News and work from Naíonáin Bheaga:
Junior Infants have had an extremely busy 2018 so far. Since returning to school after Christmas we have been busy reading more of our decodable books- we are getting better every week! In AISTEAR we have so far been explored the themes of the Garda Station and the supermarket. We created ‘Wanted Posters’ and were busy catching criminals and helping to find missing people! Junior Infants also built some new Garda Stations and jails using lego. We created some fun disguises on paper and on ourselves using moustaches, sunglasses and silly hair pieces. Working in the supermarket involved acting as cashiers and workers, helping people to find items on their shopping list and ensuring the shelves were nice and tidy! The children also played a game called ‘Shopping List’ which they found to be great fun finding different items on our trolleys and trying to fill our trolley before the other children! At the end of January we started yoga with Veronique during P.E. time. We find it really relaxing and can now do yoga poses such as downward facing dog. During the past few weeks we read some lovely story books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The President’s Glasses and Handa’s Surprise. We are very busy since returning to school after Storm Emma and the Beast from the East- this week we are going to taste some foods that featured in The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Handa’s Surprise and we are also planting some sunflower seeds! We will post some updates on our flowers in a few weeks .
End of 2016/17 School Year
It’s so hard to believe we’ve come to the final term in Junior Infants. We have grown and learned so much and had great fun throughout. We went on a school tour to Tír na Sí – where we saw lots of farm animals. We were even allowed to rub and feed some of them. We went on a horse and trap ride, played crazy golf and had great fun in the indoor and outdoor playground. In the classroom, we created Summercove Pet Shop. The children were giving and receiving advice on how to care for our pets at home – from where they should sleep to what food they need, they were feeding and grooming the pets and having turns at the cash register. We had lots of pets for sale e.g. hamsters, rabbits, puppies, snakes. We even had a pet giraffe. We loved our Science Day where we explored ‘Colourful Chemistry’ – Angela, a real Scientist, came to experiment with paint and colour. It was very interesting and, naturally, we loved getting our hands dirty. We’ve had a new addition to Naíonáin Bheaga this term – Mischievous Mike. Mike the teddy gets up to all sorts of trouble and all the children have had a chance to take him home for a night to look after him and report to the classroom on all his fun and antics. We kept a diary of all his tales – from getting stuck up a tree to hiding in the sock drawer. Our classroom has become ‘Summercove Airport’ and we are jetting off on our holidays. We have a check-in desk, departure lounge, airport security and boarding area. The children took on the various roles throughout and we have had great fun! We even had a visit from Olivia’s mom Rachel – our very own ‘Aer Lingus Airhostess’ who took the time to tell us all about her job and her adventures. Rachel even checked our passports and boarding cards before boarding our flight to Paris. Bon Vacances from Naíonáin Bheaga agus bain taitneamh as na laethanta saoire.
We have set up our own Summercove Restaurant in the classroom. We have different healthy options to choose from and a few sweet treats for dessert. The children were busy taking on the role of waiters/waitresses, the chef and the diners. The children were building a restaurant in the construction area, the children were making/baking food from playdough in the creative area – we were sampling lots of cookies, in particular.
We also created our own menus based on locally sourced produce from Kinsale. Fish and chips was the most popular but we added in the healthy vegetables to keep the balance.
The Pet Shop
The children were learning about ‘Caring for our Pets’ and we created our own Summercove Pet Shop. In the Pet Shop, the children were giving and receiving advise on how to care for our pets at home – from where they should sleep to what food they need, they were feeing and grooming the pets and having turns at the cash register.
We had lots of various pets for sale e.g. hamsters, rabbits, kittens, puppies, snakes. We even had a pet giraffe.
Some of the boys and girls brought in their pets from school which were delighted to see and hear about. The children were very quiet and patient and we all had a turn of rubbing the pets.
The Garda Station
The children were learning about the work of the Gardaí in protecting our community. The children took on the role of the Garda in Summercove Garda Station. Our Gardaí were taking calls from the community, patroling the school and the classroom, at times looking for finger prints and evidence, interviewing witnesses and suspects, and putting prisioners into custody (which was their favourite part). We had a visit from our local Garda – Garda Colin. Garda Colin explained the work that he carries out on a daily basis and brought in lots of equipment that the Gardaí would use. He showed us handcuffs, his Garda uniform, his helmet, his walkie talkine. He used this walkie talkie to touch base with his fellow Garda in Kinsale Garda Station and this kind Garda said that we could have no homework that night if we were good which, of course, we always are.
World Book Day in Naíonáin Beaga - The children from Naíonáin Beaga celebrated World Book Day in style. They dresses up in various characters from their favourite books. We read and listened to lots of stories that day. The highlight was when children from Rang a 6 came in the read to us.
Pancake Tuesday – The girls and boys from Naíonáin Bheaga enjoying Pancake Tuesday.
Is maith linn Pancóga.
We have been practicing yoga up in the Halla for the last few weeks with Veronique, our Yoga Teacher.
We love doing our stretching and our different poses. A lot of poses have animal names such as frog pose, dog pose, cat pose. We listen to stories and learn songs through yoga and, this week, we started our Sunshine Salutation.
Summercove’s Doctor’s Surgery
The children were medical professionals during the month of January. They are now experts on taking temperatures, reading prescriptions, reading symptoms, checking eyes, ears and throat, giving a diagnosis, putting on bandages and reading x-rays. We used thermometers, stethoscopes, syringes, bandages etc. They role played the patient, the doctor and the nurse. We had a visit from Liam’s dad, Dr. Healy, who gave us a great insight into the life of a doctor in a hospital. He brought in some really interesting equipment in his Doctor’s bag. He even let us have a turn at listening to our hearts beating (just like a drum) with the stethoscope. Dr. Liam also gave us advise on how to keep our bodies healthy by eating well and doing lots of exercise. Hugh’s dad, David, also came to visit us. Dave is a Paramedic. He told us all about his job. Unlike Dr. Liam, David works mainly with an ambulance. He goes out to help patients. A paramedic‘s job sounds really interesting also. He brought in equipment that we all get to look at – such as breathing masks, slings, neck and arm braces. We became Radiographers and created X-Rays using black paper and cotton buds. We build a hospital in our Construction station using our plastic blocks so, all in all, we had great fun.
We’ve also beome meteorologists in Junior Infants – learning and observing the weather from our classroom. We made predictions and recorded the weather throughout different weeks and we have learned lots of new vocabulary. January was mostly dry and mild but we are very obtomistic and we predict that 2017 will see lots of blue skies and fine weather. We had a few days that the ducks would enjoy but we can’t have it every way. We had a splashing time in our Water Station in Aistear. We were measuring (volume) and exploring floating and sinking objects.
End of term news – The children from Naíonáin Bheaga have been so busy during their first term in Summercove. They are learning so much and have settled in so well. We have already gone on an autumn walk down Scilly and collected lots of leaves, conkers and berries. The children have been exploring the theme ‘Building’ and we had great fun creating our own building site in the classroom – We all had to make sure to wear our hard hats and Hi-Vis vests on entering. This month our classroom has become ‘Santa’s Workshop’. We are working as elves- designing and making the toys for Christmas. The list of toys is so long I don’t know will we ever get finished!! Earlier in the term we gained a new friend in the classroom called ‘Marvin’. Marvin brings us new sounds every week and gets up to real mischief – hiding our magic bag and all sorts. He has helped us with our writing and has kept an eye on our pencil grip. He is delighted with our work. We’re so excited at the moment because we have started a new Buddy System with the cailini agus buachaillí from rang a dó. They look out for us in the yard at breaktime, play with us and they sometimes come in to read/chat to us. We are so looking forward to Christmas – We have our Christmas list written, we are lighting our Advent candles every day, rehearsing our Christmas songs and all the while looking out for Santa’s robin to appear. Nollaig Shona Daoibh ó Naíonáin Bheaga.
he children in Naíonáin Bheag have been so busy for the last few weeks learning all about work on a the Building Site. We have become Foremen and Women, builders, carpenters, architects and excavators. We were creating designs of our buildings before any construction began. We had all equipment we needed including our hard hats and Hi-Vis vests, our builders belts and toolbox to carry any tools, our cranes and machinery for the excavation site. We had great fun.
Our Junk Art area created some building masterpieces out of various recycling items from home and our Construction Area made big structures out of our Polydrons.
We also role played the Story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’ but, of course, we had to build our houses beforehand. We built a house of Straw, a house of Sticks and a house of bricks. We all had a turn at each character and the Big Bad Wood was sorry he every came near of ‘Summercove Little Pigs’
Term 3 – End of School Year 2015/16
Off On Our Holidays!
We have been learning all about going on holidays. Our classroom has become ‘Summercove Airport’ and we are jetting off on our holidays each day. We have a check-in desk, departure lounge, airport security and Boarding area. We made our own passports as we all wanted to go somewhere nice. The construction group built very fancy airplanes. The children took on the various roles throughout and we have had great fun! We even had a visit from Suzie and Aoibhinn Keating’s mom Rachel – our very own ‘Aerlingus Airhostess’ who took the time to tell us all about her job and her adventures. Rachel even checked our passports and boarding cards before boarding our flight to Paris. Bon Vacances.
Literacy/Numeracy Stations: Each week we have a Literacy and Numeracy “Blast Hour” in Junior Infants where we rotate to different stations around the classroom. We spend 8 mins at each station. We are luckly enough to Miss Lucey-Murphy to help us.
Here are examples of our different Literacy Stations:
Blending Station: We roll the dice and see what sound it lands on – we write our new words on our white boards. Sometimes they are ‘Sense’ words but other times they can be ‘Nonsense’ words.
Writing Station/Letter Formation: We practice our letters using our correct pencil grip (our frogs legs)
Ipad Station: We use our different apps to practice our new sounds and words. Our favourite apps include Jolly Phonics, Hairy letters, Hairy Words, Letter Sounds, My First Book.
Playdough Station: At this station we make our sounds and our new words.
Sand Station: At this station we practice our letter formation in our little sand pots.
Reading Station: At this station the children will listen to a story and read their own stories – Marvin, our puppet, will often help us out here.
Cutting Station: Here the children practice their cutting skills by cutting out different shapes/objects
Here are examples of our Numeracy Stations:
Number Formation: At this station we make our numbers from 1 to 5 using our Sand Pots, Playdough, Matchstick, our Glitter Trays or Lollipop sticks.
Counter Station: Here the children match the Teddy Bears, counters, or little aminals to the correct number.
Linking Station: Here the children will match the number to the dots using the correct number of links.
Workbook Station: At this station the children will work on their Busy At Maths on the current topic.
Easter Bonnets – Junior Infants created amazing works of art for our Easter bonnet competition this year. We thoroughly enjoyed the day.
January/February News: Junior Infants were learning all about the role of the Garda and the Fire Officer in our Community during the month of January.
The children took on the various different roles of Garda/fireman or firewoman/the robbers/the detectives/the victims and witnesses etc.
The detectives had to search for clues and even take finger prints. A lot of arrests were made in our Summercove Garda Station. Our construction group made a prison to hold those who commited the more serious crimes. Wanted posters were created.
The Summercove Fire Officers were busy putting out fires, saving people and their homes during the flooding and ‘saving cats from trees’.
The children were so lucky to get a visit from our local Garda – Garda Colin O Mahony. Garda Colin told us all about his work and showed us lots of interesting things he needs to help him with his work – his walkie talkie, real handcuffs, his uniform, helmet, pepperspray etc.
Cillian’s dad – Fireman Brian visited us from our local Fire station in Kinsale. We heard lots of stories about his job as a Fireman – what they need and use to help put out fires. We also learned how to prevent fires from happening at home and in school. We created our own Fire Rules to help us and our families. We learned so much this month and we had great fun in the process.
Junior Infants have been busy in the Building Site this month – we have been building, plumbing, doing carpentry, designing, digging on the excavation site and selling in our Tool/DIY shop. The site is located in our classroom but anyone who enters must wear their hard hat and hi-vis vest or no entry allowed. Our site officers are very strict on this. We have learned and explored so much that we were even invited down to Annebelle’s holiday house near the school to see 2 real life construction site’s. We couldn’t believe our eyes watching all the activity going on – we even got to speak to one of the builders. It was great fun.
Now because the weather is getting colder we have decided to build an igloo in the classroom. We’re just at the foundation stage at the moment so keep an eye out for whats to come…..
Term 1 2015/16
Red and White Day to Honour Cork Ladies Championship
Autumn Nature Walk.
Summer 2015 update:
It’s so hard to believe we’ve come to the final term in Junior Infants. We have grown and learned so much and had great fun throughout. We went on a school tour to Tír na Sí – where we saw lots of farm animals. We were even allowed to rub and feed some of them. We went on a horse and trap ride, played crazy golf and had great fun in the indoor and outdoor play ground.
We made new ‘buddies’ with children from 2nd class. Our buddies play with us at breaktime and often come in to our classroom where we read to each other, but more importantly our buddies listen to us and help if we have any problems.
During Aistear this term, we created our very own Summercove Garden Centre. We planted strawberries, beansprouts, lettuce, herbs such as thyme, basil, mint and parsley as well as marigold flowers. We also planted cress seeds which popped up within two days!! We then set up a greenhouse outside our classroom so that we could water and keep an eye on growth and activity every day.
Our classroom has become ‘Summercove Airport’ and we are off on our holidays. We have a with a check-in desk, departure lounge, airport security and Boarding area. The children took on the various roles throughout and we have had great fun! We even had a visit from Suzie’s mom Rachel – our very own ‘Aerlingus Airhostess’ who took the time to tell us all about her job and her adventures. Rachel even checked our passports and boarding cards before boarding our flight to Spain. We also created a seaside scene in the classroom where we built sandcastles, had a picnic, went sightseeing and relaxed sunbathing whilst read our books on our deckchairs. We remembered to put on our sunscreen, our sunglasses and sunhats before going out in the sun.
May/June 2015 update:
We have been “Going on our holidays” for the past few weeks in Junior Infants. Our classroom has become ‘Summercove Airport’– with a check-in desk, departure lounge, airport security and Boarding area. The children took on the various roles throughout and we have had great fun! We even had a visit from Suzie’s mom Rachel – our very own ‘Aerlingus Airhostess’ who took the time to tell us all about her job and her adventures. Rachel even checked our passports and boarding cards before boarding our flight to Spain. Thank you Rachel.
We then created a seaside scene in the classroom where we built sandcastles, had a picnic, went sightseeing and relaxed sunbathing whilst read our books on our deckchairs. We remembered to put on our sunscreen, our sunglasses and sunhats before going out in the sun.
The Garden Centre – April 2015
During the month of April we created a Garden Centre in our Junior Infant Classroom.
We planted strawberries, beansprouts, lettuce, herbs such as thyme, basil, mint and parsley as well as marigold flowers. We also planted cress seeds which popped up within two days!! We then set up a greenhouse outside our classroom so that we could water and keep an eye on growth and activity every day. In our role play area we were buying and selling all sorts of things from seeds and potted plants to wheelbarrows, trowels and forks.
This term has been a very busy term for the Junior Infants. Our Aistear has been in full swing – we covered various themes since Christmas including the Work of the Gardaí and Fire Fighters in our Kinsale area. We set up our very own police station in the classroom, where every morning the gardaí were very busy, what with taking fingerprints, and writing up notes, chasing robbers, patrolling the classroom, scrutinising evidence. We were lucky enough to have a visit from Garda Chris Cronin.We asked him lots of questions about the work of the Gardai. He emphasised to us the importance of road safety and always wearing our seat belts and to stop mammy and daddy using their phones whilst driving, He even let us see his handcuffs and pepper spray! We are learning all about the Farm in Springtime – we are learning about the baby animals, the flowers that are beginning to bloom while buying and selling our Farm produce in our ‘Summercove Farmer’s Market’. We also went around the school to do a survey checking for signs of Spring with our clipboards. We are getting really good at our reading now in Junior Infants. We have been doing lots of reading in school, at home and even shared reading with the big 5th class pupils. We love to reading with our new app ‘Meegenius’ on the ipads using our Headphones. We are looking forward to our Easter egg hunt on Thursday with the Senior Infants. Hopefully we’ll get lots of chocolate eggs because we really have been so good…
Junior Infants have been learning all about the doctor for the last few weeks in our own ‘Summercove Doctor’s Surgery’. The children took on the roll of patient, doctor, nurse and receptionist. They have learned how to use a stethoscope, a thermometer, reading x-rays and checking blood pressure. The children have also learned how to keep our bodies healthy by eating healthily and doing lots of exercise. We even had a visit from a dad who is a real life doctor!!
Term 1 2014 – Christmas Update
Junior Infants have been so busy during their first term in Summercove. They are coming on leaps and bounds and learning new things every day. We are so proud of them. We have started Aistear in the Junior Infant classroom – our theme last month was “building” and we had great fun creating our own building site in the classroom . We all had to make sure to wear our hard hats and hi-vis vests on entering. We even constructed our own igloo using milk cartons collected within the school.
For December, our theme is ‘Santa’s Workshop’ so at the moment, we are working as elves making the toys for Christmas.
Food dudes is in force in Junior Infants and we are enjoying tasting all of the fruit and vegetables every day. Bananas and raisons are our favourite. We know that fruit and veg are really good for us and give us lots of energy.
We are enjoying using the Ipads and learning our new sounds and numbers – the ‘Hairy letters’ app is our favourite at the moment.Because we are getting really good at our sounds and words, we have created a Reading Den to relax with our ‘Reading buddies’ and enjoy our reading our books.
We are so looking forward to Chistmas – We have our Christmas list written, we are lighting our Advent candles every day, checking the new surprise in our Advent calender, rehearsing our Christmas carols and all the while looking our for Santa’s robin to appear.
Term 2, 2013/2014
Junior Infants have had another busy term in school ranging from growing seeds, learning karate, participating in World Book Day and preparing for the Lord Mayor’s visit.
At the beginning of Spring, we learned all about the life cycle of the frog. We were very fortunate that Charlotte and Mary we able to bring some frog spawn into school to show everybody. The frog spawn thrived in the hustle and bustle of our classroom and within a few weeks we had lots of froglets swimming busily all day long. The froglets were returned to a marsh area where we hope they are continuing to grow.
We are delighted to report great progress in our reading and writing. Here is a picture of the yellow group using the i-pads during a team teaching session. We are currently exploring some new applications to learn and revise our new blends (phonics) and sight vocabulary. The new applications we are enjoying at present are: Sightwords, Word Bingo, Phonics Fun 4 and Spelling Bug.
Term 1, 2013
We have been very busy in Junior Infants since we started school in September. We have met all the teachers and they have made us feel very welcome. We are delighted to report that we are very happy and making great friends. Sometimes our parents think that we have a better social life than them!
There is huge excitement in our classroom with Christmas fast approaching. We are looking forward to performing in our first Carol Service in Rincurran Church and have been practicing the new songs very diligently. We performed the Nativity Story for Senior Infants and had great fun both preparing and performing it.