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In January our theme for Aistear was “The Home”

Our theme for January is The Home.  We are focusing on the following vocabulary: hob, washing machine, crockery, cutlery, microwave, tumble drier, washing machine, oven, toaster, kettle, fridge, teapot, table, iron and ironing board.

In the Socio Dramatic Group we have set up a Home Corner. We are learning about the kitchen and different scenarios that happen in the kitchen.

In the Construction Group we are buildings homes based on a picture of a family. In groups the children will build a house to meet the needs of the family in the picture.

In the Creative Group we are designing our own houses with fabric and fibre. The children are exploring different textures and colours to use in their creations. They are also including their own designs and features such as chimneys, swimming pools, conservatories and extensions.

We are completing cutting and sticking activities based on different types of furniture. We are sorting the different pieces of furniture, into the different rooms.

There will be lots and lots of activities to engage your son’s learning this month. If you have any materials or items from home we would be grateful if you could send them in. This opportunity would consolidate your son’s learning. If you have any story books at home pertaining to this theme, please send them in so the boys can have a look. We’ll send them back home when we’re finished.

In December our theme for Aistear was “Santa Workshop”

Our theme for December was Santa’s Workshop.

We had great fun working in Santa’s Workshop in the Socio Dramatic Group. We pretended to be Santa’s Elves checking list, building and wrapping presents and making sure everything was ready for Christmas Eve.

In the Construction Group we built Santa’s Grotto. In the Creative Group we wrote our letter to Santa, made Christmas lists and did cutting and sticking exercises.

We had two very special visitors during December. Santa’s Elf came to visit our classes. He told about Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole and about his journey on Christmas Eve. Santa also made a surprise visit to us. He brought us presents and each of us got a chocolate Santa.



In November our theme for Aistear was ‘The Cafe’.

In the Socio Dramatic Group we welcomed costumers to our Cafe and served them delicious food. We worked as chefs preparing the food and as waiters taking orders and serving food. As costumers, we made reservations and ate in the Cafe. We had great fun working in our Donabate Cafe.

In the Construction Group made we made the Cafe. We constructed the dining room, the kitchen, the bathroom and the car park. We also designed the furniture for the Cafe.

In the Creative Group we designed posters for ‘Children Only’ Cafe, our favourite meals and menus.

The Play Doh group made their favourite meals and created a Cafe with people.

Have a look below at what we did in Aistear in November.


Our theme for Aistear in October was ‘The Hospital’.



In the Socio Dramatic Group we pretended to be doctors, nurses, receptionists and patients. We took patients details, examined patients and made appointments. In the Construction Group made our own hospital with reception area, children’s wards, adult wards, accident

and emergency department, surgical department and x- ray department. In the Creative Group wrote prescriptions, patient details and completed cutting and sticking hospital related activities. In the Small World Group we will be played with the small world hospital.

The boys were really excited when the children’s ambulance, the BUMBLEance, came to visit our school. We were shown inside the BUMBLEance and got to see all the equipment that helps to make children better. We were also amazed to find DVDs and a play station on board the BUMBLEance to make any boy or girls journey more enjoyable. We got to ask the Paramedic loads of questions and then he gave us some stickers.





Our theme for September was ‘The Airport’.

In the Socio Dramatic Group we pretended to be pilots, flight attendants and passengers. We went to some amazing destinations. In the Construction Group we designed our own airports with check in desks, runways, departure and arrival gates. In the Creative Group we wrote postcards about our holidays and made our own passports. In the Small World Group we played with airport toys, where we created our own national airport. Andrea, who is a flight attendant, came to speak to us. She told us about what it is like to work as a flight attendant. We got to ask her lots of questions about her job. She was very kind to us and even gave us a plane, baggage truck and fuel tank to add to our small world toys.

Check out our photos below.

This month’s Senior Infants’ Aistear theme is Special Occasions.

Our role play area is ‘The Birthday Party’ were the boys can write shopping lists, bake birthday cakes, decorate the room for the party and even set up some party games! Other Aistear stations this month also include play doh, construction, writing station, paper construction station and small world

The vocabulary we are concentrating on includes:

Balloons, cake, cards, invitations, guest list, presents, gifts, celebrate, party food, party games, candles, gift tags, a

ppropriate phrases e.g. congratulations, happy birthday, well done etc. Ice cream, jelly, lights, magician, bouncing castle, tea party, guests.

We would love to hear about special occasions the boys have celebrated, they are wel

come to bring photos to school and share their experiences with the class!



The Farm

Our theme for Aistear for this coming month is The Farm. In the socio dramatic area the boys will be setting up a farm shop where they can sell their fresh produce.  They will also be able to work on the farm to grow their own produce and take care of their animals.

Vocabulary we will be concentrating on includes the names of different farm animals, names of farm machinery and discussions around the jobs they do (tractor, trailer, combine harvester etc), and other related vocabulary such as harvest,  market, farmhouse, barn, field, lane, silage, hay bale, wheat, barley, crops

If you had time over the Easter Holidays a trip to a farm would be a great opportunity for the boys to see what life on a farm is like.


We will post some pictures after the holidays so keep an eye out!



‘The Garden’.

Our role play area this month is a Garden Centre were the boys can buy and sell flowers, seeds, bulbs, garden equipment and even some homemade, organic food products! Other Aistear stations this month also include play doh, construction, writing station were we will write shopping lists and to do lists, spelling station, colouring and junk art.

The vocabulary we are concentrating on includes:

compost, soil, plants, flowers ( name at least 5), bloom, bulb, seed, watering can, garden furniture, ornaments, tubs, plant pots, ceramic pots, gazebo, patio, lawn mower, green house, hose, rake,  garden gnome, refund, receipt, purchase, cash, laser, visa card, debit card, notes and coins.

 If you have time over the next month, a trip to the garden centre would give your son a chance to use his new vocabulary and to consolidate what he is learning in school.

Keep checking our website as we will be updating it with lots of pictures and creations made by the boys!