Daily Lesson Notes (tp 3) Subject: English Date: 10-02-14 Time: 12: 00-12: 30 Class: junior infants- second class Duration of Lesson: 30 minutes

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Daily Lesson Notes (TP 3)

Subject: English

Date: 10-02-14
Time: 12:00-12:30

Class: junior infants- second class

Duration of Lesson: 30 minutes

Theme: Spring

Strand: reading, writing, oral language

Strand Unit: receptiveness to language, competence and confidence in using language, developing cognitive abilities through language.

Differentiated Learning Objectives:

1. All children will be enabled to listen to a story about a Spring Bird called ‘Davie’s Journey’.

2. Most children will be enabled to complete a piece of creative writing based on pictures of Spring Birds. ( 1st and 2nd class) Most children in junior and senior infants will be enabled to copy two sentences from the whiteboard and draw a picture of the bird.

3. Some children will be enabled to complete a a piece of creative writing based on ‘What Davie Did Next’


Thumbs up/down:

The teacher will use self assessment. The children will close their eyes and put their thumbs up, down or sideways, depending on how they felt about the task they completed. The teacher will record findings in the assessment notebook.


Teacher Questioning: (List two indicative questions under each heading).
Higher Order Questions:

What is happening in the first picture?

What do you think you will write about based on this picture?
Lower Order Questions:

Where was Davie going?

Was he happy?

Language / Literacy Opportunities:

(State what language development will take place and the literacy opportunities in the lesson)

Vocabulary: sequence, hatch, wren, journey, migration, Africa, Ireland.

Literacy: the children will develop literacy as they write a short paragraph based on each picture on the teacher designed task sheet.

Oral Language: the children will develop oral language as they talk about the story the teacher read.

Content of Lesson:

Lesson Introduction:

  • The teacher will introduce the lesson by asking the children if they remember the bird we were talking about earlier in the day- the wren.

  • We will talk about what we learned about the wren.

  • The teacher will tell the children that we will be reading a story about a bird called Davy today.

Lesson Development:

  • The teacher will read the children the big book ‘Davy’s Journey’.

  • The teacher will then encourage a talk and discussion session based on the story.

  • The teacher will ask the children to show her the signs of Spring they can spot in the pictures.

  • The teacher will then model the teacher designed task on the whiteboard.
  • There will be three pictures containing images of birds and signs of Spring. The children in 1st and 2nd class must write sentences based on each picture. E.g. ‘the bird is building a nest’.

  • The early finishers will complete a piece of creative writing based on the story the teacher read.

  • The teacher will work with junior and senior infants on a written task while 1st and 2nd work independently. The teacher will model writing two sentences about the story on the whiteboard and the children will write them into their copies.

Lesson Conclusion:

  • The children in 1st and 2nd class will read their work to the rest of the class.

  • We will talk about the story we read and the signs of spring in the story.

Methodologies/ Teaching Strategies

  1. Talk and Discussion: listening, questioning, brainstorming, think, pair, share.

  2. Collaborative/Co-operative Learning: group work.

  3. Active Learning: hands on experience.

  4. Skills through Content: observing, predicting, investigating and experimenting, estimating and measuring, analyzing, synthesizing, describing, categorizing, recording and communicating.

  5. Using Local Environment: use of pupil environment and lived experience.

Problem Solving: apply logic and rationality to given situation


‘Davy’s Journey’ book, task sheets, flashcards with new vocabulary.

Inclusion and Diversity/ Differentiation: (May include adaptations in any of the following areas; Content, Activities, Resources, Product, Environment, Teaching Strategies)
Child K and D will require the teacher to write sentences on the whiteboard for them to copy.


Science- life cycle of the bird

Science- nature trail- signs of spring

English- acrostic poetry based on spring

English- acrostic poetry based on spring

English- creative writing- signs of spring

English- signs of spring- response to story ‘Davy’s Journey’

History: sequencing events from the story ‘Davy’s Journey’

Geography: homes- making bird feeders

Geography: homes- homes in spring

Drama- improvisation- animals awakening in spring

Art- construction- spring scene

Music- Vivaldi’s Four Seasons- listening and responding

Record of Assessment: (To be written after lesson is taught – Report on observations & show how information gathered is interpreted and used to inform future planning and teaching)

Action Plan:

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