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Update on Butterflies in Senior Infants

The Caterpillars have turned into Chrysalis and we cannot wait until they turn into Butterflies!

Chrysalis in their tent

Chrysalis up close

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly in Senior Infants

Senior Infants have been learning all about “The Life Cycle of a Butterfly”.

1. They have learned that the Butterfly lays eggs onto a milkweed plant leaf.

2. Then the caterpillar growing inside the egg eats its way out of the egg and grows bigger and bigger by eating the leaf.

3. He then sheds his skin and turns into a cocoon or chrysalis.

4. The butterfly starts to form inside the Chrysalis and after two weeks the Butterfly will burst out of the Chrysalis and spread its wings.

We were able to bring caterpillars into our classroom and we have been watching them grow.

We can’t wait to see them turn into  chrysalis!!

The caterpillars are thin and small

They have grown bigger and started to shed her skin.

We have done a a lot of artwork about butterflies. We painted one side of a butterfly and folded it over to show symmetry. We have cut out pictures of the different stages of the life cycle and glued them in the right order and we have also made pasta life cycles.

Our Butterfly Display

Pasta Butterfly Life Cycle

Engineer visit in Senior Infants

As part of Engineer’s Week 2018, Senior Infants were very lucky to get a visit from Gerry the Engineer. The children interviewed Gerry about what it was like to be an Engineer and what was his favourite thing about being an engineer.

Gerry very kindly answered all the children’s questions. They learned a lot of interesting things about the work of an engineer,  designing, making and improving his inventions.

Gerry brought his Robot Max with him to show the children and explained how Max was powered by a battery and circuits. Max’s eyes were actually two sensors and his arm was ran by a motor. The children had great fun with Max and Gerry.

The children got up and out of their seats to do the Robot dance.

The children then planned and designed their very own Robot.

Pancake Tuesday in Senior Infants

We had great fun in Senior Infants this morning!

We listened to the Story of the Runaway Pancake.

We sang the Pancake Party song.

We discussed how we make pancakes using flour, eggs and milk. Mix the ingredients all up in a bowl and pour the mixture on the frying pan. We talked about how important it was to cook them with an adult.

The children then went to the kitchen where Miss Quigley and Miss Gallagher heated up the pancakes. The children got to decorate their pancakes with Nutella, strawberries, bananas, grapes, honey, cream, lemon and/or golden syrup.

The children really enjoyed getting to decorate their pancakes!

St Brigid’s Day Cloaks and Crosses

St. Brigid’s Day is celebrated on the 1st of February and marks the beginning of Spring.

Today the children made St. Brigid’s Day Crosses.

The children learned how to make two different types of crosses. The traditional cross and the Sligo Cross.

Earlier in the week the children listened to the story of St. Brigid’s Cloak and made collages of St. Brigid and her cloak.  During Aistear the children made crosses using pipe cleaners and paper.

St. Brigid’s Cloak and Cross

If you would like to make a cross at home please click on the link below to see the video:

https://www.icatholic.ie/how-to-make-st-brigid-cross/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grandparent’s Day in Junior and Senior Infants

As part of Catholic school’s week 2018  the children in  Junior and Senior Infants invited their Grandparents in to ask them some questions about when they were in school and to have a look around our classrooms. The children sang a song to welcome their Grandparents and presented them with a lovely hand print to remember them when they were only 5/6 years old.

Thank you to all the Grandparent’s who came in on such a  wet day!  We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did!  We look forward to seeing you again next year!!

 

Making 3D Shapes

Today in Senior Infant’s we made 3D shapes using mini-marshmallows and toothpicks. The children started off by making 2D shapes e.g squares, rectangles, triangles, diamonds, pentagons and hexagons. They then went on to make 3D shapes  such as cubes, square based pyramids, triangular based pyramids and cuboids. 

 

Sally has made a square and Brook has made a cube. Kayla has made a pentagon.Israel is making a pyramid.Here is Blake making a cube.

At the Dentists

St. Edward’s Dental PracticeThis week the children in Senior Infants started on their new Aistear theme “The Dentist”. The children are getting into role as the Dentist, nurse, receptionist and the tooth fairy.

The children made playdough for their pulling teeth game. The children roll a dice and see how many teeth they have to pull. The child with the most teeth at the end wins.

The children are learning the proper names for all the different teeth. Incisors, Canines,premolars and molars and they are cutting out and making their own set of teeth.

The children are also practicing their fine motor skills by threading, moving pom poms with tweezers and stretching elastic bands with Mrs McKenna.

Halloween Art

The children in Senior infants listened to the story “Funny Bones” by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and learned the song and dance “Them dancing bones” by the learning station.

They made skeletons using cotton buds and black card in response to the story and song. They also made spiders by tracing and cutting out their hand prints on black card and painting a page different shades of green and using googly eyes. 

Carving the pumpkin

The children in Senior Infants carved out a pumpkin for Halloween. They had great fun taking out all the seeds and the insides of the pumpkin. 

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