Senior Infants arrived back to school in January feeling refreshed and ready to work! In our first week back we chatted about New Year’s Resolutions and how we should all try to make some small changes for the better. Everyone chose a resolution for home and one for school. We also completed some work on 2D shapes, focusing on language such as ‘sides’, ‘corners’ and ‘curves’. After our inspiring talk from Chris Haughton before Christmas, we decided to make our own characters in the same style. These should be appearing on our walls soon!
The children in Junior Infants have really been enjoying their Aistear playtime every Wednesday and Thursday! Aistear is curriculum framework for early childhood which provides enjoyable and challenging learning experiences to help the children develop as competent and confident learners.
Our current Aistear theme is The Post Office, and the children have been having a great time learning about how letters and parcels are posted, sorted and delivered all around the world! We began learning all about the postal system when we received some Christmas decorations from schools in Germany and Spain, who we had contacted through an e-twinning project. The children loved looking at the different stamps and packages, and so we made our very own class Post Office! Over the past two weeks, the class have been enjoying writing postcards, invitations, cards and and letters, filling out application forms for TV licences and passports, packaging and labeling their own parcels, and role playing in the Post Office. They have also been working hard at sorting letters and parcels, making deliveries around the class, and even making their own model post offices from Lego!
Junior Infants were so inspired by the visit of author and illustrator Chris Haughton to our school in December (see earlier post) that they set about learning to draw like a real artist. The children had watched Chris do some of his famous illustrations and have been learning to draw the owl from Chris’s story ‘A Little Bit Lost’. Here are some of their pictures.
The HSE and Department of Education and Skills are urging parents of children with flu symptoms to keep them home from school as a particular strain of flu virus is disproportionately affecting people under 15 years of age.
The unusually high number of children contracting the B strain of influenza has caused much concern amongst top HSE officials with doctors warning that the virus could spread rapidly in schools.
If children present with symptoms of illness during the day they will be sent home immediately to avoid the spread of viruses. If children are absent due to illness, please ensure that children are fully better before returning to school.
Classes are getting the new year off to an active start with lots of physical activity, both indoors and out. Watch this space for details of our upcoming events as part of our work towards the Active School Flag.
Click on the link below for the latest edition of our Newsletter. It is a synopsis of our school year so far from September to December and includes lots of pictures of this year’s amazing Winterfest – what more can be said? The children surpassed themselves with a performance of Peter Pan that was truly magical and thoroughly entertaining. Thank you to all the families who came and supported the children and of course a genuine and sincere thank you to our amazing RETNS staff, who pulled out all the stops in terms of props, music, dance routines and songs to make this a Winterfest to remember. DVDs of Winterfest will be available after winter break to buy at €10 each.
Winter Break Newsletter