Junior Room

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!