Term 3 Junior and Senior Infants

Term 3 Junior and Senior Infants
May – Junior Infants
Parents / Guardians can help by:
Counting forwards and backwards to ten/twenty
Partitioning numbers in different ways.
Ask children to identify how many in a group. Keep changing the combination of numbers in the set, for example if there are 5 bears, you can have 3 and 2, 5 and 0, 4 and 1 etc.
Play games like hide the button place four buttons on the table ask them to close their eyes, how many did I hide?
Practicing adding using everyday items totalling to 3,4 & 5:
I have 1 button but I want 3. How can i make a set of 3?
I have 2 bears but I want 4. How can i make a set of 4?
I have 3 shells but I want 5. How can i make a set of 5?
May – Senior Infants
This month we are working on adding on the number line by counting on; we will be combining 2 numbers and 3 with totals to 10, length and money.
Parents / Guardians can help by:
Informal estimation/ comparison involving length at home, e.g. household items or personal belongings (books, toys, shoes, knives, forks, etc.).
Use of household items as formal units of measurements, e.g. clothes pegs, teaspoons, pasta.
Helping with the shopping activities: look at prices, which items costs the most/least?
Simple practical shopping activities, e.g. choosing personal items to buy, estimating the correct amount of money/coins required.
One to one correspondence: How many plates/cups/spoons do we need to set the table?
Simple problem solving involving complementary addition. For example:
If you have if you have 4 buns and 6 people for tea can we have one bun each? How many more buns do we need to get?
Addition of three items I have 3 buns, 4 buns and 2 buns. How many buns do I have altogether?

June – Junior Infants
This month we are working on estimating and measuring in non-standard units. We will compare and order containers according to capacity, we will be comparing objects that differ in size and shape. We will also look at counting and comparing the number of objects using a block graph and money.
Parents / Guardians can help by:
Informal estimation/comparison involving capacity at home. For example, comparing the capacity of household containers, e.g. jugs, jars, bottles, pots and buckets.
User of items as informal units of measurement, e.g. egg cups, mugs and jugs.
Looking at and discussing the different coins.
Children can also be encouraged to pay for items, allowing them to recognise and understand the real value of coins.

June – Senior Infants
Help your child to recognise the coins: 1c, 2c and 5c. Use opportunities to do simple tasks with 1c coins, e.g. 1c and 1c, give me five 1c coins. Some children have difficulty realising that there is 2 cent in a 2 cent coin (as it’s only 1 coin) so stick to adding 1 cent coins.
Partitioning (1 to 5)
Show how number of objects (1 to 5 items) can be ‘broken up’. For example, How many grapes are there? (5) I can break them up in lots of ways, e.g. 2 grapes and 3 grapes, 1 grape and 4 grapes, 3 grapes and 2 grapes. I put them back together and I have 5 again!
Combining/Addition (1 to 5)
Use opportunities to ask your child to ‘add’, e.g. in the supermarket, ‘I have 3 bananas, if you get me another 1, how many will I have? At home, ‘I have cut two slices of bread, if I cut 2 more how many will I have?’