Over the past few weeks the children looked at the importance of the media and how it can influence their choices. The children are now aware of all the different forms of media and advertising.
The Junior Room had the pleasure of being taught by Finbarr who is a past pupil of St. Michael's N.S. Finbarr is studying primary teaching and got the opportunity to teach numerous lessons over the past few months in our classroom. His fun and enthusiastic approach to teaching captured the children's attention and they thoroughly enjoyed being taught by him. We wish Finbarr all the best in his teaching career.
The children learned the maths language of capacity: full, empty, holds more/less, full up to the top, nearly full, nearly empty. Throughout the week they got into groups to experiment with different plastic containers in the water trays. They use of the questions 'Which one holds more? Which one holds less? How many of these small ones does it take to fill the big one?' was used to enhance their understanding and reinforce their knowledge of capacity.
This project was inspired by the theme The Sea. The children looked at pictures of colourful fish and had a discussion about the sea and what can be found on the bottom of the sea. They then worked in pairs and created their own tropical fish.
The children brought in their favourite storybooks as part of the DEAR challenge. They became illustrators and designed front covers for their storybooks. Well done everyone on your designs!
The children in the Junior Classroom set up a Dental Surgery in the classroom's play corner as part of their Aistear play theme. The children had the opportunity to role-play people in the dentist's surgery. Another station set up by the children involved making instruments for the dentist and teeth out of play dough.
The children in the Junior Classroom explored the concept of friendship. They listened to the story 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister to learn the meaning of Friendship and worked together to create their own Friendship Fish!
The children enjoyed taking part in different maths stations set up in the lunchroom by Miss Conlan. All the activities involved active learning, where the children are learning by using concrete materials.