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”.