Check the RMDS website for information and updates on school matters regularly. RMDS Code of Discipline –available on RMDS website.
The Senior Infant Team working with job sharing teachers, Ms.O’Dowd and Ms. Halpin, this year are Amal Perera (Learning support, shared with Junior Infants), Ann Maguire (classroom Assistant shared with Junior infants, Rang 1 and Rang 2), Paul Fairbrother (Mainstream Resource Teacher throughout the school)
Punctuality: 8.30am is school opening time. The gate is opened a few minutes before so that everyone can be in the classroom from 8.30am. Anyone in after 8.40 is marked “late”. School finishes at 1.10pm and prompt collection is greatly appreciated.
Let us know in advance if someone different is collecting your child. It’s school policy not to allow children to go with anyone else unless school has been contacted.
Curriculum matters: Gaeilge, English , Mathematics, Art, PE, Music, Drama, Environmental science and Core Curriculum.
Mindfulness takes place , in class, every day.
Assessment: ongoing teacher assessment and standardised assessment at the end of the year, usually in May.
Reading programme - continuation of Oxford Reading Tree programme as well as revision of letter sounds.
Homework -usually given from Monday to Thursday inclusive. They should be able to understand and complete the tasks given, as they are fully prepared and it’s explained in school on Monday. It may sometimes be necessary to read the instructions with them. All written homework should be completed with a lead pencil only. Folders are distributed on Mondays. Please ensure child’s name is on any worksheet. Reading/shared reading should take place every night. Please sign your child’s homework also. It should take no more than 20 minutes of concentrated time. If your child experiences any difficulties please let us know.
Homework folders need to be kept in bags as we regularly check them and hear reading.
Behaviour/Rewards - Sticker charts are used to reward positive behaviour and great effort individually in Senior Infants. We focus on the positive and generally the children are very well behaved. We have a Lucky dip system in place to reward completed sticker charts. We will be mindful that all children are included in this over the course of the year.
PE- happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays. GAA takes place on a Wednesday.
Art/PE/Drama – class is split in half for these lessons and teaching is shared with Mr.Fairbrother.
Parent Teacher meetings - Formal Parent/Teacher meetings will take place this year in November. If you require another appointment during the year, please feel free to contact us to arrange a suitable time.
Lunchtime, Breaks and Healthy eating policy - RMDS encourages a healthy eating lunch policy throughout the school. Crisps, sweets, chocolate, cake and fizzy drinks are not allowed. No birthday treats are allowed. Children may bring a treat on a school tour.
Show and Tell / News – happens on Fridays at present, one group each week gets to show and tell or can tell class some news instead. Children will be given advance warning so they can be prepared.
Our joint email address is ie if you need to let us know about any school matters.
Forest school – will take place for Senior Infants in the summer term and there will be a meeting after the Easter holidays with all the details. Meanwhile look at school website for lots of information and a short, lovely video clip about it.
Dates/Trips – we will make regular trips to Rathmines library throughout the year.
On Thursday ,November 8th, the class will visit the Irish Museum of Modern Art to participate in a workshop based on the work of Persian artist,Monir. In the Spring term they will visit Imaginosity in Dundrum and they will go to Dublin Zoo in the Summer term. We will let you know in advance as we organise other trips throughout the year.