The Junior Infant classroom is a hive of activity. We have settled into the routines of school and are working hard and having fun.

In October, we walked around the school grounds to look for signs of autumn and visited our class tree, the “amelanchier”. We hunted for berries and gathered leaves in all the autumn colours.  We learned about the  prickly hedgehog and the shy squirrel.

We started “Geoliteracy” using the story of “The Gingerbread Man”.  We did many fun activities such as map reading, using masks to act out the story, learning how to make a gingerbread man and tasting gingerbread men-this was the best bit! 

Learning new words and reading our colourful readers from our new English scheme “Big Box Adventures” is so much fun. We have met all the new characters now: Danny, Mum, Josh, Emma and Zeb. We are looking forward to going on a learning adventure with them. We were reading about Danny going to the market and it inspired us to use “The Market” as a theme for our “Aistear” session.  Many items were bought and sold and there were security guards present to deal with any problems!

Our “Jolly Phonics” programme is a fun way of learning letter sounds. Teacher loves to see us using our new skills to attempt new and tricky words.

We do lots of fine motor activities to help us get ready for writing and strengthen our little hands. We hold our crayons using Tommy Thumb and Peter Pointer and practise making lots of different patterns on our whiteboards and chalkboards. 

Maths is fun and very hands-on in Junior Infants. In September, we started making patterns using two colours. After much practice, we have now moved on to more challenging, colourful patterns.  We practised sorting items according to size and colour and are now very good at sorting and matching.

Every week, we use “Numicon” to help us learn maths in a fun, exciting way. We make patterns, sort the shapes, make shape pictures and build tall towers. Teacher loves to see how tall we can build our towers. We did our first C.A.M.E lesson in November and our teacher loved seeing us working nicely as a group and taking turns.

We had great “craic” practising our Irish phrases with Senior Infants. We sang Irish songs and recited Irish poems for the Senior Infants.

Christmas is such an exciting time as we prepare for the festivities.  We are looking forward to dressing up as the Nativity and sending Christmas cards to our families.  We made Christmas tree decorations and hung a few of them on the Scoil Íde tree. 

Our educational journey has begun and we look forward to all the enjoyable learning experiences that lie ahead of us here in Junior Infants!