Ms Stapleton Seniors

 

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Contact email: msstapletonpowerstown.ns@gmail.com

June 2nd -5th

Hi Senior Infants,

I hope that you all had a lovely long weekend and enjoyed the sunshine. It is June now, so we have decided to give you all less work for this month! I know everyone is probably shouting ‘Yah!’ to this! You do not have to all of the work during the week and it is completely optional. So please feel free, especially when the weather is so nice, to pick and choose and to do what you can or feel like during the week. A lot of work can be done orally. You are welcome to work through the remaining pages in the children’s workbooks if you wish but there is no obligation to do so!

Senior Infants, you have all been working so hard and I am so proud of you all! Well done to you all and to all of your mums and dads also!  

Some work and ideas are outlined below and are available on the Padlet as always.  

https://padlet.com/powerstownseniors/learnfromhome

Check out some lovely health and wellbeing activities that might be nice to try this month as we wind down the school year. You will find lots of lovely visualisations and breathing activities here:

www.pdst.ie/primary/healthwellbeing/relaxationandself-regulationtools

 

Don’t forget to stay in touch with your friends if you can! And keep sending me pictures of your super work and artwork too! It has been wonderful seeing all of your hard work!

 

Once again, this week, I have posted a little video below of me reading another story to you all. It’s called “The Scarecrow’s Wedding.” I will post a video for the next two weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for them each week! I hope you like this week’s video and don’t forget to send me a picture of your favourite part of the story!


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ntPKz74sl843szn31qK8E1pHMKdMRNGM/view?usp=sharing

 

During the last week of the school term, I hope to do a Zoom call on one of the days that week with my Senior Infants to say hello and to have a chat before we all finish up for the school year. If you would be interested in your child taking part, please email me to give your consent and I will be in touch with the log in details closer to the time! It would be wonderful to see all of my Super Seniors!

Have a great week everyone,

Ms. Stapleton

English

Blending: We are blending ‘au’ and ‘aw’ words in the Yellow Jolly Book on page 38-39. This will be our last week of blending practice but feel free to continue and finish the book in your own time.

Dictation: If you have time this week, try some dictation words. Instructions are on the Padlet.

Jolly Phonics: On the Padlet you will find two writing activities from the children’s Jolly workbooks focusing on tricky words, some creative writing on “Helping to Fix the Car.” The children will all have their books by now so you can do the activities in the workbook if you wish.

Tongue Twister: Something fun to try this week. “Barbara buys black bananas by the bunch.” How quickly can you say it?

My Dream Tour: Where did we go? What did we see? You could draw and discuss where we went!

Reading: Don’t forget to keep reading this month and over the summer months! This week, read your favourite book!

Gaeilge

Ócáidí Speisialta: Ar an Trá Ceacht 1-2 (based on the theme ‘At the Beach’.) This is our last topic in Bua na Cainte if you wish to try it.

There are little activities for them to do. You can listen to the songs “Gaineamh Mín Réidh” (the soft, fine sand) and “Táimse féin ag iascaireacht.” (Here Teidí is ag iascaireacht/fishing, ag snámh san uisce/swimming in the water, ag déanamh cáisleáin/making castles.)

Maths

The children will all have their big Busy At Maths Book by now so they can complete activities in their workbooks if you wish. Pages will be outlined on the Padlet. The answers could also be given orally.

This week we will look at Capacity. Capacity is a fun but messy topic which the children always enjoy. Here we will look at items/containers that are full/empty. We will also look at items/containers and decide which one holds more/less and the most/least. Lots of examples from your kitchen can be used here. The children can explore capacity outside as it Cn be messy to tidy up! Lots of hands on activities are important here and make sure to ask them plenty of questions.

Finally, the children will guess and then measure how many cupfuls of water it takes to fill a bowl, teapot, bottle and saucepan. They always love doing activities like this in school. Remember to stress that it doesn’t matter if the guess and answer are not the same. You may have to model one or two to show them but they have practiced estimating in school already.

SESE

Link with History here- My Dream Tour: Where did we go? What did we see? You could draw and discuss where we went!

In Science, we can talk about the different seasons. You can use your Small World Workbook. Why not go on a summer hunt around your house/area? Any answers can be given orally also.

In Geography, we will look at far and away. You can chat about the images in your workbook if you like.

Religion

In your Grow In Love workbook, this week we are looking at page 54-55. We will learn about John the Baptist and how we can show love for God each day. Video links to the lesson are available on the Padlet.

PE

On the Padlet this week, why not try some esports week challenges. The whole family can get involved, especially when the weather is so nice!

Art

This week, why not try and make some popsicle art-here you can use coloured card/felt/fabric to create some yummy looking icy pops! Image ideas are found on the Padlet.

Music

Listen and sing along to the song “A Sailor went to sea.”

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May 25th-29th

Hi Senior Infants,

We are now coming to the end of May! Time is flying by! For June, we will be giving less work, which I’m sure everyone will be happy to hear! J Below is the work outlined for the week. As always, you do not have to do all of the work that is outlined below and on the Padlet. You can pick and choose if you like. I understand that everyone is busy and that it can be hard for the children to stay motivated every day. Just try your best and do what you can!

I’d like to draw your attention this week to some lovely health and wellbeing activities that might be nice to try. You will find lots of lovely visualisations and breathing activities here:

www.pdst.ie/primary/healthwellbeing/relaxationandself-regulationtools

 

We are all missing our friends right now, so if you can, try to keep in touch with some friends. Maybe you could send them a note/drawing (we all love getting post!) or (with your parents’ permission and supervision) you might be able to have a video playdate/chat with some of your friends!

You can contact me at my school email if you have any questions/would like to send me on some of the great work the children have been doing msstapletonpowerstown.ns@gmail.com

Thank you for all the super work I have received. Everyone is doing super work at home and well done to everyone! I am thrilled to see all the hard work you have been doing.

 All of the work mentioned below can be found in more detail on the Padlet for Senior Infants.

https://padlet.com/powerstownseniors/learnfromhome

Below is a little video I have made to say hi to my Super Senior Infants who I am missing! I have read a story and I hope that you all like it!  I would greatly appreciate it if this video was not forwarded or shared past my Senior Infant group. Thank you.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/142SbhRriqtk3Qwgwah6EhIDdIYFxgBL1/view?usp=sharing

Enjoy your week,

Ms. Stapleton

English

Tricky words and blending: Continue to revise our Tricky words from 1-72. A few a day will really help.

The children can work on their blending in the Yellow Jolly Book on page 37 blending ‘or’ words.

Tricky words sentences: The words are should, always, love. You can put these words into sentences and draw a little picture.

Our News: I would love to hear about what we have all been up to this week! Don’t forget capital letters and full stops! There is also a lovely sheet on the Padlet, where you can tell me all about your week!

Jolly Phonics: On the Padlet you will find some writing activities from the children’s Jolly workbooks focusing on tricky words, some creative writing on “The Shipwreck” and er, ir, ur words

Jumbled Up Sentences:

There are some more jumbled up sentences on the Padlet this week. Can you unscramble them and write them out correctly?

Tongue Twister: Something fun to try this week. “The black bug bit a big black bear.” How quickly can you say it?

True/False: There are some lovely True/False questions on the Padlet for you to answer-you can tick the answer or just say the answer.

Reader: Finish our last reader. It is called “Stop That Dog.” If you have read that-You can also access a supplementary purple reader called “What’s in the Box?” for some extra reading!

Instructions to get this title for free:

      1.  Go to www.folensonline.ie and click register

      2. Select “Teacher”.

      3.  Fill in a username, password and email. (You will have to make up a username/password and use your email address here)

      4. For the “roll number” type: PRIM20

      5. Search for “Stop That Dog”.

 

      There is a lovely oral language poster on www.folensonline.ie on “The Zoo” on the Padlet. The children are used to exploring these posters from school so it might be a fun activity for them.

Gaeilge

Siopadóireacht: Ceacht 4-8 (based on the theme of shopping.) There is also a story they can listen to. There are little activities for them to do. You can go over the song “Tá Teidí ag Marcaíocht.” (Here Teidí is ag marcaíoct/horseriding, ag imirt peile/playing football, ag díol/selling, ag ceannach/buying, ag damhsa/dancing, ag seinm ceoil/playing music, ag canadh/singing.)  There is a lovely scéal “Sicín Licín” (Chicken Licken) that the children can listen to also.

Maths

Little Maths Book:

Please complete page 38-40 in the Little Maths Book. We are now finished our little maths book!

On page 38, we are recognising and writing numbers before and after, before/after and between a specified number within 0-10.

Simple questions can be asked-which number comes before…/after…/ between….and ….? These can begin at up to 10 and be increased up to 20. A number line can be used here.

Missing number line- Write out some numbers on a number line and leave out some numbers. Can you figure out what number is missing? Numbers can be written on scraps of paper. The children can put the numbers in order. When they close their eyes, remove some numbers from the line, what is missing? 1-20 can be explored here.

On pages 39-40, we are exploring the adding of money up to 10c. You can continue to draw the dots over the amount if you like (i.e. 4cent= 4 dots) or use a number line to count on to get the answers! You can continue to play shop/What’s in the purse with the children/you buying/adding 2-3 items up to 10c.

On the Padlet you will find extra worksheets to help with these topics.

SESE

In History, we are going to continue to explore “What happens next?” in stories? Can you draw out/discuss what happens in any of the scenarios on the Padlet? Or using the story “The Making of Milton” can you draw what happened next in the story?

In Science, we will be learning about the Floating and Sinking on the Padlet. Children can guess which items will float/sink and then test out their predictions. You can use other items from home if you don’t have the items mentioned. It is a messy, fun activity! They can also listen to the story “Who sank the boat?” by Pamela Allen. We are also going to talk about why exercise is so important and why it is good for us.

Religion

If you have your Grow In Love workbook, this week we are looking at page 52-53. We are talking about our Baptisms. Video links to the lesson are available on the Padlet.

PE

On the Padlet this week, why not try a scavenger hunt inside/outside your house. What can you find?

SPHE

Last week we listened to the story of Howard who doesn't always listen to others. On the Padlet this week you will find some activities to help the children learn to listen and respond to the views of others.

Art

This week, why not try and make some funky flip flops using an old cereal box! Instructions are found on the Padlet. You could also make a shaker using a paper plate and some dried rice/pasta. It can used to make music too!

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May 18th-22nd

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone had a nice week and relaxing weekend.  I went for a lovely long walk on Saturday and had a Zoom quiz with some friends!

Below is the work outlined for the week.  Work at your own pace and do what you can, I understand everyone is very busy at home. You can contact me at my school email if you have any questions or would like to send me on some of the great work the children have been doing msstapletonpowerstown.ns@gmail.com

Thank you to all the children who have sent me on their work. Keep up the great work! I am really enjoying looking at all the lovely work and drawings.  

Please keep checking  the Padlet for Senior Infants each week. All additional work for the week can be found there. This week, we have included three lovely breathing exercises for the whole family to try! They are very relaxing! 

https://padlet.com/powerstownseniors/learnfromhome

Enjoy your week,

Ms. Stapleton

English

Tricky words and blending: Continue to revise our Tricky words from 1-72. A few a day is plenty.

The children can work on their blending in the Yellow Jolly Book on page 36 blending ‘ur’ words. Some of these words are very long, so don’t forget to blend and break up the words!

Tricky words sentences:  The words are little, goes, made. You can put these words into sentences and draw a little picture.

Our News: The children can write their news once this week. Don’t forget capital letters and full stops! Keep an eye out for incorrect letter formation and pencil grip also!

Jolly Phonics: On the Padlet you will find some writing activities from the children’s Jolly workbooks focusing on tricky words, ‘ow’ sounds using ‘oa and ‘ou’ and some creative writing on the picture “Digging for Treasure.”

Sentences and Comprehensions: There are some jumbled up sentences on the Padlet also. Can you unscramble them?

We are going to continue to do some work on some simple reading comprehensions this week. The children read the story and circle the correct answer to the questions at the bottom. These can be found on the Padlet.

Reader: You can read through our last reader. It is called “Stop That Dog.” You can also access a supplementary purple reader called “Oh what fun!” for some extra reading!

Instructions to get this title for free:

1.  Go to www.folensonline.ie and click register

2.  Select “Teacher”.

3.  Fill in a username, password and email. (You will have to create your own username/password and use your email address here)

4.  For the “roll number” type: PRIM20

5.  Search for “Stop That Dog”.

Gaeilge

Siopadóireacht: Ceacht 1-4 (based on the theme of shopping.) There is also a story they can listen to. There are little activities for them to do. You can go over the song “Istigh sa Zú.” There is a lovely scéal “Sicín Licín” (Chicken Licken) that the children can listen to also. The ending of the story does not a have a happy ending, just to prepare the children!

Steps to access Bua na Cainte B are outlined in previous posts if you haven’t accessed the programme before.

Maths

Little Maths Book: We are going to explore topic of Money. This topic can be a little tricky when determining what different coins can be used so the use of coins will help them here.

Please complete page 36-37 in the Little Maths Book.

Here the children will recognise, sort and name the coins up to 20c and use the coins up to 10c.  When exploring money it can be a nice idea to play shop: Different items from the kitchen/fridge could be used in the shop. The children can be customers or shopkeepers using coins up to 10c and then 20c as a push on. What are the coins we need to make…? Children can use as few coins as possible to make an amount or come up with different ways to make that amount.

The children could also do some coin rubbings. What’s in the purse? A simple purse could be drawn out and coins placed in it. Can you count how much is in the purse? When counting coins it can be a good idea to draw dots over the coin to help the child count. EG. 5c=5 dots.

On the Padlet you will find extra worksheets to help with this topic.

SESE

For History, we are going to explore what happens next in stories. Can you guess what will happen next in the story and draw what happens? You can find the worksheet on the Padlet.

In Science, we will be learning about the Minibeasts. Can you name the different minibeasts? There is information, video and worksheet on the Padlet.

Religion

If you have your Grow In Love workbook, this week we are looking at page 50-51.Video links to the lesson are available on the Padlet.

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May 11th-15th

Hi everyone,

I hope that you had a nice weekend. Please find the work outlined for the week below.  As always try your best and do what you can during the week.

If you have any questions or queries you can contact me at my school email msstapletonpowerstown.ns@gmail.com

Please continue to send me some pictures of the lovely work that the children have been doing during this time also. It has been so lovely seeing all the wonderful work that you have been doing! Keep it up Senior Infants!

Here are some examples of the terrific work I have been getting. Well done everyone!

Here is a picture of the lovely piggy bank that Tom made! Great work!

http://www.powerstownns.com/userfiles/file/MsStapleton/Tom's%20Piggy%20Bank.jpg

Mary and Millie both did some super writing in Fish and Dolphins too! Great jobs girls!

http://www.powerstownns.com/userfiles/file/MsStapleton/Mary's%20Story%20about%20The%20Fish.jpg

http://www.powerstownns.com/userfiles/file/MsStapleton/Millie's%20Work%20on%20Dolphins.JPG

Emily wrote a lovely story about an Alien too! Lovely work Emily!

http://www.powerstownns.com/userfiles/file/MsStapleton/Emily's%20Alien%20Story.jpg

Please keep checking  the padlet for Senior Infants each week. All additional work for the week can be found there.

https://padlet.com/powerstownseniors/learnfromhome

Have a great week,

Ms. Stapleton

English

Tricky words and blending: Continue to revise our Tricky words from 1-72. A few a day will really help.

The children can work on their blending in the Yellow Jolly Book on page 35 blending ‘ir’ words.

Let’s try to put some tricky words into sentences this week. The words are have, many, two. Can you put these words into simple sentences just like we had been doing for homework? You can draw picture to match if you like.

Our News: The children can write their news once this week. Don’t forget capital letters and full stops! Keep an eye out for incorrect letter formation also!

Jolly Phonics: On the Padlet you will find some writing activities from the children’s Jolly workbooks focusing on tricky words, ee and ea words, ie, i_e, y words and some imaginative writing on The Queen.

Little Handwriting Book: Well done if you have finished your handwriting book! Keep working away at it and finish it off! Don’t forget to show me your super writing!

We are going to begin to work on simple reading comprehensions during this term. The children read the story and circle the correct answer to the questions at the bottom. These can be found on the Padlet.

Reader: There was one reader left to read in class but this can be accessed online on Folens. It is called “”Stop That Dog.”

Instructions to get this title for free:

  1. Go to www.folensonline.ie and click register
  2.  Select “Teacher”.
  3. Fill in a username, password and email.
  4. For the “roll number” type: PRIM20
  5. Search for “Stop That Dog”.

Gaeilge

Bua na Cainte:

An Teilifís: Ceacht 7-10 (the children will know should know how to work through the lessons from school) There is also a story they can listen to. There are little activities for them to do. You can revise the poems and songs “Tá feirm ag an bhfeirmeoir” and “Féach ar an asal.” There is a lovely scéal “An Lacha Ghránna” (The Ugly Duckling) that the children can listen to also.

Steps to access Bua na Cainte B are outlined in previous posts if you  haven’t accessed the programme before.

Maths

Little Maths Book: We are going to explore topic of  …is more/less than. This topic can be a little tricky and the use of bottle caps/pasta/cereal/pebbles etc. can help here.

Please complete page 35 in the Little Maths Book.

When I am doing this activity in class, I find that the children often need concrete materials to help them make sense of this concept. When doing …is more than…I would line up 6 items on the top row and maybe 4 items underneath them. Ask the question-How many are on the top row/bottom row? Which set is bigger? How do you know? How many more/extra are on the top row?

When doing …is less than…, put the smaller set on the top and the larger set on the bottom. E.G 5 is less than 8 by… How many more do we need to make the top set the same as the bottom row? …is than .. by….

On the Padlet you will find extra worksheets to help with this topic.

SESE

For History, we are going to listen to the story of “The Wind and the Sun” which is an Aesop’s Fable. A video and worksheet are on the Padlet.

In Science, we will be learning about the Earthworm. There is information, video and worksheet on the Padlet.

In Geography, we are going to learn about the sun, moon and stars. Video link and worksheet are found on Padlet.

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May 5th-8th

Hi everyone,

I hope that everyone enjoyed their long weekend and got some fresh air. I went for some lovely walks down by the river and even did some colouring! The work mentioned below is an outline for the week that you can work away on at your leisure. I understand that everyone is very busy but it is a great way to keep up the school routine for the children at this time.   As always if you have any questions or queries you can contact me at my school email msstapletonpowerstown.ns@gmail.com

Please continue to send me some pictures of the lovely work that the children have been doing during this time also. I have loved seeing all the amazing work that has been done. Well done to you all (mam’s and dad’s included!)

Please keep checking  the padlet for Senior Infants each week. All additional work for the week can be found there.

https://padlet.com/powerstownseniors/learnfromhome

Happy birthday to Billy this week who turns 7! Have a great day Billy!

Keep up the super work Senior Infants and enjoy your week!

Ms. Stapleton

 

English

Tricky words and blending: We have revised our Tricky words from 1-72. Please continue to revise these at your leisure. A few a day will really help to solidify them for the children.

The children can work on their blending in the Yellow Jolly Book from page 34 blending ‘er’ words. The words are a little bit longer here but the children will be able to break up the sounds and out it all together. Please do not work past this page.

Our News: The children can write their news once this week. Don’t forget capital letters and full stops! Keep an eye out for incorrect letter formation also!

Jolly Phonics: On the Padlet you will find some writing activities from the children’s Jolly workbooks focusing on tricky words, oi/oy, ay/ai and some imaginative writing on Night Time and Ducks.

Little Handwriting Book: The little handwriting book should be nearly finished by now. Keep working away at it and finish it off! Don’t forget to show me your super writing!

Gaeilge

You can access our Irish programme we do in school at home if you wish this week (instructions below)

An Teilifís: Ceacht 4-6 (the children will know should know how to work through the lessons from school) There is also a story they can listen to. There are little activities for them to do. You can revise the poems and songs “Puisín”, “Cad ata sa seomra suí” and “Ta Teidí sa Seomra Suí.” There is a lovely scéal “An Lacha Ghránna” (The Ugly Duckling) that the children can listen to also.

To access the programme:

1. Go to www.edco.ie/bua.

2. Select the file which suits your computer – PC or MAC. Please note that Bua na Cainte only works on PC and MAC computers.

3. Select the class level that you require (Senior Infants), and then click on it to start a download of the file.

4. Once the download has completed, click on the file to install and follow the on-screen instructions.

5. A Bua na Cainte icon will appear on your desktop. Once you select this icon a login page will open where you will need to enter the details below.

Login: trial                   Password: trial

Maths

Little Maths Book: We are going to explore topic of Time this week.

Please complete page 34.

The children will learn about O’ Clock. We learn that “The big hand points to 12 and tells the minutes and the little hand points to the hour.” You can tell them there are 60 minutes in an hour if you wish. A simple clock could be drawn out or even made from a cereal box. A time can be drawn and ask the children where the big hand/little hand are pointing to. It is …o’ clock. The children can practice drawing the big hand pointing to 12 and the little hand pointing to the hour. You can make it a game by asking them to draw out the correct times and write “It is…o’ clock.”  To push them on, on a clock face show them a time and ask them what o’ clock comes before/between/after this time?

“What time is it Mr. Wolf?” would be a lovely game to play to reinforce the concept.

On the Padlet you will find some time worksheets to help reinforce the concept.

SESE

For History we are going to complete a Time Capsule of our time at home during Covid 19. The resources are found on the Padlet.

In Science we will be learning about the Fish. There is information, video and worksheet on the Padlet.

In Geography we will be learning about Day and Night. There is a sorting activity and video on the Padlet.

 

 

 

 

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