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|Tuesday, 27 March 2012 21:15|
This week, we are learning about money. Click on the link below to practice.
Follow these links to sing our favourite songs about Noah's Ark.
Gaeilge le cleachtadh
Cúigear fear ag tógáil tí
ag tógáil tí, ag tógáil tí
Cúigear fear ag tógáil tí,
Shuigh fear síos agus lig sé scith.
Ceathrar fear ag tógáil tí....
Triúir fear ag tógáil tí....
Beirt fear ag tógáil tí....
Fear amháin ag tógáil tí...
Níl aon fear ag tógáil tí
ag tógáil tí, ag tógáil tí.
Níl ao fear ag tógáil tí,
Tá gach fear ina shuí.
Every Friday, Ms. Mc Mahon's 4th class come to visit. They are our reading buddies. We have lots of fun reading to them and listening to their stories too. Check out the link below to see us in action!
Gaeilge le cleachtadh.
Is mise an feirmeoir.
Is liomsa an tarracóir.
Tá na caoirigh amugh sa pháirc.
Tá ocras ar na muca.
Tá fear bréige sa pháirc.
April sun and April showers
Are sometimes seen together
It seems that April sometimes has
Very silly weather.
But April always promises
That from her sunny showers
When the merry month of May comes around
We'll see some pretty flowers!
Our latest antics!
I've had a few difficulties with the blog lately but hopefully we're back in action now! Check out the links below to see all the fun we've had lately.
Trip to the musuem
Megan and Gilbert
Aronas and Gilbert
Road Safety Talk
Step it up!!
We have been busy "bustin a move" to this catchy song! Try it out at home if you like!
Websites to help our learning.
This week we are learning about ordinal number in maths and electricity in science. Below are some fun activities.
Our wordbag contains our tricky words. It is an important part of our homework. We should recognise by sight all the blue, yellow, red and green words. If for any reason words have been misplaced, they are printed at the back of the Jolly Phonics Word book. I also have them colour coded. We will progress to our pink wortds shortly. At this stage, we can all spell all of our blue tricky words and some of the yellow words. If you wish to challenge your child, ask them to spell the words for you. It is important that they call out the letter names when spelling tricky words as they often don't sound like what they look! If you want to practice spelling you may like to use the look, say, trace, cover, write and check method.
Library Books in Senior
Every week, your child receives two library books, one on a Monday and this is changed on Wednesday. If for any reason you feel the book your child gets is unsuitable please let me know. Below are some tips on making the most of the experience.
Talk about the story to develop oral language.
Use the pictures in the story to aid understanding and discuss the extra detail (if any).
Point out “tricky words” so children become increasingly familiar with them.
Help children to use the context (what has happened/what will happen) to make sense of the story.
Discuss the title.
After reading, get children to re-tell the story in their own words.
They could draw pictures to sequence the events of the story.
Make up a different ending for the story.
If children are stuck on a word re-read the sentence and create a meaningful context or sound out parts of the word.
Encourage your child to read with expression.
Gilbert and Alex
Alex was our star of the week last week and he took Gilbert on an adventure for the weekend. Check it out.
Alex and Gilbert
Have a peek to see what Gilbert got up to with the Star of The Week, Alex.
We braved the cold weather and headed off to the Post Office to post our all important Santa Letters. We had lots of fun singing our favourite Christmas songs and spreading Christmas joy through the town.
Gilbert and Krystian
Krystian brought our favourite teddy bear home at the weekend. It looks like they had great fun together out and about!
Gilbert and Kaylan
Gilbert spent the weekend at Kaylan's house. See the fun they shared together!
Dictation is an important part of the Jolly Phonics programme. It involves the teacher calling out sentences and the children writing these sentences into their copies. Children are familiar with it from junior infants. It will now form a part of homework weekly. A sentence will go home in your child’s copy. Please call it out slowly, emphasising the individual sounds in each word. Children should be aware they have to leave a space between words and use a full stop at the end of the sentence. Children may need help spelling some of the tricky words.
3D Shape Hunt
Today, we went on a 3D shape hunt around the school. We found lots of cylinders and cuboids. We also saw some spheres. It was very hard to find cubes. See can you name the shapes in the video.
Teddy on Tour!
Eoin got to take Gilbert home at the weekend. See what adventues they embarked on together!
Gilbert gets out again!
Gilbert decided he wanted to go to Luke's house at the weekend. He had a great time- check it out!
This week we learned about how to cross the road safley. Listen to the song we can sing now!!!
Jolly Phonics Word Book
WB (wordbook) will appear in your child's homework folder. They will get one page of this book weekly as a part of homework. Children should be able to sound out the words and read them. Perhaps, they could read a column on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Then on Thursday evening, they could do other activities. For example: call out a word and the child has to find it. Show a word that sounds like ... Pick out a word e.g. nap and build a word family- cap, tap, lap, gap etc. Familiarity with word families will help build up fluency in reading. Children should be able to put words that they know into a sentence also.
At the back of the book, there are tricky words. These are the same words that are in the tricky word bag. If you like, you could use the lists instead of the wordbag. At this stage, children should recognise the blue and yellow words. If you wish to challenge your child, they could practice spelling some of the blue tricky words. Children are familiar with the look, say, trace, cover, write and check method as we have used it in class. When spelling tricky words, children should use the letter names instead of the sounds as tricky words generally don't sound like they look!
The Travels of Gilbert Continue!
A few weeks ago, Aisha got to bring Gilbert home. lets see what they got up to!
Gilbert on Tour
Gilbert spent the weekend at Emily's house. Look at what they did together!
Gilbert's fun continues!
Star of the week, Olivia brought our favourite teddy home at the weekend. See what they did together!!
Our Nature Walk
We went on a nature walk today. We were looking for leaves and seeds. We saw a sycamore tree in our yard with lots of helicopters! We saw a curly oak leaf that had fallen down from the tree. We didn't find any acorns though. There was a horse chestnut tree with lots of conkers. Aronas found an autunm leaf that was green and yellow. Mischa found orange and green leaves. Ríain brought a purple leaf back to school. Emily saw a pretty red leaf. There were lots of brown leaves on the ground. Alex found beech nuts. We saw an evergreen tree that won't loose its leaves during the winter. Olivia saw a bare tree with no leaves. We had lots of fun.'s fun
Gilbert on Tour!
Ríain got to bring Gilbert home at the weekend. See the fun they had!
Guidlines for Tricky Word Bag Homework
Tricky words are words that are either phonically irregular, or difficult for children to learn to spell. They are high frequency words that appear alot in reading material. As a result, they have to be learned off by heart. It would help your child if they were practised nightly as part of homework. Spread out the words; can your child find a specific word? Can your child put the word into a sentence? Could they make/write a sentence with several tricky words in it?
When the children are familiar with the words and recognise them by sight, we will learn how to spell some of them. This will be done using the look, say, trace, cover, write and check method. The child will look at the word, say it aloud, trace it with their finger/use sandpaper/other textured surface to trace it onto, cover it and write it.
Click on the link below to see the fun Gilbert had at Aidan's house over the weekend.
See the fun we had on our school tour recently!!
See what we wrote today
We planted grass head men. We used popsocks, a plant pot, grass seed and compost. We spooned grass seed into the popsock. We then put a shovel of compost on top. We tied the tight and shaped into a ball. We are going to water them every single day and let them have alot of sunshine. Two of them are going into the dark press. One will get water. We'll see what happens!
Before Easter, all the Senior Infants went to the staff room for a big surprise! We opened the treasure chest to find it was full of building blocks. We got into groups and began to build! Check it out :)
See what we wrote today!
Mr Glynn went to the Holy Family and then to the CBS.
When he was bold, his teacher sat him in between two girls. His teacher was a nun.
He didn't wear any uniform except for sacraments and matches. He learned his numbers and letters just like us but he didn't use Jolly Phonics!!
He learned to write with chalk on a slate and then ink. The ink was wet so he used blotting paper to dry it.
Mr Glynn went home at lunch tme for his dinner.
Mr Glynn went to the abbey to play. He played on the streets with his friends because here was no traffic.
His uncle was a farmer who gave them milk from the cow.
We forgot to ask him did he get homework when he was at school.
Check out our writing!!