The boys worked very hard on their recycled flower vases and flowers for Mammies, for Mothers Day. First, we gathered toilet roll holders and recycled them to create our Art project. We then stuck lollipop sticks around the cylinder with PVA glue- many boys created patterns with the lollipop sticks. Third and Fourth Class boys helped with this. Afterwards, Eva demonstrated how to create 'flowers' with crepe paper and pipe cleaners. These were a little tricky, but the boys soon got the hang of it. With a spray of perfume these home-made flowers were ready to be taken home!
We have been learning about magnets recently in Science. This topic tied in with our discussions around Recycling and sorting waste. The boys predicted which out of a set of objects would be attracted to the magnet and explained their predictions. We discovered that most metal objects attached to the magnet whilst plastic objects did not. We also discovered that coke cans are not made from steel but aluminium which is not attracted to a magnet.
Here in Junior and Senior Infants we are trying to get to grips with some strategies which will help us become amazing readers. We will be focusing upon one strategy per week for the remainder of the school year, beginning this week with the importance of tracking words with our fingers to ensure we do not skip or repeat words as we read. Here is a poster which reminds us of many other strategies we can use to assist us in our reading!
We have recently been learning about Saint Patrick as it was Saint Patrick's Day on Monday the 17th March. We learned the story of his life and the way he taught the Irish people about God using the shamrock. We talked about the way Patrick lit a massive bonfire which made High King Laoire very angry but how Saint Patrick became the King's friend when he explained that his fire was like God's love- everlasting and not to be extinguished. In Art we had great fun making Saint Patrick's Day cards, the boys' used various materials to create their cards but the colour green and shamrocks were evident in most! Take a look at some samples!
To celebrate World Book Day in our school we had a dress up day today. Students made a massive effort to dress up like their favourite characters from books they had read. Some of the teachers even dressed up! Each boy had a chance to speak about their favourite book and character and we created a pictogram to illustrate which characters were most popular in our class. During Assembly Junior and Senior Infants took part in a Parade to show off their costumes and we had a chance to see which characters the older boys had dressed up as. There were some very impressive outfits! The boys also took part in a quick fire quiz to test their memories on some of the stories we have read throughout the year, I was delighted to hear how much the boys remembered! Well done to everybody for the massive effort that went into costumes, particularly parents for all their help.
This week Eva has been helping the boys create monoprints. The first step in creating a monoprint is to gather all the equipment you need- paint, brushes, a plastic tray or plastic sheet and paper. Then, begin painting a picture, pattern or design onto the plastic tray. When happy with your painting, press the sheet of paper firmly down over the painted plastic tray. Leave for a moment, peel paper away and there you have your print! Take a look at Junior and Senior Infants first monoprint projects!
In preparation for Easter we have begun discussing Lent in our classroom. Today we talked about the way in which people give up things like chocolate, fizzy drinks and crisps. We also discussed how people can take up doing kind things for Lent. From Ash Wednesday onwards our class will take up RAK for Lent, in other words we will make a huge effort to complete Random Acts of Kindness each day of Lent. Any Random Act of Kindness will be recorded on our display board to act as a reminder to us all. This is a project we all looking forward to getting involved in.
Over the last couple of days Junior and Senior Infants have enjoyed listening to, joining in with and acting out the story of the Gingerbread Man. The boys became really involved in discussing the ending of the story and even came up with their own ideas for alternative endings. There were some really creative ideas- the boys drew pictures of their new story endings and presented them to the class . We had great fun using masks to act out the story. A big thank you to Jamie, Dylan and Corey who helped out in our classroom this week. We really appreciate all of your help.
Ms. Michelle Sheehan