The Primary School Curriculum

The curriculum is presented in six subject areas, some of which are further sub – divided into subjects. These are Language (Gaeilge and English), Mathematics, Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (History, Geography and Science) Arts Education (Visual Arts, Music and Drama) and Social, Personal and Health Education

 

 

  • English

The English curriculum is structured to offer children a total language experience in which oral language, reading and writing are fully integrated.

  • An Ghaeilge

Cumarsáid agus usáid na teanga mar theanga bheo an dághné is suntasaí den churaclam Gaeilge.

  • Mathematics

The five strands in the mathematics curriculum are number, algebra, shape and space, measures and data.

  • Science

The four strands of the curriculum are living things, energy and forces, materials and environment awareness.

  • History

Emphasis on local history and a focus on the skills of the historian.

  • Geography

The three strands are human environment, natural environment and environmental awareness and care.

  • Music

The three strands are listening / responding/ performing and composing.

  • Visual Arts

The six strands are drawing, paint, print, clay, construction, fabric and fibre.

  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE)

SPHE takes place in a number of ways in the school and the involvement of parents at all stages of the programme is essential for its effectiveness. Children learn through experiencing a positive school climate and atmosphere and by exploring aspects of the curriculum through relevant subject areas. It includes RSE (Relationships and Sexuality Education). Stay Safe and the Substance Abuse Prevention Programme. Sixth class pupils and their parents are invited to a “Growing Up Night” in June. The RSE programme will be drawn up by a committee comprising of representatives of parents, teachers and the Board of Management.

Homework Policy

Why give homework?

  • To re- in force what the child learns during the day.
  • To provide a link between teacher and parent.
  • To develop a child’s concentration skills and develop a work ethic.
  • Homework is meant to be achievable by a child i.e. it provides an opportunity to practise work already done. It is normally prepared by the teacher in class. However, sometimes with senior class, some homework is designed to challenge children’s ability and provide opportunities for creativity.
  • Children are expected to do their homework to the best of their individual ability – no more, no less.

How often is homework given?

Homework is given Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays but not usually on Fridays. There are two exceptions:

  • If homework has been neglected during the week
  • In senior classes some project work is undertaken at weekends.

Sometimes at the discretion of the class teacher or the principal, children are given “homework off” as a treat or as acknowledgement of some special occasion.

Please note extra homework may sometime be given during the week or at the weekend if a child has not done homework, made a suitable effort or presented untidy work.

 

What is the content of homework?

Ideally homework will contain a balance between reading tasks, learning tasks and written tasks. This balance is not always possible and can vary considerably from day to day. However it should be noted that homework time devoted to reading and learning is as important as written work. Homework will regularly contain reading, spellings, tables, written work, pieces to be “learned by heart” drawing/ colouring, collecting information / items and finishing work started in class. Children often feel that reading and “learning by heart” is nor real homework. Parents can play an important role in listening to reading and items to be learned ensuring this work is done well.

 

How much help should parents?

Parents should try to help their children with homework by

  • Providing them with a suitable place and time to do their homework.
  • To prevent interruptions or distractions, like T.V. or other children

Children should do written homework themselves and parents should only help when the child has difficulty. If a child has difficulty with homework the parents should help the child to overcome the difficulty with further explanation or examples. but not by actually doing the homework for the child. In this case the parent should write a note to the teacher explaining the problem.

How often should parents monitor homework?

  • Parents should check a child’s homework notebook.
  • The pupil’s homework notebook is an important record of the child’s homework. It is also a valuable means of communication between parents and teachers.
  • Please check that your child records his / her homework neatly in the correct page and ticks each item of homework when completed.
  • Please check your child’s notebook / bag for notes on a regular basis.

 

How often do teachers monitor homework?

Ideally teachers like to check homework on a daily basis. However sometimes it is not always possible to check each child’s homework every day. As children get older and learn to work independently some items of homework are checked less often e.g. every second day or once per week. Some items of homework (and class work) may be checked by children themselves under the direction of the teacher. This can be a useful part of the learning process for children.

 

When should parents communicate with the teachers about homework?

  • When your child cannot do homework due to family circumstances.
  • When your child cannot do homework because she / he cannot understand some aspect.
  • If the time being spent at homework is often longer than the recommended amount of time.

 

When should homework be done?

Each family situation is different – both parents working, child minders, etc. Ideally homework should be done before any television is watched soon after school while your child is still fresh; however, some children need a break before starting homework. Homework should never be left until morning time before school.

 

Remember

If homework is a stressful experience between parent and child, something is wrong! This leads to poor learning and defeats the whole purpose. Should this happen on a regular basis, please contact the class teacher.


Handwriting

The children are taught the basic steps of a joined script style. While readiness is a factor, it is to be hoped that most pupils will be using a joined script by the end of Second Class.

Ways to help the school.

1)      We are appreciative of the support which parents and pupils give to the school’s fund raising activities.

2)      Take an active part in the school related activities.

3)      Remember – When you give time to the school, you help your child! When you give time to your child you help the school!!

 

Our Golden Rules

1)   Be gentle – don’t hurt anybody

2)   Be kind and helpful – don’t hurt people’s feelings.

3)   Be honest – don’t cover up the truth

4)   Work hard – don’t waste time.

5)   Look after property – don’t waste or damage things.

 

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