We have been studying natural features in our locality (and the way in which people interact with them) in our Geography and Science classes. We decided to go on a field trip to see the places we had been discussing in class for ourselves. We walked down to the Dodder river and looked at two bridges and a place where an old mill had once been! Then we went to Herzog Park and discussed how it had once been a quarry, then a lake, and now is a lovely playground. We listened to the sounds of nature like the wind in the trees and the birds singing and observed the lovely autumn colours beginning to appear. Of course we couldn't pass by an opportunity to try out the new playground that some of the older children in our school helped to design. We LOVED it!
Stratford National School Parents' Association invites you to a Family Fun Day!
FOOD AND DRINKS FOR SALE
SECOND HAND SCHOOL UNIFORMS FOR SALE
BRING AND BUY KIDS BOOK SALE - Bring unwanted kids books and buy some new ones to take home!
SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER, 1- 3 PM
Come and meet other Stratford parents while the kids have fun!
I’m happy to announce Aistear is back up and running in the infant room! Aistear is the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework for children from birth to six years old in Ireland. It was introduced into early childhood settings and Infant classrooms in January 2012 and, as a result, is being implemented along with the Irish Primary School Curriculum.
The link below will bring you to a page containing some key information about the Aistear framework. For Junior and Senior Infant parents, the tip sheets for supporting young children’s play, mathematics, reading and writing should be most useful.
Our theme for the next two weeks is autumn. We will have four stations and students will rotate around the stations each day.
Role play Station – Student will buy and sell items at the autumn market. We have a soup and hot chocolate stall, a seasonal fruit and veg stall and a clothes stall with items to help keep us warm.
Junk Art Station – at the junk art station students will design and construct a hibernation nest for an animal of their choice. Students will use boxes, leaves, twigs and other recyclable materials. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to use their imagination and have creative control.
Construction Station– students will work together to build a woodland scene with blocks for the animals as they prepare for the winter months.
Playdoh station – students will make some autumn leaves, hedgehog, acorn etc. with playdoh.
At the end of each play session, we look at photographs I have taken on the whiteboard. The children share their creations and ideas with the class and we discuss how we could develop and extend our play for the next day. I will upload more photos over the next week to show you what we are getting up to.
Good evening parents,
During September, we have been busy settling in, establishing routines and building relationships with each other. We focused on the theme 'All About Me' and completed lots of lovely activities to help us learn more about each other. This month, we will really see some great progress as our full weeks begin.
I often use this page to keep parents up to date with all that’s happening in the classroom. It is a window into our classroom and can help fill in the gaps when your child insists they did ‘nothing’ or ‘just played on yard’ during the school day!
Over the next few weeks I will focus on one of the three core subjects, English, Irish and maths and explain a little about this subject area.
Here is a useful link to help you understand the primary school curriculum. It includes suggestions of how you can support and extend your child’s learning.
If you do want to talk to me, please make an appointment at the office. I’m happy to discuss any questions you may have.
We have started our year with a positive mindset. As a class, we are teammates and every member of the team has something special to contribute. We created this display to identify the important qualities of our group which help us to succeed. We look forward to using these skills to have a productive and fun year together!