Language and Literacy
Literacy focuses on developing each pupil’s ability to understand and use language, both spoken and written, as an integral part of learning in all areas. The development of Language and Literacy is crucial to living and learning. Language is used to communicate with people, to share and express feelings, to give and obtain information and to understand ideas and develop thoughts.
Language and Literacy takes into account the areas of Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing which extend across all areas of the curriculum.
Our school library is well resourced which allows pupils the opportunity to choose from a range of fiction and non-fiction books.
Pupils will acquire early mathematical concepts through activities that involve sorting, matching, comparing, classifying, and making patterns and sequences in a variety of contexts. These activities should involve pupils in playing, exploring and investigating, doing and observing, talking and listening and asking and answering questions. Mathematics is important in everyday life. Pupils study Number, Processes, Shape and Space, Measures and Data Handling. Within class pupils have the opportunity to work with practical materials and resources to enhance their learning and understanding. We aim to develop pupils’ confidence and enthusiasm in using and applying mathematical skills and knowledge in the world around them.
The World Around Us
Pupils are interested and curious about what is happening in the world around them. They will have opportunities to use their senses in order to develop their powers of observation, to be able to sort and classify, explore, predict, experiment, compare, plan, carry out and review their work.
The Arts combine the areas of Art, Music and Drama within the Northern Ireland Curriculum. Pupils experience Art and Design in every year at school to understand what it is that artists, designers and crafts workers do, and to develop their own confidence in using media and techniques
Drama enables pupils to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings in a safe environment. As they progress through the Key Stages, they explore voice, movement, gesture and facial expression. They become more self-confident and self-aware. At the same time, they develop their understanding about the world around, learning to interact with others in creative ways.
Pupils’ experiences in Music centres around three core activities: composing, performing and listening. From learning to manipulate simple instruments to exploring the powerful role of music pupils are able to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills.