Archive for Infant Room

Junior Infants 2018/2019

Our new Junior Infants had their photo taken yesterday by the Anglo-Celt photographer. Keep an eye out for them in the newspaper! 🙂

 

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Fruit and Vegetable Tasting Day

We had our annual fruit and vegetable tasting day on Monday 18th June, which was enjoyed by all classes. Thank you to the pupils that sent in fruit and vegetables on the day and a special mention of thanks to Barbara Wilton, Sylvia Mills, Janette Waller, Ruth Lochaden and Kelly McCusker who gave up their time to prepare the fruit and vegetables for the children. It was greatly appreciated!

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Junior School Tour

The Infants and 1st and 2nd classes enjoyed their trip to Newgrange pet farm on Thursday 24th May. A big thank you to Mrs. Barbara Smith, Ms. Whitley and Mrs. Tam Scott for helping out on the day.

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Zippy’s Friends Certificates

Over the past 6 months, the Infants have been completing the Zippy’s friends’ programme as part of SPHE. The programme is run by the HSE and teaches children about feelings, communication, friendship, solving problems, change and loss, helping others and coping in different situations. The Infants were presented with their crowns and certificates today for all their hard work. Well done.

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Cookery Demonstration

A huge thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising and funding a very interesting and worthwhile cookery demonstration. The children had great fun taking part. They made delicious, healthy brown bread and salmon fish fingers. Thank you also to Pauric  and Irene from the Forge restaurant for providing a very engaging and interactive cookery demonstration for the children. (More photos to follow!)

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World Book Day

Our World Book Day dress up was a great success with lots of colourful and creative outfits on show! Well done to all the pupils and parents for putting such great effort into all the outfits! We presented prizes on the day to pupils in each classroom! However, you are ALL winners for having fun and taking part!!!

 

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Spring

We are learning about Spring in the Infant room with our student placement teacher. Thank you Ms.Cartwright for all the fun activities that you have prepared!

 

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Thank you to the Parents’ Association for their generous donation to Billis

The Board of Management, Staff and pupils of Billis NS would like to sincerely thank the Parents’ Association, and of course all the parents who supported their fund raising efforts, for their generous donation of two exciting pieces of equipment for the pupils in Billis NS: BeeBots and Lego WeDo.

Both of these pieces of equipment introduce children to coding and programming, initially at a basic level but their skills can be built upon over time.

Bee-Bots are exciting little robots designed for use by younger children. These colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robots are a perfect tool for teaching counting, sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and just having fun!

Sturdy construction and colorful design entice children to put the Bee-Bots through their paces. Directional keys are used to enter up to 40 commands which send Bee-Bot forward, back, left, and right. Pressing the green GO button starts Bee-Bot on its way. Bee-Bot blinks and beeps at the conclusion of each command to allow children to follow Bee-Bot through the program they have entered and then confirms its completion with lights and sound. Children want to use Bee-Bot over and over and are inspired to enter ever more creative and complex command sequences.  Bee-Bot moves in 6″ steps and 90 degree turns. Compact size and durable materials make Bee-Bots child- and classroom-friendly and boosts enthusiasm for experimentation and learning wherever it is used.

Lego WeDo

Lego WeDo 2.0 strengthens students’ understanding of the eight science and engineering practices, including asking questions and solving problems, modeling, prototyping, investigating, analyzing and interpreting data, computational thinking, creating evidence based arguments, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

It develops students’ competencies through hands-on projects covering key science topics such as physical-, life-, earth- and space sciences, engineering and technology. Improve problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and integrate the use of relevant digital tools to improve computational thinking skills.

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MIGHTY MOUTH CERTIFICATES

A dental nurse from the HSE (Health Service Executive) presented Junior and Senior Infants with certificates today for completing the Mighty Mouth Dental programme. The Infants have been learning lots about dental health through their Aistear play sessions over the past 3 weeks. Well done to all the pupils! 

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Autumn

We are learning about ‘Autumn’ in the Infant room. We created leaf prints and paper plate pumpkins. We also listened to the story ‘The Gruffalo’ and set up a Gruffalo’s forest in our role-play area.

 

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