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.
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.