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The two Junior Infant Classes have begun Aistear . Aistear is the Irish word for a journey .The Girls will learn about different themes each month-each girl will be at  a table /station where they take part in an activity linked to that months theme. They could be at a writing table ,art table, construction(making things),sand/water stations, baking ,small world(creating small world scenes in boxes)or role play .These stations change daily and at the end of the week each class will chat about videos/photos the teacher has taken and might hear a story.

Keep watching the website for more details to follow and make sure to chat about it at home as well!!

This month in the two Junior Infant Classes the girls will be exploring the topics of the Seaside and Summer. The girls will have activities like waterplay, making icepops( from paper) , making flipflops, designing small world beach play, hearing stories like the Clumsy Crab and writing about it, Sand play, maths games based on the Seaside/
Summer, making crabs, turtles and other underwater creatures and making summer themed objects from playdough.
Vocabulary- seaside, beach, crab, rockpool, sandcastle, bucket and spade, bees, butterflies, picnic, heat, heatwave, temperature, longer evenings.
Ms Flood’s class will also  learn about Mermaids- making mermaids from playdough, creating an underwater picture, small world play and hearing the Little Mermaid story and making stick puppets.
Ms Mc Donald’s Class will also learn about Dinosaurs. They will pretend they are on a dig for dinosaur bones, colour and learn some dinosaur names and make dinosaurs from playdough.
Keep an eye on the photos in the flickr gallery at the end of the school website!!!
April 30th-4th May 
This week in Ms MacDonald’s Junior Infant class we are learning about dinosaurs. Have a look at our pictures in the school gallery to see the exciting activities we have been doing during Aistear! Here is a list of vocabulary we are focusing on during this topic:
Dinosaurs, spikes, claw, tail, teeth, scales, horn, mouth, sharp, huge, carnivore, herbivore, fossils, bones, eggs, archaeologists, tools, brush, trowel, T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyl, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Diplodocus, fly, walk


This month both Junior Infants will be covering the themes- People Who help us- The Doctor and The Dentist and week before Easter holidays- Easter.
The girls will be having great fun role playing as doctors, playing the operation game, designing doctor’s bags and making skeletons and bones from playdough.
Some vocabulary the girls will learn- surgery, syringe, injection, appointment,fracture, medicine, prescription.
During the Dentist theme the girls again have roleplay in the dentist’s surgery, sort healthy/ unhealthy food for teeth, dentist playdough drill game and tooth game.
Some vocabulary you will hear- dentist, surgery, injection, gums, toothbrush, mouthwash, molars, canines, incisors, wisdom teeth.
The last Theme is Easter. The girls will play Easter bingo, make Easter cards, decorate Easter eggs, make hens and chicks and have an Easter egg hunt in the school garden.
Some vocabulary the girls will learn include Easter hunt, decorate, hens, basket, Easter bunny, chicks, rabbits, The Last Supper, Jesus, disciples, Hill of Calvary.
Keep an eye on the flickr gallery for photos of the girls.


During the month of February the two junior infants classes are working on the theme of Food during Aistear. They have had great fun being in the Restaurant, making fruit salad, making food from playdough. In the next few weeks they will hear the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, The Hungry Caterpillar and Handa’s Surprise. Each week they will have activities relating to the story they have heard and will play board games, write short stories, make stick puppets, play small world, play in the sand pit. They will also enjoy some cooking/ baking- making pizza, cookies/ buns among other activities.
Encourage the girls to use some of the following vocabulary- menu, reservation, restaurant, vegetables, fruit, dough, oven, healthy, shopping, customer, waitress, chef, cutlery, setting the table etc.
Please look in the flickr gallery for photos!!


This month in Junior Infants, both classes will be learning about different modes of transport. There will be many opportunities to use vocabulary related to this topic during Aistear. Wewill be using the role play area to learn about the train station and the airport. We will be using play doh to make objects related to transport, constructing  train stations form lego, creating passports, constructing hot air balloons, playing bingo as well as other activities. Below is some vocabulary related to the theme of transport, that we will be focusing on:
Travel, transport, take-off, departures, arrivals, lounge, wait, land , board, security, gates, check in, weigh in, baggage, bag, pack, suitcase, airport, aeroplane, train, passenger, helicopter, train, ticket, tram, Luas, hot air balloon, lorry, truck, car, motorbike, scooter, bus, van ship, boat, yacht, ferry, rocket, space shuttle, launch, refuel, tractor, conductor, pilot, air hostess, driver, taxi, passport, delay, emergency exit


This month in Junior Infants, we are learning about Christmas. We will be completing activities based on Christmas and using vocabulary related to this topic. We will be making Christmas trees, designing wrapping paper, creating a nativity scene, building toys in Santa’s workshop, using playdough mats to construct Christmas items with playdough, designing Christmas tree decorations and many other fun activities.

Here is a list of some vocabulary we will be using this month:

Holly, Snowman, Christmas tree, Decorations, Lights, Toys, Fixing, Turkey, Ham, Cake, Bauble, Santa/ Father Christmas, Sleigh, Reindeer, Wreath, Mince pie, Elves, Workshop, Tools, Gift tag, Gingerbread man, Star, Mary, Jesus, Joseph, Wise men, Kings, Bethlehem, Angel, Shepherds, Nativity


This month in Junior Infants, both classes will be focusing on the theme of Toys. We will be discussing different types of toys and talking about our favourite toys to play with. There will be lots of opportunities for the children to complete activities to facilitate discussions using vocabulary related to this theme and encourage them to use imaginative play.

Some of these activities will include making and creating different toys using playdough, making puppets, designing tiaras and teddies, free play with toys, making robots using recyclable materials and boxes and using Lego blocks to design their own toys.
Some of the vocabulary we will be encouraging the children to use: teddy bear, cars, dolls, tea set, blocks, board games, jigsaws, robot, super heroes, skates, roller blades, Play Doh, Cash register, bike, puppets, construction, imagination, battery operated, indoor toys, outdoor toys, computer games, iPad. 



This month in Ms. MacDonald’s class, we are learning all about Outer Space and Halloween.

Outer Space

During Aistear, children have been using vocabulary related to Outer Space at different stations. They have created clay aliens, used recycled materials to make their own rockets, played space matching games and space bingo, used playdough to make objects related to space, made space puppets and designed their own planets. We have learnt about things that astronauts can do in space and the different planets in our Solar System and their characteristics.

Have a look at our school gallery and you will see the activities that the children have taken part in during Aistear and please be sure to talk to your daughter about the activities she has completed. There are plenty more pictures to come! Here is a list of some of the vocabulary we have been using:

Stars, Alien, Astronaut,Telescope, Asteroid, Space shuttle, Satellite, Flames, Rocket, UFO, Helmet, Astronomer, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Moon

When we are learning about Halloween, we will be doing activities at different stations to learn about this theme. We will be creating Halloween art, using role-play clothes to dress up for Halloween, playing Halloween bingo and designing Halloween costumes.  Check for an update on the school gallery to see pictures of our Halloween Aistear activities! Here is a list of some vocabulary we will be using during our Halloween theme:

Dress up, Trick or treat ,Spooky, Pumpkin, Decorations, Sweets, Party games, Costumes, Witch, Cauldron, Black cat, Broom stick, Bonfire Fireworks, Autumn

Mrs Flood’s Junior Infant Blog

Have a look at our school gallery and you will see the activities that the children have taken part in during Aistear

During the month of September the girls began Aistear –the theme was Autumn.

Vocabulary consisted of some of the following

leaves, falling down, deciduous, evergreen, hibernate, tree, branch, cold, squirrel, hedgehog, colder, September, October, December .

The girls played Autumn Bingo,snap,made Playdough,made clay hedgehogs,coloured Autumn themed sheets among many other activities.They are now fully versed into workings of stations at Aistear time.


During October the girls will cover three themes-Space, Clothes and Halloween.

Space – Vocabulary-

 Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, orbit, alien, space shuttle etc.

They played making rockets, space shuttles, designing aliens, playing with playdough, space counting games


shirt, dress, jumper, cardigan, top, blouse, trousers, skirt, tights, pinafore, shoes, boots, coat, hat, cap, gloves 

Games-fabric and fibre dolls,dolls to dress,clothes themed playdough mats,colouring sheets,clothes bingo and snap and activities based on the Smartest Giant in Town story.

Halloween Vocabulary-witch, wizard, spell, cauldron, pot, spider, potion, broomstick, black cat, pumpkin, haunted house, spooky,etc.

Activities-The girls will make witches, Halloween trick or treat bags, spiders webs, pumpkin art, Halloween playdough mats and activities based on the Room on the Broom story.

Make sure to chat to the girls all about the fun things they have been doing and use that vocabulary!!!



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