In Castleroe Primary School we endeavour to offer the widest possible range of experiences to our pupils following programmes of work related to the Areas of Learning of the NI Curriculum. They will have the opportunity to design their own learning and will develop essential skills as they learn together with their peers. We will prepare pupils for the next level of Education by ensuring that each child has attained his/her potential in each Area of Learning.
Curriculum Skills and Capabilities
At the heart of the curriculum lies a strong emphasis on the below skills and capabilities. Teachers will ensure that pupils progressively develop these skills.
Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities:
Areas of Learning
The curriculum is set out in six Areas of Learning. Teachers will, where appropriate, integrate learning across the six areas to make relevant connections for children.
The Areas of Learning are:
Language and Literacy (includes Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing)
Maths and Numeracy
The Arts (includes Art and Design, Drama and Music)
The World Around Us (this area focuses on the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in Geography, History and Science and Technology)
Personal Development and Mutual Understanding
Assessment and Reporting
Assessment involves the continuous monitoring of the individual child’s progress across all areas of the curriculum throughout the year. This is combined with formal testing which includes end of key stage assessments (P4 and P7), computer-based assessments at the beginning of the school year (P3-P7), Progress in English and Maths tests (May P3-P7) and end of year class assessments (P1-P7).
All parents are offered the opportunity of two parent teacher interviews (Oct and June). We really value the support of our parents and parents are welcome to make an appointment to discuss their child’s progress outside these set times.
The statutory curriculum is supplemented by a wide range of activities such as:
Swimming is at present available for P5-P7 pupils as part of the P.E. Curriculum
Peripatetic tuition is available in violin and cello. We hope to increase this service – watch this space!
Children interested in music will be encouraged to attend the after-school music club or choir. Recently our pupils have excelled in this area with many receiving prizes at Coleraine Music Festival.
Pupils enter small schools’ competitions in a wide range of sports e.g. football and hockey.
Special events and celebrations are held throughout the year. These allow pupils to perform and develop individual talents and skills. We ensure that all children have opportunity to participate.
Special Educational Needs
“The provision for special educational needs is outstanding. The children’s needs are identified early and they are provided with effective support for both literacy and numeracy through in-class and withdrawal sessions. A strength of the provision is the quality of the teachers’ planning for all children, including those who require additional support.
The special educational needs co-ordinator provides outstanding leadership. She maintains comprehensive records for the children who require additional support with their learning, which facilitates the effective management of the identification, support and review processes.”
(Oct 2010 – Short Inspection)
Children with Special Educational Needs will receive individual or small group tuition appropriate to their need. Staff will endeavour to develop self-confidence, self-respect and self-worth through achievement at the pupil’s level of ability and where possible these pupils will be taught with their peer group. Outside agencies will be used to help with specific problems. Detailed Individual Education Plans are written for each pupil and these are reviewed in an on-going and regular basis in conjunction with parents.
Classroom assistants working with pupils who have special needs have built up knowledge and a range of skills to assist their pupils.
We have policies for all the main areas of the curriculum together with policies to support areas such as pastoral care, child protection, discipline, bullying, use of internet, relationships and sex education, drugs etc. When pupils are enrolled in Castleroe we supply parents with a paper copy of all our policies. If you require a copy of any policy please request it by emailing school.