Organisation of the Northern Ireland Curriculum
Learning, Teaching and Assessment are the focus of our work in school. We strive to ensure each child will achieve his/her potential. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum following the requirements of the N.I Curriculum.
The Areas of Learning Include:
Language & Literacy
Literacy focuses on developing each child’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.
Mathematics & Numeracy
Children 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 children in playing, exploring and investigating, doing and observing, talking and listening and asking and answering questions.
- Play-Based Learning
- Mathematics - Progress Test Maths (PTM)
Thinking Skills, Personal Capabilities and Cross Curricular Skills
Using Mathematics and Using ICT are infused throughout the curriculum. Pupils in the Foundation Years learn through a programme of play based learning and Key Stage One pupils learn on a cross-curricular basis through Activity Based Learning.
- Play Based Learning
- Improve Mathematical Skills
- Develop ICT Skills
- Cross-Curricular Activity-Based Learning
Religious Education plays a major role in our school. We use the 'Grow in Love Programme’ which gives the child a foundation in the Catholic faith and helps to prepare them for sacraments. Formal religion is taught in each class every day.
During a child’s years in St. Joseph’s he/she will receive three sacraments:
- Holy Eucharist
We will be aware at all times of any unnecessary danger to safety by checking facilities, apparatus, clothing and footwear. We will ensure that children with disabling conditions are given appropriate consideration during physical activity.
- Wear suitable footwear and clothing
- Remove jewelry
- Understand the importance of listening and following instructions
- Be aware of the safety of themselves & classmates
- Learn to carry and store apparatus correctly
We encourage creativity in all students by way of including The Arts in our curriculum, children will be able to take part in Musical activities like The Strings Project or Orchestral, Art & Design and Drama Studies.
- Music Activities
- Art & Design
- Drama Studies
- Orchestral Instruments/Strings Project
The World Around Us
Naturally, children are interested and indeed curious about what is going on in the world around them. We believe the children's experience in exploring the world around them before starting school, should be built on to ensure the children's natural curiosity is encouraged.
- Observation and ability to sort and classify
- Explore and Predict
- Experiment and compare
- Plan, carry out and review their work
We encourage each child to become personally, emotionally, socially and physically effective, to lead healthy, safe and fulfilled lives. This enables them to become confident, independent and responsible citizens, making informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives.
- Personal Development
- Mutual Understanding
Children learn through play and enjoy a broad range of experiences such as stories, sharing snack and dinner or planting in the sensory garden. A highly experienced speech therapist supports pupils, staff and parents and this year a health visitor has been assigned to the Nursery to support families. Parents become very involved in nursery life and many have formed long-lasting friendships until their children leave St. Joseph’s at the end of primary seven.
- 2 Full Time Classes (9:00AM - 1:15PM)
- 2 Teachers & 2 Classroom Assistants
- Learn Through Play
Assessment for Learning
Assessment for Learning strategies are implemented in each class. The learning intentions are shared with the pupils who are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning appropriate to the age group. Pupils are involved in setting targets for their own learning and self-evaluating at the end of a lesson. Pupils are also involved in self and peer assessment. Marking for improvement aims to help pupils improve the standards of their work.