2020/21 School Year
Engineers Week- March 2021
Naíonáin Bheaga were delighted to return to school this week and engage with Engineers Week. We used a variety of materials, including Lego and our wooden blocks. Check out our creations!
Naíonáin Bheaga have been so busy since starting school in September. Over the past few months we have been making new friends, learning lots of songs and have spent lots of time playing. This month, we were learning all about doctors. We even pretended to be doctors during playtime, and used stethoscopes, bandages and thermometers, to check what was wrong with our patients. We really enjoyed science week too. We now know lots of information about the robin, our own bodies and bones, and we even discovered that sugar dissolves when mixed with hot water! It was very exciting to watch some skittles dissolve in warm water.
After midterm, we started football with Gavin from Kinsale GAA- we love playing different games and learning how to kick the ball from our hands! Last week, we also used the IPADs for the first time! We used the Jolly Phonics app to help us revise our sounds- it was great fun, we can’t wait to use them again.
2019/20 School Year
Junior Infants have had a fantastic first term in Scoil Náisiúnta Chóbh. Over the last few weeks we have been working extremely hard on our letter sounds and reading, and learning how to form our letters too! We also were able to use the IPADS to play some fun games and revise our letter sounds, which was great fun!
We had some very exciting visitors to our classroom since returning from mid-term break. During Science week, we had the Agri-Aware Mobile Pet Farm visit the school. We spent time looking at pigs ( Rasher and Sausage) and at sheep, ducks, chicks and even a turkey! We also had Carmel from ‘Show Me Science’ perform some very cool and interesting experiments in our classroom. We learned lots about force and gravity and about the reactions that occur when different items and objects are mixed together- there was a big explosion when Rory placed some mentos mints into a coke bottle! As we were exploring the theme of ‘The Doctor’s Surgery’ and ‘The Hospital’ , we were also extremely lucky to have Dr. Michael Harney visit our class. He spoke to us about the sick children that he helps and also how important it is to wash our hands to stop germs from spreading. We were so grateful for him coming to our class- he even gave us our own lights, surgical masks, and theatre hats to use during our playtime!
Naíonáin Bheaga have been working and playing together really well over the past few months. The children are now choosing how we will explore our different themes in AISTEAR by deciding on the different stations we have available every week. I can also see a huge difference in how they are connecting their learning during ‘book’ time and during playtime i.e. using language, creating different shapes, using their Gaeilge throughout their play. Some children have been creating pretend problems during play and are also coming up with solutions which will also transfer to their time on yard and outside of school! We have created some greats buildings, playdough shapes and have even created some lovely skeletons ( which some people might be scared of!)
We are extremely busy preparing for our Christmas play ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’ at the moment, but cannot wait for our parents to see us perform our songs and actions!
Naíonáin Bheaga have settled in extremely well since beginning in Scoil Náisiúnta Chóbh at the end of August. Over the past number of weeks we have been working extremely hard on lots of different activities. Last week, we started our hour of Aistear! We used lots of different materials related to Autumn, and created some lovely forests and places for animals to hide. We played in the home corner, making lots of different breakfasts and dinners for Ms. Madden and our friends- we even learned how to set the table. Each group also got to play with some interlocking blocks to make a big tower! This week we have been learning all about ‘House and Homes’. We now have a fire and a tv in our role play corner and received some lovely new food from a parent in our class.
Apart from playtime we have been busy working on our rhyming skills, colouring mixing and matching different objects together.We have been learning about things that are long and short and discovered that Naíonáin Bheaga have more people in the class with short hair than long hair- mostly the boys! We cannot wait for Halloween and are looking forward to dressing up and learning all about Halloween traditions next week :)