The current Aistear theme in the Junior Room is “The Doctors’ Surgery / The Hospital”. There was great excitement when the Junior Classes headed off to Galway to visit the “Teddy Bears’ Hospital”. All the children had brought their own “sick” teddies to be cured by the young medical students studying Health Sciences in N.U.I.G. The “Teddy Bears’ Hospital” has been in N.U.I.G. for the last fourteen years. When the children entered the teddy hospital, they took off their shoes and jackets. They were divided into four groups. Each group went with a different doctor. They sat down at a table and filled in a prescription for their teddies. The doctor examined each “patient" and decided what “treatment” was necessary. The children then brought their sick teddies for x-ray and then stitches if required. The children went on the bouncy castle and then they went to the pharmacy to get fruit. Just before they went home, they played “Duck Duck Goose” and some groups got their faces painted. It was an absolutely great day.
The Junior Infants have started a new programme in Maths with Ms. Presnail. "Ready Set Go Maths" is a practical programme which involves lots of "hands on" maths activities. The girls really enjoyed exploring the strand of Early Mathematical Activities using a variety of concrete materials. The girls realised that they could sort materials in a lot of different ways and they were able to show their parents what they had learned with their "Homework Packs". It's great to learn Maths this way. It's such fun.
Ms Muldoon's class are busy doing projects about European countries. It’s very interesting to learn about how people live in other countries. We especially like to learn about their customs and the foods that they eat.
This our third year doing Zumba with our teacher Michelle. She is a lovely woman and always encourages us to enjoy the session. Zumba is very enjoyable because dancing is fun and it helps to keep us fit and flexible. We do dances which involve touching our toes and doing squats and they help to keep us supple. Michelle plays a great repertoire of songs including “Rewrite the Stars”.
Our school is preparing for the Credit Union Quiz mid - February. We are practising with a few small quizzes in the classroom. Most of the questions were general knowledge. Last year the junior quiz team got to the All Ireland Final and did very well.
Violin lessons have commenced again with our substitute teacher Ciara O’ Connor who will be filling in for Sorcha. The violin lessons take place on Wednesday. We like the violin because it gets your brain working and it’s a fun instrument to play. One of our favourites is “Waterfall”.
All classrooms are busy preparing for Christmas. Check out our festive art.
We had our Christmas Cake Sale last Sunday the 10th of December. We had lots of delicious cakes and cookies on offer. We are glad that a lot of families participated. The P.A. organised four hampers and the children of the school sold lines for these four hampers. One of the hampers was a meat and chilled food hamper.
There were also things for children like “Lucky Dips” and “Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar”. In the lucky dip there were lots of toys. Ava guessed the number of sweets in the jar. Some of the students made and decorated cakes, biscuits and some Christmas decorations. Eleanor made a lovely cheese cake and Conn made biscuits. Fiachra made traditional, Christmas logs. We were very happy to see all the families enjoying our annual school cake sale.
The children have recently finished their engineering projects in Ms. Muldoon’s room. This is a competition by STEPS Young Engineer Award and they had to choose a project that will benefit the community. They first had to draw out a plan/design and they then had to make a prototype. They also had a visit from an engineer named Ivan who works for a company called Fraser Ross. The projects were made out of cardboard and they made an indoor football pitch and traffic lights. The class had an amazing time making all the projects and meeting Ivan the engineer. See our STEM page for pictures.
On Thursday, Mr. Bourke’s class went outside for P.E. After a quick warm-up we played a game like musical chairs except that you had to pick up a cone. We played a game of walking tag. Afterwards we split into teams and played a game of Olympic Handball. Olympic Handball is a game where you can’t move when you have the ball. There was a knock-out tournament with four teams. Team one played team two, team two played well but were defeated. A second game was played between team three and team four but team three was triumphant. Team one was victorious in the final. Mr. Bourke’s class had great craic.
The Cake Sale Is On Sunday
This week we were busy getting ready for our cake sale which is taking place in the school after mass on Sunday, December the 9th. Have a look at the beautiful festive floral arrangements made by Ms. Gillon. One of our children has made some fantastic festive logs. We have lots more treats for you to buy on Sunday morning.
A Very Special Visitor
This month's theme in the Junior Room is "The Post Office". On Friday afternoon we were absolutely delighted to have a visit from Beth's granny Bernie who worked as a postwoman. Bernie answered loads of our questions and she told us a few stories about her time working as a postwoman. A postal worker has to get up really early to sort the post before they get on the road delivering our letters and parcels. Bernie said that coming up to Christmas is a really busy time and some years she might have had to deliver up to 600 letters a day!!!! Bernie had to learn off everybody's name on her route because delivering letters in country areas can be tricky as there are no numbers on the doors. Bernie loved driving the postal van but one day a cross dog punctured one of the tyres with his teeth!!! Another day a dog bit Bernie on her ankle through a gate!!! Cian asked Bernie if it is important to write neatly on envelopes. Bernie said it is very important to write neatly and slowly because if an envelope is too messy to read, it has to go to a special place in Limerick where experts try to figure out what is written on it. A letter could be weeks late if this happens. Check out our photos of the afternoon. Michael came up from his classroom to see his granny. Thanks Bernie for a lovely afternoon.
Aistear - The Post Office
We were busy filling out forms in our Post Office this morning. We applied for passports, dog licences and T.V. licences. We sorted the post and stamped it. The postman put the post into his postbag and delivered it around the area.
In the small world area, our little people visited our miniature post office.
We had great fun sorting, matching, counting and playing memory games with the items in our post bags.
We recycled paper, old christmas cards and bits of coloured paper shapes to design and create our own stamps. We drew and coloured them also.