Archive for Infant Room


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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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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Maths Puzzles to keep you entertained while at home

This is Maths Week.  There are lots of ideas on the following website to keep you busy while school is closed! Enjoy!

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The Doctor

The Infants have finished the theme of the doctor. Over the past 3 weeks, the Infants have worked in a pretend doctor’s surgery, explored their 5 senses, sang the rhyme ‘Miss Polly had a dolly’ and listened to the story of ‘Daisy the Doctor.’ We made doctor’s kits and X-ray handprints. They also learnt the names of the body parts ‘as Gaeilge’ (through Irish). Our next theme for our Aistear play sessions is ‘Autumn.’

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Learning new vocabulary

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are targeting vocabulary development as part of our literacy plan this year.  This is as a result of identified weaknesses in the standardised test scores in this area in June 2016 and also as part of the implementation of the new primary language curriculum.

Perhaps the greatest tools we can give children for succeeding, not only in their education but more generally in life, is a large, rich vocabulary and the skills for using those words.  In addition to this a large vocabulary is more specifically predictive and reflective of high levels of reading achievement.

Poor vocabulary affects the children’s comprehension of what they read.  Writing a word into a copybook, looking up its meaning, finding words with similar meaning or putting the words into sentences will not ensure that the word becomes part of their vocabulary.  In order to do this, children need to use the new vocabulary that they are learning on numerous occasions and hear the words used regularly in everyday conversation. 

Another way of improving your child’s vocabulary is to read to them regularly. Once a child is able to read we have a tendency to stop reading to them as we want them to practice their own reading.  However, the books that children can read for themselves are, of necessity, simpler than those that you would read to them.  Therefore they are not necessarily coming across new or challenging vocabulary in their own reading.  This is why it is so important that we do not stop reading to our children, even when they can read for themselves.  This is especially true for children who are finding reading a bit challenging or who are reluctant readers.

By reading to them, you are helping them in many ways: 1) You are modelling good reading to them. (It is important, especially for boys, to have both male and female role models if at all possible) 2) You are developing their interest in reading. 3) You are motivating them to want to read themselves as they see that you consider reading important.  4) You are improving their comprehension as they can focus on the story rather than trying to decode words. 5) You are improving their vocabulary as you are exposing them to vocabulary that they will not otherwise come across. (You need to discuss, even briefly, the meanings of new words while reading for this to be most effective)

Vocabulary Homework:

As part of their homework each night, pupils from 3rd to 6th class have to use the words they have written in their vocabulary copybooks and pupils from Junior Infants to 2nd class have to use the 2 words in their Homework diary by bringing them into the conversation at home and at school over the course of the week,  in as many different ways and as many times as possible.  It is only through using the words that they will actually become part of your child’s vocabulary. It would be a good idea to place these words in a visible place (such as on the fridge) so that everyone in the family will use them in their conversation.

Thank you, in anticipation of your cooperation,

K Devine

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A big thank you to Mrs. Abi Acheson for visiting the Infant classroom on Thursday afternoon. The children really enjoyed listening to Abi as she shared lots of interesting information about her job as a midwife. Abi brought in her baby doll, Rachael and showed the children how to hold the baby correctly. She also taught the children about cleaning, dressing and feeding the baby. The Infants had great fun. Thank you Abi!


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Infants-2nd class had a brilliant school tour on Friday 26th May to GR8 entertainment, Castleblayney, followed by a picnic and leisurely stroll around Erica’s Fairy Forest on the way home. A big thank you to Edna Smith and Ann Lundie for helping on the day!

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The day the lambs came to school

A big thank you to Seamus McPhillips for bringing his two pet lambs to school today. The children really enjoyed petting them and feeding them. It was a fitting end to the Farm theme which the Infants have been learning about in Aistear.

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The Farm

Junior and Senior Infants are learning about the farm. They have been busy planting cress, lettuce and carrot seeds.

Please encourage your child to watch ‘Big week on the farm’ (RTE 1 at 7 p.m.) each evening this week!

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The Infants finished their fish tanks this week and can’t wait to bring them home! We have completed our theme on ‘Pets’ and are now moving on to a new topic ‘The Fire Station.’ We will be learning all about fire safety over the next few weeks.


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