Thanks to Daniel's Mam, Maria, for taking these pictures when we were on our school tour on Monday!
Yesterday was such a beautiful day, we decided to have playtime outside!
Yesterday, Yvonne from the dental service came to talk to us about taking care of our teeth. She brought her friend Rocky - he is really good at brushing his teeth and we talked with him about how best to do it.
We are going to try to take extra good care of our teeth this month and try to win an award for it!
We went for a walk to enjoy the sunny weather and to search for frogs. We didn't find any frogs, but we did find lots of other signs of summer!
This month, we have a student teacher called Jack in our classroom. He has planned lots of wonderful lessons for us around the theme of History. We are learning to work as historians - that means that the children are becoming more aware of stories from the past, sequencing events and most importantly, using evidence to draw conclusions about things that happened in the past.
At playtime, we excavate the sandbox to find pieces of evidence. There is also a prehistoric world where dinosaurs roam the land!
At the junk art station, sometimes we make tools for analysing evidence, like magnifying glasses. And at the lego station, we are working on homes.
Geography this month is a study of homes - the different types of homes and the different rooms in a home. We are learning these terms both in English, and some in Irish too, as Sa Bhaile is our theme in Gaeilge this month.
Capacity is our focus in Maths - we have been doing lots of work around the words full, and empty - and everything in between! While it can be messy, rice is great fun for practicing filling and emptying containers. We will also be working on ordering containers according to their capacity.
This month we have been getting our hands dirty in lots of ways. We have been continuing to learn about Spring time and growth during our Science and Geography lessons, as well as having a chance to do some gardening during play time. We have really enjoyed playing in the garden box - planting and digging up seeds and bulbs, putting them in pots, and in rows - all kinds of things. It has been really exciting to watch the seeds and bulbs beginning to sprout roots and shoots, and to see how long they grow!
We have also learned a poem about working in the garden:
by George Shannon
Dig a little.
Dig a lot.
Dig a brand-new garden spot.
Plant a little.
Plant a lot.
Plant the seeds and bulbs you bought.
Wait a little.
Wait a lot.
Wait much longer than you thought.
Pick a little.
Pick a lot.
Share the best bouquet you’ve got!
In Art, we've been working with a different type of clay to make a beautiful addition to any garden! After learning two important techniques for sticking pieces of clay together - crosshatching and using slip - we begin to build up a 3D picture of a flower growing in the garden.
Then when the flowers were dry, we were able to paint them in beautiful bright colours and then bring them home to give to our Mams and Dads!
We even went on a nature walk to look out for signs of spring!
Today was Proclamation Day. It was a day for us to remember the 1916 Rising - a time when brave Irish men and women stood up and said they wanted to rule their own country.
We took part in a flag raising ceremony with Scoil Níamh CNS, our neighbouring school - and we all stood proudly and respectfully as Amhrán na bhFiann, our national anthem, was sung.
This month we are learning about Spring and new growth. Our role play area is a garden centre, and in the messy play area, we have a box of soil with some bulbs and tools.
We are also lucky to have the beebots this month - these are little robots that we can programme to follow our instructions. We're having great fun with them.
There has been controversy in the Senior Infant classroom this week, after we read a story called The King of the Birds. It tells the tale of a tiny little bird called a wren, who used her brain to become the king of the birds.
Lots of the children in the class think that the wren cheated, and she should not be the king! But others believe that the wren was being clever, because she is smaller than the eagle, and she should get to be the king!
Whatever you believe, we agreed that we need to illustrate the story, as the text Aoife had did not include any pictures.
We are proud to present our illustrated version of this old story. We hope you enjoy!
Today was World Book Day. We had lots of book-related activities! Many of us dressed up as characters from a book. We also had DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time, as well as a Book Day Quiz! The quiz contained questions about the books we have read this year.
Well done to the Lobsters and to the Lightning team - joint winners of the quiz!
We read this story because we have been talking about caring about one another. The villagers did lots of caring things for the tiger child.
We read this book the first day Aoife had a chance to get to know our class. We really enjoyed the story and loved when the police car came!