Junior Infants

Class Blog for Junior Infants

Supermarket Sweep!


Junior Infants had a busy morning today heading to our local Lidl in Rathmines!

We have been learning all about the Supermarket in Aistear and role-playing supermarket situations so it was great to put our learning to good use today.

We started the week by writing a list for the Supermarket in our Literacy lesson and using our phonics sounds to sound out the words we needed.

We headed off early this morning and remembered to bring our list and our shopping bags!

When we got to the shop we first had a look at some of the things we had been learning about in class – we spotted the baskets, trolleys, self-checkout, till, cashier and the aisles.

Next we set off in our groups, each group had one thing highlighted on their list to find.

After that came the exciting part, we headed up to the tills to pay for our goods!

We put our items on the belt, gave the money to the cashier and received our change and receipt. We made sure to bag up our items to carry back to school.


Luckily, one of the things on our list was chocolate so we all got to enjoy a chocolate treat for all our hard work when we got back to class! 🙂

January in Junior Infants!

January has been a very busy and very fun month for Junior Infants!

Check out some of the things we have been up to:

In January we started Hurling with Coach Jenny. We have loved building these new skills and we might even have some future Dublin players on our hands!

In January our theme for our Aistear was the supermarket and food! We had a lot of fun playing in the role play area and also used it to inspire our writing we have practiced writing shopping lists and here we are writing labels for the food in the supermarket. Check out our amazing phonics work.


We also experienced healthy week this month and we had a lot of fun trying fruits in class and thinking of words to describe them like squishy, slimy, chewy and delicious! We ate pineapple, mango, melon, kiwi, oranges, apples, bananas, grapes, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.


In January we also started a new creative area in Aistear – Junk Art! We have loved used recyclable materials to make our wonderful creations.

This month we also welcomed our first two Mystery Readers! We have absolutely loved the excitement of finding out who will visit to read us a story and we look forward to lots more mystery readers.

What a great month we have had! 🙂

A day out at Glenroe Farm!

Junior and Senior Infants had a wonderful day for their school tour to Glenroe farm. From the double decker bus to feeding goats it was fun from start to finish!

We started off the day bright and early by travelling on the bus to Wicklow. We had lots of fun on the bus singing songs, playing I-Spy and watching the countryside around us.


When we arrived at the farm we had a quick snack with our friends and then we were ready to see the animals!

We were so excited to explore the farm and get to pet and feed all the different animals.

We saw goats, sheep, pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, horses, alpacas and lots more!

After a lot of fun with the animals it was time to enjoy the playground!



We had a fantastic day and were so lucky to have beautiful weather all day too.

We are already looking forward to next years school tour!

Sports Day 2023

What an amazing day we had last Friday for Sports Day. It was a lovely community event and we loved having parents and guardians there to cheer the children on and share in the fun of the day.

It was a day of sunshine, sports, fun, bubbles and ice-cream! Some of our favourite things here at HTETNS!

Check out this video with a selection of pictures from the day showcasing our amazing students in action.



Creative Schools in HTETNS

We are so lucky at Harcourt Terrace to be partaking in the Creative Schools initiative this year.

We have had a wonderful two weeks enjoying a range of fantastic activities guided by our creative associate Bethan Parkes.

From K-Pop workshops to painting the walls of our school creativity has been flowing all over the school!

We started our Creative Fortnight with a drama workshop with Janine. The children absolutely loved this and so much fun trying out different kinds of drama skills. Each class worked on something different which gave the teachers lots of ideas to share and try out again!

Next we moved on to some visual art with Bethan! We created circles to display in our school lobby, we experimented with types of painting, explored different materials, we worked with geometric shapes, and got to work painting the walls of our school making it bright and beautiful.

The next time you visit our school keep your eyes peeled for some of this beautiful art around the building!

Our next creative activity was a K-pop workshop with Orna. This was something new for a lot of our students and they absolutely loved it. It was so much fun moving to the music and expressing ourselves through dance!

1st, 2nd and 3rd class also got to experiment with different instruments thanks to David who ran a workshop for our students with some of his own musical instruments.

Finally, we worked on our whole school project of creating bunting to display in our school. Each child in our school created their own individual piece which will be all tied together to represent our unique and individual school community. The children really enjoyed working with fabric and decorating their piece however they liked.

We ended the two weeks with a special performance from the Army Band. We got to learn about all the different instruments in the band and listen, sing and dance to some amazing music.

What a wonderful two weeks of music, dance, art and creative expression we have had! We are very thankful to be a part of this initiative and a special thank you to our Creative Associate Bethan and Ronnie and Siobhán who have facilitated and supported the organisation of these amazing experiences.


Healthy Eating Week 2023

We had a great Healthy Eating Week in Harcourt Terrace. It was super to see how healthy all the boys and girls are already. They all know so much about how important it is to eat healthily to have healthy bodies.

There were lots of different activities in all the classes such as creating a healthy plate of food and lunch box, sorting healthy and unhealthy food and showing off their healthy lunches.

Check out the photos below of just some of the activities that took place.

Winter Show Performance 2022

On Wednesday 14th of December the children of Harcourt Terrace ETNS all performed on stage for the whole-school community. Check out how they got on in this short video. I think you will agree that they all look amazing. Well done to Hyeguen who captured all of these fantastic pictures and compiled this wonderful video. A big shout out to our PGTA, bakers, staff, children, parental community and wider community who contributed to us raising €2,003.37 towards new literacy resources on the day too through our bake sale and raffle. Maith sibh!


A thought for the day:

Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there is so much to smile about- Marilyn Monroe