Senior Infants A

Welcome back to the Senior Infants Page. Please ensure that your child is revising and practising their old and new Tricky words and their reading is completed and signed each night.  72 tricky words and all alternative sound boxes in Tricky word book.  

This page will be updated regularly and will contain important information regarding events in our classroom. Please keep an eye on it for any updates. We are a green school and to save paper we use this page to update parents rather than sending home notes all the time.

Thank you all very much for your co-operation.

Emma Kellegher
Class Teacher – SIA

 

23rd March 2020

 

Dear Senior Infant Parents,

I hope you are all keeping well during this time and please let the children know we are thinking of them.  This class webpage has been updated to give tips and guidance on some simple activities that you can do with your children at home while the schools remain closed. To help continue your child’s learning from home, here are some  suggestions on reading activities, writing task, games and a list of websites.

Everyone’s circumstances are different so there is no pressure on you to cover all of them.

 

Suggestions for reading and writing

Continue to revise the tricky words and jolly phonics sounds. You can find the song for each sound on YouTube. You can use the tricky words by getting your child to practice writing them. Encourage your child to write a few sentences in their free writing copies. Some suggestions for the free writing copy; Daily news, the weather and spring time. Your child can also work on their letter formation in their free writing copy. Encourage your child to read their library books and class reader. Here is a list  of useful website & educational programmes that you can use at home with your child.  There are lots of fun resources your child can use to keep them active.

https://www.twinkl.ie

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page

https://www.starfall.com

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

https://readingeggs.co.uk/about/homeschool/?locale=gb&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9_-rmcGw6AIVV-DtCh2PhQ5BEAAYASABEgLGzPD_BwE

https://www.readinga-z.com/books/decodable-books

 

Maths activities

Here are some ideas to help with Maths at home. You can play mental maths games for example: I have two cars and you have five cars how many cars have we altogether.  Encourage your children to do simple counting activities  with their toys. Encourage your child to write the numbers 1-10. You can also ask them questions about the numbers 1-10 for example; what numbers comes before or after any number between 1-9.  Here are some useful websites;

https://www.topmarks.co.uk

https://www.twinkl.ie

https://ie.ixl.com/?partner=google&campaign=127173208&adGroup=5602336768&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI14Cs6sOw6AIVFuDtCh3LJAOFEAAYASAAEgJYBvD_BwE

 

Gaeilge 

Cartoons as Gaeilge is a fun way for children to listen to Irish.

https://www.cula4.com/en

 

PE Activities:

There are lots of fantastic ways the children can stay active. Go noodle have lots of active video clips. Joe Wicks The Body Coach is running free you tube Kids work outs that the whole family can enjoy.

10 at 1o: https://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10

go noodle:  https://www.gonoodle.com

 

 

We hope this information helps and if you have any questions please contact us on.

 

Mrs Stanley (mrsstanley@stfrancisns.ie)

Miss Kellegher (misskellegher@stfrancisns.ie)

 

Take care and hopefully see you soon.

Mrs Stanley and Miss Kellegher

 

 

 

Reminders/Updates:

 

Show & Tell – Show and Tell will be on Friday every week. Each table will be asked to bring something in every 5 weeks. This Friday we will pick the Green table and if they would like to prepare their favourite book/story to show us on Friday they are more than welcome. 🙂 Please ensure your child can answer questions based on their show and tell. Please practice this at home.

P.EFrom now until Easter Children will have P.E every Monday. Please ensure children have the proper footwear and school tracksuit bottoms.

Lunches – Please ensure your child has a Healthy Lunch. I have seen lunchboxes full of fruit, vegetables, sandwiches and rice-cakes, etc. Keep it up! Please ensure that your child can open, close and pack away their lunch themselves. Please practice this at home. Please also have a drink bottle that they can put away if not finished. e.g no cartons with straws as children can’t put these back in their bag if not finished and find it difficult to open and manage them.

 

 

Homework 09/03/2020 

EVERY NIGHT HOMEWORK

  • Library books – will be changed when read and signed – please ensure your child has read their library book and can say a few sentences about their book
  • Practice new alternative word lists “au and aw” with  and continue to revise previous word lists– found 6/7 pages after the last tricky word

Reading – it is vital that students complete their reading daily and it is signed by parents/guardians.

  • Focus on – blending/ articulation, fluency, intonation, expression i.e using punctuation.
  • There will be words that your child needs to blend, read and identify. 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 practicing this in school too.

Revision of sounds and continuation of tricky words – Please continue to revise all sounds and tricky words in order to give them more confidence with their reading. Pick a few different sounds/tricky words each night. New Tricky Words have been added to Tricky Word Books so please practice dated Tricky words.

TRICKY WORD PAIRS GAMES have been put in folders. Please play these games as often as you can, to allow the children to practice and become more familiar with reading these words.

Maths: Please practice number formation 1 -10 to ensure your child can form the numbers correctly. Please also play mental maths games for e.g. Jack has 3 teddies, Ann has 4 teddies, How many have they got altogether? 

 

 

THIS WEEKS’ HOMEWORK

         Monday 09/03: Practise number 10 –  number formation, counting objects, and adding two numbers together to make 10. for example 6 +4 = 10

Please revise all sounds, Tricky words and alternative sound boxes for assessment

         Tuesday 10/03: Practise the Poem ‘Saturdays’ by John Foster’.

Please revise all sounds, Tricky words and alternative sound boxes for assessment

        Wednesday 11/3: Complete Active Homework from the “Super Troopers” booklet. Make sure booklet is in folder at all times.

Maths challenge: Count the number of windows in your home.

        Thursday 12/03: Green table will prepare a book for Show and Tell.  

 

 

THIS WEEK:

We are preparing for Seachtáin na Gaeilge and  learning a song or a poem as Gaeilge for assembly. Very exciting news in SI A and B  as this week we will have an egg incubator with six eggs in it. The incubator will be in a safe place in the classroom for the children to observe it. The class will be learning about the life cycle of a chick.

In SESE we are learning about he life cycle of a chick.

In Maths, we are learning about the number 10 and adding two numbers together to make 10

We are learning about “Lá Le Pádraig” in Gaeilge lessons.

In SPHE we will continue with our Zippy’s Friends lessons and do some circle time.

 

This week we are leaning the  Poem ‘Saturdays’ By: John Foster for Speech and Drama

 

Saturdays

By John Foster

Every Saturday it’s the same-

Worrying about the game

Will we win? Will we draw?

Will we lose? Who will score?

 

Some Saturdays I get the blues

That’s because United Lose

Some Saturdays I get to grin

That’s because United win

 

 

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

November and December  have gone by in a flash. Can you believe Term one has come and gone. I am extremely proud of the boys and girls in Senior Infants A and the progress they have made academically and socially. Keep it up!

We are making excellent progress all around. Our Christmas performance was amazing. Our reading and writing has improved so well done everyone. In Maths, we know lots about how to make the number 7, patterns, 2D shapes and time. We had lots of fun during Science Week! We had fun making Chirstmas stockings, Christmas trees and lots more. Pictures of lots of activities to be updated soon 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a look at some of the photos from the 1st 2 weeks. Senior Infants had lots of fun.

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to all the boys and girls in Senior Infants A on a great start back to school.

Keep up the great behaviour and excellent work!

Our stamp cards are filling up fast.

 

Reminders:

Lunches – Please ensure your child has a Healthy Lunch. What a wonderful start the students have had, I have seen lunchboxes full of fruit, vegetables, sandwiches and rice-cakes, etc. Keep it up!

Uniforms – Please ensure all school jumpers and coats are clearly labelled with students names.

Colouring Books – Students are asked to send in a labelled colouring book, please ensure they bring in their colouring book

P.E.: Our P.E. will take place on Monday for the fist month.

 

 

Updates:

 

 

Homework – will include the following:

 

Reading – it is vital that students complete their reading daily and it is signed by parents/guardians

Revision of sounds and continuation of tricky words – Students have worked hard in Junior Infants, please continue to revise all sounds and tricky words in order to give them more with their reading

Practice word lists with new sound “ai” and “ay” – found 6 pages after the last tricky word

Library books – will be distributed next week and changed on a regular basis

This week we will focus on oral language and practice the Nursery Rhyme below:

One, Two, Three, Four, Five”

One, two, three, four, five,

Once I caught a fish alive,

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,

Then I let it go again.

Why did you let it go?

Because it bit my finger so.

Which finger did it bite?

This little finger on my right

 

 

We have already done lots of fun things:

Show & Tell This includes being able to tell us 2 -3 sentences about their Show & Tell while speaking clearly to the classroom. Practice this at home and make sure the child can answer questions about their Show & Tell.

Show and Tell: Students can choose an item of interest (not toys) to talk about to their classmates. Examples of interesting Show and Tell include: experiments, items found on nature hunts, artefacts, achievements (medals), models, etc.  

English – We are reading Elmer stories and we loved the story of “Elmer and the Lost Teddy”

Maths – Our focus is on revising matching, sorting and classifying, we also practiced “5 little speckled frogs”

All About Me – my favourite colours, my family, my favourite food, myself and what I want to be when I grow up, etc.

Free play – construction, dress up, colouring, lego, small world play and lots more

Gaeilge – Mé Féin

We really enjoy our GoNoodle movement breaks.

 

 

 

Photos to follow. Watch this space! 🙂

 

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