LEARNING SUPPORT PROVISION :

Sometimes a child needs additional help. If that child has a medical problem it is very important to keep his/her teacher well informed. A pupil who is found to have learning difficulties remains as part of a mainstream class but may be withdrawn (subject to staffing constraints) as part of a small group for short periods for extra help by specialist teachers. Some pupils receive individual support for one or two sessions per week from visiting specialist teachers assigned by the WELB.

Close contact is established with the parents of such children. Where a child fails to make satisfactory progress, the advice of the educational psychologist is sought after consultation with parents.

Parents are welcome to read our school policies regarding all aspects of the curriculum and special needs provision.

LITERACY

Our Literacy programme is aimed at developing each child’s ability to understand and use language.

It focuses on the skills necessary for children to interact effectively with the world around them, to express themselves creatively and to communicate confidently both orally and in writing.

Pupils will be given opportunities to:

develop their talking and listening skills;

read a wide range of texts for enjoyment and learning;

write independently for a range of audiences and purposes.

NUMERACY

Our Numeracy programme is aimed at developing maths as a life skill across the curriculum.

It focuses on developing the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding as well as their ability to apply mathematical learning and solve problems.

Pupils will have the opportunity to learn through discussion, practical activities and written tasks and be engaged in:

exploring and investigating;
doing and observing;
talking and listening;
asking questions;
reading and recording.

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (I.C.T.)

Our I.C.T. programme is aimed at encouraging pupils to develop I.C.T. skills across the curriculum which will enable them to:

access and manage data;

research, select, process and interpret information;

create, develop, present and publish ideas and information using a range of digital media;

create a range of multimedia products;

communicate using a range of contemporary methods;

understand how to keep safe when working online.

THE WORLD AROUND US

‘The World Around Us’ provides our pupils with exciting and relevant contexts for learning.

It combines aspects of:

GEOGRAPHY

HISTORY

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

and ensures that the children have opportunities to explore, investigate and think about their world – past, present and future.
Learning about ‘The World Around Us’ provides
opportunities for our pupils to develop :

self-confidence and self-esteem in expressing and sharing their thoughts and ideas;

an appreciation of the beauty and wonder of the world;

an awareness of themselves and their place in the world;

an awareness of other places and cultures;

an awareness of the environment;

an awareness of INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
and its impact on society and the world around them.

Where possible, ‘The World Around Us’ will be taught through cross-curricular topics and linked to the other areas of the curriculum.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING

Our P.D.M.U programme is aimed at encouraging each child to:

develop personally, emotionally, socially and physically;

lead healthy, safe and fulfilled lives;

become confident, independent and responsible citizens, making informed decisions and responsible choices throughout their lives.

It provides the opportunity to focus on emotional development, health and safety, physical activity & exercise, relationships with others and the development of moral thinking, values and action.

Where possible, ‘Personal Development & Mutual Understanding’
will be linked to learning in the other areas of the curriculum.

THE ARTS

‘The Arts’ provide opportunities for developing pupils’ creativity, enabling them to express their ideas, feelings and interpretations of the world through pictures, sound, drama & dance.

There are three aspects to ‘The Arts’ :

ART & DESIGN
MUSIC
DRAMA

ART & DESIGN

Pupils will be given opportunities to :

respond to their personal experience, memory and imagination;
examine the work of artists and designers from their own and other cultures;
develop their understanding and use of visual elements to communicate their ideas;

use a range of materials, tools and processes, including DRAWING, PAINTING,
PRINT-MAKING, MALLEABLE MATERIALS, TEXTILES and 3-D CONSTRUCTION;

evaluate their own work and that of others.

MUSIC & DRAMA

Pupils will be given opportunities to :

work creatively with sound & imaginative play;

sing and perform with simple instruments;

listen and respond to their own music and that of others;

express their thoughts, ideas and feelings;

engage in dramatic play, games and strategies to extend their learning.

Year 4-7

Instrumental tuition is arranged for strings and woodwind

through the school and the W.E.L.B. and our choir and orchestra perform at our
Carol Service, Spring Concert, Open Day and other local community events.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Our PE programme is aimed at developing pupils’ :

knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of physical activities;

self-confidence and self-esteem as individuals and members of a team;

personal qualities such as taking responsibility, fairness and working with others;

an understanding of the relationship between physical activity and good health.

Each class has regular PE lessons each week for which they must change into suitable clothes: plain
T-shirt, shorts and PE shoes. A note must be brought if a child is unable to participate in a PE lesson. Pupils in our Y6-7 classes attend a 15 block of swimming lessons at Lisnagelvin Leisure Centre during the 2nd & 3rd terms. Our extra-curricular programme provides opportunities for pupils to extend their skills and interests.

WHOLE CURRICULUM SKILLS & CAPABILITIES

At the heart of the curriculum, across all three Stages lies an explicit emphasis on the development of skills and capabilities for lifelong learning and for operating effectively in society. Through opportunities to engage in active learning contexts across all areas of the curriculum, children progressively develop:
Cross-Curricular Skills:
• Communication
• Using Mathematics
• Using Information and Communications Technology
• Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities:
• Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
• Self Management
• Working with Others
• Managing Information
• Being Creative

ASSESSMENT & REPORTING PUPIL PROGRESS

We aim to involve parents in the education of their children and to inform them as fully as possible about their children’s progress. Your child’s personal development and progress in all areas of the curriculum are carefully monitored and assessed throughout the year. Pupil progress reports are sent home in June. They are compiled on the basis of continuous assessment of their learning and topic tests. Parents are also given the opportunity to discuss their children’s progress at parent-teacher consultations in November (P3-P7), January (P1 & P2) and June (P1-P7).
With the implementation of the Revised Northern Ireland Curriculum schools will be required to assess and report annually on each pupils’ progress in:
• Areas of Learning
• Cross-Curricular Skills
• Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities