Aistear

February/March Aistear Topic 'Fairy tales & Traditional Stories'


The Three Little Pigs STEM

Investigating properties of materials


The Three Billy Goats Gruff STEM.
Children investigated floating and sinking.

Under the Sea STEM
The children learned about water pollution.

The Three Little Pigs STEM

Rapunzal STEM
The Children investigated slopes and learned about gravity

Filtering Water!



January Aistear Topic 'The Polar Regions'


Our socio dramatic (role-play) area last month was ‘The Polar Regions’. We had great fun in role as Polar explorers, Polar animals, Rescue pilots, Paramedics and Vets. What fun we had carrying out expeditions and explorations of the Arctic and Antarctic. We also took care of the polar animals and made many rescues. We recorded in our rescue book any animal injuries

  • We read lots of books themed around famous polar explorers such as ‘The Adventures of Tom Crean’, ‘Shackleton’, ‘Snow bear’ Captain Scott’, ‘Penguin’, ‘Polar Bear’s Dream’ We’re going on a Polar Bear Hunt’, ‘Wellington Penguin’ and many more.

  • For SESE we looked at the adventures of Tom Crean and wrote our own Diary entries. We also identified where the Arctic and Antarctic are placed on the globe. As well as that we studied and observed the life of Inuit’s and their culture. We took a closer look at the spectacular Northern Lights. In groups the children had great fun creating habitats from the Polar Regions, they learned so much about what features are needed to survive in any habitat. The children used their extensive knowledge of polar animals and of the polar environment to assist them with their creations.

  • Also we learned about lots of polar animals and recorded facts.

  • In Art we have been using our drawing and blending skills to create the beautiful Northern Lights, The children also constructed many polar animals and their habitats in creative corner.

  • Lots of interesting creations were made in junk art such as snow mobiles, igloos, penguins, telescopes/binoculars, cameras, the Discovery, Terra Nova, a sled, Inuits and many more.

  • In Science the children worked in groups to experiment with materials. The children found out which materials were waterproof and which were not. We also investigated what materials best keep us warm (Insulation). This was a fantastic play topic, enjoyed by us all!

Please take a look at some of our photos!
Exploring the Polar Regions


Fishing in the Arctic  Ocean


Busy |creating our own 'Polar Region Habitats'


Amazing habitat creations



We learned all about habitats and what living things need to survive!

December Aistear Topic 'Christmas'



A surprise letter to Junior Infants!

Sending Santa a map to our school. We hope he drops by!

Christmas Wreaths

Constructing snowmen






November Aistear Topic 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

Throughout the topic the children demonstrated fantastic skills in so many areas. We are so lucky to have such a talented Junior Infant Class.

We in Junior Infants are:

-Designers
-Writers
-Mathematicians
-Engineers
-Scientists
-Artists
Throughout the month of November the children in J.I. entered a world of pure imagination!

The 'Mini Chocolate Factory'/ Mr. Willy Wonka

The children were busy using money to buy and sell some sweets
Children on the look out for 'Veruca Salt'
Our builders were working hard to construct a delivery van for the chocolate
Lots of interesting inventions were made in the 'Invention Centre'


Can you guess what the children are designing?

Working as part of a team!

Busy engineering our own rooms for the 'Chocolate Factory' 

Designers & Engineers

More busy designers & engineers!

We love to write!

Science experiment- we investigated how to change states of matter using chocolate.


Our October Aistear Topic was 'Autumn/ Halloween'

In Science the children made some very scary potions!! To carry out the experiment the children created  a chemical reaction when they mixed together a base (Bicarbonate of soda) with an acetic acid (vinegar). The product of the chemical reaction was carbon dioxide which left us with green bubbling witch's brew and red slimy dragon's blood. Take a look at some of our photos below! 
All set to carry out creepy experiments! 


Stirring up 'Witch brew'

Did someone say 'Dragon's blood??'

Iggety, Ziggety, Zaggety, Zoom........

Our Super Scientists!!











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More Photos from our Aistear Topic.......



Habitats by Junior Infants

Making habitats in creative corner!


Potion Making!!

Writing potions in the magic book!

Using our brilliant imaginations to produce a puppet show!

More potion making!

Busy working at the 'Investigation Station!'




What is Aistear?


Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for all children from birth to six years. The word Aistear is the Irish word for journey and was chosen because early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys.

Where can I find Aistear? Aistear is available in English and in Irish at www.ncca.ie/earlylearning. When you visit the website, click on the Aistear logo to go to the Framework. 

For more information about the Aistear framework please see link below


http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Parents/Early_Childhood/AFL.pdf


We will be introducing a new topic every month beginning in October. Our topic for October will be Autumn. The children are divided into 5 groups which we will change monthly. The children will rotate in groups daily between 5 stations at which activities will vary according to our topic: role-play, junk art, construction, small world play, sensory bin, creative corner, puppet show, sand and water.

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