September and October in Ms Bell’s Senior Infants

We have had a very fun and enjoyable start to the school year. Although it was a little different than usual the children settled in very well. They were so excited and happy to be reunited with their class mates 😀 In September we learned all about ‘Myself and My Environment’ in Aistear. We loved being back in our groups for play time in the role play area, construction area, small world area, playdough area and sand area. We drew self portraits and pictures of our family. We read stories such as ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We revised the numbers one to five in maths including combining and partitioning these numbers. October was a busy month in which we learned about ‘The Farm’ in Aistear We also learned all about autumn and the harvest. We read stories such as ‘The Little Red Hen’ and ‘Farmer Duck’. We painted beautiful autumn trees using the pointillism technique. The children worked hard on their cursive writing this month and have made excellent progress in their genre writing copies. In October we took part in Wellbeing Week by doing some meditation and mindfulness colouring. The children practiced their deep breathing by using rainbow breaths. As you can see from the pictures they look very relaxed 😌 We also took part in Maths Week by copying and creating patterns using our new pattern cards and cubes. We also created maths monsters using various shapes. The children had great fun with this activity and some monsters had two heads and four legs! This week began running for our 10k...

Maths Week in 1st class.

Between the 12th and 16th of October we celebrated maths week. We had so much fun engaging in maths with different activities both inside and outside. The children engaged in colour by number activites when doing addition and subtraction. It was very exciting! We also enjoyed crack the code activities. Figuring out secret messages was so much fun. The children also created their own emoji codes which their partner then had to figure out the hidden message! We really enjoyed doing our maths outside using chalk. We completed addition and subtraction sums on the ground. It was a very different maths lesson because we got to enjoy some fresh air as well as learning our numbers! Maths week was a huge success in 1st...

National Lámh Day in Ms Bell’s Senior Infants

Today was National Lámh Day. We celebrated by learning ‘Old Mac Donald’ as we had been learning all about the farm this month in Aistear. In the song the children can be seen signing the words: farm, cow, sheep, pig, horse. In our class we love using Lámh signs regularly such as hello, goodbye, thank you, toilet, various colours and lots more! Happy Lámh Day!...

Maths Week in Ms Forde’s 4th Class

Maths Week was a huge success in Ms Forde’s 4th class. The children worked very hard on developing their skills as mathematicians but also had tremendous fun! On Monday we learned Fibonacci’s number sequence. He was a famous mathematician from the 12th century. His number sequence is a series of numbers. (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34). We used this number sequence for our art. We used our compasses and rulers to measure different radii of circles. It was tricky using the compass for the first time but as the saying goes, “practice makes perfect”! Using our compasses to draw circles. We drew circles of different sizes on coloured card and cut them out. Then we experimented with circles when we were exploring what our artwork would look like. Once we were happy with our decision, we assembled and glued the circles onto the A3 page. Here are some photos of our finished artwork. We also did plenty of challenges and problem solving activities. One of the challenges was guessing the number in a blank hundred square. Another challenge was solving addition and subtraction word problems. Can you solve these problems? We also participated in one of the challenges by Microsoft’s DreamspaceTV. These challenges are introducing us to coding. In our pods, we designed an obstacle using recyclable materials. Each obstacle needed to have a ‘loop’ which meant that the player repeated the obstacle a certain number of times. Designing and making our obstacles. In the end, we created two obstacle courses. We trialed the two obstacle courses in our PE. Some children said it...

Maths Week in Ms. Bell’s Senior Infants

Last week we did some additional maths activities as part of Maths Week. We were working on patterns. We were very lucky that we got to use the new pattern resources which had just been delivered to the school the day before. First, we used the pattern cards to copy the patterns and then we created our own. The children began with two colour patterns and some moved on to creating three and four colour patterns! Later in the week had great fun creating Maths Monsters using different shapes – circles, squares, rectangles, etc. First, we cut out the shapes that we wanted to use for our monsters. Then, we had great fun piecing them together to make monsters. Next, we glued them into place. Finally, we drew faces with our crayons before displaying them for everyone to see. Some monsters had two heads and some had four legs! It was a very funny...
Maths Week in Room 1.

Maths Week in Room 1.

There were little Mathematician’s hard at work in Ms. Melvin’s Junior Infants this week. Here is a little insight into what we got up to. The boys and girls participated really well in their Maths stations this week. We have started working with Numicon shapes in school and are getting so good at recognising the shapes, counting the holes and matching the Numicon shape with the number. They are also really enjoying playing fun games to help with their learning. The Numicon puzzles were definitely a hit! The children have been playing some really engaging Maths games with Ms. McMahon. This week, they played the Humpty Dumpty game where they tried filling Humpty’s wall with 10 counters. To do this they had to roll a dice, count out the correct amount of counters and keep going until they reached 10. They were great at their counting and problem-solving skills. The boys and girls also engaged in the Apple Picking game. For this, they took it in turns to pick apples (counters) off a tree template. Whoever picked the last apple off the tree was the winner. The children showed great strategy during this game and figured out which pattern of turn-taking ensured that they would always be the winner. We have been discussing the terms tall, short, big, small, wide and narrow in Maths this week. Therefore, for one of the stations, I challenged the children to build tall and short towers. Just look at some of their constructions! We discussed how Maths Week is in October and realised that another special event also happens in October… Halloween! Therefore,...