Our new learning theme is "Polar Regions". Over the next few weeks we will be learning lots about the Arctic and Antarctica. Hopefully we will become experts on penguins and polar bears too! We will be working on this unit during our SESE (History, Geography, Science) time and during Aistear time. If your child would like to bring in items from home linked to this topic that would be very helpful. We will keep you updated on our polar adventures here, please feel free to leave comments!
We have been having great fun (and learning at the same time of course!) with our Maths Games.
We spend half of the session with Ms Hourican where we do some number work, then we play maths games with Ms Emerson. These games help develop skills such as matching, pattern recognition and one to one correspondence. We love this session as we work in small groups and get lots of attention from our teachers!
A very big welcome to all the new Junior Infants in Room 2! During the year I will update this blog so that parents will be able to see what we have been up to in school. Wishing you all the best for the school year ahead!
We have been planning our own investigations related to our topic. We can choose to carry out our own investigation or work with some other children. After we carry out our investigation we evaluate it or talk about it with our friends. Investigations have included:
Below you can see some examples of our plans and how we used our Aistear time to develop our understanding of "Under the Sea" in many different ways.
We have been really busy learning about the underwater world! We have answered most of our initial questions...and now we have come up with some really interesting new questions. We are wondering..
Ms Emerson is so impressed with our questions. We have come up with some ways of finding the answers so we will continue our investigation! If you come across any pictures or stories which might help us please feel free to share them with us. Have a lovely weekend!
Today we had a very special visitor! We had been wondering how people could go swimming with whales and dolphins..so Derek came into our classroom to answer our questions!
Derek showed us his real scuba diving equipment. He told us how we can breathe underwater if we use a special tank full of air and a regulator (a type of hose with a mouth piece). He told us that when you breathe underwater you make lots of bubbles! We told him that we saw a manta ray playing in the bubbles in the diving video. Derek had a special jacket which had buttons on it. One button filled the jacket with air so he could float, the other button let the air out so he could sink!
Derek also told us that you need a special licence to go scuba diving to make sure that you know how to keep safe underwater, and also to keep the animals safe. Finally, we all had a chance to examine the equipment. Thank you Derek!