We look forward to welcoming you all to our new premises when school opens on Thursday September 3rd at 8.30am.
We will also be looking for your help to set up the classrooms in our pre-fabs on Ballycullen Drive on Wednesday 2nd September.
Holiday List - 2015/ 2016
In September 2015 school begins on Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 8.30am
School will be CLOSED on the following dates (inclusive):
October / November Monday 26th Oct. - Friday 30th Oct. December / January Wednesday 23rd Dec. - Tuesday 5th Jan. February Thursday 18th Feb. - Friday 19th Feb. March / April Thursday 17th Mar. - Friday 1st Apr. May Monday 2nd May - Wednesday 4th May June Monday 6th June - Wednesday 8th June
Please note all dates are inclusive.
School will close on 30th June for Summer Holidays.
We are delighted to welcome parents and children back to Senior Infants in Firhouse NS and look forward to seeing you on the first day of school at 8.30am on Thursday 3rd September 2015.
*If the school needs to close due to unforeseen circumstances, parents and guardians will be notified as early as possible via text. In the event of the school closing due to dangerous weather conditions, its possible the holiday list will be amended to make up the lost time.
List of Reading Strategies (Although all of these strategies are very important I have underlined the ones that are most suitable to children who are starting to read) Predicting: Helps activate prior knowledge. Based on clues in text (pictures, subtitles, etc.)
Connecting: Connecting prior knowledge to new information Comparing. Thinking more specifically about connections they are making, e.g. how is this different to….?
Inferring: Taking information from a text and creating their own interpretations beyond the literal level.
Synthesising: Piecing information together as students read a text, to keep track of what is happening
Creating Images: Creating sensory images to assist with overall comprehension of a text
Self-questioning: Providing a framework for active learning as students engage with the text to find answers
Skimming: Glancing quickly through material to gain an overall view of text
Scanning: Glancing through a text to locate specific details, e.g. names, dates etc.
Determining Importance: Prioritising most important information from phrase, sentence, paragraph, chapter or whole text 1
Summarising and Paraphrasing: Reducing larger texts to focus on important elements. Re-stating/re-writing text in own words using key words to capture main focus
Re-Reading: Creating opportunities for deeper understanding, word identification and developing fluency
Reading On: Skipping unfamiliar word(s) and reading on to provide sufficient context to determine unknown word/phrase
Adjusting Reading Rate: Adjusting rate where appropriate, e.g. slowing down to comprehend new information, or speeding up to scan for key words
Sounding Out: Using knowledge of letter-sound relationship to decode unknown words
Chunking: Breaking multi-syllabic words into units larger that individual phonemes
Using Analogy: Transferring what they know about familiar words to help them identify unfamiliar words
Consulting a Reference: Using a dictionary, thesaurus, reference chart or glossary to help find word meanings/pronunciations
Poem for the month of May Limerick: There was an Old Man with a Beard by Edward Lear There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said, "It is just as I feared! -- Two Owls and a Hen, Four Larks and a Wren, Have all built their nests in my beard.”
Story Our fairytale for this month is Hansel and Gretel. This animation tells a version of the story with a few additional characters.
B'fhearr Liomsa Is maith le madra cnámh, Is breá le moncaí cnó Tá dúil ag cat i mbainne Is taitníonn féar le bó. Tá suim ag coinín i gcabáiste, Tá bá ag luch le grán. Tá cion ag asal ar chairéad, Ach b’fhearr liom féin milseáin.
Mo Mhadra Sin é mo mhadra ina shuí ar an stól Bíonn sé ag ithe, Bíonn sé ag ól. Ólann sé bainne, Itheann sé arán Deireann sé bhuf, bhuf, Nuair a bhíonn sé lán Your can download the following file that uses pictures to help explain the words of the poem.
Time We have been learning how to read the clock. In Junior Infants we learn how to read hours on the clock. We have also been sequencing our daily routines. Look how we sequenced this girl's day. We don't necessarily do exactly the same as her so we had to use the pictures to help us figure out the correct order. We decided that we should place the pictures in a circle because we are asleep at the end of our day and the start of our day so one day leads into the next. Look at what we did below and talk about whether your daily routine is the same or different.
Look who shared what she knows about monkeys
Look whose presentation was all about hedgehogs
Look who told us all about tigers
Look who loves dinosaurs
Music We have been singing a song about numbers. Look at all the places we found numerals written.
Here is the song we have been singing
Our traditional tale for April is Little Red Riding Hood
Sunshine art class with Senior Infants
Paired Reading in the sun We paired up with the children from Senior Infants to read some books and enjoy the sunshine at the same time
Our English poem for April Our Puppies by Evaleen Stein Little ears as soft as silk, Little teeth as white as milk, Little noses cool and pink, Little eyes that blink and blink, Little bodies round and fat, Little hearts that pit-a-pat, Surely prettier puppies never Were before nor can be ever!
Gaeilge Cúig rón thuas ar an chloch
Cúig rón thuas ar an chloch Thuas ar an chloch Thuas ar an chloch Cúig rón thuas ar an chloch Léim ceann amháin amach sa loch.
Ceithre rón thuas ar an chloch Thuas ar an chloch Thuas ar an chloch Ceithre rón thuas ar an chloch Léim ceann amháin isteach sa loch.
Trí rón thuas ar an chloch srl.
Dhá rón thuas ar an chloch srl.
Rón amháin thuas ar an chloch Thuas ar an chloch Thuas ar an chloch Rón amháin thuas ar an chloch Léim sé siúd isteach sa loch.
Eilifint ar an Trá Máire Ní Ghallchobhair Eilifint Ar an trá, Ag caitheamh a bicíní. Rinne sí Rince beag, Ar a barraicíní.
'Stop!' a bhéic an Portán beag 'Seachain mo chrúibíní!' Och! Ochán! An créatúr bocht, Ina smidiríní!
Maths We have been learning all about money in in class. We have been adding coins together and have been seeing how many ways we can find to get the same amount
Ireland's Call We have finally managed to upload this video of us singing Ireland's call
Presentations Lola taught us all about bears
Mohsin told us all about kangaroos
Conor's presentation was all about skunks
Cai shared what he know's about warthogs and even showed us how to spell the word
Isobel decided she wanted to do her presentation on spiders
Maths We have been learning all about time. We know the long hand has to be at 12 for it to be an o'clock and the small hand tells us what o'clock it is. These games can help us practice what we know about time.
Cake decorating Lynn came in today to show us how to decorate cupcakes to celebrate Springtime. She baked the cakes for us and brought them in along with lots of fun treats for us to use to decorate the cakes. She also brought in some fun masks to help us celebrate the season. We had lots of fun.
Riverdance We have been watching Riverdance and have been practising our moves. Have a look at the two videos to see which one you think is the best.
Computer Programming Scratch was developed by MIT. There are tutorials available online to help children learn or a a manual can also be got. Here is a link to it.
Presentations Simon taught us all about frogs today. Here is his presentation. Look at the brilliant poster he made to help him with his presentation.
World Book Day 2015 We have had a very busy day! Parents Darren and Arnela and transition year students Sarah and Niamh spent their morning reading stories to us as we explored all of the books in the classroom. Then parents Sarah and Ahmad worked with us on reading and writing activities. At the end of the day we invited Senior Infants in to read us some stories and we shared some stories with them. Here are some photos of us and Senior Infants.
Our traditional tale for March is Chicken Licken
Our Poem for March Daffodowndilly by A.A. Milne
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet, She wore her greenest gown; She turned to the south wind And curtsied up and down. She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbour: 'Winter is dead.'
Maths games Here are some games to help us learn about capacity
Science: Electricity We have been learning all about electricity. We drew pictures of all the things that use electricity.
Learn Together: Chinese New Year We have been discussing the Chinese New Year. We made some red paper lanterns and some yellow fans to decorate our classroom.
Jolly phonics sound and word hunt We have been busy searching for words that contain the sounds we have been learning. All we need to do this activity are some books. We found all of these words and used the sounds we know to help us read them. All these words contain the sound 'ee': tree, knees, feel, feet, sweet, feeling, sheep, trees, sheep, seen, screech, sweets, see, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, deep, green and meet. All these words contain the sound 'ng': sailing, eating, painting, sing, sting, sings, jumping, hoping, walking, clapping, living, long and things. We also went in search of the tricky words we know and we found these words: the, to, my, here, I, me, do and one.
An Béirín Tá béirín agamsa, béirín deas donn. Níl léine ná bríste air, ná hata ar a cheann
Na héadaí Tóg cóta as an mbosca, Tóg cóta as an mbosca, Tóg cóta as an mbosca, Tá cóta deas agam (Tóg hata, stocaí, geansaí srl...)
Science: Learning about animals We can learn all about animals by using this site to find out fun facts about them.
Here we are learning the dances by following the instructions given in Irish.
Science We have been learning about materials and their properties. This activity allows us to experiment with different materials to check if they are waterproof and transparent. We can also check if they are strong and flexible.
We went on a material hunt in the classroom and sorted objects into groups or wooden objects, plastic objects, paper objects and metal objects. The windows were too awkward to move so we left them where they were.
Martin Luther King Day is on the 19th of January this year. We have been talking about him in class and discussing equality.
The story of Rosa Parks and the bus boycott.
Basketball with Gillian from Hoop Skool
Maths We went on a 3D shape hunt and sort. Look at all the cylinders, cubes and cuboids we found in the class. We did not find any spheres or pyramids yet but we will keep looking.
How many are under the bowl? We worked in pairs to help each other learn how to subtract.
Cartún Gaeilge We have been learning about the television and different types of programmes. We have been watching an episode of Peg and her Cat. The following link is to the TG4 player for children which contains many Irish language programmes for children.
Languages We have been discussing how people speak lots of different languages and listening to rhymes in other languages. Some children asked for this to be put on the page so that they could learn Mary had a little lamb in German.
Maths Number operations In Junior Infants we work on adding and subtracting amounts within 5. You can choose an amount for us to work with in this game.
There was a chubby snowman Who had a carrot nose Along came a bunny And what do you suppose The hungry little bunny Was looking for his lunch He grabbed that snowman's carrot nose NIBBLE! NIBBLE! CRUNCH!!
Day and Night We have been learning about the earth, sun and moon.
Gaeilge An Fear Sneachta Is fear sneachta mise, Ní féidir liom siúl Ba mhaith liom bheith ag imirt peile Ach níl aon chosa fúm
Is fear sneachta mise Tá mé breá fuar Tá súile beaga dubha agam Agus dáth ar nós plúr
Is fear sneachta mise Is breá liom na páistí Ach ní maith liom é Nuair a bhíonn sé ag cur báistí
Pattern Blocks We use pattern blocks in class to work on patterns, shape and space and number work. You can see us using pattern blocks in some of the photos below. The following link is to a site where you can make repeating patterns or use the pattern blocks to create a picture.
Story We are working on the story of the Little Red Hen for the month of November. We will be re-enacting and sequencing the story as well as discussing it. We will also be looking at the characters, the setting and the main parts of the story.
Five Senses In science we have been learning about the five senses. We have discussed what we love hearing, seeing, tasting, touching and smelling.
Our poem for November
There Once Was a Man by Charles Causley
There once was a man Called Knocketty Ned Who wore his cat On top of his head.
Upstairs, downstairs, The whole world knew Wherever he went The cat went too.
Handwriting Here is a clip to help your child learn how to grip a pencil properly
Maths game The complete the square activity helps us understand the properties of a square. Click the link to play
Aistear Here are some photos from Aistear in October
Jolly Phonics blending We have started blending sounds to read. The following clip is of a demonstration on how Jolly Phonics blending works.
Dogs Trust Visit We had a visit from Fiona and Jake from Dogs Trust today. We learned all about what is needed to care for a dog. It sounded like way too much trouble for us so we have decided we are not going to ask our parents for a dog as a present.
Maths fun for maths week! Here are some links to maths games that can support our learning in school
You dress Bobby and then count how many outfits he has in this game