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PostHeaderIcon February 2023 in Ms. Downey’s Class

Belvedere Boys

In Febrauary we said a sad ‘Goodbye and thank you’ to the 3 wonderful Belvedere boys, Sam, Alex and John, who have been helping us with English and Maths for the last few weeks.

Building Houses

One of our themes for February was homes. Some of the children built amazing homes from lego.

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PostHeaderIcon January 2023 in Ms. Downey’s Class

Happy New Year from Ms. Downey’s Class. We have been busy this January.


The children love Freeplay in the morning and are very creative. Please make sure your child is in school at 8.50 every day so they take part.

Winter Chalk Drawings

The boys and girls did some amazing Winter drawings in chalk. 

The _at Word Family

The children did a great job writing the -at Word Family: bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat.  They also practiced some other Word Families:

*   The_an Family: ban, can, Dan, fan, man, nan, pan, ran, tan,van

*   The_am Family: bam, dam, ham, mam, Pam, ram, Sam

*   The_ap Family: bap, cap, gap, lap, map, nap, rap, tap, zap

See if your child can write any of these Word Families at home.

Say NO to Bullying

During Say NO to Bullying Week the boys and girls learned how we deal with bullying in Gardiner Street School:

  • Say NO

  • Walk away

  • Tell an adult

  • Keep on telling

  • Follow the adult’s advice

They coloured in some interesting slogans:





Aliens Love Underpants

The children loved the book  Aliens Love Underpants. They designed and painted very colourful underpants. Can you spot the aliens still lurking inside?

These are the other books in the series:



In January the boys and girls learned about Space and The Solar System. Ask your child to sing The Planet Order Song: The 8 planets go round and round… to the tune of  The Wheels on the Bus. 

Here they are using playdoh to create rockets, astronauts, planets and aliens.

Later on they used clay which they painted when dry.


I think you will agree they are’out of this world!’

Capital Letters

Senior Infants are learning the Capital Letters in cursive. In January we covered I, T, S, W, F, M, B, N. Please use the abc on your child’s Homework Folder and encourage them to practice at home. You could also buy them a Whiteboard or a Blackboard. 

Music with Ailbhe

Ailbhe from Music Generation is still doing some wonderful work with the children. Take a look at the photo below to see some of the things they have learned. Ask your child about them.







PostHeaderIcon December 2022 in Ms. Downey’s Class

Christmas Decorations

The boys and girls were very excited when December 1st arrived and they could finally say the ‘C’ word- Christmas!


Christmas Concert

We bgan practising our songs ‘Bualadh Bos’ and ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ for the Christmas Concert. The children were just wonderful on the day and Ms. Downey was very proud!

Christmas Art

The boys and girls drew, painted and decorated Santa, Rudolph and a Christmas Tree with help from a Youtube clip and Mr. Mc Enery.

They created and wrote amazing Christmas Cards.

They made the most beautiful little glass jar silhouette cribs with night lights.

Trip to The Moving Crib

On Tuesday 20/12/2022 Ms. Downey’s Class walked down to Parnell Square to visit The Moving Crib. Lots of wonderful parents, a great sister and the super Ms. Geraghty and Mr Mc Enery came with us. At the crib the boys and girls sang ‘Away in a Manger’. It was lovely!



Here are Mr. Mc Enery and Salma dressed up as nuns!

Nollaig shona dhaoibh go léir ó rang Ms. Downey!