Term 2 Junior and Seniors

Term 2 Junior and Seniors

February
Junior Infants
This month we are working on matching, correct formation of numbers and time. We are learning to count forwards and backwards to twenty. We are also focusing on reading and writing the number three.
Parents/ Guardians can help by:
Asking your child to help with sorting: matching socks, or putting things in the fridge/press. Match socks or gloves. Sort toys into groups by colour, by shape… Ask your child: How would you sort them?
Say the numbers 1-20
Play a rocket game by counting 1 to 20 and then counting back again from 20 to 1 and saying ‘blast off’. Try starting from a different number such as 9 and count back to 1.
Draw attention to the, days of the week and time of the day: today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, night. Look at the clock: time for school/bed. Ask questions such as: What do you do before you go to bed? After swimming? What do you think will happen next in the story? What day is it today?

Senior Infants
This month we are working on ordinal numbers (for example 1 st, 2 nd, 3 rd), 3D shapes, and adding numbers to make up to ten. We are learning to count forwards and backwards to twenty, as well as counting in twos up to 20, for example 2, 4, 6, 8… . We are also focusing on the correct formation of numbers to twenty.
Parents/ Guardians can help by:
Finding numbers; look at the microwave, the telephone and the TV remote control. Look for numbers outside as you go for a walk. Play board games with dice to encourage your child to count, add on and recognise numbers.
Adding two groups of objects to make a total of ten. When playing with toys make groups of objects and then ask your child to put them together. Encourage your child to ‘count on’ which means ‘continue counting’. I have 6 cars and
I get 4 more – 6… 7, 8, 9, 10.
Look at shapes: How many circles can you see in the kitchen? What shapes can you find in the garden? Look at books and pick out different shapes. Look at both 2D and 3D shapes.
March
Junior infants
This month we are working on time, focusing on seasons, days of the week, and o’clock. We are also working on capacity, comparing and ordering and weight.

Parents / Guardians can help by:
• Telling the time – help your child to master this difficult skill by taking it in stages. First stress the ‘o-clocks’. “It’s nearly five o’clock, time for tea!” Children can recognise o’clock times on a digital display (5:00) and on a clock face (big hand pointing up at the 12).
• Organising the daily/weekly schedule of activities, e.g.
o We go swimming on …
o We go swimming on … at … o’clock
o We go to dancing class on …
o We go to dancing class on … at … o’clock
o We get up at … o’clock
o We go to school at … o’clock
• Discuss the weight of items using the terms ‘heavy’ and ‘light’. The children will come to realise that the concept is relative and that weight cannot be assessed by size- a large object, e.g. balloon could actually be light.
• Talk to your child about whom or what is first and last in different situations. For example getting out of the car, pictures or activities they are carrying out.
• When making lunches or when using bottles or containers use language such as full and empty, bigger and smaller, holds more than or less than.

Senior infants
This month we are working on time, focusing on seasons, days of the week, o’clock and half past. We are also working on positional language, the number ten and counting to twenty.

Parents / Guardians can help by:
• Organising the daily/weekly schedule of activities, e.g.
o We go swimming on …
o We go swimming on … at … o’clock
o We go to dancing class on …
o We go to dancing class on … at … o’clock
o We get up at … o’clock
o We go to school at … o’clock
• Setting the table, placing utensils and cutlery in the correct position, using language such as above, below, beside, under, over, on, in front of, behind, beside, near, close, between, on the right, on the left.
• Tidying toys and other personal belongings
• 10 people will eat a meal:
o There are 7 plates on the table. How many more do we need?
o There are 6 cups on the table. How many more do we need?
o How many knives and forks do we need?

Junior Infants
April
Parents / Guardians can help by:
Weight- Compare objects, e.g. this paper is light, this stone is heavy.
Recognise 2D shapes in the environment. Look out for circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. They might be in a pattern or design.
Senior Infants
April
This month we are working on different arrays of the same number and we will be adding on the number line by counting on and revising number order 1-20.
Parents / Guardians can help by:
Counting household and personal objects to twenty;
Simple problem solving involving complementary addition:
If we have 4 buns and 6 people for tea, can we have 1 bun each?
B) How many more buns do we need to get?