Junior Infants A

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Junior Infants A webpage. All of the relevant information will be posted here so keep checking in.

Mrs O’Rourke

22nd June 2020

Congratulations you have made it to the final week!

You have been a super class and I am so incredibly proud of each and every one of you. I have loved being your Junior Infant teacher and will always be sorry we didn’t get to complete it together.

Parents, your child has now completed their first year in school and it’s one we’ll never forget! I appreciate all the effort you have put in. The silver lining in being at home rather than school has to be the extra quality time your child has had with their family. I’ve no doubt they have learned many new things and developed different skills that they may have not the opportunity to in a classroom of 28 pupils. Thank you sincerely for all your support.

I look forward to seeing you all on August 26th with your new class teacher. I can’t wait to hear all your stories and to see those bright smiles I was greeted with every day at school.

This week we have attached some ideas for a virtual Sport’s Day to have at home as we have missed our Sport’s Day in school this year. If you can, write or draw about some of the activities you completed.  Which one was your favourite and why? Did you find any really easy/difficult and why?

Continue to be great little helpers over the summer for your parents. Keep reading, writing, drawing, cutting, creating and having lots of fun both in and outside. And always remember our school rule: Be safe and be a friend!

Anyone who still has any library books or readers that need to be returned could you please follow the instructions posted earlier in the week on the school website. More details can be found in the following link

Message from Our Principal – 19th June 2020

I wish you and your parents the most wonderful, relaxed and truly deserved summer break.

Happy holidays.

From Mrs O’Rourke

Suggested Ideas for Sport’s Day at home

The holidays are here - udnystationplaygroup

 

15th June 2020

Hello everyone!

We only have two weeks left so keep up all the hard work guys. Imagine then you will be big Senior Infant children!!

This week we’d like you to look at the water safety lessons from PAWS, as we would have been doing in school this term. Irish Water Safety has created a fantastic free educational resource for primary schools called PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety). It’s great news for parents because it outlines life-saving guidelines for children of every age and is available digitally now to every home in the country.

With beautiful illustrations, a wealth of tips and advice, and all sorts of interactive games and puzzles to reinforce lessons learned, PAWS teaches children how to be safe around water in homes, farms, pools, beaches and on our waterways. Every summer so many children go swimming at the beach, have fun in a garden pool or go for walks around ponds, lakes and rivers. It is important that we know how to be safe and what to do, especially as most of us live near the coast.

Can you be a PAWS hero?

https://www.teachpaws.ie/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIidvIqpCC6gIViLbtCh1buAVdEAAYASAAEgLRm_D_BwE

 

I hope you had fun on the virtual tour to the zoo last week. You can go on another virtual tour from the link below. There are many to choose from! Have fun learning all about your chosen tour and perhaps write and/or draw about the things you see. What was your favourite?

Which tour(s) will you choose?
https://sites.google.com/durrowns.com/virtualschooltour/home?pli=1&authuser=1

 

I have been keeping busy in the garden. What do you think of the flowers I have planted? I love how bright and happy they are. They remind me of all of you, with your bright and happy smiles, minds and personalities.

We have also been playing this game a lot! My family and I love it. They have picked the perfect name for this game because it is SO frustrating. Every time you think you’re getting home, something happens!! You can never tell who the winner will be, everyone’s luck changes so much. It’s so much fun…..but it can definitely be very frustrating!

What games have you been playing?

Please email me on deputy@stfrancisns.ie to send on any pictures or work that you might like to share with me or if there is anything I can help you with.

I miss you all and hope you are all doing really well.

From Mrs. O’Rourke

 

08th June 2020

Hello to all the boys and girls in Junior Infants A!

I hope you’re all keeping well. We are getting close to the summer holidays so for the next few weeks continue to try your very best at everything you do. Continue to read, write and do lots of art activities. Explore and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. And very importantly, make sure you are still being super helpers for your parents.

Here are links for you to enjoy a virtual school tour to Dublin Zoo:

Virtual tours: https://www.dublinzoo.ie/virtual-tours-2/

Animal video with Dublin Zoo and RTÉ Home School hub: https://www.dublinzoo.ie/homeschool-hub-at-dublin-zoo/

Other videos, webcams and activities: https://www.dublinzoo.ie/news/dublinzoofun/

Have fun learning all about the different animals and perhaps write or draw about the favourite things you see.

 

Thank you for emailing me with your fantastic work and lovely pictures of some of the activities you have been doing with your families.

I have attached a picture of my herb garden I had been telling you about. I’m looking forward to making some delicious dishes from the different things we have grown: chives, lettuce, rocket, garlic and I’m not sure what else!

I have also been enjoying this extra special time with my family and we built some interesting things from Lego. I’m not really sure what my creation turned into but I started out making a campervan with many different rooms and then added on some cool features like a balcony and lights.

We also enjoyed watching the harvester collect the cut grass in the field beside us. A forage harvester picks up the cut grass off the ground from the row, chopping it up and blasting it into the silage trailer. The forage harvester stays in the field filling trailers full of grass which are carted back to the farm. Then they tip the grass out into a silage pit where the grass is compressed (the air is squeezed out of it) so it can be made into silage for the animals to eat in the sheds in winter time when it is too cold for them to be outside.

Remember you can email me on deputy@stfrancisns.ie to send on any pictures or work that you might like to share with me or if there is anything I can help you with.

Stay happy, active and safe.

I am thinking of you all and miss you all very much.

From Mrs O’Rourke

02nd June 2020

Hi guys!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the sunny bank holiday weekend. Make sure to stay safe in the sun- wear sun cream and maybe even a sun hat.

We took out our super soakers to cool down in the sun. It was great fun! I was drenched in the end. 😎

I’ve also started a challenge to run or walk 100 kilometres in the 30 days of June. It is to raise money for a very important charity so I’m thrilled to be taking part.

The good weather has me outside more and I’ve been busy in the garden tidying it up. The garden looks so alive and beautiful with the flowers blooming at this time of year and my herb garden that I planted is coming on well. It will hopefully have grown enough for me to take a picture of it to show it you next week.

What have you been up to? Don’t forget you can email me on deputy@stfrancisns.ie to send on any pictures or work that you might like to share with me or if there is anything I can help you with.

I’m missing you all lots and lots!

From Mrs O’Rourke

25th May 2020

Hi boys and girls in Junior Infants A,

How are you all? What have you been up to this week?

I have been busy in the kitchen again. This time I made a strawberry cheesecake. I put the strawberries in the shape of a heart to decorate it. It nearly looked too pretty to eat! But it was also delicious so it didn’t last long.

I have also included a picture of my most favourite thing to do. As you already know I absolutely love to read. When I get the chance to read outside on a sunny day it’s even better! We are so lucky with the lovely weather we are having and I think the forecast is to be good this week so make sure you have plenty of fun outside. Are there any jobs outside that you could do for your family too?

Don’t forget you can email me on deputy@stfrancisns.ie to send on any pictures or work that you might like to share with me or if there is anything I can help you with.

Keep smiling guys and stay safe!

From Mrs. O’Rourke

                   

 

18th May 2020

Hello everyone

I have been keeping busy playing with our dog Charlie and have taken him for lots of walks. I have also made chocolate brownies for the first time. They were yummy!

What have you been up to? If you would like to you could send on some pictures to my email deputy@stfrancisns.ie.

I hope you and your families are keeping well and are having lots of fun.

I am really missing you all.

From Mrs. O’Rourke

                                       

11th May 2020

Good morning everyone!

We hope you are all keeping well. We are so lucky with the beautiful weather and hope you are in your gardens playing lots and having fun.

Below we have included some resources you may find useful.

Teaching and Learning Tricky Words

The key to teaching Tricky Words is providing the children with lots and lots of exposure to them. They need to be learned visually, off by heart. We generally teach them one at a time unless there is a pattern- come/some; me/he/she/be. We start by looking at what part they could blend and what part is “tricky” and why (could be silent e at the end; split digraph where vowel says name instead of sound e.g. name, fire; alternative sounds e.g. igh/ie etc…). We make up sentences with the word to ensure meaning is understood. Perhaps put the word on paper to make a flashcard and pin it up somewhere central and refer to it at every opportunity? Point out any tricky words when reading etc. We teach them through lots of games to expose the children to the word as much as possible, while revising words previously taught. Examples include:

What’s Missing?: Take three/four words (ones you want to revise/concentrate on). Pupil closes eyes and one word is turned over/hidden. Child opens eyes and reads all words that remain and then figures out which one is missing/hidden.

Shotgun: Two children stand back to back with fingers together like a gun. Tricky word is shown. First one to turn around and shoot the word by shouting it out wins.

Pairs/Memory Game: two of each tricky word that the child is learning/revising are on little cards (about 5/6 words at a time), mix up the cards and put them all upside down. Take it in turns to try to find a pair/match. As each card is turned the child must say the word. Player with the most cards wins!

Snap

Bingo: give each player 5/6 Tricky words. Call out lots of Tricky Words. First child to turn over all their cards and shouts Bingo wins. 

Boom: Children will collect cards by correctly reading the sight words printed on them. But watch out for the BOOM cards! Draw a BOOM card, and you lose all the cards you collected and have to start over. Use the link below if you would like to make a Boom game – write in the words you are concentrating on. (This will be a new game for the children– we were to play it in the summer term to revise all words).   

https://sightwords.com/pdfs/boom/sight_words_boom_blank.pdf

There are lots of ideas, games and apps online too (readingeggs.co.uktopmarks.co.uk, twinkl (presentations etc).

Basically lots and lots of exposure to the word with lots and lots of revision of words previously learned. Perhaps call out a simple sentence for your child to write using these tricky words. They are not expected to know how to spell all these words at this stage so allow them to refer to the Tricky Word if needed.

Folen’s School at home- weekly plans

We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different and that the infant are very young so we have given a menu of ideas and activities to you on this webpage and through our school Facebook. We endorse play, creating activities and doing jobs around the home i.e. baking, doing dishes, dressing beds etc.

However, if you prefer a more structured approach you could follow Folen’s weekly plans (link below) for infants. They are similar to the activities we have already provided but may be an added resource that you might find useful.

https://www.folensonline.ie/folens-primary/

Missing you all lots and lots,

Mrs O’Rourke and Miss Mc Cann

 

27th April 2020

 

 

20th April 2020

Hello all our lovely Junior Infants!

We hope you had a wonderful Easter Break and that the Easter Bunny came and delivered lots of yummy treats! Most importantly we hope you and your family are all keeping safe and well.

We have provided ideas for activities on our webpage below and on our school Facebook page but we emphasise that these are only suggestions. Please do not see this as an added pressure at this time as we understand that everyone’s circumstances are different.

Work at your own pace. Take plenty of breaks and get lots of exercise outside in the lovely weather we are having. It is also very important to help out at home doing jobs for your parents around the house and garden.

Please keep in mind that children of this age learn through play. One of our biggest learning tools in our classroom is play. Aistear is the framework we use as teachers. You can read about it here https://curriculumonline.ie/Early-Childhood/.

One way of keeping this type of learning alive at home is to put together a box of old clothes and just let them at it. Or set up a shop, restaurant or even their own home office!! Let them create a new world. You might pick a theme of shopping, farming, people in our community etc. Allow them to play with water/sand/soil, construct using items from your recycled bin/Lego etc., build jigsaws, play board games, draw/colour pictures, free writing. The list is endless! And perhaps you may even get to have a cuppa while they’re busy!!

We really miss seeing all your lovely smiles and we hope we all get to see each other very soon. We hope you have lots of fun with some of the activities we have suggested.

Be good for your parents. Stay safe, be kind and look after each other.

Mrs O’Rourke deputy@stfrancisns.ie

Miss Mc Cann missmccann@stfrancisns.ie

 

For Junior infants working on reading words, pencil skills and their numbers 1-5. Teach your monster to read https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ and Oxford Owl Levelled Readers: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/are great resources for working on letter sounds and reading full sentences. Listening to your children read or practising their difficult words will be incredibly beneficial for them. Work on their reading skills. For children at this age it is all about trying to improve fluency and confidence.  Try and listen to their reading everyday if you can. You don’t need to spend ages doing this. 10 minutes is enough.

Khan academy is also super for working on maths with younger classes. There are lots of great maths websites and apps but this one in particular they can work on on their own and it is age appropriate .

For maths Work on numbers: As much as possible try and integrate this through play. An isolated teacher on Instagram has some fantastic ideas for children in younger classes. https://www.instagram.com/anisolatedteacher/

Scoil net is an Irish website that has thousands of resources. You can pick your subject and topic and then find a list of resources for your children to work from.

Top Marks is a data base of games for each subject. All you have to do is pick a subject and topic and you will have a wealth of games and activities.

An Post workbook:

https://www.anpost.com/AnPost/media/PDFs/ImagineNation-Playbook-April-2020.pdf

Twinkl have fantastic learning from home packs set up on their site. They have extended their free membership too. You can sign up here twinkl.ie/offer and use the code IRLTWINKLHELPS

Cúla4 is an Irish website that is full of TV shows and games in Irish.

Seideansi offers mini Irish lessons and games for children from Junior Infants to 6th class.

History/Geography/Science:

https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids?app=desktop

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

https://www.dublinzoo.ie/animals/animal-webcams/

https://www.incredibleedibles.ie/

 

3rd April 2020

Hello everyone!
We hope you are all keeping well and are outside playing in the garden lots in the good weather we are thankfully having. ☀️
Don’t forget there are lots of activities and ideas listed below if you feel like doing some revision. Try to read as much as you can. 📚

We hope you’re all doing lots of jobs around the house to help your parents too!! 🏠

Have a lovely Easter break everyone. 🐣🥚 We hope the Easter Bunny visits! 🐰

We miss you all

23rd March 2020

Dear Parents
We hope you and our pupils are all keeping well in these difficult times. Please let your child know we are thinking of them and are missing them lots!
We have the following list of activities that may be of help to keep your child active. However do as much or as little as you can. Everyone’s circumstances are different so there is no pressure on you to cover any or all of them. Having your child active and happy is the main aim.
– Continue on with Tricky Words:
Introduce 2/3 a week. Write 3 of the tricky words on separate bits of paper. Turn one over. What’s missing? Ask your child to copy writing the tricky words. Look out for them in readers/books.
– Revise blending using the wordbook, readers or books:
– Writing- children can practise all letter formations:
You can use the handwriting book your child has completed that was sent home as a guide or there are lots online that you can print. Or allow your child to “free write” on a blank piece of paper. They may like to write words they know or maybe even their news or a little story?
-Maths:
And again there are lots of pages that can be printed off. Twinkl.ie have many.
– www.twinkl.ie has a wealth of resources and ideas you may like to use. They have kindly provided free access due to the covid-19 virus pandemic.
Another great resource for different subjects and lots more have been shared to our school Facebook page.
– Gaeilge:
Cartoons as Gaeilge
– And of course keep active:
We hope this helps a little. If you have any queries please contact us on:
Mrs O’Rourke: deputy@stfrancisns.ie
Miss Mc Cann: missmccann@stfrancisns.ie
Keep safe.  Hope to see you all soon.
Mrs O’ Rourke & Miss Mc Cann
11th March 2020

This week we got the chance to take part in an Irish Dancing lesson as part of our PE. We had a fantastic time!. Have a look at us in action below:

We are learning the following poem:

Doggy Heaven

Larry Huggins

All doggies go to heaven (or so I’ve been told).
They run and play along the streets of Gold.
Why is heaven such a doggie-delight?
Why, because there’s not a single cat in sight!

Wet Play

We’ve been continuing our dance theme during wet play with our Zumba dance. So much fun!

10th March 2020

Na Baill Beatha

Lámh, lámh eile a haon a dó,

Cos, cos eile a haon a dó,

Cluas, cluas eile a haon a dó,

Súil, súil eile a haon a dó,

Ceann, srón, béal smig,

Is fiacla bána im’ bhéal istigh

 

Seachtain na Gaeilge 

D’imir muid cluichí clóis le rang a Cuig agus Iníon De Grae inniu. Bhí ann spraoí againn.

05th March 2020

World Book Day

We dressed up as our favourite character. We also shared lots of stories and had extra reading time today!

And Clifford the Big Red Dog came to visit!

Show and Tell

Our sharing our favourite book Show and Tell is going really well and we love getting to explore new books. We have started with the Yellow table. It is the Blue table’s turn next but I will let you know when to take the books in.

How plants drink water

We have investigated how plants drink water. We used food colouring to dye the water to see how water moves in thin tubes up through plants. The water is then transported around the petals of the plant. Check out our photos.

04th March 2020

Speech and Drama

What fun we have had learning with Patricia Reynolds! We have covered many poems and stories. Today we acted out the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. It was amazing!

 

Engineering Week

We had a fantastic time engineering various buildings, vehicles and items with Lego. Thank you to Clodagh from Brickx Club for the lend of all her equipment.

We also made various constructions from our recycled 3D materials from our Maths lesson.

 

02nd March 2020

Homework

We are delighted with the progress each child has made to date. Thank you for all your support from home- it makes all the difference!!

Continue to encourage your child to develop their blending skills. It helps to drag out the sounds, loudly, clearly and quickly, running them into each other, to hear the word.

The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

Use the Sounds Cards to play games like Snap, Pairs Game, Quickfire (how fast can your child name the sounds? Can they beat you?).

We continue to work on using different punctuation marks (. , ! ? “”) to read fluently, using expression. Encourage your child to read in phrases, like they are talking, rather than word by word. This will develop their reading fluency and in turn their comprehension.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

03/03 – live

05/03 – give

We are learning the following poem:

The Tighty-Whity Spider

By Kenn Nesbitt

The tighty-whity spider went down the waterslide.
Got a water wedgie halfway down the ride.
Jumped up and screamed and ran around in pain.
Now the tighty-whity spider will not do that again.

World Book Day

World Book Day is on Thursday 5th March. Your child can come in dressed as their favourite character. They may like to take in a book with that character too?

To celebrate World Book Day we had the mesmerising Brenda in to tell us her version of The King with Horse’s Ears. Ask you child to retell the story for you.

 

27th February 2020

Next week is Seachtain na Gaeilge, Engineers week and World Book Day is on Thursday 5th March. We have lots of activities planned for these special events.

Show and Tell

From Monday your child will take it in turn to take in their favourite book to share with the class.  Your child will be told when it is their turn. We will hold onto the book until it has been shared, so bear in mind the book may not come home for a week or more. We ask that when selecting their book that they pick a book that isn’t too long as we only have a certain time allocated.

26th February 2020

Homework

Continue to encourage your child to develop their blending skills. It helps to drag out the sounds, loudly, clearly and quickly, running them into each other, to hear the word.

Use the Sounds Cards to play games like Snap, Pairs Game, Quickfire (how fast can your child name the sounds? Can they beat you?).

The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

We continue to work on using different punctuation marks (. , ! ? “”) to read fluently, using expression.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

25/02 – like

27/02 – have

We are continuing to learn the following poem:

The Snowman

By E.M.Adams

Come in the garden

And play in the snow,

A snowman we’ll make,

See how quickly he’ll grow!

Give him hat, stick and pipe,

And make him look gay,

Such a fine game

For a cold winter day!

Maths

We will be exploring 3D shape. Please can you send in any empty, clean and dry  containers that we can use this week please? We are looking for cubes, cuboids, spheres and cylinder shaped containers. Identify any of these shapes you see around the house with your child.

Pancake Tuesday

We had super fun making Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. We learned that we need utentils/equipment and ingredients to bake. We learned the method/procedure to make the pancakes and we sequenced how to make them step by step using pictures. Your child can make them with you at home now for a delicious treat!

13th February 2020

Reminders:

After mid-term we will be exploring 3D shape. Please can you send in any empty, clean and dry  containers that we can use this week please? We are looking for cubes, cuboids, spheres and cylinder shaped containers.

Please complete your child’s Intercultural Day Passport and return it in the homework folder.

The Big Travel Challenge continues on Tuesday 25th February (Monday 24th – children are off for teacher planning day). Please come to school other than by car if possible.

We will feed our Fish with plastic that you may have found on the beach on Tuesday 25th February.

Have a wonderful Mid-term and we hope to see you all rested and well on Tuesday 25th February!

Science Experiment: Investigating waterproof materials

What fun we had investigating whether different types of gloves were waterproof or not. We made predictions and lots of our predictions were right! We discussed why certain gloves may or may not be waterproof due to what they are used for.

 

12th February 2020

We are learning the following poem:

The Snowman

By E.M.Adams

Come in the garden

And play in the snow,

A snowman we’ll make,

See how quickly he’ll grow!

Give him hat, stick and pipe,

And make him look gay,

Such a fine game

For a cold winter day!

11th February 2020

Intercultural Day

We had a fantastic day learning about lots of different countries and their cultures, traditions, languages and food. Thank you to all parents who made food for our celebration. It was an amazing day. We learned that we all all the same, but different and we are all equally special.

Every child has received a Passport from our Intercultural Day. Please complete the sections and put it in your child’s folder for collection please.

 

10th February 2020

Homework

Continue to encourage your child to develop their blending skills. It helps to drag out the sounds, loudly, clearly and quickly, running them into each other, to hear the word.

Use the Sounds Cards to play games like Snap, Pairs Game, Quickfire (how fast can your child name the sounds? Can they beat you?).

The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

We continue to work on using different punctuation marks (. , ! ? “”) to read fluently, using expression.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

11/02 – one

13/02 – by

We are learning the following poem:

Fuzzy Little Monsters

By Gareth Lancaster

In the morning when I get up,
There’s this feeling in my head.
Like fuzzy little monsters
Still left over from my bed.

They grunt and growl and sneer,
And rattle all around.
Then they clamber out my ears,
Back to bed, safe and sound.

Maths

This week we are working on the number zero. Point out any zeros you may come across. Explore the concept of zero/nothing with your child.

After mid-term we will be exploring 3D shape. Please can you send in any empty, clean and dry  containers that we can use this week please? We are looking for cubes, cuboids, spheres and cylinder shaped containers.

 

5th February 2020

Speech and Drama Poem:

Fuzzy Little Monsters

By Gareth Lancaster

In the morning when I get up,
There’s this feeling in my head.
Like fuzzy little monsters
Still left over from my bed.

They grunt and growl and sneer,
And rattle all around.
Then they clamber out my ears,
Back to bed, safe and sound.

04th February 2020

Both 6th Class and JIA are benefiting greatly from working with each other on a Tuesday. This week 6th Class selected a book for each one of us and read it to use modelling how to read fluently and using expression. We watched out to see how they changed their voice for exclamation marks, speech marks, question marks, commas and full stops. We had so much fun and learned lots!!! Have a look at how engaged we are:

 

03rd February 2020

Homework

Your child will receive their most recent reading assessment this week. Please celebrate their success! We are very proud of all their hard work and appreciate your help and support at home.

Continue to encourage your child to develop their blending skills. It helps to drag out the sounds, loudly, clearly and quickly, running them into each other, to hear the word.

Use the Sounds Cards to play games like Snap, Pairs Game, Quickfire (how fast can your child name the sounds? Can they beat you?).

The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

We will be looking at different punctuation (. , ! ? “”) and how to read using these punctuation marks to read fluently using expression.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

03/20 – so

05/20 – my

Complete the activity in the Tricky book (pg 26)

Listen and colour tricky words 13-18. Pick a colour for each tricky word. Ask your child to identify the tricky word and colour it using that colour.

eg – Colour ‘I’ yellow, colour ‘she’ red etc..

We are learning the following poem:

Fireworks

By Gareth Lancaster

BANG! There goes another one,
Screaming as it goes.
It’s getting high,
Up in the sky,
And fizzle – there she blows!

WHOOSH! Up high above the house,
Behind a trail of sparks.
Yellow, orange,
Red and white,
Exploding in the dark!

Maths

We are working on Capacity. Encourage your child to describe containers using the appropriate vocabulary: full, empty, half full/empty, nearly full/empty. Investigate how much a container can hold. Compare the capacity of different containers. Investigate which container can hold the most/least by counting how many spoons, cups, buckets it takes to fill it up.

 

28th January 2020

Grandparents Day

Thank you to all of the Grandparents who attended today’s event, great fun was had by all of the children. Have a look at some of our lovely photos:

 

27th January 2020

Homework

Literacy

We are delighted at how well the children are doing with their blending skills. Some children have moved onto the books and readers. We will be looking at different punctuation (. , ! ? “”) and how to read using these punctuation marks to read fluently using expression.

Keep up the reading each evening to build your child’s confidence. Continue to encourage your child to develop their blending skills to read words using the words in their wordbook. It helps to drag out the sounds, loudly and clearly, running them into each other, to hear the word.

Use the Sounds Cards to play games like Snap, Pairs Game, Quickfire (how fast can your child name the sounds? Can they beat you?).

The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

28/01 – go

30/01 – no

Tricky Word (13-18) games will be added to your child’s folder this week.

Please play Tricky Word games (pairs game, snap, What’s missing? etc) with your child to help reinforce these words as they need to be known by sight.

We are learning the following poem:

Fireworks

Flying Cows

By Gareth Lancaster

Cows called Daisy
Are often lazy.
But cows called Brian
They be flyin’
Up in the air
And out into space
Because of the grass
And the gasses it makes!

Maths

We continue to work on number 1-5. Have fun saying number rhymes such as 5 Little Monkeys, 5 Speckled Frogs, 3 Blind Mice, 5 Little ducks etc. These can all be found online.

 

20th January 2020

Homework

Literacy

Keep up the reading each evening to build your child’s confidence. Continue to encourage your child to develop their blending skills to read words using the words in their wordbook. It helps to drag out the sounds, loudly and clearly, running them into each other, to hear the word.

Use the Sounds Cards to play games like Snap, Pairs Game, Quickfire (how fast can your child name the sounds? Can they beat you?).

The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

21/01 – there

23/01 – they

Tricky Word (7-12) games will be added to your child’s folder this week.

Please play Tricky Word games (pairs game, snap, What’s missing? etc) with your child to help reinforce these words as they need to be known by sight.

6th class playing our Tricky Word games:

And helping us with our writing:

We are learning the following poem:

Flying Cows

By Gareth Lancaster

Cows called Daisy
Are often lazy.
But cows called Brian
They be flyin’
Up in the air
And out into space
Because of the grass
And the gasses it makes!

Maths

We are learning about the number 5. We use the following rhyme to help us form the number 5:

Short neck, tummy fat,

Number 5 wears a hat!

Count items around your house up to 5. Make sets of 5.

Perhaps visit topmarks.co.uk for the story of 5 and related activities.

Some pictures of us sequencing events together last week:

13th January 2020

Homework

Literacy

Keep up the reading each evening to build your child’s confidence. Continue to encourage your child to develop their blending skills to read words using the words in their wordbook. It helps to drag out the sounds, loudly and clearly, running them into each other, to hear the word.

Use the Sounds Cards to play games like Snap, Pairs Game, Quickfire (how fast can your child name the sounds? Can they beat you?).

The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

07/01 – Said

09/01 – Here

Please play Tricky Word games (pairs game, snap, What’s missing? etc) with your child to help reinforce these words as they need to be known by sight.

Maths

This week we are learning about sequencing and ordering.

Read stories with your child and ask them what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story.

Encourage your child to help with tasks and ask then questions about the sequence of events.

e.g. – In the beginning the dishes were dirty, then you washed then, now they are clean.

P.E. 

This week we started Fitkidz – Just a reminder to wear appropriate footwear each day for PE and the mile with a smile.

06th January 2020

Happy New Year to all!

Homework

Literacy

Please use the Literacy assessment to inform your revision of sounds and tricky words. Continue to encourage your child to develop their blending skills to read words using the words in their wordbook. It helps to drag out the sounds, loudly and clearly, running them into each other, to hear the word.

Use the Sounds Cards to play games like Snap, Pairs Game, Quickfire (how fast can your child name the sounds? Can they beat you?).

The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

07/01 – come

09/01 – some

Tricky Word pairs game Group 1 will go home this week. Please play games with these cards (pairs game, snap, What’s missing? etc) with your child to help reinforce these words as they need to be known by sight.

Maths

We are learning about the number 4. We use the following rhyme to help us form the number 4:

Down, across and down once more,

That’s the way to make a four.

Count items around your house up to 4. Make sets of 4.

Perhaps visit topmarks.co.uk for the story of 4 and related activities.

P.E.

Fitkidz will start on Friday. Please ensure your child has their PE uniform (tracksuit bottoms, runners and no jewelry) on Fridays for the rest of the term.

We will continue to do our ‘Mile with a smile’ daily (weather dependent) so your child should wear appropriate footwear daily please.

 

19th December 2019

Christmas Party

We will have a Christmas Party tomorrow. Your child is welcome to take in a treat. They can wear their own clothes tomorrow- perhaps their Christmas jumper/outfits?

Please note: That Junior Infants finish at 11:50 tomorrow. 

 

Enjoy our photos of special times this month:

6th class helping us with our letter formation.

Brenda, our storyteller sharing the story of Rumplestiltskin.

Santa’s Sooty Christmas Show in the Town Hall.

16th December 2019

Your child’s Christmas assessments will be sent home this week.

Homework

Please use the Literacy assessment to inform your revision of sounds and tricky words. Continue to encourage your child to develop their blending skills to read words using the words in their wordbook. It helps to drag out the sounds, loudly and clearly, running them into each other, to hear the word.

Use the Sounds Cards to play games like Snap, Pairs Game, Quickfire (how fast can your child name the sounds? Can they beat you?).

The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

17/12 – you

19/12 – your

Complete the activity in the Tricky book (pg 18)

Listen and colour tricky words 7-12. Pick a colour for each tricky word. Ask your child to identify the tricky word and colour it using that colour.

eg – Colour ‘I’ yellow, colour ‘she’ red etc..

Recycled Christmas Decoration Competition

Don’t forget to enter into our recycled Christmas Decoration competition this year. We are so impressed by the ones we have already received!

 

09th December 2019

Christmas Play

We are very excited to be performing our play for you on Wednesday 11th @12:30.

Please continue to practise the lines and songs for homework, ensuring they are loud and clear for our audience to enjoy on Wednesday.

Homework

Please continue to revise all sounds- we have nearly covered them all!!!! We are currently up to the ‘er’ sound.

Use the Sounds Cards to play games like Snap, Pairs Game, Quickfire (how fast can your child name the sounds? Can they beat you?).

The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

10/12 – are

02/12 – all

Please note: We are doing an assessment this week so you may notice that your child’s books may not be changed. These assessments will be sent home to you before the Christmas holidays.

Maths:

We are also doing our Maths assessment this week so feel free to complete some activities on topmarks.co.uk or ixl maths to revise topics such as numbers 1-3, 2D shape, more/less, patterns/sequences, big/small, long/short, wide/narrow, tall/short.

Alternatively count lots of things around the house. Add/take away an amount. Play I spy with colour and shapes (I spy something black that is a rectangle). Draw a shape picture. Make/identify patterns and sequences (on a scarf, necklace etc). Compare items that are big/small, long/short, wide/narrow, tall/short.

Recycled Christmas Decoration Competition

Don’t forget to enter into our recycled Christmas Decoration competition this year. We are so impressed by the ones we have already received!

 

02nd December 2019

Revise all sounds. We have learned up to the ‘oi’ sound. Use the Sounds Cards to play games like Snap, Pairs Game, Quickfire (how fast can your child name the sounds? Can they beat you?).

Your child will receive Sound Cards for Group 6 this week.

The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

03/12 – to

05/12 – do

Maths:

We are learning about shapes this week. We are continuing to use patterns too.

You might like to explore some of the interactive games on Topmarks.co.uk:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/shape-monsters

https://apps.mathlearningcenter.org/pattern-shapes/

Class Nativity:

We are getting very excited to perform our play to you. We will have our dress rehearsal by the end of the week to the rest of the school.

Please practise the line(s) provided for the school nativity. Ensure they are clear and loud.

We had great fun putting up our Christmas tree! What do you think?

Brenda, the storyteller paid us another visit. We enjoyed Brenda’s version of the story about The Gingerbread Man. We even got a turn to ring her rainbow bells. She promised to call again before Christmas so we can’t wait for her to return!

Thank you for all your support for our charity fundraiser. We really enjoyed the delicious goodies from the bake sale 4th class organised. Yummy!!!

25th November 2019

Homework

Revise all sounds. We have learned up to the ‘th’ sound. Play the Sounds Pairs games and ensure your child says the sound as each card is turned. The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

26/11 – be

28/11 – was

Complete the activity in the Tricky book (pg 11)

Listen and colour tricky words 1-6. Pick a colour for each tricky word. Your child will then identify the tricky word and colour it.

eg – Colour ‘I’ yellow, colour she red etc..

 

Maths:

We are learning about the number 3 this week.

Learn the rhyme –

Around, and down and out you go you, that’s the way to make a 2.

Around and around, just like a bee, that’s the way to make a 3.

Topmarks link for Story of 3:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=STORY%20NUMBER%203

Complete activities. You might also like to try the activities with the Story of 1 and 2 too? Google Topmarks Story of _.

Class Nativity:

Please practise the line(s) provided for the school nativity. Ensure they are clear and loud.

18th November 2019

Homework

Revise all sounds. We have learned up to the ‘x’ sound. Play the Sounds Pairs games and ensure your child says the sound as each card is turned. The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

19/11 – me

21/11 – we

Maths:

We are working on patterns this week, can your child make any patterns using lego, blocks, cutlery, etc.

Class Nativity:

Please practise the line(s) provided for the school nativity.

 

Science Week 

We had lots of learning fun during Science week last week. Ask your child what colours they made by mixing different colours together.

Here we are enjoying fun Science experiments in the Hall with 6th class.

11th November 2019

Homework

Revise all sounds. We have learned up to the ‘ng sound’. Play the Sounds Pairs games and ensure your child says the sound as each card is turned. The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

Please revise the tricky words dated daily.

12/11 – he

14/11 – she

Maths:

We have started learning about shapes.

Ask your child to point out any square or triangle shaped objects they may see in the local environment.

Class Nativity:

Please practise the line(s) provided for the school nativity.

4th November 2019

Homework

Revise all sounds. We have learned up to the ‘or sound’. Play the Sounds Pairs games and ensure your child says the sound as each card is turned. The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

Your child has received their tricky word book today. Tricky words are irregular words that cannot be blended accurately and need to be learned by sight (see parent info on first page of the book). Please revise the tricky words dated daily. We will send tricky words pairs games home when we have learned the first group.

Reminder:

Please sign and return your child’s library book in the folder so that we can change them.

Maths:

We are starting to learn our numbers this week starting with the number 1.

Please practise the rhyme for its formation:

Pull straight down a one is fun, that’s the way to make a one. 

Practise number rhymes such as 5 little monkeys, 5 little ducks, 10 in the bed etc (google number rhymes 1-10).

Reminder: School closed Wednesday 6th November.

Christmas Nativity Play:

Your child will receive their line(s) for the play this week. Please practise this at home focusing on using a loud clear voice.

22nd October 2019

Reminder:

Please make sure your child’s name is on their jumpers/cardigans, if they go missing they may not be found if the child’s name is not on it.

18th October 2019

HALLOWEEN DRESS UP- Friday 25th October

Your child can dress up in their Halloween costume on Friday for a fun filled Halloween day at school.

Maths Week

We had a super week with many maths activities including mental maths activities, maths trails, maths games, maths stations and maths quizes. We also got to work in teams with older classes and learned lots of new things!

Homework

Revise all sounds. We have learned up to the ‘oa sound’. Play the Sounds Pairs games and ensure your child says the sound as each card is turned. The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

You will find your child’s assessment test in their folder this week. Please keep it at home and focus on revising the sounds they didn’t know.

 

This week  we will be learning all about Oíche Shamhna (Halloween) in Irish. Some vocabulary includes: úll beag buí, úll beag dearg, cailleach, púca, cat, milseán, cáca, bairín breac.

Song: Oíche Shamhna

Oíche Shamhna,

Úll beag buí,

Cailleach agus púca ina suí.

Oíche Shamhna,

Úll beag buí,

Cailleach agus púca ina suí.

Poem: Púca, Púca

Púca, púca, is mise an púca.

Púca, púca, a haon, a dó, a trí.

Cailleach, cailleach, is mise an chailleach.

Cailleach, cailleach, a haon, a dó, a trí.

 

We are comparing and ordering objects according to length, width, height, quantity or size in maths. Can your child compare and order household objects according to these criteria?

 

14th October 2019

Maths Week

We have had great fun with Maths week already!

We will be using games from the following websites this week. Log on at home and have fun with them!

https://ie.ixl.com/math/jr-infantshttps://

www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

Maths Week Homework

Monday:

Rhythm counting- use actions such as: clapping, slapping, tapping. Pupils chant number words in time with the rhythm. Use Night Fright poem below.

Tuesday:

Clap and Snap game: Count forwards clapping in time, then count back

Wednesday:

The Sound of a Number Game: Drop items (stone, peg, sweet) into a tin/container . The children count silently in their head. How many items are in the container? Extension: take out some items and add in others after the children count.wards snapping fingers in time.

Thursday:

Guess my number: Write the numbers 0-5. Show the children a section of a digit and get them to guess what the number is. Ask them to justify their answer.

11th October 2019

Reminder:

Please return the HSE Sight and Hearing Forms as it will not be done unless the form has been returned.

Homework

Continue with homework as normal. We have learned up to the ‘b’ sound. Please ensure your child is pronouncing the sounds accurately. Play the Sound Pairs Games daily to practise the sounds. The better your child knows the sounds the easier they will find the blending and identification of words.

Use the Word Book daily to practise blending the sounds together to hear and identify the word. Your child needs to slide each sound into each other quickly to hear the word more easily.

We will do an assessment on the sounds we have learned to date this week. These will be sent home. Please concentrate on any sounds that your child was unsure of.

We are learning lots of Halloween themed songs and rhymes. We are also enjoying some “spooky” stories! Ask your child to share these with you.

We will learn the following rhyme this week:

Night Fright

by Marian Swinger

My hair stood on end

And I trembled with fright

When I heard a strange noise

On the stairs in the night.

“Creak”, it went.

“Eek”, I went.

What should I do?

Then my brother

Leaped into my room

And yelled, “Boo!”

We are having great fun while continually developing our Gaeilge vocabulary. This week we are learning all about Bia (food). Some vocabulary includes: ceapaire, úll, milseán, banana, bainne, im, subh, an bosca lóin, Oscail/Dún (an bosca lóin, an mála, an doras, an cófra, an fhuinneog), ag ithe, ag ól…

We will be learning the song:

Tá Téidí ag ithe

Tá Teidí ag ithe

Hé hó mo Dhaidí ó.

Tá Téidí ag ithe.

Tá Téidí ag ól

Tá Teidí ag ól

Hé hó mo Dhaidí ó.

Tá Téidí ag ól.

Key to Learning Treat

We thoroughly enjoyed our well deserved treat today. We were the envy of all classes with the smell of popcorn wafting through the school!

We’re trying hard to win next month’s too!!!

 

Storyteller

Today we had a visit from our fantastic storyteller Brenda. The children absolutely loved her take on the classic story ‘The Three Little Pigs’.

07th October 2019

Key to Learning Monthly Competition

And the results are in….. we took a vote to decide our winning treat today…it was a choice between a popcorn movie party and a visit to the park… and the winner is POPCORN AND MOVIE PARTY!

We plan to have it on Friday!

Check out our voting station below:

04th October 2019

CONGRATULATIONS TO JUNIOR INFANT A!!!!

At our assembly today we were delighted to find out that we won the Key to Learning competition by filling our bucket with the most stars. We get stars when school staff catch us behaving well, using our Gaeilge, being a good friend etc… As a reward we get to pick a treat, just for us!!!

Homework:

Continue with homework as normal. We have learned up to the ‘u’ sound. Your child will also receive a Word Book on Monday/Tuesday. In this book there will be words for your child to blend, read and identify them. Please ensure your child is pronouncing the sounds accurately. They need to slide each sound into each other quickly to hear the word more easily. We are practising this in school too. Your child will be given more words as they are able to blend and identify them independently. Their reading will be heard every second day by an adult.

We had a fantastic time with the Reptile Zoo on Thursday to celebrate St. Francis Day. Ask your child about what they learned about the reptiles. Also ask them to share information about St. Francis as we learned about him this week.

 

30th September 2019

Homework:

We will focus on learning the sounds s-d this week. It is very important that your child knows these sounds really well in order to blend and identify words successfully.

Play the Sounds Pairs Game 1 and we will swap it for Sounds Pairs Game 2 on Wednesday. Have fun playing them with your child. (Games explained on newsletter). The aim of the game is to identify and learn the sounds so please ensure your child says the sound each time they turn a card over.

Christmas Cards

Your child’s Christmas Card Drawing Template is in their folder. Please take it out and work on it this week for homework. Please read the instructions and tips carefully to ensure it is completed accurately for publishing. We have gone through some examples with the children today so they might already have ideas for their design. Perhaps draft it on a spare page first? They will need assistance with this please.

Please return their completed template by this Friday, 4th of October. 

 

Pre-reading and Pre-writing booklets:

Your child will receive their pre-reading and pre-writing booklets home this week. Celebrate their work with them. Please remove these from your child’s folder and keep them at home.

Reminder:

Please send in adults size t-shirt for painting and a colouring book if you haven’t already done so.

 

A few photos to enjoy:

We enjoyed rich discussions of all the Autumn items we found for our Nature Table.

We loved using percussion instruments to the beat of our Big Green Frog song.

23rd September 2019

Homework Monday-Thursday:

We will focus on learning the sounds s-r this week. It is very important that your child knows these sounds really well in order to blend and identify words successfully. An information newsletter has gone home today explaining the Jolly Phonics Programme. Singing the accompanying song for each letter will help your child remember the sound (link below or google it). It may be helpful to use a mirror so your child can see how their mouth moves to form the sound. Please contact me if you have any queries.

Sound Pairs games will be sent home tomorrow. Have fun playing them with your child. (Games explained on newsletter). The aim of the game is to identify and learn the sounds so please ensure your child says the sound each time they turn a card over.

Remove any notes from your child’s folder so we know that you have received them, unless they are to be returned to school. Please leave any items we use in school too in your child’s folder e.g. Sounds Book, Pairs Games, Communication cards etc.

Library books:

Your child will receive a library book this week for you to read with your child.

Please keep this book for as long as is needed and we will change it when you have signed to indicate that you are finished with it.

 

13th September 2019

Reminder:

Please send in adults size t-shirt for painting and a colouring book if you haven’t already done so.

Homework: 

Everyday:

Sounds: Revise sounds that are dated in your child’s new sound book. Take note of words beginning with these sounds. Please only work on sounds as they are dated to ensure they have already been taught at school.

Listen to the songs for these sounds below:

 

Monday:

Go on an Autumn walk in the garden/ park and collect different leaves that have fallen or interesting things for our nature table. Pick 3 leaves/ items to take in for our nature table. What signs of Autumn can you see ?

Tuesday:
Using the leaves that you have collected sort them into different categories by shape, colour, size or other criteria. How many different ways can you sort them.

Wednesday:

Practise the rhyme and clap out the rhythm.

Jack and Jill 

Jack and Jill went up the hill,

To fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown,

And Jill came tumbling after.

 

Thursday:

Count how many star jumps you can do in 1 minute.

Count how many frog jumps you can do in 1 minute.

 

Check out us using our Gaeilge!

06th September 2019

Pick up arrangements: 

Junior Infants A & B will now be collected via the gate to the left of the office. This is to avoid too much traffic at pick-up time. From Monday 9th September Junior Infants will be collected at 1:40pm.

P.E.:

P.E. is timetabled for Tuesdays. Your child will need to wear their P.E. uniform (runners and tracksuit bottoms). We will also be running/jogging/walking 1km each day (weather permitting) so please ensure your child wears runners/suitable footwear everyday.

Homework: 

Monday: 

Sounds: Practise ‘s’ sound. Take note of words beginning with ‘s’ sound.

Practise putting on and off your coat. For any child finding this difficult perhaps give them the following instructions: Put your coat on the floor with one leg each side of your hood. Put your hands through the two holes and flip it over your head.

Colours: point out various colours, ask children to name them. Play I spy using colour.

Tuesday:

Sounds: revise ‘a’ sound. (see link above). Take note of words beginning with ‘a’ sound.

Throw and catch a ball with a friend; How many times can you hop on one foot?; Do 10 star jumps.

Revise colours

Matching/making sets: Match the socks from the washing; set the table matching knives and forks etc.

Wednesday:

Sounds: revise ‘t’ sound. (see link above). Take note of words beginning with ‘a’ sound.

Practise Hickory, Dickory Dock (our nursery rhyme for this week)

Hickory, Dickory Dock,

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one,

The mouse ran down.

Hickory, Dickory Dock

Thursday:

Sounds: revise ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’ sound. (see link above). Take note of words beginning with these sounds.

Making sets: Make sets by sorting laundry- creating piles of different people’s clothes/ or different types of clothes i.e. sorting socks, jumpers, trousers together. Tidy their toys by sorting them into categories i.e. cars, dolls, art items etc together.

 

30th August 2019

Congratulations to all our Junior Infant children for a fantastic first day. We hope they enjoyed it as much as we have!

Please note:
There is a severe nut allergy in infants so please be aware when packing lunches. Nuts are strictly forbidden, including any chocolate in any form such as pastries/sandwiches.

Healthy lunches only. Please ensure your child can open and close their own bags, drinks and lunchboxes. Peel any fruit e.g. oranges, as your child will not have time to do this.

Re-usable bottles with sports caps are recommended for school. Plain, one compartment, lunch boxes are easier for children to use and eliminates the use of cling film or tin-foil.

Yoghurts are best eaten at home!! They are time- consuming, messy and cannot be closed if needed. (This include Frubes). See Parent Booklet for lunch ideas.
Thank you for your co-operation.

Here are some photos of your children enjoying their first days of primary school:

 

 

 

 

 

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