Senior Infants A
Welcome to the Senior Infants A webpage.
All of the relevant information will be posted here so keep checking in.
9th October 2020
From Monday St Francis NS will use Seesaw for our forum for contacting parents, homework, celebration school life and in the case of distance learning should it be needed. Tomorrow your child will take home an access code to login to their individual Seesaw account. There is a QR code that can be scanned to open their account instead of inputting login details each time. keep this page safe as it will be needed each time you login. Please begin to use this account as we have posted important information.
Just a reminder that folders need to be put into the children’s bags. They will read at least once a week with an adult. This is the only time their folder will be taken out of their bags. Please read with your children at home and continue to practise sounds and tricky words. We will follow HSE Covid guidelines when using using these. Please see our class Seesaw for further information. Please ensure you sign their record when you have read with them.
This week in Senior Infants we continued to revise our sounds and tricky words. We have been using iPads during stations to work on our Phonics. We will continue to practise the correct formation of our letters in class. When writing at home, please remind children how to correctly form their letters.
In Maths, we have been revising counting sets of objects and writing numbers. We have also been adding sets of numbers together. When practising counting with the children at home, please remind them to count the objects more than once. There is still a bit of number reversal with the numbers 2, 3 and 5 so practise at home would be great.
The children created Halloween Pumpkin witches during our morning activities. We did this by cutting out different shapes and arranging them into the shape of a witch. We have found that cutting can be tricky so please provide as many opportunities as possible for the children to use scissors to cut.
6th October 2020
We had a busy week last week!! Senior Infants are continuing to work hard on our sounds, tricky words and handwriting. We practised I, j, t and b. The letter b can be difficult so practising it at home would be of great benefit. We will continue to revise our tricky words and sounds to help in our reading and writing.
In Maths we have been practising writing our numbers using the correct formation. We have been counting sets and writing the correct number in the box. We have been playing number games during our lessons.
We have been learning about the change in seasons; what happens to the trees, that some animals hibernate during the winter, about how animals gather food and store it for winter. If out and about please have a chat with your child about the differences they can see around us.
During morning activities, the children created Autumnal pictures using the skill of pointillism. They used cotton buds to paint a tree with its leaves falling. To help with fine motor skills the children also created a spiral of pattern using dot stickers. They followed the initial pattern laid out and continued the whole way round the spiral.
Please remember to put your children’s folders in their bags. They will be taking a book home each week to read with you at home. Please continue to practise the sounds and tricky words each night.
25th September 2020
This week in Senior Infants we continued revising our sounds and tricky words. We wrote our news and drew pictures. We have also been spending a lot of time on the correct letter formation. This is something we will continue to work on throughout the year. To finish the week, we read the story of Elmer and the stranger. The children discussed how to help each other or other people by being kind and encouraging them. We talked about how we can help people in our class and also how we can ask for help if we need it.
In Maths, the children matched and sorted objects into groups. They matched the baby animal to its parent and we discussed the names of each of the animals. We talked about most and least and what they meant. The children coloured groups with the most in blue and least in green. We looked at the differences between objects and the children had to find the odd one out. We also looked at two sets and what we needed to do to make each set equal.
In S.E.S.E, we learned about squirrels. We looked at videos and talked about what they look like, what they eat, where they live and how they hibernate in Winter. The children made a great effort writing facts about squirrels in their copies. During morning activities, the children made fantastic collages of squirrels using rolled up crepe paper.
We discussed the different areas where we can play and talked about where we feel safe. The children gave suggestions on what to do and who to go to if they felt unsafe at any point.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
**Reminder, the children are not in school on Monday 28th September.
A few photos of the children doing Gaelic Coaching on Tuesday
Please see some photos of the boys and girls enjoying morning activities and free play during time 🙂
18th September 2020
This week in Senior Infants, we have been cutting and sticking. We cut out shapes and stuck them to our own Gingerbread man and coloured it in. It would be great if the children could have some time to practice their cutting skills at home also.
We are continuing to revise our sounds and tricky words. It is really important that the children are seeing these at home also to consolidate them. Phonicsplay.co.uk is a great website to revise sounds and tricky words. The children have been using this on the ipads this week so they are familiar with the layout. At the minute, it is free to use. The login details are on the home screen.
In Maths, we have been looking at money and the different coins we have. We played games on the whiteboard paying for objects using different coins. The children enjoyed our shop in the role play area during morning activities.
We learned all about birds in SESE and looked and labelled the parts of a bird. The children were able to identify many different birds. We talked about the birds we have seen around our area.
*Reminder: P.E. will be on a Tuesday until the mid-term break. Please ensure they have the correct clothing and footwear on that day.
11th September 2020
We are changing our P.E to a Tuesday for the next 6 weeks so please make sure your child has their appropriate clothing and footwear for this.
We will learn the Poem Yawning By Gareth Lancaster next week in school. Please get your child to say it for you.
By Gareth Lancaster
When I yawn I feel so strange
with little prickles in my brain.
My eyes begin to slowly weep
It makes me really want to sleep.
And then my mouth opens large
wide enough to fit a barge.
And once i’m done i feel refreshed
unless at night when I need rest.
The end of another great week in Senior Infants.
This week, in English, we have been continuing to revise our sounds and tricky words and have been practising our handwriting. We focused on the correct formation of the letters d, g and q. We painted pictures of the Three Little pigs based on our story from last week.
In Maths we worked on combining (adding numbers together). We worked on matching numbers. Please continue to work on number formation at home. We learned about the safe cross code and talked about how we cross the road safely. We discussed toys from the past and the differences between those toys and the toys we have now.
This week also, the children had the opportunity to use our very own class ipads. Each Senior Infant class is very lucky to have a set of 6. They had lots of fun using these.
If your child has not yet brought in an oversized t-shirt for painting, please send one in next week.
Continuing to revise sounds and tricky words will really benefit your child in class.
Have a lovely weekend.
7th September 2020
Folders were sent home today. Please keep folders at home and revise sounds and tricky words every night. We will continue to work on these in class and revision at home would help a great deal. Please practise letter and number formation at home. If you are unsure of how to form these correctly, please email us. It is very important that children read at home to help with their blending, fluency and expression. We will also do this in school but consolidation at home is essential.
We had a great first week back. Last week we looked at the story of the Three Little Pigs and the children got to act as a character from the story and were asked questions by their classmates. We revised our tricky words, sounds, letter formation and played I spy concentrating on initial sounds. In Maths, we revised our number formation 0-5, combined two numbers together and started to look at the + and = symbols and their meaning. Children did a lot of work on whiteboards and really enjoyed it. In Science, we looked at our senses and what we could see, hear, smell, taste and feel on our way to school. The children settled back really well into their work and did a great job at keeping each other safe.
If your child does not have a t-shirt in school for Art, please send in an oversized/adult t-shirt to ensure their uniform stays clean.
P.E. for Senior Infants will be every Friday so please ensure your child has the appropriate clothing and footwear on that day.
Please continue to check the website weekly for any further updates. Keep an eye for photos of your children completing activities.
Have a great week!
1st September 2020
We have had a fantastic start to our Senior Infant year. All of the children have settled back really well.
Homework for the week 😉 Please continue to revise all sounds and Tricky words. We have attached a link for you to use.
Jolly Phonics sounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po5FZltkFVI
Tricky words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaqI5-0d-MM
Homework includes practising putting on and off their coats lots of times, including zipping/buttoning it up and correcting the arms when inside out. Your child needs to be able to do this independently please.
Thank you for your patience at home time. The children have been instructed to stay on their blue dot until called by a teacher. This is to ensure their safety. Please do not call them to you. As we get to know your faces this process will speed up somewhat.
If you have not yet sent back your child’s folder, please do so. We will use them in the coming weeks and will return them to you for use at home.
We encourage healthy eating in school. It is a good idea to send your child with fruit for small lunch and a sandwich or similar for big lunch. Please ensure your child can open and close their own lunchbox/drink etc.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Board of Management has agreed to stagger the start date of the new school term over the first 2 days. This will allow us to teach the new Covid procedures in a smaller group setting so that all pupils are aware of how to be as safe as possible at school. The split is being done by surnames.
Surnames starting A-Mac: Start school on Wednesday 26th of August and do NOT come in on Thursday 27th.
Surnames starting Mag-Z (including Mc surnames): Start school on Thursday 27th of August and do NOT come in on Wednesday 26th.
All pupils will come together as a whole class group on Friday 28th of August.
As outlined on the message sent yesterday, please ensure you adhere to the new dropping off and picking up protocols.
Please visit the school website here for copies of all messages related to the re-opening of school.
We are all looking forward very much to welcoming back the pupils for the new school year.