Category: Junior Language 2018/19

Easter Extravaganza! 🐰

We’ve had loads of fun doing Easter activities. First we put our chef hats on and made some chocolate Easter nests. Next we did lots of Easter art. Last but not least we went outside and had an Easter egg hunt. We love Easter!

 

 

People Who Help Us

We’ve been exploring our future career prospects this fortnight. Our theme was ‘People Who Help Us’, and we learned all about the people who work in our community. From mechanics to dentists, we looked at where each person works, what they do and what equipment they need for their jobs. We compiled as many jobs as we could before beginning our topic. Next we had a mystery bag and we had to guess who would need each of the items in the bag for their job. Then we matched job descriptions to the correct jobs and sorted out equipment for each of the jobs. Throughout the fortnight we had a chance to play in role as lots of different jobs. Lastly, we all completed a small project on a different job. We had lots of food for thought for our futures!

 

 

 

 

 

Pancake Tuesday 🥞

On Pancake Tuesday our classroom transformed into a kitchen! We put on our cooking hats and aprons and made a pancake mix. Then we all got the chance to make a pancake in the pan. Next we decorated our pancakes with toppings from a choice of fruit, marshmallows and chocolate before having a pancake breakfast together. It was so much fun!

 

Continuing with the theme of Pancakes, we set up a Pancake Cafe in our class. The customer could order different toppings on their pancake from the cafe menu. The waiter had to add up the total cost of the pancake with toppings. The customer then had to go off and find the exact change and hand it in along with their receipt to the cashiers. The cashier’s job was to check over the work of both the customer and waiter.

 

Did you know that people eat different kind of pancakes all around the world? We read a story called Mama Panya’s Pancakes, about a boy called Adika from Kenya who makes pancakes with his mum and shares them with the people of his village. They had chillies in their pancakes! We used this story to start learning about life in Kenya. After our learning we went in role as Adika using our puppet and answered questions about life in Kenya using the new knowledge we acquired.

 

In Literacy we’ve been working on procedural writing. We used sequencing cards as a prompt and wrote about the steps involved in making a bowl of cereal, making a sandwich and of course in making pancakes!

 

World Book Day 📚

Thursday the 7th of March was World Book Day. The theme of Book Day in our school was Irish Authors, so we read lots of books by Oliver Jeffers this week. We had a storyteller come into our school who told us an Irish folklore story, and on Friday we had a book character dress up day. Well done to all who dressed up!

 

Money, Money, Money!

Our theme in Maths at the moment is money. We’ve been doing lots of practical tasks involving money and learning through play.

We set up a class food shop and took turns as both the shopkeeper and customer. Every item had a price and the customer had to give the correct amount of money to the shopkeeper.

The shopkeeper also needed to count how much money they had in their cash register at the end of their turn. We used cubes to represent the values of each of the coins and this helped us find the total as we could count the cubes.

Next we visited the class bank, where we exchanged 1c and 2c coins for single coin values such as 5c and 10c.

We also needed to sort out the coins based on their value.

Our most difficult task of all was using our problem solving skills to find out all of the different coins we could use to make up a given value money. Look at our great work!

Lastly we had fun making coin rubbings!

We’ve been using the ipad to help strengthen our addition skills. Our favourite game is hit the button. If you’d like to practice at home and beat our current top score, see the link below.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Spring 🌻🌼🌷

We learned all about Spring in the Junior Language Class in February. We were happy to see flowers start to grow and watch buds develop on the trees. We made the most of the great Spring weather by going out on a nature walk one Friday. We found daffodils, daisies, dandelions and more. We love Spring!

 

Healthy Living Week 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🥕🍒

Namaste! We’ve been doing lots of yoga in the Junior Language Class. We started doing Yoga as part of Healthy Living Week and we noticed that it helps us wind down in the afternoons. It has quickly become one of our favourite activities. We love yoga!

We learned all about healthy food and had our second fruit tasting of the year. We love fruit like blueberries, pomegranates, cherries and mangoes. Grapefruit proved to be decisive!

We opened up our class restaurant and served healthy food to our customers.

We also took part in our school’s Healthy Living Week art competition. We designed healthy fruit and vegetable characters and submitted them to the judges. We had one lucky winner!

January in the Junior Language Class

We’ve been busy over the past two weeks getting back into routine after the Christmas break. One big change for us this term is that we are integrating with Senior Infants for Aistear time in the mornings. This has allowed us to meet loads of new friends. Have a look at us playing with our friends, old and new!

 

We’ve continued with our weekly violin classes on Tuesdays this term. We’ve learned about the different parts of the violin and the names of each of the strings. We’ve tried out both plucking the strings and playing with a bow.  We love the violin!

Christmas Week 🎅🎄🤶⭐

What an exciting week it’s been here in the Good Shepherd!

On Monday we had the Sam Maguire come in for a visit. On Tuesday we had the Garda band come in and perform for us, and Santa came all the way from the North Pole to see us too! On Wednesday we had our Christmas performance. On Thursday we completed our amazing penguin projects and had a Christmas art blitz. By Friday it was time for us to relax before the much awaited school holidays!

Wishing you all a happy Christmas and best wishes for 2019!

 

 

Science Week 👩‍🔬👨‍🔬

We really enjoyed Science Week at GSNS. Our favourite activity was going into the mobile planetarium dome in our hall. We also enjoyed looking and learning about birds from an expert, as well as the investigations we carried our in our classroom. Have a look at some of the fun!

In other news we had a very special visitor to our class who will be keeping and eye on us over the next few weeks. We named him Red Elf!