Two very successful Aistear sessions were held in the halla today involving our four Infant Classes. Aistear, the Irish word for ‘journey’, is reflective of what the Aistear programme is all about – supporting and providing frameworks for developing as the children begin their life-long journey of learning. Aistear is the curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. It provides information for adults to help them plan for and provide enjoyable and challenging learning experiences, so that all children can grow and develop as competent and confident learners within loving relationships with others. Aistear describes the types of learning (dispositions, values and attitudes, skills, knowledge, and understanding) that are important for children in their early years, and offers ideas and suggestions as to how this learning might be nurtured.
A lot of planning and preparation went into the planning of Aistear in our school. The theme for today’s session and which will continue for the next three weeks is ‘Transport’. Work stations were set up based on the theme and the children were adult led to engage meaningfully with the activities. The stations are – Role Play, Construction, Reading, Free Writing, Sand Play, Small World, Numeracy (Shape and Space). After each three week session a new theme is planned with new activities for the children. A sincere thank you to Mrs. Claire Lester, Ms. Patricia Cunningham, Ms. Liadh Good, Ms. Ciara Sheehan (teachers), Mrs.Nuala Flanagan, Mrs. Michelle Guest (SNAs) for all their work and planning. A sincere thank you for their enthusiam and dedication to Ms. Eimear Stapleton and Mr. Kealan O’ Flynn, who are currently on Early Studies work placement in Star of the Sea.