Welcome to the webpage for Junior Infants. Here we will keep you up to date on class news and post some work from the children.
In recent news……
The infants took part in Wellbeing Week this year, participating in dance, art, music and other fun activities. They made chocolate-dipped strawberries with Miss Hughes, which they then sold at the cake sale. All money raised went to Carbury carers. Well done Juniors!
The children made bird feeders with the Garden Committee in January. They cut apples in half and stuck in some sunflowers. We help the birds in January because it can be harder for them to find food in the colder weather.
The Junior and Senior Infants put on a performance of Toby’s Christmas drum. They worked so hard on it and the whole school and parents enjoyed a performance of their play.
PE with parachute!
AISTEAR: The restaurant
We made pizzas! We did a lot of talking, tracing, cutting and sticking to make these delicious pizzas and then used them in our AISTEAR restaurant.
Learning through play:
We love to use construction toys to learn about the world. We work together to solve problems.
We were working with Ms Parle this month to create a self portrait, using LOTS of different skills: cutting, sticking, writing, painting. We are very happy with the result and will post more pictures soon!
Paddy Madden visit
We were so lucky to have Paddy Madden, the Nature Educator, come to our school to teach us all about the natural world. We learned about dinosaurs, plants and animals, bugs and bees and were able to look closely at some of the insects.
We play games in school with our friends. This teaches us how to win, lose and everything in between! We learn how to take turns, share and play by the rules. The older children help us during these sessions.
We went on a local forest walk with Senior infants. We hugged trees, met some animals and had a picnic in the woods. Many thanks to Mary Murrin for being an expert guide!
AISTEAR – the hospital
Here are some photos of the children in the roleplay area. We think that some of them will make wonderful surgeons in the future!
We have been doing lots of work with Ms Parle to make our fingers strong for writing. We build our fine motor skills by playing with playdoh, building, cutting threading and colouring on our bellies! We are making some artwork using all of these skills.
First day at school!
Welcome to all the boys and girls in Junior Infants to Scoil San Treasa. We had a great day playing with toys, making new friends and learning about the rules in our school. Ms Kavanagh took us on a walk to show us where things are and to meet all the other teachers and staff. We had a busy, but fun first day!
Junior & Senior Infants 2021-2022
In recent news……
We looked at the Dutch artist Pierre Mondrian. He loves trees and simple shapes. We used paint and cut paper to imitate his work.
The weather was so beautiful that we went gardening yesterday. The children ate chives and lettuce, we said hello to all the plants and did some weeding at the front.
AISTEAR: Home sweet home!
This month we are looking at the theme of homes in AISTEAR. The children made a display where they made their own homes and street. It’s brightened up the corridor to welcome our new junior infant children in on their induction day.
We went outside to the digging area to make houses like the mud huts we saw on the SmartBoard. We also looked at different types of structures, including bungalows, igloos, caravan and chalets.
School tour in Lullymore
We went to Lullymore on our school tour this week. We had a FANTASTIC time, even though the weather was a little rainy!
Many thanks to the bus driver who got us there safely, and all the staff at Lullymore, who helped us have a wonderful time.
We are looking at the theme of The Zoo in AISTEAR this month. We have been basing fine motor skills activities, maths lessons and literacy around this.
We created a map for our imaginary Zoo. We got some help from sixth class and we are now going to build a version of that outside in our digging area.
We created mini habitats and lion heads.
We read to our puppet friends today! The junior infants are sounding out their words now. Daily reading practise is really important for us and we get lots of help from our Senior Infant friends too!
We designed a playground for Engineering week. The 6th class children came in to help us with our ideas. We used a lot of the new STEM toys to design our playgrounds.
The children had a fantastic time at the AISTEAR based play centre in Tullamore yesterday. Here are some photographs of our trip.
The children were so well behaved and had fun engaging in roleplay. We were DJs, beauticians, builders, policemen and women, robbers, prison guards, chefs, vets and doctors! Ms Parle got her hair done by Danny and Aoife painted Kevin’s nails!!!!
We are looking at the theme of ‘The Restaurant’ this month. The children are having great fun making food in junk art, engaging in role play in the restaurant, writing menus, making playdough food and constructing a restaurant using the Crazy Forts!
We looked at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and made some land art whilst working with 6th class. Some of us made ‘pictures’ others made patterned-based designs and some even made structures. We were very proud of them.
The Garden Centre
We looked at the theme of ‘The Garden Centre’ this month. We built our own garden centre, had great fun in the sociodramatic play area, and made homemade flowers.
We bought new STEM toys out of the money raised by the PA. They include a giant marble run, two hut building kits and a wide variety of construction toys. We LOVE them!
We practise writing our tricky words in many different ways! The children are ‘writing’ using Lego!
We read some stories associated with Spring. We enjoyed Rosie’s walk. Here is some writing we did in response to the story.
We marked St Brigid’s day by designing a cloak for her! Ms Parle made a St Brigid’s cross using reeds.
Relax kids is a fun class where we get to learn how to relax, breathe and think positively. Ms Flanagan is lovely!
We made feeders for the birds, we want to look after them during cold months. We used apples and sunflower seeds. This is also good exercise for our fingers and hands.
Happy Christmas to everyone, near and far, from all the children in Junior and Senior infants! Thanks to 6th class for putting up the Christmas tree.
The parent’s association kindly gave us a treat of hot chocolate with marshmallows. Thank you SO much to Fiona Kenny-Shine for spoiling us!
We made Christmas tree decorations, using recycled materials.
The Student Council organised an Christmas themed art competition. We made snow cities, tracing and cutting out colourful squares and rectangles. We used paint for our backgrounds and are very proud of our pictures!
and the winners were…………………………..
Paddy Madden visit:
The Heritage in Schools expert, Paddy Madden came to our school for a day, during which he taught the children about the local natural environment. We studied Rowan and Sycamore trees, looked at a wasp’s nest and planted mustard and cress.