The month of May saw the Junior Infants completing work on Birthdays in Aistear. The children had lots of fun attending a role play birthday party, making cards, cakes and wrapping presents. It was great!!
Take a look at some of the photographs below which shows the Juniors at work.
Aistear meaning journey is a framework for developing numeracy and literacy through play which is very much supported and promoted by Department of Education and Skills.
In the Convent of Mercy, we embrace this approach and focus on it in Junior and Senior Infant Classes.
The socio-dramatic corner will be the focal point while the children engage in themed and well planned and structured meaningful sessions. This group work will specifically adhere to and cover learning objectives from the Primary School Curriculum.
Staff have attended Aistear courses and the Aistear room has been equipped with fantastic resources over the last number of years from both school investment and donations. The Aistear framework integrates a range of other curricular subjects such as Literacy, Numeracy, Gaeilge, Drama and Visual Arts to name a few.
The socio-dramatic area can be transformed into a variety of make-believe areas such as a cafe, doctor's surgery, farm, home corner, hairdressers, construction site and so much more. Children are encouraged to develop their numeracy and literacy skills through a fun and positive learning environment. They engage with their peers and teacher in well planned and organised activities.
Since the introduction of the programme the children have benefited well from it and have certainly had lots of fun along the way.
Please feel free to speak to your child about Aistear and the themes being covered as they are introduced.
Keep a look out for photo's of this years activities in action as they are being updated!!