December was a very exciting month in the senior room of Feevagh NS with the run-up to Christmas! We had a lot of educational visits and even went on a trip to Athlone.
We had a trees workshop with John Crossan who talked to us about the different types of trees and their importance to our lives and planet. We were surprised at how many everyday items are made from trees, we learned a song about trees and planted our own acorn. We are looking forward to watching them grow! We also had a workshop from Aoife with Dogs Trust. She told us all about the great work that Dogs Trust do. She also shared lots of tips with us about caring for our dogs. We visited the Dean Crowe Theatre to watch a performance of ‘Santa’s Fairy Tale Christmas’ before heading to the Fire Station. There we got a spin in the fire engine with the sirens on and each had a turn using the fire hose that is used to put out fires. We saw the pagers that tell fire fighters they are needed in an emergency and the machine that prints out all the details that the firefighters needs.
We got very creative and did lots of Christmas themed art and held our Green Schools Action Day where we made lots of Christmas decorations from recycled materials.
We made TV advertisements for our chocolate bars to finish off our advertising project. We had great fun turning our classroom into a chocolate factory and making our chocolate creations! They were yum! We also created the packaging we designed for our bars. Watch out they may be on a shop shelf near you in the future! Click on the links below to see and hear our television and radio advertisements.
We learned lots of Christmas tunes on our tin-whistle including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells and Away in a Manger to name a few. We also learned two of our carols as Gaeilge ‘Oíche Chíuín’ and ‘An Chéad Nollaig Mhór’. We performed lots of carols at our Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 15th December in Tisrara Church.
December has been based around all things Christmas in the Junior Room. Our Aistear themes for the month were ‘The Post Office’ and ‘Santa’s Workshop’.Under the umbrella of these themes we firstly learned all about the work of the postman and what happens in a post office during our discrete oral language lessons. Our local postman visited us in class which consolidated what we had learned. We had the opportunity to design our own Christmas stamps, make a postbox and engage in role play in our very own post office.
Our second theme for the month ‘Santas Workshop’ lent itself to lots of Christmas fun and learning. We read Christmas stories, learned about Christmas all around the world, sang Christmas songs, made decorations from Junk Art, became Santa and his elves in our own Santas workshop, learned about An Nollaig in Gaeilge, played with our crib in Small World and all the while we used new language and learned lots.
See the gallery section of our website for photos of all these activities!