Welcome to our class blog. You will find photos of activities happening inside Room 3 this year in Ms Griffin's class.
Last days at school (teddy bears picnic, assembly and having fun with play doh)
On our way back from the Halla this week the class stopped to look at the new school. If you look closely you can even see someone working on the roof of the new school. The children are all very excited about moving into senior infants in the new school but it's lovely to have a photo to remember the first yard they played on every day in CBS.
Clare County Library Service will run the Summer Stars Reading Adventure for children in all library branches during the summer from the 2nd of July to the end of August. Summer Stars is an exciting reading-based programme which is available free of charge to children across the country.
Each child is invited to register in Ennis Library and enjoy reading many books during the summer holidays. All participants will be given a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress and a library reward stamp will be added to their reading card at the library after each book read. Children will be encouraged to continue reading throughout the programme and there will be rewards and incentives along the way. At the end of the adventure, all children who participate are invited to attend an award event at which they will be presented with their own Summer Stars certificate.
Children and families will also have access to fun reading activities on the Summer Stars website, www.summerstars.ie. The site has lots of online activities as well as a range of animated ebooks. You will find a children’s books discussion board and interviews with well-known people about their favourite books. There are also helpful tips for reading and recommended titles by age group for children to read. The books can then be borrowed from your local library service, and it’s all free.
Caroline's Record Player
A few days ago, Caroline brought a record player into the class. She showed the children the vinyl record and played lots of different songs for children including Queen and Thin Lizzy. The children really enjoyed listening to the record player!
The children have learned how to form all of their cursive letters now. Here is a reference for parents for the school handwriting font. It is used throughout the school.
The children loved playing with the brand new lego kits for Junior classes that Ms Forde brought to the class today.
Floating and Sinking Science Experiment
A few weeks ago the class did a floating and sinking experiment - they tested clothes pegs, crayons, coins and cubes and predicted and checked if they would float or sink.
Hip Hop Dancing- Active Schools Week
Sports Day 12/06/2019
What a day! The boys and girls had a really busy day today running in various types of races and taking part in active stations. The class were so active and busy that they even got a night of no homework to celebrate the day!
Active Schools Week
The class are having great fun this week with Active Schools Week. Today we went to the Fair Green and we also took part in Walk A Mile with a Smile with Ms Tobin's 6th class..
Revising Phonics: G O U L F B
This week the class are focusing on these letters and sounds. They will be looking for these letters all around their classroom and will be looking for words that start with these letters in their books. You can reinforce this at home by playing I spy using this weeks phonics and by getting your child to name words starting with a specific letter and see how many you can come up with! Here is the school font for these letters, which the children have been working on in class already and are now revising.
Bréag Éadach 2019
There is a lovely tradition in CBS called the "Bréag Éadach" where children dress up using creative and homemade costumes. The time and effort that went into making and preparing these costumes and signs was obvious as you can see below in the photos. The children enjoyed the day and looking at all the different costumes of other children in junior infants. There was a wide variety of costumes- from hurlers and soccer players to animals and Superheroes! The judges loved them all. Well done everyone!
Ms Forde and Ms Galvin have been working with the class for the past few weeks to create some really interesting structures made from Lego. Children work with partners to make their creations and present them to the class, which helps to develop maths, science, and language skills.
Revising Phonics: C K E H R M D
May 27th This week we are revising group 2 from the Jolly Phonics program. The children are working on naming things that start with these letter and blending three letter words using a combination of these letters e.g. red, hem. They are revising the Jolly phonics songs for each of these letters. We are working on letter formation for these letters this week too for revision. Here is a fun song for the letter c www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/classroom-toolkit/phonics-songs/crazy-stirfry-c-song-see-it-and-say-it
After a busy year of learning the 26 letter names and sounds the children will spend the rest of the year revising letter sounds and blending these sounds to make small cvc words.
The first group of letters the children will be revising is group 1: S A T I P N. We will be practicing naming words that start with these letters this week and blending words using these letter combinations e.g. sat, pin, pat, tin, tan. The children have learned how to write these letters in the cursive font too and will be revising them in class.
Here is an interactive game based on these letters.
The class took advantage of the lovely weather this week and visited the Fair Green for a nature walk.
The children had great fun in the Halla taking part in the "funky funfair" organised by Ms Lyttle 's 5th class.
Aistear: The Aiport
The children are learning about Airports this month in Aistear: They are having fun packing suitcases, using boarding passes and checking in at the airport and even making their own aeroplanes. Here are some photos of the children during Aistear time.
Clare Crusaders Cake Sale 3/5/2019
The children really enjoyed eating the cakes that they bought at the fundraiser organised for the Clare Crusaders.
Easter Egg Hunt
On Friday the children had great fun hunting for Easter Eggs. 6th class helped to set up special areas around the school yard where the children had to answer a phonics or maths question to get a treat that the Easter Bunny left behind for them. The children loved exploring and collecting all the little treats!
Posting Easter Letters
As a follow up activity from Grandparents day the children were invited to pick someone from their family (grandparent, uncle, aunt etc.) to write a letter to. The children created and wrote their own Easter cards using the cursive writing that they have been learning this year. Here are some photos of the children writing their cards, which are being sent all across the world; Poland, Latvia, India, Lithuania, Brazil, USA, Galway and even Ennis!
The Food Dudes initiative has been really successful in Room 3 this year. The children tried lots of different types of fruit and vegetables. Here are some photos of the children enjoying the healthy eating programme.
Every Friday for the next 6 weeks the children will have a hurling coach working with them. They work on basic skills first that are used in all sports.
The children had great fun during literacy week. They did buddy reading with third class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The children had the famous author Benji Bennett visit the school and read them a story. They also had a community reader visit them from Ennis fire-station to read a story and answer some questions about fire safety and the work of the fire brigade. On Friday all the children came home with a book from the book fair held by Ennis Book Shop. Here are some photos from the week.
Bee- Hive Song The children have been learning a new song this week in school. They learned actions to the song. They were all very interested in the queen bee at the end of the song. I hope you enjoy at home too! The song is a great opportunity to explore concepts of left and right and high and low. www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwZeJiFeSSQ&t=120s
P.E. The children really love doing P.E. every Tuesday. As part of the Active School Flag initiative, all children in the school do exercises in their line 2 days a week. So far this year the children have done several strands in P.E.; dance, gymnastics, athletics and games. The children love playing stuck in the mud, cups and saucers and snatch the bacon. Some of the dances we learned this year include: The Farmer in the Dell, shoe the donkey, I am the Music Man, the hokey pokey and lots more. In Gymnastics the children learned how to do a forward roll, a pencil roll, an egg roll and lots of different partner balances. Here's some pictures of the children in action doing an obstacle course, cups and saucers and relays in P.E.
Maths Station Teaching 20/03/2019
For the next couple of weeks the class will have some teachers coming to teach the children maths in small groups every day. Each day the groups rotate so that they all get a chance to work at different maths stations. The children will take turns using Numicon, Mata sa Rang and Ready Set Go maths activities. One group works making patterns, using tangrams, peg boards or maths worksheets e.g. colour by number
Numicon is a multi sensory approach to learning maths. Using Numicon pieces the children learn to recognise numbers through the shapes and colours of the pieces e.g. the number 4 is pink and has 4 holes in the shape of a square. These number shapes help build a firm understanding of number in children. In the Mata sa Rang station the children use "10 frames" to fill up the card with a focus on 1-5 and the different formations using the 10 frame boxes. Here's a website that shows you an interactive version:
Trócaire Visit On Thursday, 14th March, two representatives from Trócaire came to visit our class. They spoke to children about the importance of land to all people, including children. Some children in the world have had to move away from land that they lived on for lots of different reasons. The children learned about the children featured in the Trócaire 2019 campaign. Here's a video that you can watch again at home. vimeo.com/306837318
BING0! This week the children played a bingo word game during English. The children all had different "cvc" words that they had to sound out and try to read. They had great fun listening for their words to be called out!
Classroom Visitors The children have had an exciting year so far with lots of visitors coming to the classroom. One of the topics the children were working on this year was people in our community so the class had some special visitors. Builders from the new school came to teach the children about road safety around the construction area. Caroline, the lollipop lady came to the class to answer questions and brought the children outside and showed them how to cross the road safely. Garda Irene came to visit the children and answered lots of questions from the children and even gave them special badges to bring home. The students also learned about the theme of the farm in Aistear (play based learning) and the class got a special visit from John the farmer who brought along a special four legged friend! John brought silage, hay and straw (we all agreed some smelled nicer than others!).
Aistear: Play Based learning
Why play? It is the child’s way of making sense of the world – a learning tool that engages, motivates, challenges and pleases. Play gives them an opportunity to demonstrate all that they have observed and learned about the real world and at the same time the opportunity to experiment with how they can make that learning useful in their own world.
The most recent neuroscience or brain research confirms the power of play for brain development. The brain grows fastest in the first 5 years of life. Play is about dealing with multiple tasks such as relationships, activities, problem solving, other peoples’ ideas and creating companionship and enjoyment, all at the same time. In this way, play strengthens and supports the connections between the neurons of the brain and provides a rich opportunity for children to grow and develop.
The research is so clear about the benefits of play that in Ireland we have established play as central to the early childhood curriculum. Aistear, the national quality framework from the Dept. of Education, emphasises the importance of play in the home and in early education settings. This framework tells us that engaging in play is good for children’s health and well-being. It is a way of communicating and exploring and thinking.
Children need companionships, time, space and materials to play.
Teachers plan the play space so that children have a variety of experiences.
They have easy access to props and materials that they can use to develop their ideas, experiment, design and build.
Adults are there as a resource. They offer help and guidance when required.
When you walk in to a setting where children are learning through play you will see them play with sand, water, bricks, paint, puzzles, books. They will be talking, laughing, reading, writing, building, dancing, singing and most of all they will be pretending – pretending to be a mother or father or child, pretending to be a builder, an engineer, a shopkeeper, a hairdresser, learning from one another and showing us all how competent they are and what they have learned about the world around them.
Here are the children in Room 3 working hard at play!
Sixth Class Buddies Ms Tobin's class have paired up with Mrs Griffin's class this year. They helped the children walk to the cinema and on the Halloween walk safely. They helped junior infants during Maths week, when the children went outside to do a maths trail organised by Mrs Shine. They also helped us to do art and will be doing lots more exciting things during the year!
Numeracy in Junior Infants In Junior Infants the children do a lot of Early Mathematical Activities (matching, sorting, classifying etc.) In these activities children organise objects by size, by colour or by function (e.g. is it a farm animal or wild animal). This happens during play time and during lessons. When learning about number the children do counting forwards and backwards. They also count out items e.g. 5 bears or 3 pencils. They match up numeral cards with cubes or links. The children also make patterns. They use playing cards to put numbers in order. They love singing maths songs too. Click here for some links to some of their favourite songs.
See below for some pictures of the children having fun with maths.
Oral language and Literacy in Junior Infants
The children use the Jolly Phonics program and the Newell Phonics program in junior infants. The children spend a lot of time "making" three letter words (CVC) using their own letters. The children spend time making word associations e.g. y says "y" as in yellow. They listen and sing along to the songs from jolly phonics. They play I spy games and play rhyming games. For oral language a teacher works with a group of children during Aistear to help children with vocabulary on topics e.g. farm animals, the restaurant. They play phonic games and barrier games with partners. This year the children brought in a teddy from home and spoke about their toy to the rest of the class. They also used these toys when they learned and acted out the Irish song "Teidí beag álainn".
Every day the children listen to a story before home time. Some of the favourites this year have been "The Smartest Giant in Town", "The Gruffalo", "I want my hat back", "Brown Bear Brown Bear".
The children also love playing games on the interactive whiteboard for literacy. Click below for links: