Timetabling in Junior Infants

A class timetable is available on Mash.ie, however this blog post is more detailed on specific activities for each subject which can be used for the first few weeks of Term 1.

9.00 – 9.10 First thing in the morning I have fine motor activities which would come under handwriting and literacy.
9.10 – 9.35 For English time, I would use some auditory processing activities, rhyming activities and pre-reading activities. These can be from your set scheme or from additional resources. I normally don’t begin the formal Phonics programme until the end of September.

9.35-9.55 Maths
Within the Ready Set Go Programme they recommend counting activities every day, I use counting activities at the start of every maths lessons. It is a nice transition activity and the class become familiar with the routine. After counting activities the class would do some one property sorting both on their own and with a partner. It is important to focus on the language, asking the children to explain why they made a particular set. You could also complete some of the EMA activities in the maths book.

9.55 – 10.20 Gaeilge
Depending on the scheme used in the school I usually introduce each lesson through the rhyme or song. Then we focus on the new language as outlined in the Irish scheme.

10.20 – 10.3o Song and rhyme time and the children get to have their snack.

10.30-10.40 Sos

10.40 – 11.30 Aistear

11.30 – 11.40 Handwriting, I use some pre writing activities after Aistear, it helps to refocus the class too.

11.40 – 12.00 SESE lesson which can be integrated with the Aistear topic

12.00 -12.30 RE

12.30 – 1.00 Lunch

1.00 – 1.15 Rhyme time (can be in English or Irish)

1.15 – 1.40 SPHE

This timetable is for Junior Infants, although it could be adapted for Senior Infants either.


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