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The Curriculum

The Curriculum

The Curriculum

Learning areas:

When we speak of the curriculum in the Catholic school we are talking about the learning experiences that are present for each child, those planned by the staff and those absorbed from our school ethos and environment. Since Christ is the foundation of the whole educational enterprise in a Catholic school, we take into account the uniqueness of each child and his/her individual needs. We develop attitudes and values based firmly on the Gospel message. Our aim is to offer each child a broadly based and appropriately balanced curriculum in line with the Northern Ireland Education Order 1989.

= The Arts

“The teaching observed during the inspection ranged from good to outstanding; the majority of lessons observed were excellent and, at times, the teaching was inspirational”

= Language and Literacy = Mathematics and Numeracy = Personal Development = Physical Education = The World Around Us = Religious Education

Attitudes And Dispositions will be fostered through promoting: = Personal responsibility = Concern for others = Commitment - determination – resourcefulness = Openness to new ideas

Areas of Study:

= Self-confidence

(From Sept’07 P1 & P5 year groups will be introduced to a new revised curriculum. This will be phased in for all classes over the next 3 years.)

= Curiosity

Learning Experiences will be encouraged and promoted through: = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

Investigating and problem solving Links between curriculum areas Relevant and enjoyable Media-rich Skills integrated Advice and hands on Offers choice Challenging and engaging Supportive environment Culturally diverse Positive reinforcement Varied to suit learning style On-going reflection Enquiry based

= Community spirit = Flexibility

needs. Children with S.E.N. are identified as early as possible. We follow the Code of Practice enabling us to effectively meet the needs of the majority of children within mainstream school. However, there are those children who need specialist help from outside bodies. This is gained through referral to, in most cases, the Educational Psychologist.All pupils with SEN are taught the Northern Ireland Curriculum by their class teachers within the normal classroom setting. However, pupils are withdrawn from class at particular times whilst following specific programmes, e.g. an individual or group education programme. Class teachers meet regularly with the Special Needs/Reading Recovery teacher to discuss ways of differentiating activities, of using alternative resources to overcome learning difficulties and for the drawing up of individual or group learning plans (IEP’s or GEP’s). We appreciate the valuable contribution that can be made by parents/guardians to their child’s progress and it is our policy to inform them of all decisions to provide their child with special help and to invite them to work in partnership with the school at every stage.

The new curriculum aims to empower young people to achieve their full potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives.

= Tolerance = Respect

Behavioural difficulties is also considered a special need and we follow the same procedures, as laid down by the Code of Practice for learning difficulties, with any pupil who has behavioural problems.

Curriculum objectives are:

Assessment for learning will be incorporated through:

Special Educational Needs Advice & Information Service

= Building a more open relationship between learner and teacher

In line with SEN & Disability Order (NI) 2005 (SENDO) all boards have a statutory duty to make arrangements for advice and information services in relation to Special Educational Needs. The SELB have set up such a service which can be accessed through their website or by telephoning Mildred Morrison on:

= To develop the young person as an individual = To develop the young person as a contributor to society = To develop the young person as a contributor to the economy & environment

= Integrity – moral courage

= Clear learning intentions shared with pupils = Shared/negotiated success criteria

= Whole curriculum skills & capabilities are:

= Individual target setting

= THINKING SKILLS AND PERSONAL CAPABILITIES - Managing information, Being creative, Thinking, Problem solving and decision - making, Working with others, Selfmanagement.

= Taking risks for learning

= FORMALLY ASSESSED SKILLS – Communication, Using Mathematics, ICT

= Celebrating success


= Advice on what to improve and how to improve it = Peer & self assessment = Peer & self evaluation of learning St Mary’s Primary School Prospectus

Religious Programme: Our R.E. programme based on the Alive O’ series goes beyond the requirements of the core R.E. syllabus agreed with the main churches. It prepares each child for participation in the Liturgy and Sacraments of the Catholic Church. Religious Education is not confined to the timetabled programme within the school but pervades the whole life of the school.

Special Educational Needs (SEN): All teachers in St. Mary’s P.S. have responsibility for children in their classes with special educational St Mary’s Primary School Prospectus

028 8772 8118 This service informs parents where and how to access information and advice in relation to the needs of their children. It is hoped that this information will help them make appropriate and informed choices and decisions. Page 

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