"We all smile in the same language"
Please see the work and activities below that the Junior Infant teachers have prepared for the children this week. We have linked our Multicultural theme where possible. As usual, we have included a 'Suggested Timetable' and there are also additional worksheets and activities listed in the ‘Extra Work’ section. This is for children who may need or want more work.
We would like to emphasise that the work is not compulsory. Do as much or as little as you are able. Thank you for your continued support at this time. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions in relation to this week’s work.
We hope you have a great week!
Junior Infant Teachers
Have a look at the photos below. The teachers have posted some pictures of countries that they have travelled to in the past. Ask an adult to show you the countries on a map. Listed below the photos are three fun facts about the country.
1. There is a place in Finland called Rovaniemi and this is where Santa Claus' Village is.
2. There are a huge number of reindeer living there; almost as many as there are people!
3. You can go husky sledding and explore arctic circle hiking trails.
1. In Vietnam, people eat lots of fruit, vegetables, seafood, rice and noodles.
2. Some Vietnamese people used to live in villages on the water called 'fishing villages'. The villages had houses, shops, schools and even police stations.
3. You can see lanterns all around Vietnam. They are used in religious rituals, celebrations and to light the streets.
1. This is the home of the Big Five safari animals: Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhinoceros, as well as hundreds more.
2. Rugby is very popular and South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in 2019.
3. The beaches are beautiful and sometimes whales and Great White Sharks can be spotted swimming nearby- watch out!
1. A desert area known as the 'outback' covers much of the land.
2. The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Australia.
3. Australia is home to lots of unique animals including the koala, kangaroo and platypus.
1. There are many beautiful mountains, waterfalls, lakes and even glaciers in New Zealand.
2. The Kiwi is a famous bird in New Zealand and it cannot fly.
3. The All Blacks are one of the best rugby teams in the world and they do the traditional ‘Haka’ dance before each game.
1. Sri Lanka is an island (like Ireland) in the Indian ocean.
2. There are 29 varieties of bananas in Sri Lanka and they produce lots of yummy tea. Ms Hannon got to help the tea pickers pick the tea leaves. They fill bags that they carry on their heads!
3. Sri Lanka protects beautiful Asian Elephants in their National Parks.
1. The Seychelles are made up of 115 islands in the Indian ocean.
2. There are jungles and beaches on the islands. In the jungle there are coconuts called coco de mer, they have a funny shape!
3. There are many beautiful animals there. The giant tortoise beside Ms. O'Leary is over 100 years old!
We are learning the letter:
Tips to teach letter formation:
-You can access graded readers similar to those we use at school with the following link: https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/Portal.aspx
Click on the Teacher Portal and enter:
For this week we will focus on these books:
‘My Family Tree’: How many times can your child spot the word ‘my’? How many letters are in the word ‘my’? Describe it. (one small and one hanging letter)
‘In The Desert’:How many times can your child spot the word the’? How many letters are in the word the’? Describe it. (tall letter, tall letter, small letter)
The poems below link in with our Multicultural theme and our new diagraph ‘sh’ this week
This weeks story will help children to understand that is ok to be different
New diagraph ‘sh’
This week we will focus on recognising the diagraph sh and to hear its sound in the initial and final positions of words. All diagraphs will be revised again in Senior Infants.
The following are resources to aid the children’s learning of the 'sh' sound;
- ‘Sharon the Shark’’ activity
- Read the story above (without letting the children see the story)
- Read the story again, this time telling them to listen for which sound they hear most often in the story
- Ask children where the sound comes in the following words sharp, shark, fish i.e. is it at the beginning of the word, in the middle of the word or at the end of the word, or in more than one position. More examples below
- Can you spot and colour the real words
- Learn the tongue twister poem above ‘The Seashore’
This week we will be learning all about Money. This will build on the activities that are on the school website under April 20th to 24th.
One, two, three, four, five, cent, how much? buy, sell, spend, coins, count, the same as, match, the same amount as, more, less
- Talk to your child about money. ‘What do you know about money?’ ‘Why do we need it?’ ‘What money have you seen?’ Coins and paper money. ‘Where is money kept?’ In a bank/post office. ‘Who has a piggy bank?’ ‘Watch out for prices in the shop, where is the price written?’
- Create a shop using items from the home (toys, old cereal boxes, tins etc). Price items from 1 cent to 5 cent.
Complete the worksheet below by drawing in the missing coins.
- Use a collection of 1c coins. ‘How many coins have you?’ Give 2 cent to me. Let your child experience the coins and the fact that 1 cent and 1 cent makes 2c.
- Use a collection of 1c, 2c and 5c coins. Discuss how 2 cent is worth 1cent and 1 cent.
You can use real coins, the printable coins below, or you can draw them and cut them out.
Count the money in each box and record the amount in the worksheet below.
- Use a collection of 1c, 2c and 5c coins.
- Give your child plenty of experience in handling the 3 different coins. Use the items in the shop, e.g. a toy car priced at 3 cent.
- Ask your child if they want to buy the car. ‘What coins do you need?’ Discuss that they can pay with three 1 cent coins or with a 1 cent and a 2 cent. Repeat with a range of items and prices.
Family Game: ‘Checkout Challenge’
Open the document below to read the rules of the game.
- Play an exchange game. ‘I have a 5 cent coin but I want to break it up. What can you give me?’ 5 x 1 cent coins, 2 x 2 cent coins and a 1 cent coin. Explore all the various options.
- Foreign currency quiz
1. United Kingdom Pound Sterling
2. United States Dollar
3. Australian Dollar
4. China Renminbi
- PowerPoint Presentation - this is for the children who really want a ‘Euro Challenge’!
The topic this week is: Ag féachaint ar scannán (Watching a film)
Please click the link below to access a story, games, song and poem all based on this week’s topic.
This week we will focus on:
Scéal (Story), Foclóir 1 (Vocabulary), Dán (Poem)
Tá gach duine sa seomra suite. (Everyone is in the sitting room)
Tá ______ ag ithe/ ag ól. (________ (Mam/Dad) is eating/drinking)
Feicim/ Ní fheicim _____. (I see/ I don’t see _____)
Some Additional Ideas: below is a game that could be played to reinforce the new vocabulary. It is not compulsory.
Play the game “Fíor nó bréagach”- “True or false”
This week is multicultural week and the country we are going to learn about is Italy. You might have heard of this country before, you might even have been to Italy on holidays! You might have tried delicious Italian food before! Please click into the PowerPoint below to learn some facts about Italy.
Here is the Italian Flag.
Choose one or two art activities you could try for Multicultural Week.
Below are links to two lessons on gymnastics. You can do these inside or outside and the only equipment you need is a rug, towel or yoga mat.
Lesson 1: https://www.facebook.com/155235547878911/videos/830901450738805/
Lesson 2: https://www.facebook.com/155235547878911/videos/706430146782537/
This week is ‘Multicultural Week’, which means we are celebrating diversity, different cultures and how we are all special and unique!
We are all different. We are all special. What makes you special? Draw a picture of what makes you special on the worksheet provided or on a piece of paper.
Theme 9 Lesson 1 – Thank You God for Food.
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Read: ‘I Am Big’
Have a listen to: ‘Birthdays Around the World’
Look at photos below-
1. Ask your child to read the words by sounding out each letter
2. Cover the words and only have the pictures showing. Point to the first picture for example ‘net’. Ask your child what letter do they hear at the start, middle and/or end