Term 1 Junior and Seniors

Term 1 Junior and Seniors
September
Junior Infants
This month we are working on matching, comparing, classifying and sorting.

Parents / Guardians can help by:
matching items at home, e.g. things that are identical (e.g. forks / spoons) or things that are the same colour etc comparing things at home, e.g. which ribbon is longer/shorter?, which bag is bigger / smaller?
sorting things at home –e.g. things that are the same size, length or colour or sort items of clothing into correct categories e.g. underwear, T-Shirts, socks etc, separate cutlery into correct categories.

Senior Infants
This month we are working on matching, sorting, classifying and identifying the odd one out. We are revising common colours. We are also counting forwards and backwards to five. We are practising writing numbers and counting items up to 5.
Parents / Guardians can help by
matching things at home e.g. socks into pairs after laundry.
sorting things at home e.g. separate the coloured/white items before using the washing machine, sort items of clothing into correct categories e.g. underwear, T-Shirts, socks etc, separate cutlery into correct categories.
practising counting e.g. How many buttons are on your coat? How many plates/cups/spoons do we need to put on the table?

October
Junior Infants
This month we are working on matching, comparing, ordering, classifying and sorting. We are also working on spatial awareness and extending patterns.

Parents / Guardians can help by:
matching items at home, e.g. things that “go/belong together” such as pairs of socks, a dustpan and brush a pot and lid, knife and fork etc. comparing at home, e.g. Who has the biggest bowl?, Who has the smallest plate? Who has the most…? Who has the least? Whose leg is the longest? Who is taller? Which cup is smaller? etc spatial awareness at home, e.g. Where is the T.V.? Where is the bin? Play games using directions. sorting things at home –e.g. things that are the same size, length or colour or sort items of clothing into correct categories e.g. underwear, T-Shirts, socks etc, separate cutlery into correct categories.

Senior Infants
This month we are working on patterns, ordering, comparing and 2D shapes. We are also counting forwards and backwards to six. We are practising writing numbers and counting items up to 6.
Parents / Guardians can help by
(patterns) designing sequences for children to extend using household items, e.g. cutlery, pasta shapes, clothing, coloured pegs etc. Ask children to design their own sequences using toys and personal belongings.
practising counting e.g. How many buttons are on your coat? How many plates/cups/spoons do we need to put on the table? Play games such as O’Grady says asking the children to hop/clap /skip a certain number of times etc matching items of clothing or shoes according to colour/pattern identifying 2D shape in the home environment, e.g. shape of doors, windows, furniture, packaging toys etc.

November

Junior Infants
This month we are working on matching, comparing and ordering. We are also working on 2D shapes (square and circle) and extending patterns. Children will also learn how to read and write the numeral 1.
We are also counting forwards and backwards to ten.
Parents / Guardians can help by:
comparing at home, e.g. more / less than, the same / not the same
looking for straight/curved lines and corners at home.
looking for circles and squares at home or drawing/printing circles and squares
looking for patterns at home e.g. in scarves, T-shirts, bags etc. – extend patterns using colours
matching items at home, e.g. things that “go/belong together” such as pairs of socks, a dustpan and brush a pot and lid, knife and fork etc.
doing simple counting activities – How many eyes do you have?, How many windows are in the sitting room? Etc.

Senior Infants
This month we are working on comparing (introduction to = meaning “the same as”), matching numerals to sets, combining sets (totals 6), (introduction to “plus” symbol +, the numeral 0. We are practising writing numbers and counting items up to 6. We are also counting forwards and backwards to ten.
Parents / Guardians can help by
doing simple counting activities – how many buttons are on your shirt? Etc.
counting items in a set – How many…?, How many altogether?, more than, less than, the same as, equal, How many more?, How many less?, Are the sets the same/equal?, Are the sets not the same/unequal
practising1-to-1 correspondence e.g. There are four people in our family. How many plates/cups (etc.) do we need? Do we have enough sweets/apples so that everyone can get one each?
sharing out items
posing simple problems: we only have two plates on the table, how many more do we need? etc

Junior Infants
December
During this month the children are being introduced formally to the components of number 1/2/3/4. At home place an array of various manipulatives on the table, e.g. counters. Ask the child to make a set of 1/2. Observe whether the child is putting a set of 1 and another set of 1 together to make 2. Ask the child to further their understanding of the component of e.g. 2 to move the red counter apart from the blue counter. Now move them back together. Ask them how do we make 2? Put 1 cube and another cube together to make 2. During play make lots of sets of 2 together by putting 1 object and another object together saying “made a set of 2.” At this early stage of learning reading and writing numerals let them practise writing numerals using sand tray and/or crayons. During reading support the children to attend to look for groups of 2 and report back: “I saw 2 dogs, I saw number 2 in the supermarket.” The children have learned to sequence events in familiar stories and rhymes using vocabulary associated with the concept of time e.g. day, night, bright, dark, morning and evening. Talk to the children about the idea of “time.” What does it mean to the children? Read rhymes such as “Hey Diddle Diddle” and ask was it day or night? How do we know? Introduce the days of the week. Read rhymes e.g. Monday’s Child” and make a simple timetable of the week e.g. on Monday’s we do P.E, on Tuesday we do drama.

Senior Infants
December
The children have been exploring and analysing the components of numbers from 1 to 7. They have used cubes to construct the stories of each of these numbers and this activity could be reinforced at home using e.g. teddy bears. When making the story of 2, ask if I hide 0 teddy bears how many are there (2) therefore 0 teddy bears and 2 teddy bears is 2 teddy bears. Continue by hiding 1 teddy, how many are there now (1) therefore 1 teddy bear and 1 teddy bear is 2 teddy bears. Repeat this activity to make the stories of 3-7. Play “Bears hiding in the bag.” The child has an individual set of e.g. 6 bears in front of him/ her. Invite the child to count and watch as you place 6 teddy bears in a bag. Remove a number of bears from the bag e.g. 3 and ask the child to suggest how many still remain by moving/ covering/ hiding 3 bears of their own. Repeat the procedure several times, removing a different number of bears from the bag each time while the child watches and counts aloud. The children have also named and described the properties of 3D shapes (cube, cuboid, sphere and cylinder) Discuss these shapes in the general environment and identify and name specific examples of the shape. Discuss 2D shapes in the environment e.g. rectangle (windows, doors), circles (counters, clock face) triangles (various food items), sphere (ball), cuboid (cupboards), cylinder (tubs) and cube (dice).