‘Aistear’ is the Irish word for ‘journey’. Aistear enables us, as teachers, to facilitate and celebrate early childhood as a time of being, and of enjoying and learning from experiences as they unfold. 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. At St. Sylvester’s we integrate SESE, maths, English, music and Gaeilge with play. Aistear promotes well-being, identity and belonging, communicating, exploring and thinking. These skills are taught through play, exploration and discovery. Some of the themes we explore here at St. Sylvester’s are ‘Home’, ‘The Toyshop’, ‘Santa’s Workshop’, ‘Doctor’s Surgery’, ‘The Vet’, ‘Travel Agents’ and more. The children engage in role play, junk art, small area, construction, play doh, quiet area, water play, sand, ipads. Scroll through some photos of our recent explorations and adventures on the farm! To add to our Aistear experience, Farmer Ann visited us and brought Tomás the lamb, a cockerel and a hen!