Welcome to our class page!
We hope you enjoy seeing what we have been learning in school 😊
We hope you enjoy seeing what we have been learning in school 😊
Parachute games proved to be a big hit in our class!
Teddy Bears' Picnic
We had great fun bringing our favourite teddy bears to school for our Teddy Bears' Picnic!
We had lots of fun decorating our queen cakes but we had even more fun eating them!
Summer visit to the Hugging Tree
We had lovely sunshine for our summer visit to the Hugging Tree.
We found lots of signs of summer on our Summer Walk!
The weather has been so nice we decided to set up an outdoor classroom so we could enjoy the lovely weather while doing our work!
To celebrate Earth Day we listened to a story called 'The Earth Book' and learned about some of the things we can do to take care of our environment. We did some of our work outside, we completed a nature scavenger hunt and we also did some nature art outside.
We had great fun working on our handwriting outside using chalk!
St. Brigid's Cross
We went upstairs to see our school's special St. Brigid's cross and we chatted about the pictures and messages on the cross . On our cross is our school motto "Ní neart go cur le chéile' and our golden rules: be honest, do your best, look after property, look after the environment, be polite, be gentle and kind, respect others, involve others, bí cairdúil (be friendly) and be active and healthy.
We have been learning about the primary colours and experimenting to see what colours we can make when we mix the primary colours together.
We have been learning to order the numbers 1-10. We then had to become detectives and figure out the number our partner took away from the sequence while our eyes were closed!
We had a lovely day for our Spring walk and we saw lots of different signs of spring. The daffodils that we planted in October have started to bloom and they are really brightening up our school 😊
In Maths we have been learning about data and graphs. We made our own graphs using hands on materials and we also made graphs together on the interactive whiteboard to show our favourite things.
You will find the songs and actions for our new sounds below:
In Drama we played Nursery Rhyme Charades! We picked a picture of a nursery rhyme from the bag and we then had to mime that nursery rhyme for the class to guess. It was lots of fun! The pictures of the nursery rhymes are below if you would like to try it at home!
In P.E. we have been learning about orienteering and how to fill out control cards.
World Book Day
To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 4th March we listened to the story 'Postman Bear' by Julia Donaldson and then we designed a birthday card for Bear and had a game of I-Spy using one of the pictures from the story. We also did a book Scavenger Hunt! We had a list of things to find and looked through all our group's books to see how many we could find. Finally we went outside to listen to another Julia Donaldson story, 'What the Ladybird Heard Next'.
In Maths we have been working or ordering the numbers 1-5 correctly. Ms. Murphy has been getting all confused trying to order the numbers so we have been giving her great help showing her how to do it!
For Engineers Week we had 4 different activities to try during the week: free construction, designing a way for the Gingerbread Man to cross the river, problem solving/designing using a Lego app on the iPads and designing a way for Rapunzel to escape from her tower. Ms. Murphy's Junior Infants are wonderful engineers!
Rapunzel station: help Rapunzel escape from her tower. We had lots of great ideas to help Rapunzel escape. We designed ladders, slides, stairs, trampolines and poles to name just a few! Have a look at our ideas below:
iPad station: We really enjoyed using the Lego app on the iPads. We were able to work on ordering numbers correctly, sorting bricks by colour, designing our own train and exploring an interactive picture. This was the most popular station of Engineers Week!
The Gingerbread Man station: Design a way for the Gingerbread Man to cross the river. We made boats, jet-skis, planes, robots, bridges, stepping stones, tunnels and speed boats to name just a few. Have a look at our ideas below:
Construction station: At this station we used blocks and Lego. Have a look at our wonderful creations below:
Return to School 😊
We are so happy to be back in school with our friends. Look at our smiles on our first day back!
Have a look at some of the wonderful things we have been doing at home for Creative Week 😊
Here is some of our art work from this month.
We had great fun role-playing the hospital and Santa's workshop! In the hospital we examined our patients, carried out x-rays, filled in their charts and made Get Well Soon cards. In Santa's workshop we became Santa's elves and we worked in the design, assembly and wrapping areas! We even designed our own wrapping paper!
Posting our Special Cards
We made and wrote very special cards for our families. We then role-played a trip to the post office with our partners. We bought our stamps and then off we went to the postbox to post our cards!
In Maths we have been working on our numbers and our counting skills. We made sets of numbers using stampers, stickers, playdoh and concrete materials. We also had fun playing number Bingo!
This month we have been revising all the sounds we have covered since September and we have been continuing to work on our blending skills. We really enjoyed having the chance to work on our sounds and blending on the iPads. Look at the concentration on our faces!
Below are some of the games we tried in school (and a few extra ones too!) if you would like to try them at home.
Blending (real words)
Blending (Identifying real/nonsense words)
Select 'Phase 2' in the options menu and then select '+d'
Select 'd' in the options menu.
Sound recognition/Initial sounds
Our theme for this month was Caitheamh Aimsire.
Some of our displays from November
Homes and Houses
In Geography we have been learning about houses and homes. We discussed the different rooms in a house, items you would find in each room, activities associated with each room and different types of homes. We worked together in small groups to design specific rooms and then we put these rooms together to make large houses. We also worked on our cutting skills to create houses using coloured paper.
The Three Little Pigs
Our Classic Story for this month was The Three Little Pigs. We thoroughly enjoyed the Cocomelon song of The Three Little Pigs, especially the ending!!! You can listen to the story and song below. We cut out pictures of the story and sequenced them correctly to create a Story Map. We also created the houses of the three little pigs in Art.
Post for Ms. Murphy's Class!
There was great excitement when post came to the school for everybody in Ms. Murphy's Junior Infants! We eagerly opened our post and inside our envelopes we found Thank You cards from Ella. She was so happy when she received our Get Well Soon cards that she decided to send each of us a card in return to say thank you!
Our English writing genre for this month was writing to socialise. In our English story the main character (Ella) broke her leg. Ms. Murphy knows Ella's teacher so we decided to write Get Well Soon cards to Ella and Ms. Murphy said we could send them to Ella's teacher. We decorated and wrote our Get Well Soon cards, put our stamps on our envelopes and wrote Ella's name on them and then headed to the Post Office to post the cards to Ella's teacher.
Continuing on with on our work on writing to socialise we decided to give Thank You cards to people who help us in our school. We decorated and wrote thank you cards to Anke, Cathal, Sheila and Mrs. Howard. They were delighted to receive our beautiful cards!
In P.E. we have been working on our throwing and catching skills.
Jolly Phonics Group 2
We have now started group 2 of Jolly Phonics. You will find the songs and actions for our new sounds in the video below. You can also see some of the words we have been learning to blend in class in the document next to the video.
Skittle Colour Mixing!
Helping Farmer Brown! (Exploring waterproof materials)
Making Rice Krispie Cakes (Exploring the effect of heating/cooling chocolate)
We have been very excited in Junior Infants as we are now able to read words! We have been learning to blend our first group of sounds in class and we have been learning to read tricky words too. After the midterm break we revised our sounds by playing a 'Roll and Read' game and then we started blending these sounds. We played snakes and ladders, a read and roll game and a Lego tower game to help us practice our blending. We are doing brilliantly and Ms. Murphy is very proud of us 😊 You will find some videos about blending below.
We have started to learn how to write letters in cursive script. You can find the animations for the formations of our first two letters (c and a) here:
- c: data.cjfallon.ie/resources/gwtf-handwriting/letter/index.html?dataFile=GWTF_B_LF_c.json&referrer=http://data.cjfallon.ie/resources/gwtf-handwriting/index.html#!/book-sections/1/section-groups/1/group/0/
- a: data.cjfallon.ie/resources/gwtf-handwriting/letter/index.html?dataFile=GWTF_A_LF_a.json&referrer=http://data.cjfallon.ie/resources/gwtf-handwriting/index.html#!/book-sections/0/section-activities/2
We have continued to work on keeping the beat and singing melodies using different notes. We learnt a call and response song called 'Can You Sing Your Name for Me?' and sang it while keeping the beat with our percussion sticks at the same time.
How Full is Your Bucket?
In class we have been talking about showing love and kindness to others. We read the story "How Full Is Your Bucket?". You can watch the story below. We will continue to be "Bucket Fillers" in Junior Infants and complete acts of kindness in school and at home.
Fun Dress up Day for Mercy Hospital Heroes
We had great fun during our special dress up day. As it was the last day of school before the midterm break we made some Halloween pumpkins and we even had a little disco in our classroom! All funds raised from our dress up day will go to the Mercy POONS Service - Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nursing Service.
This month, as part of our work in Geography, we have been getting to know some of the people working in our school. We were delighted when our principal Mrs. Howard asked us to plant some daffodil bulbs for her and we were very lucky that our caretaker Cathal helped us to plant them. We cannot wait to see our daffodils in the spring!
Fun on the Farm!
Our oral language theme for this month was 'Fun on the Farm'. We listened to a story about Tom and Ella's visit to Leahy's Open Farm and we learned Old MacDonald. We also decided to write our own version of Old MacDonald using rhyming words! You can see our version of the rhyme below! To tie in with the theme of 'Fun on the Farm' we tried some yoga that was based on the theme of the farm. It was lots of fun! You will find the link below if you would like to try it at home!
In Maths we have been learning about patterns and we have been making our own patterns using our maths materials in class. We have also been using pattern in some of our art work as you can see in the pictures below.
Little Red Riding Hood
Our Classic Story for this month was Little Red Riding Hood. We have been working very hard on our cutting and colouring skills since September and so after listening to the story we cut out 4 pictures from the story, sequenced them correctly and then coloured them in using our neatest colouring. As you can see we did a wonderful job 😊
This month we have been learning about the hedgehog. Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals and a baby hedgehog is called a hoglet. We learned that the hedgehog has spines on its back, head and sides and the hedgehog curls itself into a spiky ball when it is afraid. We also learned that hedgehogs hibernate between November and March. We created hedgehog prints using autumn colours and we also made hedgehogs using clay and matchsticks.
Leaf Lanterns and Leaf Rubbings
We examined the autumn materials we had collected on our autumn walk and then we used some of the leaves to make leaf rubbings and leaf lanterns. There was great excitement when we came into school one morning and saw all our lanterns lighting!
We had a great time on our Autumn walk and saw lots of signs of Autumn. We saw acorns, conkers, fallen leaves, blackberries, helicopter seeds and spider webs and we even saw leaves falling from the trees as we walked! On our nature walk we also visited the Hugging Tree. Legend has it that the Hugging Tree can grant wishes if you give it a hug so we each gave the Hugging Tree a hug and made a very special wish!
We carried out lots of different activities to celebrate Space Week. We learned about the Sun, the Moon, the stars, Earth and gravity. To see what is like to live in Space we watched some videos made by the astronaut Chris Hadfield (see below). We also heard about Neil Armstrong and watched a video of him walking on the Moon. We then assembled our very own space pictures with the Earth, stars, a crescent moon and ourselves as astronauts! We listened to the story 'Aliens Love Underpants' and then made aliens out of clay. After listening to the story 'Back to Earth with a Bump' we designed our own rockets and shared with the class what we would bring on a trip to Space with us if we could only bring 3 things! We really enjoyed Space Week.
Some of our displays from September
We played a game of 'Guess Who' with our baby photos. We really enjoyed trying to guess which one of our friends was in each photo! Then we drew our self portraits and created our very own 'This is Me' poster.
We designed our very own Super Soaps! You can read Super Soap's story here:
We mixed paint and used masking tape to create our names.
Sequencing Incy Wiincy Spider. We have been doing lots of work on our cutting skills and we were able to cut out all the pictures of Incy Wincy Spider by ourselves for this activity :-)
Our first day of school!
Sequencing Humpty Dumpty
As part of our work in History we created a time capsule. We each received an envelope and in it we put a photo of our first day in Junior Infants as well as a piece of string that shows how tall we were at the start of Junior Infants. We also recorded our favourite colour, our favourite toy and our favourite food. We put all our envelopes into our time capsule and we have put it up high in our classroom where nobody can reach it. We will open it again in June 2021 and repeat the same activities to see how we have grown and changed during our year in Junior Infants
We have started learning our sounds using Jolly Phonics. We have been doing lots of games and activities using our new sounds. We have also been working on our auditory discrimination skills. For one of our activities we sat outside, closed our eyes and tried to identify all the different sounds we could hear.
- You can listen to the songs for our sounds here:
- You can find the actions for the sounds below:
- You can listen to the sounds here: https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/resource-bank/learn-the-letter-sounds/
In Maths we have been learning about sets and we have been creating sets based on colour, size and type of object.
In Irish we have been working on the theme of Mé Féin (myself). We have been having lots of fun learning new songs, playing games and working with our partners to ask and answer questions. We have even enjoyed a few games of Bingo!
We have lots of budding artists in Junior Infants! We have mixed paint to create a display of our names, we are creating books about Goldilocks, we have drawn our self portraits (we used handheld mirrors to make sure we got all our features correct!) and we also created cave paintings after listening to and talking about the story Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson. We even looked at examples of some real cave paintings before we started.
In Music we have been learning a song called 'Big Green Frog'. We used percussion sticks to keep the beat of the music and we used musical instruments to compose sound effects for Big Green Frog's train adventure. We also listened to 'The Aquarium' from 'The Carnival of the Animals' by Saint-Saens and drew pictures of the images that we could see in our minds while listening to the music.
Fine Motor Skills
To get ready for learning to write we have been doing lots of activities to strengthen our fingers. It has been lots of fun!
We are all great friends in Junior Infants and we have lots of fun playing together.
These are the nursery rhymes we have been learning in school this month.
Days of the Week
We have been learning the days of the week. This song helps us to remember them in order.