Junior Room

March 2019

Bricks for Kids

We had a fun-packed day on Friday 29th March! We welcomed the children from Tamney school into our room. We were so happy to see them again. They joined us for the Bricks for Kids workshop in which we made helicopters with motors and propellers that spun around. We had to follow the steps on the pack and work as part of small teams to create our piece!  After we were finished and waiting on the senior room boys and girls,  we got to work painting the background for our ships we had made in a previous session.  They will be on display for our exhibition in May!! Watch this space for photographs of all our beautiful art work.

Aistear

Our Aistear theme this month was The Jungle/Rainforest! We learned so much while studying this theme!! We all really enjoyed seeing our classroom transform into a jungle for the month!

Here we are at work and at play throughout the month….

Swimming

We completed our swimming sessions for 2019 in March. We all had great fun while we were learning. Here we are with our lovely certificates

Ulster Scots

As part of the Ulster Scots programme this month we had some lessons on Highland Dancing…..

We had another fantastic afternoon learning all about the bagpipes!!

Music with Moira

Moira was back with us again for some more Music lessons! On a beautiful sunny day in March she took us outside and showed us how to march like we were in a band. We all assembled in the yard and marched to the beat of the drum…. we can’t wait to see what next week’s lesson will bring!!

February 2019

Charlie Gallagher – History workshop

We had great craic during an afternoon History lesson with Charlie Gallagher! He brought History to life for us and told us of times in the 1600’s. He brought humor to his lesson and really captured our imaginations.

Denise Blake Poetry Workshop

We enjoyed our time learning and creating poems with Denise for the past six weeks.  She opened up our imaginations and we wrote poems we didn’t know we could!! Thank you Denise we really enjoyed your time with us.

Tamney NS

We visited our friends in Tamney NS again to take part in an Art workshop with Bernie Wilson. This time we got to make cottages from the famine times out of clay. Bernie taught us so many techniques  and how to make our cottages unique. Here we are enjoying our project. When we finished we got to participate in team-building exercises together!

Colm Grant

The children had a lovely morning listening to Colm’s tales of life found on our shores and in our seas. He showed us beautiful but incredibly delicate seahorses, some fascinating and detailed shells and some horrible plastic items left behind by humans on our shores.

Grandparents’ Day

We were super proud the day our grandparents and older friends came to school to see us. We all had a question we asked them about life when they were young. The grandparents and friends brought some ancient items to show us from the past. It was such an interesting morning! We then played lots of board games and we even taught our grandparents a lesson or two in our classroom!!

Science Workshop

The Junior Room had a very interesting morning when Angela from Anyone For Science came into our classroom. She did a really interesting lesson on Static Electricity and we had some very eager scientists wanting to try out the different experiments!! By using balloons and polystyrene plates we were able to move energy from our bodies to different materials. Here we are finding out how it all works……

Tamney

The boys and girls in the Junior Room went on a trip to Tamney school. There we met the other pupils and together we did a wonderful art project with Bernie Wilson. The theme of our art project was The Great Famine. Bernie taught us how to sketch onto polystyrene material and print pictures using ink and rollers. We were amazed at how the pictures turned out!! We will be back next week for another fabulous art lesson. After the lesson we made some new friends with the other pupils and had some interesting discussions in groups together. Here are a few pictures from our day….

January 2019

Súgradh Le Chéile

The Junior Room got off to a great start for 2019. As usual our month was jam packed full of wonderful learning. Here is a snippet of our learning, exploring, experimenting and creating ……..

We had a lovely time during our Súgradh Le Chéile. We were so excited to have our parents/guardians with us as we played together. The adults and staff at Drumfad had fun too! We all played and later on, had delicious cakes and treats to celebrate.

 

Science

The Junior Room were exploring the Materials strand in Science in January. They learned about the properties and characteristics of materials. They increased their understanding of the properties of an everyday phenomenon….. the mixing of soap and water to create bubbles.  Here we are experimenting and afterward we wrote up the results of our experiment. We made our bubble wands out of pipe cleaners.

 

Aistear

In January the Junior Room was transformed into An Architect’s Office!! We learned all sorts of wonderful things about architects, engineers, builders, blueprints, measuring, planning, drawing and constructing buildings. We studied the Architect story of ‘Iggy Peck Architect’ by Andrea Beaty in which a young boy had a great love for architecture and designing buildings.

The Junior Room then carried out a project and became architects, engineers and Builders during our Aistear time. Here is a glimpse of what we got up to ….

December 2018

We had a super busy month in Drumfad NS with all sorts of wonderful activities happening!!

-We enjoyed taking part in a fantastic workshop with Jumping Clay! We made a ‘Santa Getting Stuck in the Chimney’ out of clay. We were so proud of the finished product 🙂

 

 

-As part of our procedural writing during our English lessons we learned how to lay out a step-by-step guide on making hot chocolate.  We learned new vocabulary and then we had so much fun making it and most of all drinking it!! We divided out the marshmallows by using our maths skills and measured and poured enough warm milk for 20 children (and 2 adults!!) We dissolved chocolate powder into our mixture and everyone helped to do the dishes afterwards 🙂

-We became quite the engineers in the Junior Room this week! We wanted to create Santa’s Grotto and make it big enough for all the elves and Mrs. Claus too! We were teamed up in pairs and were given toothpicks and gum sweets to create our buildings. We weren’t given any instructions so we had to problem solve and discuss with our partners how to construct! We soon realised that we needed a good foundation if we wanted a solid, steady structure. We also realised that we didn’t have enough sweets but we had more than enough toothpicks so we had to divide each sweet into two pieces. We were super impressed at the hard work and effort we all put into our projects!!

-We enjoyed learning all about where our letters go when we post them. We were so creative with our Christmas cards and thought it would be a great idea to send them home through the post to our families as a surprise! We learned how to write our addresses and attach a stamp to our envelopes. Our families received our cards just in time before the holidays. Here we are in our class groups just before we posted our cards…

A big congratulations to Miss Éabha Doherty in 2nd class who won a medal in the Gymnastics competition in the Letterkenny Community Centre! Well done Éabha.

1st and 2nd class have finished knitting their decorations just in time to put on their Christmas trees at home!! Thank you Marjorie and Helen. They turned out beautiful …

Everyone in the school really enjoyed our Secret Santa cards. We all received a lovely Christmas card and we had fun guessing who the senders were! Here we are opening our cards  all together ….

November 2018

The children in 1st and 2nd class have been enjoying knitting lessons from our two wonderful helpers Marjorie and Helen. They are very busy making decorations for the Christmas tree. They hope to be finished their projects just in time for Christmas. It was difficult to get started but now we are well on our way (with a little help from grannies and mammies at home too!! )

After Halloween we held a Bake Sale in our school. We became bakers for the day and baked buns and cakes to sell in the sale. Our baking and treats were bought straight away and tasted yummy!! Here are our buns all wrapped up waiting to be bought…

1st and 2nd class made a Chocolate Biscuit Cake. They really enjoyed putting all the ingredients together. The melting chocolate smelled delicious and we were very very tempted to lick the spoon and bowl when we were finished! We remembered what Esther had told us during our Health and Safety about spreading germs so we just washed our hands and equipment instead when we were finished.

 

We were very lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy a workshop with Aengus Kennedy based on Energy. Aengus’ lesson was packed full of fabulous facts and ideas and we had so much fun while we were learning! It was an action packed morning in the junior room. We made rockets and carried out little experiments along the way….

 

 

 

October 2018

We have had an eventful October packed with lots of wonderful learning! We had a fruit and vegetable shop in our room as part of our Aistear integrated learning. We had a great time learning about all the different types of fruit and vegetables we can have. We acted out different roles in Role-play such as shopkeepers, customers, delivery drivers, construction workers, farmers to name but a few. We integrated our theme with Maths, Geography, English and Irish. Here are some pictures of us having lots of fun as we learn…

                                                    

Our next Aistear theme is The Café so watch out for lots more interesting lessons!!

During Maths week at Drumfad N.S. we had lots of interactive activities happening! We enjoyed a maths quiz, maths games, a maths trail and some maths art! Here are 1st and 2nd class enjoying their Maths Trail with the senior room children.

We had a very spooky Halloween in Drumfad NS. We all put in a huge effort with our costumes and gave the staff at school quite a scare!!!

Earlier that week we had a spooktacular lesson on potion writing! We all used very interesting language to create a recipe for a magical potion. We had all sorts of strange objects being added to the cauldron! Here we are writing our potions.

   

 

Our Harvest Assembly was a wonderful experience! We all performed super well on the day. Here we are during rehearsals. As you can see from the pictures, we have lots of lovely poems and songs to perform for all of our family and friends!

September

Well what a busy September we have had in the Junior Room!! First of all we warmly welcomed our four new Junior Infants. They have had a great month and have been looked after so well by everyone! 

Our Junior Room has been transformed into a hospital for our current Aistear theme!! We have had so much fun learning all about how a hospital works, listening to interesting stories about trips to the hospital and we even had a chance to use real hospital equipment like stethoscopes, oxygen masks, bandages etc. Here are just a selection of the photos to show you all the work we were doing!

   
 

We had a very busy waiting room with receptionists who were run off their feet answering phones and keeping files, a busy staff of doctors,nurses and surgeons not to mention patients. We had radiologists at hand to read the X-Rays. We also had a construction site at the hospital where our builders were building a new wing.

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our Aistear theme At the Hospital. Stay tuned for our next theme: The Fruit and Vegetable shop……

In other news we have also been learning a lot about autumn this month with more to come during the month of October. We made a lovely display of our artwork. We used sponges and did sponge painting using autumn colours for our background. We then drew and cut out silhouettes of hedgehogs and squirrels on black paper. When the paint had dried we stuck them on and made branches for our animals to rest on.

 

Hi everyone!

We have had another busy term here in Drumfad filled with lots of fun activities.

 Here we are celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge.

 Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine….Comhghairdeas Christian!

 

 

We have been joining in on Operation Transformation by taking part in 10@10 every day. We are really enjoying all the fun work outs.

 

We have been experimenting with different colours and prints.

This month we have been working very hard at our Vet Clinic during Aistear. We had lots of sick animals come to visit.

In November we set up a bakery in our classroom. It was great fun!

   

Some of our tasty Gingerbread Men.

Here we are opening our ‘Secret Santa’ cards!