Junior Infant Welcome Booklet
Welcome to all new families starting with us in Ashbourne Educate Together. The following booklet has lots of information about our school. Please also see the note that was emailed to all parents in recent days.
This booklet will also be available under the Parent Info tab above if needed in the future.
We look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks.
Junior Infant Welcome Booklet 2019 2020
Permission to Walk Home 2019/2020
Consent must be updated for the new school year.
Children from Ashbourne ETNS are permitted to walk home from 3rd Class up with parental permission. Should you, as parents/guardians, feel your child is responsible enough to walk home please give consent via the Aladdin app or alternatively print the form below and ensure your child has this with them on the first day of school.
No child will be allowed to walk home without prior consent from a parent or guardian. The attached form can also be used to grant permission for older siblings to collect their brothers or sisters in 1st or 2nd Class.
This form can also be found under the Parent Info tab above.
Permission to walk home/collect 2019
May in Katie’s Third Class
May was a very busy month in Katie’s third class. We have spent a lot of time preparing for our end of year performance – learning poems, songs and creating a drama.
We learned about Andy Warhol during art lessons and created our own pop art using bright colours and popular icons from the modern world.
Our history lessons took us back to the time of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We discovered the improvements these women made to the lives of patients in their care and how they cared for soldiers on the front line during the Crimean War. Each pupil created a fact file based on one of these women.
April in Katie’s Third Class
Even though April was a short school month, it was still a very productive few weeks in Katie’s third class. To understand the purpose of weight in maths, we made some Rocky Road! Everyone in the class had the opportunity to take part. Some children weighed ingredients, while others mixed the ingredients together. Afterwards we all got to eat the delicious Rocky Road!
Capacity was another area of maths we explored this month. We learned about litres and millilitres. To demonstrate one everyday use of capacity, the children made up their very own drinks! The children all measured various amounts of different juices (cranberry juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, apple juice and pomegranate juice) to create tasty beverages.
The children created graphic scores in music lessons. Each group created a graphic score based on the theme “weather”. They composed their piece of music using various types of music notation and symbol representations. Many different instruments were used – percussion instruments, piano, tin-whistle, guitar and their voices. The class composed some very atmospheric music that reflected their chosen titles brilliantly. The pieces of music were entitled: “Thunder Clouds”, “Blizzard”, “Snow Storm”, “Hurricane” and “The Windy Woods.”
March in Katie’s Third Class
This month was a very busy month in Katie’s third class. The class completed project work based on the theme “My Favourite Author”. Every child chose their favourite author and researched the author using the school iPads. They created beautifully illustrated posters which demonstrated what they had learnt about their favourite author.
The class worked extremely hard on their projects and put a huge amount of effort into the presentation of their work. Seven children created exceptional projects and were awarded prizes for creativity, originality, effort and presentation.
“My Favourite Author” Project
Clay was explored in Visual Arts this month and each child moulded a piece of clay based on their project work. Some children created characters from a book written by their favourite author (for example, the Roly Poly Bird from The Twits) while others created significant objects from the book (for example, a cauldron from Harry Potter!).
St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated by many of the children in third class on the 17th of March. We learned about St. Patrick, who he was and the work he did in Ireland. The children created green, white and orange photo-booth props to celebrate the day.