made mini-beasts out of clay and went on to paint them.
Our class were given some tiny caterpillars that we have been watching get fatter and fatter. Soon they will build their chrysalides and eventually we should see them transform in to butterflies.
The children listened to the story of The Rainbow Fish. They then created their own Rainbow Fish.
The children had great fun doing an Easter egg hunt on the last Friday before the holidays.
The children made beautiful hand and finger print cards for their mothers and grandmothers for Mother’s Day.
First class have been busy typing up some of their written work on the school laptops.
We continued the theme of the ferry port for March and the children have been very creative and imaginative in their different stations for Aistear this month.
The children learned lots about St. Patrick this month and drew some fantastic pictures of him.
All classes have been working hard on their free writing this month.
Congratulations to the winners of the ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ raffle who won some fantastic Easter prizes.
A huge thank you to the Ballyragget ‘Light up the Night’ tractor run who raised money to fund a fantastic talk for the children from Muirne from ‘Buddy Bench Ireland’. Muirne spoke to the children about the how to use a Buddy Bench and then supplied us with our very own Buddy Bench.
February has arrived and we have been learning about all things ‘water’. Our role play area has been set up as a ferry port, we have been building large ferry boats with our new construction blocks and we even introduced a water station this month.
We have been learning all about Africa in class this month. We incorporated Africa into all of our Aistear stations, learned lots of facts about Africa and have read a few books based in Africa including ‘Handa’s Surprise’. The children really enjoyed reading this story, sequencing it and then acting it out.
We have been taking part in the ‘Food Dudes’ programme this January. The children have been trying oranges, apples, bananas, grapes, cucumbers, mangetout, peppers and carrots.
We have been working hard on letter formation. Here we are practicing our letter formation through ‘writing stations’.
Bhíomar ag foghlaim faoi chaitheamh aimsire. Seo roinnt pictiúir de na páistí ag imirt biongó trí Ghaeilge.
Our Christmas play ‘A Midwife Crisis’ was a huge success. Thanks to all the parents for all their help in learning the lines and organising the costumes and thanks to everyone who came to watch and support us.
For P.E. this month we were focusing on dance. Here are some pictures of us dancing in the classroom.
After the snow day we thought that we deserved a treat to warm us up. Here we are making and drinking some lovely hot chocolate.
We made sock snowmen in art!
Aistear was based around Santa’s Workshop this month. Here are some pictures of us working in Santa’s Workshop, writing letters to Santa, building Santa’s workshop and of course wrapping presents.
Maths was all about shapes this month. We then decided to create pictures from 2D shapes.
Here are the links to the songs for our Christmas play ‘A Midwife Crisis’.
The Late Late Toyshow
Well done to our classmate Tádhg who did a fantastic job showing toys on The Late Late Toyshow this year. We are very proud of him. Here we are having chocolate Christmas lollipops the day before the show.
November has come and gone and we can’t believe it is December already. November was jam packed with The Christmas Shoebox Appeal, Friendship week and preparation got underway for the Christmas play ‘A Midwife Crisis’. Here are some photos of us with our ‘buddies’ during Friendship week and with our shoeboxes for the Christmas shoebox appeal.
Our theme for the month was ‘The Hospital’ and we were very lucky to have Marie come in to speak to us about what nurses do. She even showed us some of her equipment and let us try some of the equipment too.
We were learning about magnets in science and we even made our own personalised fridge magnets.
Happy Halloween from the Junior Room
First class have been busy writing procedures this month. They wrote a procedure about ‘How to carve a pumpkin’ and then they carved a pumpkin for the classroom. They also wrote about ‘How to make chocolate biscuit cake’ which they then went on to make, eat and share with the whole class.
October was a very busy month in the Junior Room. Our theme of the month was the farm and we completed lots of farm related activities. We built farms in construction, we read the books ‘Farmer Duck’ and ‘Molly’s Supper’ and we recreated scenes from these stories, we built farms, milking parlours and barns in junk art, we played with the farm in small world and we even set up a farm shop in the socio-dramatic play area. Here are some pictures of our farm related activities.
In October, we also read the story ‘Owl Babies’, we then used this story as a stimulus for two lovely art lessons where we used brown crepe paper and paper plates to create Mummy Owl and we used pom-poms dipped in white paint to create Sarah, Percy and Bill.
Autumn was also used as a stimulus for an art lesson on ‘Autumn Trees’, where we used cotton wool and autumn themed paints to create an autumn tree.
Junior and Senior Infants have been busy in maths where they have been using comparisons. They have also been working hard in English using their magnetic letters to build words. Here are some pictures of them at work.
First Class have been enjoying playing oral language games such as Hedbandz and Articulate.
Self Portraits – September 2017
First Day of School
Work that we are proud of – September 2017
On this board we display some of our best work. First Class were focusing on recount writing for September and they published their recounts on the laptops.
Sorting Sets in Maths
Junior Infants have learned the first group of sounds. Here they are making words with their magnetic letters.
Houses and Homes
It has been a busy month in the Junior Room. Our theme for this month has been ‘Houses and Homes’. We looked at different types of homes in geography, discussed the different materials used to build homes, read the story of ‘The 3 little pigs’, built the homes of ‘The 3 little pigs’ in art, played house with our new kitchen, labelled the rooms of the home, built houses with Lego in construction, built houses in the sand box, built houses in junk art, discussed and drew our journeys from our own homes to school, and played house in our ‘Small world area’. I think that everyone really enjoyed this theme. Here are some pictures of this work.