We are a busy class with lots of activities and fun! Our main focus is learning through our structured play and group activities.
Our class is made up of four boys and one girl. Miss Cathers is the Class 2 teacher.
We have been very fortunate to have a new classroom at the City of Armagh High School site, which is beside the main Lisanally School, just up the hill! Our classroom is spacious and bright and we have lots of lovely new toys and play equipment for our class. We spend most of our morning up at our classroom, then we incorporate our daily mile walk into our routine, for walking down to the main dining hall for dinner. We have a super outdoor area with lots of space and outdoor toys, such as ride on tractors, balls and big connect 4 game.
Our day is full of fun and learning and begins with structured play time. The room is set up into different areas and activities will be based on the theme for the month. We have the playdough table, water / sand tray (we alternate these weekly), construction area for building, playdough area and role play area.
Our theme at present is ‘It’s Good To Be Me’. The children have been busy doing lots of painting and craft activities based on this theme, including making their own self portrait for our class wall display. We have also learnt about our faces, bodies and what we look like. We have explored using our senses such as smelling different scents, using our ears to listen to different sounds, looking in the mirror and brushing hair of the dolls. The children have also explored the theme of ‘diversity’ in which they learnt about different skin colours and features of people from all around the world. Through the use of different puppets, gluing and sticking pictures of faces and listening to sensory stories, the children had the opportunity of explore difference in this world.
We will be continuing our theme of ‘It’s Good to be me’ by exploring more about families and homes. We have set up a lovely home corner area with lots of opportunities for role play cooking and pretend meal times. Through sensory play with water and sand the children will pretend to wash the dishes in the water tray, bath the baby dolls and pretend to cook in the sand tray, by filling up sauce pans with spoons etc.
Our class really enjoys music and our teacher plays the guitar! When we had our first music lesson, the children were very interested in the guitar and even had the opportunity to try out the strings. Music is a wonderful addition to our classroom. It will certainly be a prominent theme throughout the coming year, with lots of songs and rhymes on our interactive board, playing and even making our own instruments.