In week 8, we finished off our work on our Homes unit and in week 9, we moved onto our unit about Money. This has been a very exciting fortnight as we got great news about an investment in our school by Salesforce. You can read all about it here.
We’ve had lots of fun in the Aistear stations this fortnight with puppets, socio-dramatic, small world, sand, PlayDoh and our very popular construction station. First, we plan, then we play, then we review. We problem-solve a lot before we play about how we’ll ask to use something that someone else has. Here are some things that we say:
- Can I use that please?
- Can I have it after you?
- Can we play with it together?
- Can we share it?
Just as important is how we respond to when someone asks to share something that we have when we’re not finished using it. Here are some of our responses:
- Do you want to play with it together?
- I’m using it now, but you can play with it in three minutes. I’ll get the timer.
- I’ll give you half of it (PlayDoh)
- I’ll share it with you.
We’re getting really good at playing nicely together and giving each other compliments. We have a ‘Good Tales’ and a ‘kindness’ point on Class Dojo that helps us to share nice stories about each other.
Here’s an Animoto video of some of our recent Aistear adventures.
To prepare for the Money theme, we went to the AIB branch in Bray. They even opened up early for us so that we could have a look around before the customers came in. They were really lovely to us, showing us lots of parts of the bank and they gave us posters and sweets. We had great fun on our mini-tour!
The visit to the bank was part of our celebrations of Maths Week – we had lots of fun with Maths Week – including lots of problem solving with number fans:
and lots of work with shapes – particularly squares and triangles!
We’ve been trying out a new system for our literacy stations with visual timetables – this is really helping us to move around quicker and to find out exactly where we should be for each station – and it’s fun too!
Of course, the other big event that took place this fortnight was Halloween! We loved dressing up last Friday and the fantastic Parents’ Association had a spooktacular disco for us. It was so much fun. We also learned all about Oíche Shamhna.
D’itheamar báirín breac. Fuair an cailín seo an fáinne!
Seo an dán ‘Is mise an púca’:
Laura and Yvonne from the Parents’ Association helped us to make witches for the Halloween disco:
Liz made us a very cool Halloween table in the classroom:
We also learned a Halloween poem thanks to Ms Wemmys who helped Aaron to find it for us:
Here are our costumes:
Look at how much fun we had at the Halloween disco:
Thank you very much to all the parents who organised it and put in so much hard work. It was amazing!
We’ve been working very hard on our presentation and neatness this fortnight and we have lots of fun activities planned for November to continue work on our handwriting, fine motor skills and colouring. Here is some of our excellent work recently:
Our teacher, Ms Sexton, uses Class Dojo to keep our parents up to date about life in Senior Infants every day. If you are a Senior Infant parent and you’d like to get your code again, please let Ms Sexton know and she’ll send it out to you. Most of the parents are now connected and are really enjoying using it.
You can find all of our posts from Senior Infants here.
Have a wonderful midterm and a great rest before our very exciting Christmas term!