Junior Infants Class Meeting Notes
Maria Dillon- Class Teacher
Therese Coogan- SET
- Trust and respect is everything!
- September is all about settling in!
- Some children take longer than others to settle and that’s ok!
- School day begins at 8.30.
- Children will be marked late after 8.40.
- Your child will need a note (email) if they have been absent or late for school.
- Alternatively contact the office.
- New sign in and out book!
Settling In time- 8.30-8.45
- It’s an opportunity for children to mix socially and settle into the day(organize belongings, lunchbox, water bottle, towel bag and coat)
- It gives me the opportunity to observe the children and have a little chat with each child.
- Group and Whole class marble system in place.
- Zero tolerance for violence towards other children!- 2 mins off yard time
- The Code of Behaviour and the Anti-Bullying policy- available on the website.
- Focus on Anti - Bullying in term 2. (SPHE)
- Zones of Regulation / Restorative practice
- Enjoyable and challenging learning experiences through play
- Completed through stations which change each day.
- Thematic approach (*Unoccupied play, Solitary play, Onlooker play, Parallel play, Associative play, Social play.)
- To be present to supervise child’s work.
- To help the child to complete tasks on occasions.
- To hear learning work (phonics, tricky words and reading)
- To check that all homework has been completed.
- Healthy lunches are school policy.
- Children need to take any unfinished food home.
- There is a NO NUTS policy in the school.
- Whole school rule: No birthday treats!
- Big Focus in JI: Programme used: Jolly Phonics
- Sound, action and song for each letter.
- Lots of repetition needed to embed the sound.
Beginning to Write:
- Focus on pencil grip for the first while.
- No rubbers needed when we are writing- it’s part of the learning process.
- Focusing on the formation of the letters/ sounds we are learning.
- The curriculum offers a central place to oral language – speaking and listening.
- Oral language is the foundation of literacy development and its importance can’t be overstated.
- Oral language activities explored in class: ‘Barrier Games’, ‘word recall’, ‘Don’t Mention It’ ‘Pictionary’, ‘word jumble race’, ‘2 truths and 1 lie’ ‘Vo-bak-ulary’, variety of poetry etc.
- Concrete materials used when introducing a topic and then moving towards the abstract side of maths.
- Huge emphasis on ‘real-life’ maths and problem solving.
- Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
- A unique aspect of the curriculum of Multi-Denominational schools.
- Strands include: Myself and Others, Moral Development, The Environment, Development Education, & Faith and Festivals
- Topics Include: Awareness, Self Expression, Working with Others, My School, Disability Awareness Blindness/Asthma, I am special, Birthdays/Birth Customs, Family Celebrations.
- Assessment completed for the teacher to know where the students are at.
- Two forms of assessment: Assessment for Learning and Assessment of Learning.
- You will be informed of any trips we are going on a few days before the trip.
- I will inform you through email of any upcoming trips.
Home Collection/ After School
- Please make sure to tell me if your child is not attending after school on a certain day.
- Please also make sure your child knows if they are/are not attending after school on a given day.
- *If someone different is picking up your child please let me and your child know.
- 15 minutes in the morning for a quick word.
- After school in yard.
- Email – email@example.com
- Through Office
- P/T Meetings middle of November
- Please do not hesitate to inform me of any concerns, questions or issues you may have.