Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for all children from birth to six years and, in addition to the primary school curriculum, is implemented in infant classes at the school. The word Aistear is the Irish word for journey and was chosen because early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys. Aistear is the curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. It provides information for adults to help them plan for and provide enjoyable and challenging learning experiences, so that all children can grow and develop as competent and confident learners within loving relationships with others. 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. The Framework also provides guidelines on supporting children’s learning through partnerships with parents, interactions, play, and assessment. In supporting children’s early learning and development Aistear:
§ identifies what and how children should learn, and describes the types of experiences that can support this
§ makes connections in children’s learning throughout the early childhood years and as they move from one setting to another
§ supports parents as their children’s primary educators during early childhood, and promotes effective partnerships between parents and practitioners
§ complements and extends existing curriculums and materials
§ informs practice across a range of settings, disciplines and professions, and encourages interdisciplinary work.
Below are some photographs of Aistear in practice in Junior Infants.
Photos of Aistear in Junior Infant Classroom
Theme: The Doctor's Surgery
Picture 1: Junk Art (Making Doctor Headbands)
Picture 3: Small World (An accident on the Road- Link with the fireman visit)
Picture 4: Construction (Making doctors equipment: stethoscope and reflex hammer)
Ms. Holly -Aistear in the classroom- The Post Office
This month’s Aistear theme was ‘The Post Office’. The children were provided with lots of materials to write letters and postcards. They all wrote a postcard to their friends, designed stamps and posted them in the post office box in our classroom. We had lots of props to support the post office theme and we were busy sorting and delivering the post. The children engaged in activities that included wrapping and weighing parcels, painting post boxes, decorating wrapping paper, colouring cutting and sticking stamps, building post vans and making cards. We watched a video from An post ‘The Journey of Aisling’s letter’ and we learnt the roles and responsibilities of the postperson. We had great fun!