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
  • Play based curriculum


  • 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:

  • 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.

Core Curriculum:

  • 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.

Class Trips:

  • 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 – mariad@rmds.ie
  • Through Office
  • P/T Meetings middle of November
  • Please do not hesitate to inform me of any concerns, questions or issues you may have.



Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School,
Ranelagh Road,
Dublin 6.
T: +353 1 496 1722