This week the boys have been working on lots of Art projects in preparation for Easter. They have coloured and cut out beautiful, bright Easter eggs. They have also painted some of their own unique eggs and Eva has helped us make bunny ears for our Bunny Hop on Friday, we cannot wait! Thanks for all your help Eva!
This week we have been learning all about Saint Patrick as it will be Saint Patrick's Day on Sunday the 17th March. We learned the story of his life and the way he taught the Irish people about God using the shamrock. We also talked about Saint Patrick's Day Parades and watched some videos of last year's Parades around the world. In Art we had great fun printing shamrocks using bubble wrap!
First of all we painted bubble wrap with green paint.
Afterwards, we carefully pressed the bubble wrap onto shamrock templates making sure the shamrock shape was covered. We loved bursting the bubbles!
Then we peeled away the bubble wrap to see the bubbly shamrock prints, we thought they were very impressive!
We cut out the shamrock shapes and finally stuck them to orange sheets. Take a look!
Last Thursday, the students of Scoil Phádraig made a massive effort to celebrate World Book Day 2013. Here in Junior Infants, many boys dressed up as their favourite characters from books they had read. Each boy had a chance to speak about their favourite book and why they liked it. During Assembly Junior Infants took part in a Parade to show off their costumes and we had a chance to see what the older boys had dressed up as. There were some very impressive outfits! The boys also had a chance to look at each others' books and take part in a book exchange! Well done to everybody for making the day a success!
This week we have been working very hard on the theme 'Under the Sea'! In Maths, we have been drawing and counting the scales on fish. We have also learned to play the game 'Fish in the Pond' which has helped us with our adding- one person tells their partner how many fish to put in the first pond, then how many fish to put in the second pond, the other person must do so and pick the correct number card to put under each pond, they must then move all the fish into the third pond and count them altogether, picking the correct number card. We love this game here in Junior Infants! We have also practised our counting by singing the song '1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive'.
We have been reading the story 'The Rainbow Fish' and we loved the way the Rainbow Fish shared his shimmering scales with his friends at the end- we even made our own shiny scales to give each other in the classroom. Each person picked a friend in the class to give their special scale to and gave them a compliment. Afterwards, we acted out the story and really enjoyed pretending to be the characters. We had lots of nice things to say about each other!
We coloured our own Rainbow Fish in bright crayon colours and painted over the page with blue paint, the pictures looked lovely! We also designed and wrote our names on our own fish scales.
We watched Barnaby Bear visiting Australia and the landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Ayers Rock and in particular the Great Barrier Reef! We thought the pictures looked amazing and couldn't believe that the Barrier Reef can be seen from Space- wow! In Science we predicted whether various objects such as leaves, a key, a stone and a straw would float or sink in water and we then checked whether our predictions were correct! We were surprised with some of the results.
We have been very busy learning all about life 'Under the Sea' this week! Well Done everybody, have a lovely weekend!
In Maths this week we have been discovering the capacity of various containers! We had great fun ordering the containers from the one which would hold most (big bowl) to the one that would hold least (yoghurt pot) and testing out our predictions! We loved pouring the water through funnels and transferring it from one container to the next. There were very few spillages, we were so careful! We compared containers that were full, empty and almost full and predicted how many jugs of water would fill the big bowl- some boys guessed correctly that four jugs of water filled the bowl. We also discovered that whilst dry sand will pour through a funnel, wet sand will not. Many of us thought that the wet sand felt much heavier than the same amount of dry sand!
As it is Lent and we are preparing for Easter, in Religion this week, we have been talking about the Church. We have looked at photographs of Saint Brigid's Church here in the Curragh Camp and we have talked about times we have visited this church- for Mass, Christenings, Carol Services, Weddings and Funerals. We talked about the different parts of the church such as the Altar, the Baptismal Font, the Tabernacle, the Statues and the Stained Glass Windows. We decided to make some stained glass windows of our own in Art! Eva and Ms. Sheehan helped us cut designs in black paper, we then tore strips of coloured crepe paper to cover the gaps in the black paper. Eva and Ms. Sheehan helped us sellotape the crepe paper onto the back of the black paper. The windows looked so bright when we had finished! We also designed and coloured our own stained glass window pictures, take a look!
Ms. Michelle Sheehan