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Junior Infants – Aistear

Aistear 2018

Our theme in Aistear for the month of October is ‘The Playdate’.  During Aistear the children are given the opportunity to explore this theme by learning through play.

In preparation for this, we have learned lots of language that has helped us engage with the theme. Some of the language includes: playdate, playing, communicating, friendship, kindness, tea party, food, cups, plates, knives, forks, spoons, sharing, respect, friends, fun, laughing, joking, games, sports.

One of our stations is the role play area where the children pretend to have their friends over for a playdate. This theme also incorporates the home element and gives the children the opportunity to interact with each other using the language associated with the playdate and home life.

Other stations include construction and building, a creative station and a small world station where the children use their imagination to create imaginary worlds.

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.
  • Talk to your child about Aistear and ask them what they liked about it.
  • Please come back and check our Aistear blog regularly as we’ll be adding photos of the boys having fun during Aistear time.
























































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.









































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
Our Menu

             Can I take your order?


                 What’s on the menu today?


It’s Snack Time!










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 and Ms Donohoe’s is

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!