We celebrated World Book Day on the 2nd March 2017. There was a special focus put on 'Where's Wally?' as it is 30 years since it was first published in 1987. Junior and Senior Infants put their investigating hats on and worked in small groups to search for Wally, Wenda, Woof, Odlaw and Wizard Whitebeard. All of the groups were sucessful and we had great fun finding them!
We used black backing paper and chalk to create our snowy winter scenes. Now all we need is for it to snow outside! We used winter photography as our inspiration for our drawings.
Junior and Senior Infants have been learning to draw. The focus of this drawing exercise was to explore different lines and shapes in order to create life-like drawings of the face. We looked into mirrors and drew what we could see. There was a great discussion about how different we all look but that's what makes us special and interesting! Well done to the Infants for creating excellent, life-like drawings
Since September we have been implementing the Aistear curriculum in the infant classroom. Aistear is the new early childhood curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. Because early childhood marks the beginning of children's lifelong learning journeys, this framework is called Aistear, the Irish word for journey. During the 'Aistear Hour', teaching and learning takes place in an integrated, structured play environment which allows the children to guide their own learning with teacher support.
An information sheet about Aistear for parents can be found at this address: http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Early_Childhood_and_Primary_Education/
We choose a theme for 2-3 weeks at a time and develop it through the use of different activities stations. These stations include Sand/ Water table, playdough, junk art, role play, small world and construction. The themes we have covered so far this year are 'Homes and Houses', 'The Market' and our new theme this week is 'The Pet Shop'.
We need your help!
In order to implement the Aistear Curriculum effectively, we need lots of toys and resources.
If you have any of the following items at home, that you no longer require, we would be extremely grateful if you could donate them to the school. As they will be used as teaching resources, please ensure that items being donated are functional and are in good condition. You can also loan items to Ms O'Byrne for a few weeks if they are specific to a certain theme (ensure items are labelled with the child's name and/or the teacher is notified that it is on loan).
Examples of items/resources we are looking for are:
Small World: (we are very low on these items)
Little toy people, animals, dinosaurs, cars, buildings, furniture etc. Lego men, plastic figures, miniature police, fire officers, nurses, doctors, farmers, children, farm animals, jungle animals, pets, birds, polar bears, penguins, insects, miniature cars, ambulances, fire brigades, police cars, boats, miniature road signs etc.
A good quality dolls’ house, farm, zoo, garage, ship, shop etc.
Puppet stage and puppets (clean and in good condition): Animals, People, hand puppets and finger puppets.
- Old diaries, cards, fancy paper, envelopes, stampers, stickers, stencils.
- Magnets and magnetic tape
- Wall paper rolls or any rolls of paper
- Cotton wool (rolls or balls)
- Tin foil
- Play dough tools
- Plastic baking bowls
- Oil table cloths
- Unwanted clean fabric (including hessian)
- Real household equipment: clean and in good condition but electrical items do not need to be working (phones, cameras, video cameras, real or toy microphones, computer keyboards)
- Restaurant/ Café: chef’s hats, menus, table cloths, placemats, cloth napkins.
- Architects/ Construction site: Lego (big and small), blocks, plastic tool boxes, hard hats, high visibility jackets, old torches, toy tools etc.
- Doctors/dentists: dress up clothing, toy equipment, notepads.
- Shops: Toy shopping trolley, toy money, purses, cash register, market stall
- Vets: dress up clothes, toy animals, equipment
- Holidays: travel brochures, toy passports, suitcases, toy planes etc.
- Other themes: mechanics, the forest, travel agents, shoe shop, hairdresser, faraway places etc.
- Office: old telephones/mobile phones, calculators, old typewriter, keyboards.
If you have something fabulous at home that we have not mentioned, please ask us and we would be happy to take it if it is relevant to the themes.
If something is not relevant or of use in the classroom we may send it back as we have limited storage space in the classrooms.
Thanks in adavance for your kindness and generosity!