||Prepare for Home
Arrive at School
Arriving for school on time is extremely important for children even at this young age! Being on time allows the children to have a pleasant transition from the home to the school environment, easing them in gently and calmly. Their teachers are always there to greet and interact with them on arrival, settling them for their day ahead. Circle time starts at 9.40 a.m. and 1.40 p.m. so it’s also important that the children do not miss any of the wonderful themes we learn each week.
Each day the children start their day with Circle Time which is where the exciting group work takes place! Each day the children will start circle time discussing the calendar in both English and Irish. Each week we will discuss our chosen theme. We will also have lots of fun learning about our sounds and numbers. We start by introducing a number each week from 1 to 10 and then progress onto the sounds a to z. Each sound will be taught using the phonic method helping the children along when learning sounds through their one-on-one Montessori work. Irish and French will be introduced on a monthly basis (French commences in the third term), teaching the children basics such as days of the week, months of year, colours, etc.
Montessori Work Time
The children will work with both Montessori and educational materials. All materials are categorized into Practical Life, Sensorial, Maths, Language and Culture. Because each child is at a different stage of development they will learn at their own pace and are only ever encouraged to move on when they are ready. A child’s learning is led by each individual child. The children will work one-on-one with a designated teacher working their way through the Montessori programme.
Break time allows the children the opportunity to develop social and conversational skills by interacting with each other over a healthy snack.
Weather permitting the children will play outside for approximately twenty minutes each day. This encourages imaginative role-play and allows interaction with their peers whilst developing their gross motor skills.
Each day the children take turns as classroom assistant. This teaches the children to take responsibility for themselves and their environment. The classroom assistant is given certain tasks to carryout helping their teachers during the day. It is done alphabetically to ensure all children get a turn.
Arts and Crafts
The children will participate in arts and crafts each week and, where possible, it will be linked to the weekly theme. This normally takes place each Wednesday or Thursday; it can vary from week to week. The children actively participate in Arts and Craft’s and all work taken home is completed solely by the children. There may be times when some of the arts n’ crafts may require templates and the teachers will prepare these. However, the children will always finish the project and what they take home is their own work.
Secret Phonic Bag
Each day the classroom assistant will have an additional job to do. It is their job to bring home our special phonic bag. The bag has a sound written on the front which is the sound we are learning in circle time that week. Your child is required to find something at home beginning with the ‘sound of the week’, put it in the bag, and bring it back into school the following day, e.g. a for apple, b for bat etc. They are not allowed tell anyone what is in the bag, as we will all try to guess in circle time! If it is a difficult sound and you cannot find an object, why not draw a picture instead or print one from your computer! This is a fun interactive way to help the children learn their phonics whilst extending some of the Montessori method into the home environment. We would ask that you put only one or two items in the bag. Participation is important to your child so please try to remember the bag when it is your child’s turn.
Song and Rhyme Time
The children will learn songs and rhymes throughout their time in school during circle time. A Song and Rhyme sheet will be included in their pouch each month which includes most of the songs and rhymes that your child will learn during that month.