Monday, 21 March 2016


Gaeilge sa seomra ranga

The children in Junior Infants have shown just how excellent they are at Irish lately. We have been using a lot of informal irish in the classroom (Gaeilge neamhfhoirmiúil). The children have been using this a lot at the moment, which is fantastic. 

We have also been learning some stories as Gaeilge such as An Tornapa Mór (The enormous turnip) and An Buachaillín Sinséir (The gingerbread man). The children showed great interest in the story of An buachaillín sinséir. By the end of the two weeks some of the children could even retell the story in their own words. I am delighted with their progress in Irish. 

Abair Liom is amazing!

Seachtain na Gaeilge

As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge we decided to hold a tráth na gceist (table quiz). We made mixed teams with Junior and Senior Infants. There were 8 teams. Each team had to come up with a team name and they certainly came up with some great ones such as "Team Winners" and "The Irish Leprechaun". 
We had six rounds with six questions in each one. The questions were all in Irish. After four rounds we had a draw so we held a tie-breaker round. 

Congratulations to everyone who took part, especially the winners.
There was a great standard of Irish!!

Proclamation Day

15th of March was Proclamation day across the country. Every school in Ireland had to compose a new proclamation for the next 100 years. 
We also raised the flag that was presented to us by the Irish Defence force. As the flag was being raised the children rectited Amhrán na bhFiann (the national anthem). 

To help the children understand what the proclamation was and encourage them to write a new one they brainstormed ideas of a safe Ireland. 

We learned some great poems during the week about shamrocks and leprechauns so another small group completed some lovely handwriting and fill in the blanks based on the poems. 
It was a great week for our school and a special week in Irish History that we are lucky to be a part of. 

Saturday, 5 March 2016

On The Farm

On the Farm

Playtime for the month of March

This month with the change of weather and with winter pushed to the back of our memory our theme for Aistear for March is 'The Farm'. History, Geography and Science lessons are all based around farm animals their young and their homes. For English we are reading to story of Farmer Duck, Rosie's Walk, learning Old Mac Donald and Little Bo Peep. This all linked up perfectly with the theme of On The Farm. 
Farmer Duck- Martin Waddell
Rosies Walk- Pat Hutchins

I made a small world station this month with different animals; cows, sheep, ducks, chicks and made little areas for each animal similar to where you would find these animals on a real farm. 

The children are loving this. It is all about using their imaginations and I have heard some great things coming from that station during play time. 

    The ducks and chicks are proving to be the most popular animals and you can even see some informal use of mathematics with all the eggs sorted into groups based on the colour of them. 

At the play dough station I have printed some great cards (Thanks Twinkl & Sparklebox) which give the children some prompts or guide them a bit when using it. I've seen some blue carrots and purple sheep. Very creative!!!


Another station of the play rota is a game station. One of the games is the children match the animals to where they live on the farm. I have attached velcro to the animals and the homes for the children to stick them. one game that has been proving to be very popular. 

I have tried to vary the activities that are at each station so at another station I have games such as eye spy and roll and colour. They take a sheet and roll the dice, whatever number the dice lands on they colour an animal with the corresponding number. 
Taken from Twinkl.

I think eye spy is a great game for children who find it difficult to concentrate for long periods of time. Its a page with lots of different animals and farmers and once child must pick one image and the other children must guess which animal was picked. 
Taken from Twinkl.

There is lots of excitement about the new activities for play time. The class has become very familiar with the different farm animals and their young that i have even noticed them finding them in storybooks in the classroom and also in the library. 

We have grown to love playtime and with the introduction of the visual timetable the children do not even need me to tell them which station to go to anymore. They move before I even start talking. 

Happy Spring!!!

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

At The Shops

Aistear- At The Shops

During the month of February our playtime was centred around the theme 'Going to the shops'. I had a small shop set up in the play corner. The children could use the shopping baskets to pick up their food and bring it to the cash register to pay for it with the coins. The children also found a plastic bag and used it to carry their shopping home. 

Another group played with the play dough. They made lots of different food like bananas, apples and strawberries, but their favourite thing to make was cakes.  

On the literacy station the children cut out words and pictures of food to make shopping lists. Writing shopping lists and recipes turned out to be a great success... Some of the children decided to write their own lists and two girls even decided to write a recipe for pancakes and a cake. 

A new game that was introduced this month to the circus of activities was a matching game with food cards. The children had to pick up two cards and try to find a match. If the cards were the same they could keep them until the end. There was great excitement about the amount of cards some children had collected at the end of the game when they were all gone!  


Maths- Capacity

For the past few weeks we have been learning about capacity.We discussed all about full and empty. In our classroom we had 'magic potions' that were full, nearly full, empty and nearly empty. 

When the children were confident with these concepts they had free exploration time with water and containers. The filled cups with spoons and cups with bottles. The buckets were nearly full when I put them at each group and by the end of the activity the children decided that they were nearly empty!!!!