Junior Infants News- January 2015

This month we received our first Sunny Street reader which is called ‘Happy Birthday, Molly’. Our next one will be ‘Yummy’. Everyone in Junior Infants loves reading and really enjoyed buying books from the book fair that visited our school last week. All the book worms are very busy reading their new readers and books from the book fair!! We also read the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ this month as we are learning all about food and the different types of food we have. We then painted fruit baskets and made lots of different fruits to put inside Handa’s basket. It was lots of fun!  


                                                       Senior Infants News-January 2015

This month we have been learning lots about winter weather. We discovered all the different types of weather and learned poems about it. We also learned all about the water cycle. After Christmas we were talking about what Santa brought us. We were very good and got lots of toys. We read a story about a toymaker long ago and how he used to make the toys. We are really enjoying our shared reading and this month we were very lucky to have a half price book fair in our school. We will be very busy reading at home now! In maths we learned all about the story of 8. We enjoy solving simple story problems. We are also learning about more than and less than. We have nearly got the hang of those problems too!



                                                 Junior and Senior Infant News-February 2015

Junior Infant News
This month we learned all about St. Brigid and the significance of the cross made by her using rushes. We listened to two stories in which we learned that she loved the sick and the poor people. We learned to sing a lovely song called ‘We sing a song to Brigid’. In art, we painted and decorated St. Valentines heart frames to gives to our mums and dads with a message ‘I love you’ on them. Despite it still feeling quite wintery out there, some seasonal changes have been discussed and recorded. The buds are beginning to grow on the trees, the days are getting longer and some spring flowers are starting to grow….keep a close eye out for daffodils!! All the infant classes have planted cress seed and are currently observing their growth on a daily basis. We have looked at the buds from 4 different trees, Hollie Oak, Bertie Beech, Charlie Chestnut and Annie Ash. We have a ‘Bud Race’ in place and we are excited to see which bud will open first! 
Senior Infant News
This month saw a big focus on travel and transport in our school in preparation for our Green School inspection. In senior infants we learned about different modes of transport and ways to travel e.g. bus, car, scooter, train, airplane – even submarine! We discussed how the use of cars can pollute the air and talked about alternative ways to get around.  Many of us live close by and we should try to walk, cycle or scoot to school! We revised the Safe Cross Code to make sure we know how to get here safely and learned our St. Peter’s Green Schools Travel Code. 
The start of February brought the start of spring. During springtime buds begin to grow on the trees, beautiful flowers like the daffodil start to grow, animals wake up from their long winter sleep and baby animals are born. We wrote a lovely report all about it. We are learning what plants need to grow and we are going to show how much we’ve learned by planting and growing our own cress seeds. We celebrated St. Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February and the children made beautiful art work to show their families how much they love them. 
                                                     Junior and Senior Infants News-March  

Junior Infant News
This month we had our Seachtain na Gaeilge ceolchoirm. Each class performed a song and a poem as Gaeilge. The children really enjoyed celebrating their culture and each infant class also made hats which represented the Irish tricolour. Many of us wore our hats to see the parade in town on St. Patrick’s Day! We have now completed our second reader ‘Yummy’ and look forward to getting our third reader ‘Say Cheese’. We also read the story ‘Farmer Duck’ this month as we will be learning about spring on the farm! This month we learnt all about the parts of the flower and the tree. We were lucky to be invited to the President’s house, ‘Áras an Uachtaráin’ to aid the planting of new trees in the President’s garden. This was part of ‘National Tree week’! We had such an enjoyable day and were looked after with great generosity. We really enjoyed getting to meet Michael D. Higgins, the leader of our country! 
Senior Infants' News
We have had a very fun month in Senior Infants this month. Firstly, we learned all about how plants grow and what they need. We then planted cress seeds and flowers - we are really hoping they grow tall! We are taking great care of them and giving them lots of water and making sure they get plenty of sunlight and air. We also had our St. Patrick’s Day ceolchoirm. We were excellent at singing our songs and saying our poems and doing our dramas. It was so much fun performing and watching everyone else performing too. We also made cool St. Patrick’s Day crafts like baseball caps, headbands, lucky rainbow hangings and cards. Also, this month we made Mother’s Day wall hangings and cards which our mums loved. Finally, we learned all bout the stories of St. Patrick and Easter – we found them really interesting. We then made lovely Easter baskets with eggs and chicks. They are really cute! Happy Easter from Senior Infants – we hope you get lots of eggs!  
                                                            April News-Junior and Senior Infants
This month we started writing ‘Our News’! Everybody is making a big effort and progressing well with their cursive writing. We have started pair reading and we really enjoy bringing library books home to read with our Mums and Dads! We look forward to getting a new book every Monday. In P.E. we have had great fun playing with the parachute. We learned lots of new games and they are great fun. This month we also looked at ways we could look after our environment and help with a ‘Spring Clean Up’. We know never to be a litter bug because it is very bad for our environment. We had great fun working in pairs sorting pictures of things that are good and bad for the environment. 
This month in Senior Infants we have been busy learning all about the farm in preparation for our school tour to Newgrange Farm. We learned all about the animals on the farm, the baby animals that are born in the spring and the different foods animals give us. We read some stories about the farm too and our poems included "To the Farm" and "The Giving Farm."  We also looked at farming long ago and how things have changed.
Ms. Flanagan's Senior Infants decorated the Sacred Space after Easter.  They did a spring display and it showed how we all grow and learn together. Ms. Reilly's class were next to decorate it and they showed how important God's gift of water is.  
In Maths we were busy estimating and measuring some of our classroom items using cubes.  We did simple story problems orally every day and figured out the answers in our heads or on our number lines.  
We had great fun at our Sport's Day. We did lots of activities including: parachute games, egg and spoon race, sack race, three-legged race, jumping hurdles and playing games.
                                                    Junior and Senior Infant News May 2015
The Junior Infant classes went on their annual school tour to PJ’s Playcentre in Balbriggan this month. They engaged in many activities such as navigating through the 3-tier Play frame, Go Karting, painting a ceramic plate and dancing to music in the disco studio. Each and every single child thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Needless to say, it was a sleepy journey home on the bus on their return to school. ‘Power Hour’ has started up again this term in infant classes.  Children are grouped into three groups which rotate stations every 20 minutes. Each activity has activities to incorporate the teaching and learning of maths, reading, oral language, writing and other phonics work. We have also been learning all about animal life on the farm. This was reinforced through art work and singing songs such as ‘Old McDonald’ and ‘Chuaigh mé go dtí an bhfeirm’. 
Another busy month was had in Senior Infants. We started off by going on our school tour to Newgrange farm – it was brilliant! First, we held chicks, puppies and kittens, milked cows and fed lambs. Then we went on a ride in a tractor – it was so much fun! We saw the 3 bears’ house, the tooth faries’ house and Larry the Leprechaun’s tiny castle. We needed to shout ‘Yee Haw’ for the tractor to drive and we loved it! Then we walked around the farm to see all the animals and finally we finished by playing in the sandpit, water area, long tunnels and the maze. We were very tired after a brilliant day! Also, this month we have been learning about the life cycle of the butterfly. Ms. Reilly’s class got baby caterpillars 2 weeks ago and they have grown really big and fat. We are looking forward to seeing them transform into cocoons and then butterflies. We also learned two new big words – metamorphosis and symmetry! Finally, we learned all about keeping our bodies clean and the names for all our body parts. We really enjoyed washing Jack and Sarah. 




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