Room on the Broom
The excitement of Halloween is upon us! This week our Aistear was focused on the story ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. The children really enjoyed this story and loved bringing it to life in Aistear. At the Socio-dramstic station the girls had great fun taking on the roles of the different characters in the story. At the Art station they made witches cats for Halloween and showed great colouring skills completed the pictures from the story. They enjoyed watching the animated version of the story on the laptop and recreating the story with the pictures at the Smallworld station. Finally the girls created many characters and accessories from the story at the Playdough station. Great fun was had by all and we can’t wait until it is time to go Trick or Treating!
Vocabulary: witch, broomstick, cat, dog, bird, frog, monster, dragon, hat, bow, wand, cauldron, potion, roar, plait, spell
Aistear has begun in the Junior Infant classroom. This initiative supports the development and extension of oral language through the use of play. The children have spent the last two weeks learning all about the season of Autumn. We discussed the weather associated with this season, the changes we see in nature and what some animals get up to. The girls had great fun at the playdough station making spikes for the hedgehog, conkers and Autumn leaves. At the art station, they made their own Autumn trees using cotton buds and paint. At the next station, they really enjoyed examining Autumn leaves and making leaf rubbings of the leaves we had collected during the week. Finally, they loved taking on the roles of different animals in Percy’s Park. They enjoyed gathering and hiding nuts and food for Winter.
Vocabulary: Autumn, season, green, red, orange, brown, yellow, rain, windy, breeze, harvest, tractor, wheat, bread, corn, pumpkin, pine cone, acorn, conker, tree, twig, leaves, rake, fox, badger, squirrel, mouse, rabbit, owl, hedgehog, mole
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This week our Aistear theme was all about the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle’. We began by listening to this story and discussing what happened in detail whilst introducing and using the vocabulary we came across. The children really enjoyed it. After this, they were dividing up into their groups. There was great excitement at the Small World Station where the girls revisited the story and had to sequence it on their special screens. At the Construction Station they got to work making their very own caterpillars and butterflies using the pegboards and beads At the Playdough station the girls made wings for the butterflies, legs for the caterpillars, cocoons and leaves. Finally, at the Art station the girls made wonderful hungry caterpillars using balloon art.
Vocabulary: moon, sun, egg, leaf, caterpillar, apple, pears, plums, strawberries, oranges, chocolate cake, cupcake, watermelon, cherry pie, pickle, salami, sausage, lollipop, ice-cream, Swiss cheese, cocoon (chrysalis), butterfly, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Junior Infants have spent the last two weeks learning all about transport; the different types of transport available around the world and old and modern types of transport. They had great fun taking on the roles of train drivers, ticket sellers, train staff and passengers at the Socio-dramatic station. The Small world station was a hive of activity with the girls constructing a motorway and railway line. At the Games station they had great fun playing transport bingo. Finally, the girls made beautiful vehicles at the Art station.
Vocabulary: car, van lorry, tanker, aeroplane, helicopter, train, bicycle, minibus, bus, double-decker bus, fishing boat, yacht, motorbike, submarine, cable car, cruise ship, ferry, gondola, oil tanker, tram, houseboat, tuk-tuk, hot air balloon, reindeer sled, rocket, taxi.
At the Zoo
Over the past two weeks the girls have been learning all about Zoo animals. They began by listening to a story all about a girl called Sinéad who visited the Zoo with her Mom and Dad. The girls really enjoyed this story and couldn’t wait to get stuck into their Zoo aistear. Next the girls watched some animal videos and learned all about the different animals found at the Zoo. At the Small world station they were delighted to be able to make their own Zoo. They loved building all the fences and separating all the animals out into their own enclosures. At the Playdough station they made different zoo animals and food that the animals liked to eat. At the Art station they got creative and drew some zoo animals of their own. Finally at the Socio-dramatic station the girls enjoyed taking on the roles of zookeepers, ticket sellers and visitors of the zoo. The zookeepers loved being able to tell the visitors to the zoo all they had learned about each animal and guide them around our classroom zoo.
Zoo, zookeeper, tickets, map, signs, camera, shop, cafe, lion, tiger, elephant, giraffe, hippo, rhino, monkey, polar bear, camel, zebra, cheetah, penguin, gorilla, kangaroo, meerkat, crocodile, panda, parrot, flamingo, snake, reptiles, aquarium, aviary.
Hansel and Gretel
This week our Aistear theme was all about the story of ‘Hansel and Gretel’. We began by listening to this story. The children really enjoyed it. They particularly liked the happy ending for Hansel, Gretel and the Woodcutter. After this, they were dividing up into their groups. There was great excitement at the Socio-dramatic station where we had a sweet shop set up. Here the girls took on the roles of customers and shopkeepers. They loved choosing their favourite sweets and ice-creams from the very hard-working shopkeepers. At the Story Station they revisited the story. Here the girls had to sequence the story on their special forest screens. At the Construction Station they got to work building their very own gingerbread houses. Finally at the Art station the girls made wonderfully colourful gingerbread houses!
Fairytale, Hansel, Gretel, woodcutter, witch, stepmother, cottage, gingerbread house, pebbles, bread crumbs, forest, cage, key, oven, treasure chest, sweets, ice cream, cone, tube, scoops, sprinkles, flake, chocolate sauce, raspberry sauce, wafer, flavours, strawberry, mint, chocolate, vanilla, orange, change, money purse, shopping basket, sundae, freezer, cart, ice cream container
Spring is finally here! In Aistear this week we talked all about Spring and the girls enjoyed taking part in many Spring-filled activities. At the Water Station, they learned all about the life cycle of the frog and enjoyed playing with the frogspawn, tadpoles, froglets and frogs in the classroom pond. At the Art Station, the girls painted beautiful daffodils using paintbrushes and sponges. At the Playdough Station, they made many animals that are born in Spring and flowers that begin to grow. Finally, at the Planting Station, they planted their own sunflowers. They can’t wait to see them grow!
spring, chick, rain, frogspawn, tadpoles, froglets, frogs, flowers, daffodils, crocuses, sunflowers, buds, leaves, ducklings, grow, hatch, blossom, butterfly, lamb, nest, bluebell.
On the Farm
This week the children learned all about life on the farm. They began by listening to a story all about a girl called Jaz who helped her Grandad on his farm for the day. The girls really enjoyed this story and couldn’t wait to get stuck into the Farm Aistear. They were delighted to be able to make their own farm at the Small world station. They loved building all the fences and separating all the animals out into their own fields. At the playdough station, they made different farm animals and products made on farms. At the art station, they got creative and made beautiful farm animals. Finally, at the games station, the girls enjoyed matching the animals with their babies.
Farm, farmer, farmyard, shed, barn, farmhouse, field, milking parlour, cow, calf, pig, piglet, sheep, lamb, goat, kid, cat, kitten, dog, puppy, horse, foal, chicken, chick, duck, duckling, goose, hen, straw bale, square bale, donkey, egg, cheese, milk, milk churn, wool, gate, cattle grid, tractor, combine harvester, trailer, pond.
The Doctors Surgery
This week in Aistear the girls were learning all about visiting a doctor’s surgery. They had great fun taking on the roles of doctors, nurses, receptionists and patients at the socio-dramatic station. Their nerves were put to the test at the games station where they played operation with a partner. Having viewed some x-rays, the girls had the opportunity to make their own at the art station and finally at the construction station they made their own stethoscopes, syringes, thermometers and crutches. Great fun was had by all!
Doctor’s surgery, doctor, nurse, receptionist, waiting room, patient, examination chair, examination table, stethoscope, syringe, thermometer, injection, medicine, operation, prescription, plaster, bandage, x-ray, swabs, examination, crutches.
The Polar Regions
The Junior Infants have spent the last two weeks learning all about the Polar Regions. They had great fun playing with the igloo while pretending to be Inuits at the Socio-dramatic station. The Playdough station was a hive of activity with the girls making penguins, Artic foxes and igloos. At the Small-world station they had the opportunity to build their own igloo, play with the animals and have fun with the snow. Finally the girls made beautiful houses at the Art station.
Vocabulary: Polar regions, South Pole, North Pole, Antartica, Arctic, snowflake, snow, ice, glacier, iceberg, sled, snowmobile, skis, polar bear, penguin, Arctic fox, Arctic wolf, Arctic hare, reindeer, caribou, snowy owl, husky, walrus, seal, sea lion, Northern lights, igloo, Inuits, beluga whale, icicles
Junior Infants have been busy learning all about Winter. They all got very creative at the art station making colourful winter mittens. At the playdough station, they had great fun making winter hats, scarves, snowflakes, trees and robins. The girls were delighted to take on the roles of weather forecasters and news readers at the socio-dramatic station. They also enjoyed a game of winter bingo.
Winter, winter coat, boots, scarf, wellies, gloves, mittens, jumper, jacket, hat, snow pants, icicles, snowflakes, snowballs, ice, cold, wet, windy, stormy, thunder and lightning, ice-skating, skiing, reindeer, snowman, robin.
This week Aistear was all about food. We spoke about where we can go for something to eat, what kinds of food we can order and the people who work in these places. The girls had great fun taking on the roles of the customers, chefs and waitresses in our class restaurant. At the construction station, they put their imaginations to work using the building blocks and built wonderful restaurants, cafes and hotels. They also created their own small world hotel together called ‘The St. Joseph’s Hotel’. At the playdough station, they enjoyed making their favourite dish they order when they eat out.
Restaurant, hotel, café, chef, waiter, waitress, receptionist, kitchen, reception area, dining room, toilets, starter, main course, dessert, tea, coffee, cold drinks, hot drinks, soup, salad, fruit salad, chips, sausages, lasagne, shepherd’s pie, fish, steak, chicken, risotto, noodles, rice, burger, pizza, jelly, ice cream, cake, buns, muffins, scones, sandwich, wrap, panini, baguette,
Room on the Broom
The excitement for Halloween has been building in the Junior Infant classroom. The children loved the story Room on the Broom and have been having great fun with it during Aistear. They have been busy painting plates to create pumpkins and cats. Everyone enjoyed acting out scenes from the story in the role play section. In the sand the girls created potions and cast spells using spiders, eyeballs, mice and witch’s fingers! They showed great colouring skills completing pictures from the book. They enjoyed watching an animated version of the book on the laptop and recreating the story with the pictures. The girls love working with play-dough and created lovely witches hats and bows during Aistear. Great fun was had by all and we all can’t wait until it is Trick or Treat time!
Vocabulary: witch, broomstick, roar, beast, wind, plait, hat, dog, wand, bow, room, cauldron, dragon, bat, cat, bird, frog, pumpkin, spell, ghost, goblin
The Junior Infants have spent the last two weeks learning all about Owls. They had great fun during Aistear which was based on the story Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. They became actors and acted out the story using headbands; the mother owl had a wonderful collecting food for her babies. They created beautiful owl and owlet collages and made spectacular nests from construction straws. In the small world area, they showed lots of imagination creating similar stories for different animal families.
Vocabulary: owl, babies, eggs, nest, woodlands, farmland, grasses, nocturnal, common, Ireland, long-eared owl, barn owl, hooting, night-time, claws, beak, wing, feathers, talons, owlets.
Autumn with Percy
Aistear began in the Junior Infant classroom in September. This initiative supports the development and extension of oral language in children through the use of play. The Junior infants learned all about Autumn animals, weather and changes. They were busy like the squirrel collecting and hiding nuts for the winter. They examined Autumn leaves and created leaf prints. They enjoyed getting their fingers messy making beautiful Autumn trees and had great fun recreating stories from Percy the Park Keeper.
Under the Sea
Junior infants have been busy learning about sea life. They explored the sea in their yellow submarine. They played with water, went fishing and created their own starfish and seahorses. They also investigated some materials from the beach, including a crab. They each wrote their own book about sea creatures and these are hanging outside the classroom.
While Junior infants have made a good effort in walking to school, they have also been learning about different types of transport. Some girls are going on planes, ferries, buses and trains over the Summer and they are looking forward to travelling. They made their own vehicles and played with the new train track and motorway in the classroom.
At the Sweetshop
Junior infants read the story Hansel and Gretel before Easter. They created some lovely gingerbread houses in school. They also had a sweet shop with a great variety of sweets and ice cream to buy.
Junior infants are enjoying the good weather at the moment. Miss Fitzgerald prepared them for any camping trips that they may end up going on. They had great fun in the tent and toasting marshmallows around the campfire.
At the Zoo
Junior infants learned about all the different animals that can be found in the zoo. They created their own zoo in the classroom. They also made animals which are on the display board outside the classroom.
At the Dentist
Many children from St Joseph’s have had their annual visit to the dentist. To better prepare the children for their appointment Ms Fitzgerald worked on the theme “The Dentist”
At the Garden Centre
Spring has arrived and Junior Infants have been learning all about the garden centre during their Aistear lesson.
The Doctor’s Surgery
Aistear in January
Life in the freezer!!!
Aistear in Term One
Aistear has been introduced in our Junior Infant Class. Please click on the link above to read the parents leaflet on Aistear.
On the Farm
Houses and Homes
Room on the Broom!!!!
The Gingerbread Man.
The Jolly Christmas Postman.
Aistear began in Junior Infants last term. We have now covered the themes of The Ginger Bread Man, Home/Myself/My Family, Room with a Broom, The Library, The Three Little Pigs, The Jolly Christmas Postman, The Restaurant and On The Farm.
This initiative supports the development and extension of oral language in children.