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Junior Infants – Aistear

 

 

 

 

 

 

For March our theme in Aistear is The Restaurant.

 

 

The vocabulary your child will be learning will include:

crockery, cutlery, hob, toaster, kettle, fridge, teapot, table, apple, chips, grapes, banana, chocolate, ice-cream, sandwich,      bread,

burger, drink, milk, eggs, breakfast, lunch, dinner, starter, main course, desert.

The children will be engaging in many different activities regarding The Restaurant. The role play group will be setting tables, taking orders and serving food to their customers. Other stations in Aistear will include designing menus, creating their favourite dinner, playing with the small world restaurant, building a restaurant, etc.

If you have any story books about the restaurant, chefs outfits, old menus, etc. at home please send them in so the boys can have a look. We’ll send them back home when we’re finished.

Aistear February

This month, the Junior Infants’ Aistear theme is Transport.

Our role play area is a train station where the boys are pretending to sell and check tickets, as well as being passengers and mechanics. Other Aistear stations include cutting and pasting pictures of different modes of transport, constructing trains and aeroplanes from Mobilo, Duplo, blocks and playdoh and playing Small World using the train sets.

The vocabulary we are concentrating on includes:

Platform, steam engine, carriage, luggage, train, track, escalators, signal box, clock, guard, tickets, signal.

If you and your family get a chance, a trip to a train station would be great to consolidate what the boys are learning in school. If you can take photos and email them to us, we can get the boys to report on their trip to the class.

 

 

Aistear January 2020

This month we are learning all about shopping!

Here is some of the new vocabulary your child will learn: Jam, bread, cheese, milk, eggs, bananas, oranges, apples, fruit, vegetables, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, celery, dairy, milk, meat, chicken, ham, beef, sausages, rashers.

Our pretend area is The Farm Shop. The boys are busy helping customers, using the till, taking cash and card payments for all our fresh produce and are busy keeping the shelves stacked!A trip to a supermarket, or local farm shop would be a great consolidation of what he is learning in school.

We will also be learning all about the farm, and how food gets from farm to shop!

 

Aistear December 2019

Our theme for December is Santa’s Workshop.

The boys are having great fun working in Santa’s Workshop in the Socio Dramatic Group. We are pretending to be Santa’s Elves checking list, building and wrapping presents and making sure everything is ready for Christmas Eve.

In the Construction Group we are building Santa’s Grotto. In the Creative Group we are designing toys, making Christmas lists and are doing cutting and sticking exercises.

We are learning lots of new vocabulary including: Toys, sleigh, Santa, reindeer, list, sack, tools, workshop, gift tag, presents, spanner, elves, Christmas eve. Encourage your son to use this vocabulary when chatting to him about the theme!

Aistear November 2019

This month’s Aistear theme for Junior Infants is Clothes. The boys will spend the month of November exploring the theme of Clothes in various ways including story, talk and discussion, games, drama, arts and crafts, and much more

Here is some of the new vocabulary your child will learn: suit, shirt, jumper, tie, trousers, jeans, skirt, t-shirt, cardigan, shorts, dress, shoes, socks, high heels, vest, pyjamas, tights, underwear, blouse, football shirt, raincoat, sun hat, woolly hat, scarf, jacket, cap.

Our role-play area for this month is ‘The Launderette’. The boys will be role-playing how to wash, dry, iron, hang and fold clothes as well as use the till and issue receipts.  If you get a chance, bringing your son on a visit to the launderette in the village would be great consolidation of what he is learning in school. Alternatively getting him to help with laundry at home would also be helpful! (You can thank us later!!) Other vocabulary being learned and used in this area includes: washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, washing basket, ironing board, washing powder, fabric softener, clothes hanger, folding, cash register, washing line, pegs.

Other stations in Aistear will include designing clothes for people in the past and the present, sorting clothes according to weather/season, categorising clothes according colour, material, etc., cutting and pasting clothes, and matching clothes. We are also integrating our Aistear theme into other subject areas, such as Gaeilge lessons in Eadaí (clothes), focusing on topics such as Materials and Change in SESE, and exploring Fabric and fibre in Visual Arts.

Keep checking in on our blog as we’ll be posting more photos of the boys engaging in Aistear activities throughout the month of November.

Aistear October 2019

During Aistear time in September, our Junior Infants learned all about our different Aistear stations which we’ll be playing in from October on. Some of the stations you might like to ask your child about are: Role Play, Small World, Construction, creative station. In each station, we talked about the best ways to play and Teacher modelled this with some volunteers from the class. We also learned the best ways to connect each station to our theme of the month.

October’s theme is Friends and Hobbies. Our pretend area will be “The Playdate/ The Home”. The boys have already learned lots of language that will help them play using this theme. Some of it includes: friend, sharing, days of the week, what time?, lunch, dinner, snack, toys, playroom, armchair, cushions, chair, sofa, television, games, jigsaw, doll, bike, iPad, teddy, tidy-up, mum, dad, family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November Aistear Update

Annette from White’s Laundry, Donabate visited the boys today to tell them all about the Launderette, what services they provide and what it’s like to work there. The Junior Infants asked lots of interesting questions including “How many people work in the launderette?” and “How long does it take to wash the clothes?”

Our Junior Infant boys will be learning all about Clothes in Aistear this month.

Here is some of the new vocabulary your child will learn: suit, shirt, jumper, tie, trousers, jeans, skirt, t-shirt, cardigan, shorts, dress, shoes, socks, high heels, vest, pyjamas, tights, underwear, blouse, football shirt, raincoat, sun hat, woolly hat, scarf, jacket, cap.

Our pretend area is The Launderette and we’ll be hoping to have a speaker in to talk to the boys.  Watch this space! The boys are pretending to wash, dry and fold clothes as well as use the till and issue receipts.  If you get a chance, bringing your son on a visit to the launderette in the village would be great consolidation of what he is learning in school. Failing that, getting him to help with laundry at home would also be helpful! (You can thank us later!!)

Other stations in Aistear will include designing t-shirts, sorting clothes according to weather, sorting clothes into groups according to other attributes (e.g. all the red clothes), cutting and pasting clothes and matching clothes. We’re also integrating other subjects with our Aistear theme such as Gaeilge lessons in Eadai and SESE topics like Materials and Change.

Keep checking in on our blog as we’ll be posting photos of the boys playing as soon as we can.

 

October Aistear Update

 

During Aistear time in September, our Junior Infants learned all about our different Aistear stations which we’ll be playing in from October on. Some of the stations you might like to ask your child about are: Role Play, Small World, Construction, Play Doh and Sand. In each station, we talked about the best ways to play and Teacher modelled this with some volunteers from the class. We also learned the best ways to connect each station to our theme of the month.

October’s theme is Friends and Hobbies.

Our pretend area will be “The Playdate”. The boys have already learned lots of language that will help them play using this theme. Some of it includes: friend, sharing, days of the week, what time?, lunch, dinner, snack, toys, playroom, armchair, cushions, chair, sofa, television, games, jigsaw, doll, bike, iPad, teddy, tidy-up, mum, dad, family.

 

How to support your child’s Aistear learning at home:

  • Be mindful of the new vocabulary your child is learning (see above) and try to use it at home.
  • Invite one of your son’s friends over for a play date, making sure to include your son in the organising stage of this (i.e. practice making phone calls to organise the playdate)
  • Ask your son how Aistear went each day.

 

Please come back and check our Aistear blog regularly as we’ll be adding photos of the boys having fun during Aistear time.

 

 

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March Update

This month, the Junior Infants’ Aistear theme is Food!

The pretend area will be a restaurant and a kitchen with a dish-washing area. The boys will be in role as restaurant staff and customers. If you and your family happen to be eating out during the month, make sure to point out all the things we associate with restaurants to your child e.g. till, table, buffet, kitchen, waiting area, table number, condiments, waiter, waitress etc.

Other Aistear stations will include a writing table, making play doh meals, Small World restaurant/ kitchen, colouring and drawing favourite meals, constructing/ designing restaurants using blocks/duplo and lego.

There will be lots and lots of activities to engage your son’s learning this month.

The following are only some examples:

  • Reading menus
  • Taking orders
  • Reading orders
  • Recognising table numbers
  • Writing menus
  • Writing orders
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Keep up the great work at home!

March Visitor

We were extremely lucky this month to have a real life chef come to speak to our Junior Infants. Murat, who some of you may know, runs Pasta Costello’s answered lots of interesting questions about working in an Italian restaurant. He compared our Italian restaurant menus to Pasta Costello’s and said they are quite similar! J

Some of the questions the boys asked included:

  • How do you make pizza dough?
  • How do you know how much food to make each evening?
  • What’s your job in the restaurant?
  • How do you get people to come to your restaurant?

 

 

 

 

Building the restaurant

Making a tasty meal!

Taking the food orders to the chef.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February Update

 

 

This month, the Junior Infants’ Aistear theme is Transport.

 

Our role play area is a train station where the boys are pretending to sell and check tickets as well as being passengers and mechanics. Other Aistear stations include cutting and pasting pictures of different modes of transport, constructing trains and aeroplanes from Mobilo, Duplo, blocks and playdoh and playing Small World using the train sets.

The vocabulary we are concentrating on includes:

Platform, steam engine, carriage, luggage, train, track, escalators, signal box, clock, guard, tickets, signal.

If you and your family get a chance, a trip to a train station would be great to consolidate what the boys arelearning in school. If you can take photos and email them to us, we can get the boys to report on their trip to the class.

Ms Corr’s email address is gcorr@stpatsbns.ie and Ms Donohoe’s is sdonohoe@stpatsbns.ie.

We were very lucky to have a special visitor to speak to the boys on Monday 6th February.  One of our Junior Infant’s dad is a pilot who works with City Jet and he answered lots of the boys’ questions about air travel and aeroplanes. Even the staff learned lots!