Junior Infants B

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

Ms McCann 🙂

 

11th October 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 October 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.

Halloween:

I hope you all had a fantastic break! Here are some pictures of our Halloween party and spooky walk.


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.

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’.

04th October 2019

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 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.

 

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.

Check out some pictures from last week:

We really enjoyed learning some co-operative games with Junior Infants A.

 

Thank you to all of the children who contributed to our nature table 🙂 

 

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.

Free Dress day in aid of Geraldines GFC:

School assembly: 

We had our first school assembly and the children behaved amazingly well! super job Junior Infants B.

           

1 mile run:

Junior Infants A+B started their one mile run this week. Check out some photos below:

 

6th 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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