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We have been out in the school garden! We planted some summer bedding as well as potatoes, nasturtiums, sweet peas, peas, spinach and much more. We loved exploring the Dinosaur Garden and the Wildflower Meadow. Our Woodland Area is coming along nicely too. We also enjoyed touching, smelling and listening to the plants in the Sensory Garden. Our butterflies have come out of their cocoons and are ready to be released. We think they will enjoy the smells of the butterfly garden where we have planted our summer bedding. We played with the parachute in PE and had so much fun. We also went on a nature treasure hunt with Ms O'Sullivan's class. We love making new friends.
We went to Airfield farm on our school tour. We saw lots of animals including: lambs, donkeys, calves, cows, pigs, sheep and chickens. We also went on a bug hunt and we caught lots of mini beasts including 3 frogs! We planted some beans and we saw lots of vegetables growing in the garden. We loved travelling on the bus and eating our lunch altogether. We especially loved meeting billy the goat and learning the chinese chickens, they lay blue eggs! We saw a huge sheep called 'Dorset Sheep' they had big horns. We loved the Jersey cows and we saw where they are milked - their milk is particularly creamy! We learned so much, we were exhausted afterwards and so was Ms Finnegan!
We have been busy plating spinach, carrots, peas, nasturtiums, sweet peas, strawberries and potatoes! We have also had great fun using clay to create our own pinch pots. We worked with for them to Ms O'Sullivan's class to paint them as well. Our caterpillars have arrived! We have watched them grown from a tiny caterpillar into a bigger one. they then climbed up to the lid of their jars and transformed into chrysalides. We are waiting patiently turn into butterflies! We love working with the school ipads. We have been practicing our reading using an app on the ipads and have been doing great teamwork!
Today we had so much fun drumming in the hall with instructor Neil. We learned how to follow a rhythm. We also had the opportunity to use lots of different types of percussion. We really enjoyed drumming. Some of Ms O’Sullivan’s class also joined us today while we rocked out! We never knew we had such good rhythm. Ms Finnegan and Ms Naughter had to wear ear defenders… we don’t know why… but they looked like they enjoyed our beats! Thanks to the parents association for funding this lovely workshop for us.
We had so much fun speaking and learning Gaeilge las week. We created St Patrick's day Art, we took part in a treasure hunt with Ms D'Arcy's class and we dressed in green for Lá Glas in Friday. We went to a performance of the Three Little Pigs as gaeilge 'Na tri Muca' in Mr Murray's class and learned lots of new words. They are wonderful actors. We love celebrating all that is Irish!
We were very busy this week in Junior Infants. During Aistear we worked on The 'Farm' and 'Pets'. We created wonderful works of Art using print and construction. We made tulips using handprints, a spring sheep scene using bubble wrap printing and daffodils using egg cartons! Ms Finnegan was very impressed with the way we were able to work together as a whole class. She thought we were just like Senior Infants we were so good!
This week were lucky enough to learn about healthy eating! The parents association provided us with samples of a variety of fruit and vegetables to try each morning. Ms Finnegan didn't manage to get any photos as we gobbled them up so quickly! We learned a new poem this week and really enjoyed doing all of the actions:
Daffodowndillyby A.A. Milne
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead."
We are looking forward to next week already!
Have a lovely weekend!
We had great fun making our Valentine's.... 'Hoo Loves you?'. We couldn't wait to give them to Mummies and Daddies! We love them lots!
We had a lovely visit from our Grandparents today! Ms Finnegan enjoyed meeting everyone and was so happy everyone made a big effort to travel from all corners of the country. The children had a great time showing their Grandparents their work and giving them a little tour of out classroom
We have been getting very excited about Christmas over the last couple of weeks. Our Aistear theme has been 'Santa's Workshop'. Today we went to the Pantomime at the dlr Mill Theatre Dundrum to see 'Aladdin'. It definitely got us in the Christmas spirit! It was so much fun travelling on a bus together and everyone was as good as gold! This week our Christmas elf Twinkle appeared! He has been getting up to all sorts of mischief hiding in our classroom. He has been sent here by Santa to learn how to be gentle as everyone knows we have a very gentle and kind class so Santa selected us to teach him. We know he will have fantastic reports about us!
On Tuesday we performed two poems and songs for our family and friends! We were amazing and we hiope everyone enjoyed it. Next stop... Broadway!
We have been enjoying learning about Advent in the run up to Christmas and have been creating wonderful works of Christmas Art.
You are very welcome to Ms Finnegan's Junior Infant class blog. We have 23 boys and girls in our class and we are all great friends. Our teachers name is Ms Finnegan. We are very kind to one another, we listen to each other in class and use kind hands when playing in the yard. Our favourite subject is Gaeilge when we take a trip to see our friends Niamh, Oisin and Teidi. We will be posting updates on all the fun activities that take place in our class. Please stop by whenever you can to read all our news. Happy reading!