Autumn nature walk
We went on a nature walk to look for signs of autumn and we were thrilled our buddies could come with us. Before we left we talked about things we might see and we got our checklists ready on our clipboards. We also brought crayons with us to do some bark rubbings, magnifying glasses so we could look at things in more detail and we each had a bag to collect any signs of autumn we found. Our bags were full by the time we returned to school! On our walk we saw many signs of autumn. We saw dew on the grass, acorns, conkers, fallen leaves, blackberries, helicopter seeds and spider webs! On our nature walk we also visited the magical Hugging Tree. Legend has it that the Hugging Tree can grant wishes if you give it a hug so we all gave the Hugging Tree a hug and made a wish. We even gave it a big class hug too! We had a great time exploring autumn on our nature walk and when we came back to school we examined what we had brought back in our bags. We had pictures of different kinds of leaves on the board and we searched our collections to see if we had found any of these leaves. We discovered we had found horse chestnut, sycamore, beech and oak leaves as well as conkers and their husks, beech nuts and their cupules, sycamore seedlings (helicopters) and acorns. We could see some conkers that were almost ready to come out of their husks and we had some beech nuts almost ready to come out of their cupules too. We tried to make our sycamore seedlings (helicopters) spin and we enjoyed looking at our collections through our magnifying glasses because we could see them in better detail! When we had finished exploring our collections we used our leaves and paint in autumn colours to make leaf prints.
We love meeting our buddies from 5th Class. We meet them once a week and do lots of different activities together. It is lots of fun! We are very lucky to have such wonderful buddies.
Exploring our sense of taste
In SPHE we explored our sense of taste. We used our tongue to taste natural yoghurt (sour), crackers (salty), lemons (bitter) and Jelly Tots (sweet). One taste in particular was a clear winner in our class!!! There were great reactions to the different tastes as can be seen in the slideshow below.
For Space Week we learned about day and night and we watched some videos from astronaut Chris Hadfield showing us how people sleep, eat and brush their teeth in space. We had lots of fun making rockets and aliens with our buddies from 5th Class and our home school bear Rebel really enjoyed reading our books about space!
In Irish we have been learning to ask and answer questions. We have been working on: Cad é sin? Sin ____ (doras, cófra, mála scoile, fuinneog, cathaoir, bord).
Fun on the Farm
Our theme in oral language this month is Fun on the Farm.To tie in with this we have been learning Old McDonald and we even tried some "On the Farm" yoga from Cosmic Kids. You can find the video below if you'd like to try it at home.
As part of our work in Science we went on a colour hunt. We had to try find the colours red, green, blue, yellow, orange and purple. We checked in every corner of the school, upstairs and downstairs, and we managed to find all the colours!
We have started learning our sounds using Jolly Phonics.
- 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/
We do gymnastics on Wednesdays with our gymnastics coaches. We have been learning lots of new 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 have been learning the days of the week. We enjoy singing this song to help us to remember them in order.
As part of our work in History we created a time capsule. We each had an envelope and in it we put a photo of our first day at school, a piece of string measuring our height and a drawing of our favourite things. We then put our envelopes into a box, sealed the box and put it up high out of reach! We will open it again in June to see how we have grown and changed during our year in Junior Infants.
We became more familiar with our new school as part of our work in Geography. We visited our principal Mrs. Howard's office and we all even got a chance to sit on her chair! We also visited our secretary Anke's office to say hello. We went upstairs to see the St. Brigid's cross with our school's golden rules on it and we had fun playing games in our new yard!
In Science we have been learning about our bodies. We revised the names of the different parts of our bodies using the song Head Shoulders Knees and Toes. You can see the video we use below. See if you can keep up when they sing faster and faster each time! We also measured our hands using unifix cubes and recorded the results in our classroom.
We have been learning our colours and we are learning how to say them in Irish too!
We have lots of budding artists in Junior Infants! We have painted our names, we are creating books about Goldilocks, we have drawn our self portraits and we even created cave paintings after listening to the story Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson.
We exercise regularly throughout the day using Go Noodle. Here are two of our favourite songs to exercise to. Why not try them at home too!
We are all great friends in Junior Infants and we have lots of fun playing together.