Presentation Primary School Waterford

A great tradition of education in Waterford since 1798

Senior Infants

Mrs Southard

Welcome to Mrs Southard’s Class. We have been so busy in Room 5. Every day is a new adventure with lots of hands on activities happening.


It’s hard to believe that we have come to the end of what can only be described as a difficult year but here in Mrs Southard’s class we have worked on and enjoyed our busy June.
Our topic has been water and Summer and we have been learning all about water safety and sun safety. We discussed holidays and going to the beach and read lots of stories including, Fidgety Fish, Commotion In The Ocean, All Afloat On Noah’s Boat,Pete Goes Camping, Pete and his Magic Sunglasses and What’s More Scary Than A Shark?
We really enjoyed our Sports Day, Fun Day and Cinema Day. Thanks to everyone who organised these days, we had so much fun.We especially enjoyed the mini farm that came to school and Winston the piglet stole our hearts! The bouncy castle was a big hit and we all loved going down the slide. Even Mrs Southard had a go ( I think I was pushed!!)
We had a great time using our mapping skills to find Fairy Doors hidden around the school, who knew there were so many fairies living in the Presentation! We have also been enjoying our Zoom classes with Fearghal and loved learning songs such as A Ram Sam Sam, Coca Cola Went To Town and Engine Engine Number Nine. A big thanks to Fearghal for such fun classes. We hope you have enjoyed our monthly updates and pictures. We would like to wish you all a happy, safe and sunny Summer.



In May we were learning all about Our Community and people who help us. We Read about Charlie The Firefighter, Hugh Shampoo and his visit to the hairdresser and When I grow up! We had a great chat about what the girls would like to do as a job when they grow up – I expect to see a few vets, teachers and ice cream ladies!
We talked about the dentist and about how important it is to keep our teeth clean and practiced ‘ cleaning our teeth!!’ We read about poor Titus the goat who had a troublesome tooth and ended up knocking out his own tooth.
We had our role play area set up and we all had turns going to The Restaurant and ordering our favourite foods, remembering to use our greetings, looking at people when we talk to them and using our manners!
We used Lego and our imaginations to build Fire Stations and kitting it out with all the mod cons.
We have been learning about taking care of our world and focused on recycling, sorting items into different bins. We then used these recyclable materials for a challenge – each group was challenged to build the highest tower, well done to  the green table who won the challenge.
We have been working very hard on our sounds and sight letters, writing on our whiteboards, using our magnetic letters and playing games to reinforce it all.
We were delighted to hear that we were zooming again with Mr O’Connor and have been having so much fun keeping the beat and singing our songs.
We learned about the Egyptians, made Egyptian masks and danced to the classic ‘Walk Like an Egyptian!’ We made pyramids and a sphinx out of playdough too.
When the weather allowed, we took advantage and went outside to write our words, practice our balancing, do PE and helped Ms Fetton water the veg and even had ice pops outside. It’s hard work being so busy!
We hope you like our pictures



April was  busy again in Mrs Southard’s class. We have been learning lots and enjoying our activities and hands on work.
We have been learning about healthy foods and made jigsaws, played snap and talked about keeping healthy. We did a lot of outdoor activities, such as go on a Spring Scavenger Hunt, play in the little playground and raced each other in the yard for PE.
We learned about the life cycle of a frog and we really enjoyed learning about giraffes. We learned about new fruits in the story Handa’s Surprise and loved the cheeky animals we met along the way!!
We are really good at jigsaws here and love working as part of a team to get the jigsaw finished.
We have been working hard on our sounds and sight words. We have even been sight word detectives, using a magnifying glass to find our sight words in books. Great fun!  We listened to the stories Growing Frogs, Handa’s Surprise, Chicken Licken and Frog on a Log.  We hope you like our pictures


It was so lovely to see all the girls on March 1st, with big smiles on their faces, all looking very excited to be back at school. Thankfully, the weather has been on our side, so we took advantage of this and spent lots of time outside. We played with our skipping ropes, played with chalk, took lots of walks around the school, played in our little playground and did plenty of PE outside.
We did lots of learning through play and this helped us settle back into school life. We dressed up for World Book Day and enjoyed our March walkabout in our dress up clothes.
Our celebrations for St Patrick’s Day were fantastic. There was great excitement as we all paraded through the school, cheering each other on.
Wishing you all a safe, healthy and Happy Easter. Hope the Easter Bunny comes to you all.
December… has been and gone in the blink of an eye. We enjoyed learning about toys from the past and loved playing with Mrs Southard’s toys from when she was a child, We learned all about The Post Office and what happens to our letters when we post them. We had free play with magnets, did a Christmas adventure trail around the school and had hot chocolate and a disco in the hall. We really enjoyed our Winter Garden at school too.
In Numeracy, we learned the song 10 Little Elves, spent lots of time working on the number 8 and worked on length and width, guessing first and then measuring things like our books, our pencils and our tables.
In Literacy we worked on the sounds ‘ai’, ‘oa’ and ‘ie’. We played a new game called Fiddlesticks to help us with our sight words. It was great fun! We did plenty of cutting and sticking too to reinforce our sight words.
We loved listening to stories such as The Gruffalo’s Child, The Old Toy Room, The Jolly Christmas Postman, Santa Bear, I’ve Seen Santa, Careful Santa and The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas!!!
On Monday the 21st we were very lucky to be able to watch the very funny Sword In The Stone Panto from the Helix, online. Oh yes we did!!!
Finally, we would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Christmas and look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.

November… has flown by and again, it has been all go in Mrs Southard’s Class. We have been learning all about day and night and really enjoyed doing our art activity on this. We also learned about Neil Armstrong and about the planets ( I hope you all enjoyed the Planet Song!!). We designed our own astronaut suits too. We enjoyed drawing around our partner’s shadow with chalk (we waited a while for the sun to appear!) and have also been learning about things that use electricity. We especially enjoy hands on activities in Room 5 and loved building circuits and watching the light bulb light up. We did an interactive quiz on electrical safety and scored lots of points.

We have been learning about 3D shapes and enjoyed sorting the shapes. We played with lego, Minecraft toys and Duplo to reinforce the shapes. Learning through play is so much fun!
We have been playing lots of games and doing jigsaws to reinforce our sounds and our sight words. Jigsaws are a great way to encourage sharing, learning through play and spatial awareness.
Music has been different this year and we have been having music lessons with Mr O’Connor, on Zoom! We have been learning to keep a steady beat and to read music, very impressive!
Presentation Day was also celebrated on Zoom and I’m sure the girls enjoyed the half day.
Friday afternoons are great fun in Room 5, as we get Golden time, where we play with toys. The girls work so hard during the week and look forward to this every week, as do I!!
We enjoyed listening to the stories Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?, The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark, Night Monkey/ Day Monkey,Owl Babies, Peace At Last, Back To Earth With A Bump, Alien Love Underpants, Whatever Next and Chickens Can’t See In The Dark, We really love books!

October… has been another busy month in Room 5. We have been learning all about Autumn and The Farm. We took this opportunity to do some cooking with Ms Fetton. We helped peel the vegetables, add the mixed herbs and then got to eat our vegetable stew. It was delicious. Thanks Ms Fetton, we really enjoyed it.
We have been taking advantage of the dry weather ( when we get it ) and have been going outside lots. Thanks to Mrs O Mara for getting us all skipping ropes ( even Mrs Southard got one!!). We have been skipping all over the place and having great fun too.We also have been doing lots of PE outside and writing with chalk too.
September… We are all working very hard and learning lots. We have been blending our sounds and really enjoy using our magnetic letters to make our words. We use our whiteboards to practice writing our numbers and have been learning about length, height and width. We made really long chains and towers with links and cubes.
We learned about cows, bats and labelled the parts of a tree.
Listening to stories is a big hit in Room 5. We really liked Pete The Cat ( Rocking In My School Shoes..), The Litttle Red Hen, Farmer Duck, Room on The Broom and the fantastic story about 2 scarecrows, Betty O Barley and Harry O Hay in the great book- The Scarecrows Wedding. We hope you enjoy our pictures..