The Junior School caters for students 4-12 years. Students mostly follow the main primary curriculum taking a holistic approach to ensure that the needs of each student are met and that learning is both enjoyable and worthwhile and that students realise their full potential as unique individuals. The Primary Curriculum is presented in seven curriculum areas comprising 12 subjects.
- Communication and Language
- Physical Education
- Arts Education (Visual arts, Music, Drama)
- Social, Personal and Health education
- Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (History, Geography, Science)
- Religious instruction is provided to students preparing for First Holy Communion and Confirmation as appropriate
The English Curriculum plays a vital role in our school. It encompasses the three integrated areas of oral language, reading and writing. The individual needs of our children must be taken into account when delivering the English curriculum. We feel that all children should be exposed to and reach their full potential in each of the three areas. By enhancing their English skills and understanding they will:
- Become receptive to oral language.
- Develop competence and confidence in using the English language.
- Gain meaningful access to other areas of the curriculum.
- Enjoy books and other printed material (for information and pleasure).
- Have the opportunity to express his/her self through word/print.
- Develop his/her skills of attending to task, responding and interacting.
- Become more confident and improve his/her self esteem.
The Maths Curriculum encompasses a huge body of knowledge, concepts, skills and procedures. This gives the students the opportunity for individual and group activities, which challenges them in a setting which allows for enjoyment and achievement. We use maths in everyday life and we see the content of the curriculum as an important tool for our children to have in order to live a full life as an adult.
The Physical Education Programme also contributes to the whole development of the child. It enables the children to develop physical skills and co-ordination. It contributes to their Social and Personal development, helping to foster the concept of fair-play and a balanced perspective of both acceptance of success and failure. It will also develop the children’s co-operative skills, their cognitive and emotional development. Our P.E. Curriculum seeks to satisfy the physical needs of the children through consistent and comprehensive experience of movement and play that will challenge each child to realise their Individual physical potential. We aim to provide a wide range of physical experiences appropriate to the developmental needs of each individual child.
The Visual Arts Curriculum will help our children to see and understand the world around them and to express their feelings, ideas and experiences in Visual form. It will give them an opportunity to experience and explore drawing, painting, inventing and construction using a variety of materials. The Curriculum will expose children to works of art and introduce them to many art forms and artists. We put great emphasis on displaying children’s finished work. This gives children a great sense of pride and therefore enhances self-esteem.
The Drama Curriculum provides a unique contribution to the development of our children-facilitating their imaginative, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development. Through it we aim to foster the child’s creativity, not only allowing the child to experience, understand and practice life skills but also to promote empathy with the ideas, attitudes and feelings of others. Drama provides a safe context for the children in which to explore themes and issues, to make decisions and to take responsibility for their decisions. Drama classes will draw on the knowledge, interests and enthusiasms of the children and will be a fun experience for all concerned.
Music Education is an indispensable part of our curriculum because we believe it contributes to the whole development of the child. It develops speech and language skills, listening skills, memory skills and social skills. It fosters communication, imagination and creativity. It contributes to the whole development of the child. We aim to encourage the children to participate in a wide range of enjoyable musical experiences and so foster a life long appreciation of music and a valuable leisure time activity.
Our Social Personal and Health Education Curriculum is mediated to the children in three ways.
- Through our positive school climate and atmosphere
- Through integration with other subject area
- Through specifically allocated curricular time
S.P.H.E. helps the children to understand themselves, to develop healthy relationships and to establish and maintain healthy patterns of behaviour. We aim to develop a foundation of skills, knowledge and attitudes that will inform their decision making in the social, personal and health diversions of their lives during the school years and in the future. Central to our programme is to develop a sense of safety and an ability to protect themselves from danger and abuse.
Social, Environmental and Scientific Education contributes to the development of the child’s awareness, appreciation and understanding of the natural, human, cultural, social and historical diversions of life. This will help the children to acquire open, critical and responsible attitudes and to live as an informed and caring member of the local and wider communities. The History, Geography and Science subjects will enable the pupils to develop skills such as; collecting and examining data, exploration, observation, questioning, experimenting, recording and predicting while at the same time acquiring knowledge and concepts.