Welcome to Mrs. O’Connor’s Junior Infants! We’ve been very busy and learning while having lots of fun! Making Smoothies We were learning about our senses and what foods tasted sweet, sour, bitter and salty. This week we are at the vets and learning farm animals. We had so much fun dressing up at Halloween! We really enjoyed playing in the café The lemon was so...
In Seomra Dearg we have been reading one of new favourite stories, Zog by Julia Donaldson. It tells the story of Zog who is learning how to be a proper dragon. Flying, breathing fire, roaring, capturing princesses and fighting knights are just some of the things Zog learns to do. We have been learning new things too, but slightly different things! In Maths we’ve been learning about shapes. After learning about the square, rectangle, circle and triangle earlier this year, we are moving onto 3-d shapes – cube, cuboid, sphere and cylinder. We went on a shape hunt around our classroom and found lots of examples of cubes (dice, Jack-in-the-box), cuboids (cófra, boxes), spheres (ball, globe) and cylinders (toilet rolls, pencil cases). In Science we we learning about materials and their properties. We took part in an experiment to see whether materials were waterproof. We found tin-foil, glass and plastic were waterproof, but newspaper, tissue and cloth were not waterproof. Newspaper took a while to let water through but it eventually did! In Gaeilge, we have been talking about An Aimsir (the weather). We are able to say what kind of day it is. (Tá an lá fuar/fluich/tirim/gaofar/scamallach/te). We also coloured a ‘tuar ceatha lena dathanna ceart‘. After reading Zog we decided that we all wanted our own pet dragon. So we decided to make our very own one. We pinched and pulled clay to create our dragons and then painted the dragons after allowing them to dry. Our favourite thing this week was learning about our senses. We discussed our 5 different senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch and...
It’s Active Week!!! We have been getting fit and active this week. We are trying lots of new sports like tennis and basketball! It is important to exercise everyday and eat healthy balanced meals, so that we can grow into healthy and strong adults! Every morning we do 10 minutes of exercise with Ms Egan in the yard. Parents, teachers and over 650 children all do simple aerobics to music. It is so much fun; so why don’t you wait a few minutes in the morning and join us? After our morning exercise, we try out a new activity. So far we have done tough circuits, learnt new tennis skills, basketball skills and orienteering challenges. We can’t wait for yoga and mindfulness on Friday! All this exercise has made us a bit tired, but SPORTS DAY is on Thursday so we can’t stop now! I think there will be lots of sleepy boys and girls by Friday...
Junior Infants on Tour! We went on our school tour yesterday. We went to Newbridge Farm in Donabate. It was a very exciting and long day. First of all we got on a big, purple, double decker bus! It was so much fun. When we got to the farm we saw lots of animals like the goats, pigs, hens, horses, cows, a peacock and lots more! Have a look at our pictures from the farm and see if you can spot any animals? After visiting the farm we had a picnic in the courtyard. Then we went to the playground! It was so much fun! We got to climb, go down the slide, spin around and so much more! We were very tired on the way home! We had a great day at the...
The boys and girls in Seomra Buí have been busy getting ready for intercultural week. The country that we have been learning about is China! We have learned a lot of facts about China. The capital of China is Beijing. Dragons are a symbol of strength, power and good luck. The Great Wall of China is over 2000 years old! Chinese people use chopsticks to eat. The panda is a symbol of peace. We tried to eat rice using chopsticks. It was very tricky! We built the Great Wall of China using blocks. We also made dragons, Chinese lanterns, Chinese flags and coloured pictures of pandas. You can come and see all of our wonderful work displayed outside our classroom on Intercultural night (Thursday 2nd June)....
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