Welcome to Junior Infants 2020

Click into the title to see our blog post 🙂 We have had a very busy first few weeks in school! Each morning we sing a range of songs to start our day. Some of our favourites are ‘The Good Morning Song’, ‘The Days of the Week’ and ‘The Months of the Year’. During the day we take part in lots of different activities such as tracing, colouring, cutting, sticking and many more. We have so much fun doing these activities. For Maths, we do the ‘Ready, Set, Go Maths’ Programme which involves, sorting, making patterns, number formation and counting and recognition activities. We love learning Maths through hands on activities and playing the Maths games, using the beads, links, cubes etc. Look at our patterns Practising our number 1 Our new game ‘Happy Faces’ We have been learning lots of new Gaeilge words since September and we love doing Bua na Cainte. It has lots of fun games and songs which we love learning. D’fhoghlaimeamar a lán focail nua as Gaeilge. Is maith linn ag úsáid an gclár Bua na Cainte. Tá a lán cluichí agus amhráin deas ar. Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for all children from birth to 6 years in Ireland. The framework uses four interconnected themes: Wellbeing, Identity and Belonging, Communicating, and Exploring and Thinking. Because early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys, this framework is called Aistear, the Irish word for journey. Look at what we have been learning and doing during Aistear so far this year; Role Play at the Café Creating art at the Creative Area Building...

Engineer Visit to 3rd Class

We were very lucky in Seomra Setanta last week to have a special guest in to visit us. As it was Engineer’s Week, Mark O’Connor, a civil engineer who works at Dublin Airport, came in to speak to us. We learned about different types of engineering such as civil, electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering. We also looked at pictures and videos of some of the projects that Mark has done, such as the Luas Cross City and repairs on the runway at Dublin Airport. We worked like engineers to design a paper aeroplane and Mark gave us all an Engineer’s Ireland certificate. He inspired us to think more creatively for a better future. Maybe some of us will be engineers one...

Winter Wonderland

The boys and girls in Seomra Aengus worked extremely hard on creating their very own ‘Winter Village’. Using recyclable materials, the boys and girls constructed their own unique buildings and used the ‘paper mache’ technique to ‘cement’ their work before using paint, glitter and styrofoam to finish their buildings....

Walk On Wednesday 11th December

The Green School Committee have organised our first WOW day (Walk On Wednesday) on Wednesday 11th December. We would like to encourage as many pupils and their families to walk, cycle, scoot or use public transport to get to school on the day. Families that live further away and have to drive can join in by doing a ‘Park ‘N’ Stride’ – this is where you drive part of the way to school, park the car, then walk the rest of the journey. Walking, cycling or scooting to school is a great way to learn about road safety. Here is a useful leaflet from the Road Safety Authority: https://www.rsa.ie/Documents/Road%20Safety/Leaflets/Leaf_booklets/Going_to_school.pdf We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible getting some fresh air before school starts on Wednesday (RAIN, HAIL or...
Seomra Oráiste are Out of this World!

Seomra Oráiste are Out of this World!

This week in Seomra Oráiste Senior Infants we have been exploring the theme of Space. During Aistear, we have been busy in our very own Space Station, working on the laptops, checking information about the planets, even going on space walks as astronauts in our space suits. Sometimes we have even encountered aliens, who were very friendly fortunately! We learned all about the 8 planets in our solar system and also about Pluto, which isn’t a planet any more, just a dwarf planet.   We got a chance to cut out and paste different shapes to create our very own aliens. We talked all about light and the different sources of light, like the sun, torches, streetlights, candles and lamps. We got the chance to use our own torches and tried to discover which materials around the room let light through it (transparent) and which materials did not let light through. (opaque) We read the story Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy. It is about Baby Bear who goes on an adventure to the moon. He travels in his rocket out of his chimney and meets a friend, the owl, along the way. When they get to the moon they even have a picnic together. We loved reading the book and got a chance to create a still image of our favourite part of the book in groups. It was funny when different boys and girls were pretending to be a chimney, an aeroplane and his rocket box! We have been continuing to practice and learn our phonic sounds. We love our phonics stations times and get to play fun games...
Scoil Ghráinne Futsal Cup WINNERS!!!

Scoil Ghráinne Futsal Cup WINNERS!!!

On the last Wednesday before mid-term, October 23rd, boys and girls from our 3rd and 4th classes took part in the annual FAI Schools Futsal/Respect Cup in Corduff Sports Centre. There had been weeks of training put in by lots of dedicated boys and girls after school. Before the tournament, we also had to design posters for the tournament under the title of “Respect” and our fantastic artists produced lots of great artwork. On the day of the tournament, the girls were pitted against 9 other teams from the Dublin 15 area, while the boys were pitted against 14 other teams. Both teams had a shaky start, with the nerves getting the best of the players during the first matches. However, after getting into their stride, both teams really improved throughout the day and they grew stronger and stronger as the day went on. The girls team, none of whom had played in a real football match before, performed brilliantly on the day and got better and better with each game. After losing their first game by only 1 goal, they started to grow in confidence with every goal they scored and managed to win 3 of the rest of their matches coming 2nd in their group. Unfortunately only the top team went through though, so we just missed out. The girls gained valuable experience in teamwork and playing with and for each other. The excitement and success of the day will hopefully encourage these girls to join their local soccer club and keep improving their skills.   The boys team also had a shaky start losing our first...