Welcome to our class blog. You will find photos of activities happening inside Room 3 this year in Mrs Griffin's class.
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 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 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 and doing 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: