Junior Infants took full advantage of the beautiful weather we had last week (while it lasted) and took the classroom outdoors!
We experimented with light and shadows by tracing our partner's shadows with chalk. It made for some very interesting (crime scene style) markings on the yard! Some of us managed to get ourselves into some tricky poses - can you spot the yoga tree pose featuring in the photos below?
A few of us even had a go tracing Ms. White's shadow - yes it took three of us!!
Before the Easter break we were exploring the theme of 'animals' in the Aistear room by setting up and running our very own veterinary surgery, farm and jungle in the various activity centres. Now, to start off our third and final term in Junior Infants, the patients have changed from animals to people as we have begun to look at the theme of 'health' with hospital role play and small world areas. Take a look at the photos of us in action performing various procedures such as eye tests, blood pressure tests, wound dressing and vaccinations.
Today was a very exciting day in St. Mary's NS as we had Wooly Ward's mobile farm come to visit us with some of their animals. We all got to hold rabbits, chicks and guinea pigs. We got to pet lambs, a pig, llamas and even a rat! Some of us were lucky enough to get a kiss from a llama! We learnt a lot as well like how guinea pigs and rats are both part of the rodent family and that chicks will always fly back to their mother. Did you know that pigs cover themselves in mud to stop their sensitive skin from getting sunburned and if rabbits eat too many carrots they get fat? You know now!
Check out the photos and see how much fun we had with the farm animals!
Comhghairdeas to everyone in Junior Infants who made an extra special effort to bí ag caint as Ghaeilge this week for Seachtain na Gaeilge. Andrew, Kitty and Ted won the Gaeilgeoir an lae award during the week but there were many more whose efforts did not go unnoticed. Another comhghairdeas to Harry who won the colouring competition with his amazing use of bright colours and attention to detail.
Junior Infants would like to thank the students from 6th class who came to read their stories as Ghaeilge today and who spoke as Ghaeilge with us in the yard.
Check out the photos below of our Lá Glas. Luckily the rain held off for us to have a parade around the school and show off our fantastic éadaí glas.
Lá fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh!
This past fortnight, the Green Schools Committee in St. Mary's have been very busy with their initiative to encourage children to come to school in an environmentally friendly way. We were all given Green Passports and got a stamp every morning that we came to school in a "green" way (walking, scooting, cycling, car pooling etc.)
Today, the fortnight ended in a great day of activities, organised by the Green Schools Committee. We took part in a Walkathon, where the challenge was to keep to the same pace as our entire class, leaving nobody behind. We were so good at it that we got to complete the Walkathon while walking like penguins! We played board games where we were the game pieces and participated in scooting stations. Finally, we completed an obstacle course in the hall which was so much fun. We really loved the maze and the ropes! We would all like to say a huge "go raibh maith agaibh" to the Green Schools Committee and Ms. Keenan for all their hard work and organisation. We are all very excited now to make our pledge to use the car less and travel in an environmentally friendly way when possible.
Last week, we planted our very own garden vegetables (cress, baby carrots and runner beans). We have been busy looking after them ever since, checking throughout the day whether our plant needs to be watered and making sure they are in sunlight. The cress plants were very quick to grow and the cress growers have already taken them home to harvest and eat in a salad or use as a garnish. We can't wait to hear how they taste!
Today, the baby carrots began to appear above the soil and caused great excitement for the carrot growers. The bean growers know that under the soil their seeds are starting to sprout but we may have to wait a while before we can see anything above the soil. We will continue to look after our plants in school and will take them home for the Easter holidays to continue caring for them.
Thank you very much to everyone who brought in fruit for our fruit salad today. We had great fun preparing, making and most importantly tasting the fruit salad.
We had so many different types of fruit such as pineapple, mango, kiwis, melon, grapes, oranges, apples, bananas and pears. Some fruit needed to be washed, others needed to be peeled or pulled off their vine. Everyone got to work on their different jobs (Ms. White did all the chopping as we also learnt about knife safety)!
We got to look at the inside of the fruit and learnt which ones have seeds and which ones have stones inside them.
Our favourite part of the day was tasting the fruit salad and deciding which fruit we liked the most. Everybody tasted everything and some of us even discovered something new that we like! At the end we were left with a delicious fruit drink from all of the juices!
This week, we have been reading 'Oliver's Fruit Salad', a lovely story about a boy making fruit salad with his grandparents. We have been learning about the different fruit that grows in Ireland and the fruit that we have to get from warmer countries. We have particularly enjoyed learning about the long journey a banana has to make before we can buy it in the shops.
We are hoping to make our own fruit salad in school tomorrow. To facilitate this, we would appreciate if a small amount of extra fruit could be packed into our school lunch boxes tomorrow, if possible.
We are all looking forward to sampling different fruit and are keeping an open mind about fruit that we do not think we like. We may end up like Oliver in the story, who said he did not like fruit but ate three bowls of fruit salad. Scrummy!!
(If your child has any fruit allergies, please let me know in the morning.)