November in the Junior Classroom

November was all about ‘People who help us’ in the Junior Room. We focused on this theme in Aistear and concentrated on the fire services. We read stories about fire and firefighters. We wrote acrostic poems about the Fire Station. Our new gazebo arrived and we used this for our role play area and set up our own fire station. We made fire trucks, burning buildings, fire hoses and fire extinguishers in our Junk Art station. We learned all about fire safety and had a visit from Sean from Western Fire who let us use fire extinguishers to put out real fires. We partook in a whole school Fire Drill. In our small world station we saved people from burning buildings, created flames using coloured paper and built a helipad for the fire helicopter. All the while we expanded our vocabulary, engaged in oral language discussions and worked on differentiated tasks for the older children so that they were able to stretch their knowledge and learning further.

We enjoyed a lovely visit from Ruth from the RSA who talked to us about road safety especially on the long winter nights. We became Seatbelt Sheriffs and took home our hi-vis vests to keep us safe while out and about.

We partook in a whole school assembly on World Kindness Day with the Senior Room, had our secret kindness buddies and filled up our Kindness Tree with lovely comments about people in our school community. We had a great time partaking in our school clean up as we put our school garden to bed for the winter and enjoyed working with the older pupils in teams.

During Science week we continued to learn about fire and had a super time at our school Science event. We partook in our Green Schools workshop with Suzanne Dempsey from Roscommon County Council and our Creative Schools workshop with our schools Creative Associate, Catherine.

We helped Eileen our school secretary celebrate her birthday and ‘helped’ her to eat her cake!!!! It was a busy month and we are now all set for the excitement of December!! Ho! Ho! Ho!