Aistear in the Junior Room

Aistear is the new early childhood curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland which we are introducing this year in St. Michaels for our infant classes. As early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys, this framework is called Aistear, the Irish word for journey. Aistear has two parts:- Part one has twelve principles which are similar to the principles in the Primary School Curriculum.It is based on four themes-well-being,Identity and Belonging, Communicating, Exploring and Thinking. Part two consists of four guiding principles-enriching learning through interactions, learning through play, using assessment to support learning, workin

Mindful Listening in the Middle Room

The Middle Room have been practicing some Mindfulness techniques. Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment,something which is very important in all our busy lives. We have enjoyed mindful listening and mindful walking. In mindful listening we heard many sounds e.g. the ticking of the clock, our own breathing, a passing car and rainfall. It was very interesting to hear the different sounds rainfall created, we heard it falling onto our roof and onto the leaves and gravel outside. When we practice mindful walking we pretend that we are just learning to walk and we take each step very slowly, breaking it down into all its little components.

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