As our school year comes to an end, we have been recalling all of the wonderful and fun memories we have shared with you, our amazing students. We have really missed seeing everyone in school the past few months. We think even the school building is missing your laughter and smiles! We hope you enjoy our end of year message to you all. Thank you for being your brilliant selves. Make lots of magic memories with your families and friends, and have a super summer! From all of the Rolestown N.S. staff.
Well done to this Super Senior Infant who was out walking this weekend with some friends to raise money for charity! Excellent job! Our mini superhero enjoyed a delicious ice-cream afterwards – a well-deserved treat for her fantastic achievement!
We have been studying what good reports looks like. We know a report provides information. We learned that a good report contains a title, a labelled drawing, useful and interesting facts. We used this knowledge to write nature reports about our favourite animals. We enjoyed being nature reporters working from home.
Senior infants were very busy in our first term. In September, we role-played the school secretary’s office, learning all about the different people in the school that help us. We identified signs of Autumn, created our own checklists and went on a nature walk to see how many we could check off. We painted Autumnal trees using pegs and tinfoil instead of paintbrushes!
In October, we made up spells and mixed magical potions in our Witches’ Den. We made playdough from scratch. We discovered that if the playdough is too wet it goes all gloopy, but if you add some flour and mix it well it will turn back into usable playdough. We learned about hedgehogs and their winter hibernation. We carried out an experiment to design and make a hedgehog hibernation nest to see if we could keep our ‘hedgehogs’ warm while they slept. We really enjoyed designing and building our nests, finding the perfect location for them on the school grounds. We recorded our field-notes on site like real geographers and scientists.
November began with planning our new theme – The Café. We worked in groups, discussing and designing our cafés. We took on roles of customers, waiters, chefs, delivery people, food suppliers, and café managers. We loved taking orders, setting the table, washing dishes, designing menus ans cooking and serving the food. Sometimes the manager had to deal with difficult customers who had complaints, but every customer left with a smile on their face. We discussed healthy and unhealthy foods and the importance of eating healthy food so that we have lots of energy to learn and play. We carried out experiments testing our five senses.
December brought the Post Office role play area to the classroom. We learned about the journey of a letter. We wrote letters to Santa thanking him for all of the wonderful presents he’s given to us. We made up addresses for our desks and posted letters to each other. They were sorted in the sorting office and the post-person on duty delivered them. We learned about 3-D shapes and wrapped up packages for delivery too. These needed to be weighed so that customers knew how many stamps to buy for them. We made salt dough decorations, and were busy crafting lots of imaginative decorations for our class Christmas tree and made lots of art for our Christmas show.
Senior infants love to smile. We have been thinking about all of the different types of things that make us feel happy. We recorded some of our “happy things”, including people, places, animals, activities, toys, food, memories and more. We hope they make you smile and remind you of some of your happy things!