Category Archives: Junior Infants

Junior Infants-Term 1 2023/24

We are so proud of our Junior Infants classes. They have settled in so well and have worked really hard. 
We learned all about the doctor in Aistear. We sang “Miss Polly Had A Dolly” and created Polly’s quilt cover using coloured foam in Art. We even had a visit from Dr. Conor  and Nurse Mary which was so exciting! We asked them lots of questions and learned so much from them. 
Autumn has been a busy time in Junior Infants. We created an Autumn table with lots of conkers, acorns, helicopters and leaves. We learned all about the horse chestnut tree and the hedgehog. 
We learned all about Halloween. We drew spooky Halloween pictures, read Halloween stories and made some spells and potions in the role play area.

Term 3

The children in Junior Infants have been very busy since we came back to school after the Easter holidays. We’ve talked about the importance of staying safe on the roads and learned the ‘Safe Cross Code.’ 

Our exciting theme this month for Aistear is ‘The Pizzeria.’ We’ve been very busy feeding all of our hungry customers in role play and making beautiful pictures using dried pasta in Art. We are really enjoying our weekly ‘Show and Tell.’ Children have brought in their favourite toys, teddies, medals, books and even a horse shoe which everyone thought was very cool! 

We started GAA sessions last week with our new coach Alan and cannot wait for all of the fun we will have in the forthcoming weeks.

Term 2 Junior Infants

This term Junior Infants have been learning all about the Toy shop, toys and games from the past,Tom crean and the weather station. The children took part in Aistear activities based on these themes such as making toys from playdough, playing hopscotch and skipping, creating Tom’s ships using tangrams, weather sorting, cutting Tom Crean pictures and in role-play all the children became shop keepers, customers & weather forecasters. 

As part of our weather theme the children learned about the thermometer and a rain gauge. The children also made yummy rice Krispie buns as part of procedural writing. They made lots of beautiful art creations: Splash umbrellas, Valentine’s handprints and beautiful snowdrops to name a few. It has been a very busy term for Junior Infants.

Term 1 Junior Infants

Junior Infants have been very busy since returning to school after mid-term break. In Aistear we have been learning about Neil Armstrong and his trip to the moon. We have been learning about the changes in weather in Winter and created beautiful winter wolly art. Finally, we had great fun in P.E. this term. Our tennis coach Josh has been teaching us how to play tennis.

Christmas 2021!

This October Junior Infants have had a very busy few weeks learning about the themes of autumn and Halloween. We completed lots of fun activities in Aistear and learned about how some plants and animals change in autumn. This month the children also learned about how they have grown and changed since they were a baby and we examined their baby pictures to see if there were any similarities or differences. Finally, this week we celebrated Maths week. The children had great fun going on a Maths trail, creating rockets using different shapes in Art and also creating lovely colourful patterns.

National Tree Day 7th October.

Junior Infants and Senior Infants at Cloonakilla N.S celebrated National Tree Day on Thursday 7th October. Students gathered outside with their teachers near our outdoor classroom. Gerry, our caretaker, planted a Wild Cherry Tree as we watched with excitement. Students from each class helped Gerry by watering the tree after it was planted. Our Green School Committee will check on the tree and water it weekly.   We are very excited to watch our tree grow and to see beautiful white and pale pink flowers in the spring.


Our Nature Walk.

Our Nature walk was on the 6th of October. We saw nettles, dock leaves, delicious blackberries, and lots of trees and birds.

Aistear The Doctor.

Aistear Autumn!

Digital Technologies.

Some of the Junior Infants pupils are busy learning coding! The pupils are creating correctly sequenced algorithms. They are accurately entering their algorithm into a Bee-Bot and using logical reasoning to debug their algorithm or code if required. Then they share this work with an audience of their peers!

The Junior Infants have created beautiful Arts and Crafts!