The Junior Infant classroom is a hive of activity. It takes time to settle into the routines of school but before long we are working hard and having fun.

In October, we walk around the school grounds to look for signs of autumn and visit our class tree, the “amelanchier”. We hunt for berries and gather leaves in all the autumn colours.  We learn about the  prickly hedgehog and the shy squirrel.

We start “Geoliteracy” using the story of “The Gingerbread Man”.  We do 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 meet all the new characters: Danny, Mum, Josh, Emma and Zeb. We look forward to going on a learning adventure with them. We read about Danny going to the market so we  use “The Market” as a theme for our “Aistear” session.  Many items are bought and sold and there are even 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 start making patterns using two colours. After much practice, we move on to more challenging, colourful patterns.  We practise sorting items according to size and colour and become 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 do C.A.M.E (Thinking Maths) llessons and our teacher loves seeing us working nicely as a group and taking turns.

We really enjoy learning to speak Gaeilge using Bua na Cainte. 

Christmas is such an exciting time as we prepare for the festivities.  We look forward to dressing up as the Nativity and sending Christmas cards to our families.  

Our educational journey is just beginning and we look forward to all the enjoyable learning experiences that lie ahead of us here in Scoil Íde and Junior Infants!