Our theme for Aistear in January is Space. We are learning all about the planets, the moon, Astronauts and everything that happens in space. We are also talking about how life in space is different to life on Earth, we are walking like there's no gravity and learning what kind of food Astronauts eat. The children have also compiled lists of what they would bring to the moon, toys were first, then food and then their parents, so at least we know where their priorities lie!
Aistear - "Winter Weather"
Our theme for Aistear this month is Winter weather. We are learning all about the seasons and the weather as well as winter animals and the clothes we wear depending on the weather. Our book this month was the weather monster and the children loved the story involved. In our creative station we made salt dough decorations for the winter fair, hats and mittens from fabric and fiber and snow-globes. Here are some of the photos of the children learning...
Waterproof vs. not waterproof
This week in science in Junior infants we have been learning about things that are waterproof and things that porous.. The children came up with an excellent list of items that were waterproof and we decided to test all of the items we could in the classroom. The children investigated different types of clothing to see if they were waterproof and decided that things that are made from plastic are generally waterproof.
Powerstown ETNS’ PTA would like to cordially invite all our families and school community to attend our annual Winter Fair on Friday, December 6th. There’ll be lots of familiar stands with a few new events this year! There’ll be a new games area, face painting, raffle prizes, toy & bake sales. The children of the school are also busy preparing some very special artwork for sale, sure to be a cherished gift or memento for relatives and family members.
Don’t forget that we’ll also have a VERY special visitor dressed all in red and ready to meet each child and perhaps provide a small gift too!
Toys and Bake Sale Items needed for our Winter Fair! We will have a toy and baked goods table for sale at the fair. If any parents have old toys that are in good condition that they would like to donate they can do so on Thursday, December 5th. Parents who would like to donate baked goods for the bake sale can drop these into the school on the morning of the Winter Fair, Friday, December 6th., We kindly request that any food items be nut and seed free. Other speciality and savoury foods are also welcome! Friday, December 6th.
Raffle Prizes We are looking for raffle prizes for our Winter Fair Raffle. If know a local business or your place of employment that might be able to support us with the provision of small raffle prize please let us know!
Science for fun in Junior Infants
Junior Infants completed a number of experiments together with a number of parents for Science week. There was loads of fun learning about forces, particularly wind forces, volcanoes from baking soda and vinegar and categorizing things that float and sink. We hope they remember some of the experiments to show you and experiment with at home.
Visit from Dublin Zoo
Junior Infants were very lucky this year to get a visit from Dublin Zoo. We learned all about the animals kept in the zoo and we got to see some interesting artifacts like a tiger hyde, elephant foot and a skull of an orangutan. Some of the photos from the visit are below.
November Theme - Food and the Supermarket
We have started our new theme of Food & the Supermarket this month. We learned all about what foods are healthy and unhealthy and learned about where food goes in the food pyramid. We have started to learn where food comes from and figured out from the little red hen that bread comes from flour which is made from wheat. We will start on Monday playing in the supermarket, we will make food from salt dough, we'll make soup in the water and play a Greedy Gorilla's board game to learn about healthy food. Here's some photos of our role play area and our active learning of the food pyramid.
Welcome to Junior Infants - Parents information afternoon
We are delighted to welcome you and your children to Powerstown Educate Together and we are really looking forward to caring for your children in the coming year! This going to be a whole new experience for the children in "big school" and we understand that you may have concerns. We are always here to lend a hand and will be happy to resolve any concerns you may have. We aim to post as many pictures as we can here of different things we do in class so stay tuned for lots of updates! If you are not comfortable with your child being in photographs, be sure to let us know. We will have a meeting with all of you on September 11th at 1:20pm so it would be great to see you there to talk you through the year and answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Regards Diarmaid & Hannah
Aistear September - Marvelous Me
The theme for Aistear this September is "Marvelous Me". The children will be learning all about the human body, myself and my family, my news, respect for one another and in the role play area will be the doctors surgery. As you can see from the sample of photos, the children have had a fantastic first few days turning the classroom into a doctors surgery and learning and performing new songs and nursery rhymes about the human body, e.g. miss polly had a dolly and head shoulders knees and toes.
Peace Day Performances
We would like to invite all families to attend our celebration of PeaceDay 2019 with a performance in the Assembly Hall at 9am on Friday 20th September. Classes have been preparing songs and poems and are looking forward to performing for you on Friday. See you there!
Peace Day Performance 2019
Our Junior Infants performed a lovely little song for their first performance of the year on Peace Day. A big thank you to all the parents that came out to support them on the day. Here's some photos of the performance, a video will be uploaded to the schools Facebook page shortly.
Houses and Homes
Junior Infants children have been having loads of fun learning all about houses and homes in October. We have made houses from straw, houses from sticks and houses from bricks (Just like the three little bricks). We have had fun role playing in our home area and making some interesting meals for dinner, we even had some fights over the remote control. We learned about homes from all different countries, all types of homes in our country and even some homes animals live in. We learned all about the hedgehogs home and decided to make our own hedgehogs from clay. Here are some of the photos of the children learning through play in Chestnut and Ash Class.
Road Safety Week
We have been busy learning all about road safety this month. We became very familiar with the safe cross code and practised chanting and acting this out in our classroom. We all got high-visibility vests which we can wear in the mornings and evenings walking to and from school. We know how to cross the road safely and how to be a safe passenger in the car. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIluoGcCKNg
The Three Little Pigs
We’ve been learning all about homes in our classroom this month in Aistear, through story, songs and in SESE. One of our favourite stories which we have read based on homes is ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Here we are acting out a drama of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We were role-playing the different characters in the story; Mammy pig, the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. We really enjoyed dressing up and acting like the characters in the story. We have been working hard at sequencing the story and completing writing activities based on the story during Aistear too.
Maths Week 2019
We were very busy for Maths week in the Chestnut and Ash classes. We completed a Maths trail around our school working on our counting skills, looking for shapes, colours, length and sets. We also made our own shape houses using lots of different shapes and were making our own patterns. We practised our estimation skills by guessing the weight of our class pumpkins and guessing how much pasta was in the jar. We had lots of fun during maths week!
Fire Safety Week
Ash Class were very lucky this week as we had a visit from the Dublin Fire Brigade. All of the children got to use the hose and to sit in the Fire truck. You can see how happy the children were and we hope they have lots to say about it when they get home. A big thank you Dublin Fire Brigade for helping out here.
November R.S.E. Month
Dear Parents & Guardians, As per school policy and the legal requirements of the Irish curriculum, your child will be learning about a number of R.S.E. related topics in the next couple of weeks. We have included the pages that your child will be discussing in class below. The topics include, self identity, family units, people who help keep us safe, new life, physical growth and making choices. If you wish to discuss any of these topics in more detail prior to the lessons I will be teaching, please let us know. Regards, Diarmaid & Hannah