End of 2016/17 School Year
Múinteoir: Mrs. Healy/Mrs. Brunicardi
2016/17 School Year
What an enjoyable and busy few months we have had in the Naoínáin Mhóra classroom this term! We participated in a most interesting and fun ‘Anyone for Science?’ workshop called ‘Colourful Chemistry’, where we investigated colour mixtures and, using chromatography, our budding young scientists separated secondary colours into their original primary colours. We had an extremely energetic Active Week, where the children participated in a group dance, teddy bears picnic, obstacle courses and activity and skills stations in the field with Rang a Trí. On a delightful summer’s morning, with sunshine, blue skies and birdsong, we had our annual ‘Walk on Wednesday’, with the children pairing up with partners from Rang a Cúig to walk from Lidl along the Scilly walk all the way to school. We enjoyed a fantastic school tour to Tír na Sí in Watergrasshill, where the children enjoyed a ride on a horse and cart, played crazy golf and spent time at both the playground and indoor play area. Most importantly, we had the chance to meet llamas, alpacas, goats, chickens, donkeys, miniature horses, rabbits, Highland cows and pigs! Back in the classroom, a highlight for everyone has been listening to and discussing two Roald Dahl books, ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ and ‘James and the Giant Peach’. We also enjoyed our Spain day, where we researched all things relating to Spain, and even put on a concert for Junior Infants! It’s the end of a highly successful and stimulating year for Senior Infants – everyone has worked so hard and been so busy, we all deserve a long, relaxing summer break!
The children in Naíonáin Mhóra have had a wonderful first term and are well settled into their new role as the most Senior Infants in S.N. Chóbh Chionn tSáile! After a busy and exciting September and October, they said slán for a while to Mrs Brunicardi and said Céad Míle Fáilte to welcome Mrs Healy, who has been so impressed by their focus, hard word and enthusiasm. Naíonáin Mhóra are amazing readers and their own reading and listening skills are developing rapidly. Each day, they love listening to stories and everyone is making fantastic strides in their reading and writing. They work together very well in pairs and in groups, and as such their oral language skills are developing superbly as a result of such opportunities for lots of talk and discussion. At Hallowe’en, the class produced beautiful art displays, decorated the classroom and had a Hallowe’en dress-up party, including a birthday celebration for Peadar, the class puppet. During Science Week, Naoínáin Mhóra worked as scientists and designers, and carried out a number of experiments. The most interesting was an investigation into whether materials were waterproof or not, and designing our very own waterproof footwear. Excitement is high with our upcoming Christmas play ‘Born in a Barn’, and the children from Naoínáin Mhóra have been diligently learning all the new songs from it, as well as making new friends from the other classes as we rehearse together to bring the whole story together. We are looking forward to continued excitement and anticipation as we count down to Christmas. No-one deserves some time off for some rest and relaxation more than the hard workers at Naoínáin Mhóra! Nollaig Shona Daoibh go léir ó
End of school year
We had a fantastic week for Active Schools Week. The week was packed full of events. Activities included a walk to school on Wednesday, a teddy bear picnic, circuits organised by Rang a 5, rounders, hurdle activities and of course our new dance routine that we’ll be launching at our Fun Day next month!
Bhaineamar lán taitneamh as!
Term 1 2015/16
Naíonáin Mhóra were at the Opticians during Aistear recently. We had great fun learning about the different parts of the eye, engaging in role-play at the opticians, designing glasses frames, designing and constructing an opticians and doing investigations in the sand pit using our senses with our friends.
Senior Infants Planting Pumpkin Seeds!
The pupils in Senior Infants had a busy third term. The 7th May 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania so we learned lots of information about it and also enjoyed listening to an interesting presentation from Rang a 5. We became scientists for a morning by carrying out many experiments. Our favourites included exploring the chemical reaction that occurs when baking powder and vinegar are mixed together and creating a water filter to help us understand what happens at water treatment plants to ensure our water is safe to drink. Tír na Sí Farm in Watergrasshill was the destination for this years school tour. We enjoyed meeting all their fabulous animals, particularly the pigs Peppa and George! The trip on the horse and cart, playing in the indoor and outdoor playground, exploring in the Fairy Forest and the lovely homemade food provided were all highlights of the tour for many children. We learned about water safety and fire safety to help ensure that we will remain safe during the summer months head. We embarked on our Literacy Liftoff this term and it was a huge success. We loved the variety of content that it brought and always looked forward to each session with enthusiasm. Our country of interest this term was Spain, we learned about the culture, language and had a fantastic Spanish themed morning in school when three special guests visited our classroom to teach us some Spanish phrases.
Bain taitneamh as na laethanta saoire!
It has been yet another busy term in Senior Infants. The Owl babies swooped into the classroom in January and they have been visiting all the children’s houses ever since! We enjoy writing about their adventure each night. We were delighted to get the opportunity to impress our Green Schools Assessor having learned so much about water. We also enjoyed a visit from Killian Glynn of Eli Lilly who taught us lots about the uses of water, where it comes from, how we can save it and how waste water is treated. We have been learning about African animals and life in Africa. Benjamin’s dad Pádraig visited our class to tell us about his trip there. We loved practicing and performing our dance “Just can’t wait to be king” for The Lion King musical. It was a magical experience that we will remember for evermore! In addition to all of this, we completed six weeks of shared reading, learned all about the season of spring, planted some coriander and spring onion seeds, celebrated the feast days of Saint Brigid, Saint Valentine and Saint Patrick and engaged in lots of fun and active learning in-between. Currently, a lot of our energy and creativity is going into making colourful and unique Easter bonnets for the parade on Friday! We will be starting the Literacy lift off programme after Easter and we will look forward to having Mrs. Brunicardi back teaching us during the third term. J Happy Easter everyone!!
January 2015 – Update
Senior Infants have had some very special visitors over the past few weeks.. BeforeChristmas, we were thrilled to see Mrs. Brunicardi again and we absolutely loved meeting baby Tadhg. He is a very happy and content little baby. :)
Then, we had the arrival of Santa in the fire engine! The whole school were excited to see him and each child received a little gift from his sack before they said goodbye.
More recently, Senior Infants were in for a real treat when a life sized Emperor Penguin turned up at their door, Snowflake to give him his correct title! Not only did the children learn about the penguin’s life cycle, life in Antarctica, their diet and body parts but it was used as a teaching tool and stimulus for art & writing activities, comparing heights and measuring length and width! The children were mesmerised by the sheer enormity of the penguin. They had a really great time chilling with Snowflake!
Term 1 2014 – Christmas Update
Who would have thought that we would have so much fun learning in Senior Infants!
We have station teaching every morning. During this time, we concentrate on our reading, writing and sounds. We have great fun making works using magnetic letters, playing rhyming games and using the Ipads.
In Irish we sing, dance and learn rhymes as Gaeilge. We love learning through our new Interactive Irish programme, “Bua na Cainte”! We listen to stories, play language games and even have little conversations with our friends as Gaeilge.
We have a variety of different activities to practice counting numbers and to recognize patterns. We use lots of concrete materials such a lollipop sticks, cubes and blocks. During Maths week, Our friends in 5th class invited us to play some maths games in their classroom, it was fantastic!
We love taking our fortnightly bus trip to St. Multose Hall for PE. Sabine teaches us to play a range of team games like rounders, snowball and stuck in the mud along with athletics and gymnastics activities too!
We have recently started the Food Dudes Healthy eating programme. If we eat our fruit and vegetables for a period of 16 days, we win a prize each day. Our favourites are the bananas and carrots!
Every Tuesday, we get to show off our dance moves with Eileen. Our favourite day of the week is Friday; we construct, draw and paint some really cool things in Art. Our singing voices are currently being put to the test as we busily prepare for our annual Christmas Carol service.
Life in Senior Infants is a fun place to be because even though we are working hard, we still have plenty of time to play and enjoy ourselves in school. We are looking forward to the months ahead where we get to build on all we have learned so far.
Term 2 20013/14
We have been very busy in Senior Infants since returning after Christmas. Last month, each child planted some dwarf sunflower seeds and giant sunflower seeds. It was great to see each seed sprouting and beginning to grow, but unfortunately they became too big for our classroom, and so each child took them home to transplant them to a bigger pot or to the garden. Look at our beautiful plants growing below!
We were also very busy learning some martial arts moves with John O Driscoll and John Collins.
In the last few weeks, we have been preparing for Easter, creating some clay Easter baskets- we can’t wait to decorate them and fill them with mini Easter Eggs!
At present we are getting ready for Active Week and can’t wait to get involved in our week of fun filled activities including circuits, parachute games and novelty races. We will also be busy preparing our Easter Bonnets at home for the Easter Bonnet parade on Friday.
Happy Easter Everyone!!
This month the Senior Infants had a visit from The Dogs Trust. Aoife and her dog ‘Brave’ taught us how to greet a dog and the best ways we can look after our dogs all year round. We each got to meet and pet Brave. He was so comfortable in our classroom, he evenfell asleep.
We are having great fun in the run up to Christmas. Senior Infants are practicing their Christmas Carols to sing to all the parents at St. Catherine’s Church, Rincurran and we are also showing our singing skills to Junior Infants by doing class performances as well. There is a lot of excitement in the class and we look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday for our annual Christmas Carol Service.