Junior Classroom

Junior Classroom

Welcome to our classroom


September 2021

We are all delighted to return to school and we are all looking forward to the year ahead. We have had a busy start to our new school year and everyone has settled back to school very well.

Each week a pupil in our classroom is selected as our Student of the Week. We are very proud of our pupils and their fantastic achievements.

Student of the Week 3rd September 2021

The children are learning all about autumn. Autumn is a very busy time for farmers during the harvest season. We read a story about a hedgehog called Harriet who was busy preparing to hibernate. She made lots of new friends in the story and we made her a lovely cosy bed of leaves and a colourful scarf. We have been busy spotting signs of autumn and learning all about autumn colours. Our classroom tree has welcomed some autumn leaves and we painted beautiful pictures using different textures.

We are very excited to participate in the Six Bricks for Education initiative. We are enjoying using our Lego Duplo bricks to complete interactive activities to learn through play. The activities are integrated across the curricular areas. Our class teddy bear is called Grobby. His name helps us to remember the order of colours in our stack of bricks – G-green, R-red, O-orange, B-light blue, B-dark blue & Y-yellow. Grobby takes care of the environment and he has special super powers. Don’t forget to check back next month as we will be designing and creating his superhero costume!

The pupils love using our movement scarves and dance ribbons. Our Junior Infant pupils have been sorting and matching items according to colour and size. They have also been creating patterns and pictures using their cutting skills. The junior pupils enjoyed coding with our school robots called Beebots.

We enjoyed the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. We enjoyed some yoga and drama activities based on the story. We also created maps and sequenced the story. The children completed a listening and responding activity based on the song version of the story. It was great fun.

Engineers Week

We have some budding engineers in the making!

Spring Walk

Christmas Fun

This month we are looking forward to learning all about Christmas. We have been learning about the birth of baby Jesus. Take a look at our beautiful Nativity scene some of our pupils created last year.

We are also exploring how people around the world celebrate Christmas and we are learning all about Christmas traditions. We have created some festive displays in our classroom and we really enjoyed decorating our Christmas tree.

Toy Show Celebrations

There was great excitement in our classroom as we prepared to enjoy the Toy Show! We learned all about the history of the show and we enjoyed watching video clips from the show down through the years. We discussed old and new toys. We held our own show in the classroom as we presented a report on some of our favourite toys. We also made toys using our bricks. It was lots of fun.

S.T.E.M. Challenge

This week we created a marble maze. We thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Take a look at our designs. We used lego bases and bricks to create the maze. It was lots of fun!

I’m a Dingle Dangle Scarecrow

We sang the song ‘I’m a Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’ and used the lyrics as inspiration to create scarecrow pictures. We created autumnal backgrounds for our scarecrows and added lots of detail and colour.

Autumn

Autumn is a very colourful season. We enjoyed learning all about the different seasons. We took photographs to create an autumn collage. We also used crayons to make leaf rubbings and we designed 3D spiky hedgehogs. We collected autumn leaves to identify. First and Second Class wrote poems and we learned all about hibernation, migration and nocturnal animals. Our nature table is full of colour.

Skeletons

Last month we learned the names of the different bones in the human body. Did you know a newborn baby has more bones than an adult? Their bones fuse as they grow and develop. We joined the different bones together to make giant skeletons!

Welcome

We extended a warm welcome to four Junior Infant pupils and their families this year.