St. Joseph's N.S. Ballymitty

Senior Infants and 1st Class

Senior Infants and 1st Class

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Here in Senior Infants and First Class we had another fantastic month. We explored two themes this month. Our first theme was 'Water' and our second theme was 'Japan'! We learned so many interesting things over the last number of weeks. Check out some action shots from April...

April was Autism Awareness month! We raised money and awareness for the important topic of Autism. We learned about how people's brains can work in different ways and how we are all unique!

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We were learning all about water. Water is so important to us all. We focused on frogs. We helped 'Fred the frog' (who couldn't swim) cross the river by building him a boat out of recycled materials. We rescued animals in small world and designed our own frogs on lily-pads for the art area. We also read a book about Claude Monet's magical garden. We were inspired to design some magical gardens ourselves!

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Our next theme was Japan. We learned so many amazing facts about Japan and we did some super research in our 'investigation station'. We also designed cars, built an Olympic stadium and painted beautiful cherry blossom trees!

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We were delighted to get back to our classroom in March. We had an action packed four weeks. Our theme for the whole month was 'Spring!'. Check out some of our activities,,,

We planted sunflowers!

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In our classroom, we love learning through play. This month we were learning all about Spring! We made flowers using crepe paper, created mini-beasts using junk art, role played in a flower shop, role played as farmers using soil and created a huge tower in small world!!!

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Ms. Byrne came into our class to teach us some lovely lessons on her teaching placement. We really enjoyed having her- we learned so much from her. She taught us all about mini-beasts, a lovely new song and all about weather in gaeilge. She also organised a super scavenger hunt for us on the last day of term! We had to follow clues around the school grounds to receive a treat at the end!

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What a busy and fun time we have been having in Senior Infants and First Class in 2020. We have learned new things, discovered new talents and made new friends! We have been able to complete lots of fun activities like extra art, building Santa's sleigh, and, our highlight, painting and decorating our pallet!

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Each class had the mission of designing and decorating a wooden pallet to make our school bright and jolly for Christmas. We decided to paint a snowman! It was a team effort to complete our special snowman. You can now see it on display to bring festive cheer to Ballymitty!

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This past month, we have really enjoyed learning Lámh. You can see an example of us using Lámh during our Christmas Performance.

A big congratulations to our prize winners Órin Kinsella, Scott Doran, Harley Sexton, Kayleigh Doyle, Kate Quigley, Ryan Water, Jade Roche and Aoibheann Carty. You can check out our Prize Giving here. A big well done to every single pupil in The Magic Bubble for working so hard this year..

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It was Science Week this week in school! Lots of fun was had here in Senior Infants and First Class. We became scientists and tried some experiments! Some worked, some didn't... and some got messy!!!

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We have been learning all about 'The Dentist' in Aistear over the last two weeks. We decided to have a go at making our own toothpaste. We used bread soda, salt, water and peppermint! It tasted a bit salty!!!

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We used cornflour and conditioner to make cloud dough! As you can see, our first attempt was not successful! But we tried again..

We also made oobleck and had so much fun that we forgot to take any photos! We learned that cornflour can get messy! And food colouring is hard to get off our hands... some pupils went home with green or red hands!!!

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We blew up a volcano outside with our whole class on Friday (after a few attempts) but unfortunately our Senior Infants missed our Lava lamp making. The First Class used oil, water and food colouring to make lava lamps. Everyone got to add some tablets to make bubbles appear!

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We experimented by adding the lava lamps together to see what would happen.. we just made a mess!

Science Week was a bit hit in our classroom. We also watched a magic science show and a forensic scene show during the week. We love science and it gets a big thumbs up from our class!!

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Well done to all of the Senior Infants and First Class pupils in the Magic Bubble! I am so proud of all the hard work we have done during the first two months in school. We all belong in our classroom- we all fit together!

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We have had great fun learning, inside and outside!

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I was sorry to have missed all the fun last Friday! You will have to tell me all about it next Monday. I loved seeing all the costumes and huge effort.. A massive well done to Órin Kinsella and Maci Waters Sinnott who won prizes for their amazing costumes!

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CONGRATULATIONS to Leona, Dara and Amber in Senior Infants and CONGRATULATIONS to Tommy, Conor, Leah, Maci and Paudie in First Class for their well-earned prizes!

It was a tough decision to make about the Halloween prize giving as all the pupils in my class have done such super work and have tried their best since we came back to school in September... I look forward to giving out more prizes at Christmas!

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