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What’s happening during this period of remote learning?

We have provided all pupils with paper packs to support daily learning scheduled on Seesaw for our younger pupils, and Microsoft Teams for our older pupils.  We continue to work with outside agencies to ensure that our pupils are receiving a full compliment of support and ongoing experiences.

Our level of engagement is very high – today’s data saw 98% of pupils learning online.  As a staff we are working creatively to ensure the learning experiences offered are engaging and motivating.

We are also providing daily supervised learning opportunities for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers.

Our role as educators is to work hand in hand with parents and carers, and the on-going development of our home-school links has proven to be most effective when working co-operatively during these prolonged periods of remote learning.

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.

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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.

Cross-Curriculum Skills:

Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities:

  • Literacy & Communication

  • Numeracy & Using Mathematics

  • Using Information and Communication Technology

  • Thinking, Problem-solving and Decision-Making

  • Self Management

  • Working with Others

  • Managing Information

  • Being Creative

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:

  1. Language and Literacy (includes Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing)

  2. Maths and Numeracy

  3. The Arts (includes Art and Design, Drama and Music)

  4. The World Around Us (this area focuses on the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in Geography, History and Science and Technology)

  5. Personal Development and Mutual Understanding

  6. Physical Education

  7. Religious Education

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),  standardised tests in Literacy & Communication, Numeracy & Using Mathematics and cognitive ability (April P3-P7) and end of year class assessments (P1-P7).

We use analyse this data to ensure that  not only is each child reaching their full potential, but that ongoing teaching and learning is of a high standard.

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We are delighted to share with you our End of Key Stage Assessment Data

Pupils’ progress is thoroughly assessed, verified and recorded by all schools at the end of Key Stage One (P4) and the end of Key Stage Two (P7) across Northern Ireland.

Literacy & Communication: At the end of P4 the average P4 pupil will achieve a Level 2.  This year 93.75% of P4 pupils assessed at Castleroe PS  achieved Level 2 or above, compared to a national average of 87.5% At the end of P7 the average pupil will achieve Level 4.  82.4% of P7 pupils at Castleroe PS achieved level 4 or above, compared to a national average of 78.7%

Numeracy & Using Mathematics: At the end of P4 the average P4 pupil will achieve a Level 2.  This year 100% of P4 pupils assessed at Castleroe PS  achieved Level 2 or above, compared to a national average of 88.4% At the end of P7 the average pupil will achieve Level 4.  82.4% of P7 pupils at Castleroe PS achieved level 4 or above, compared to a national average of 78.0%

A huge well done to all the pupils and staff of Castleroe PS in achieving these outstanding results.

All parents are offered an invitation to two parent teacher interviews (October and February).  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.  A written report is issued in June each year.

The statutory curriculum is supplemented by a wide range of activities such as:

curriculum_clip_image002Swimming is at present available for P5-P7 pupils as part of the P.E. Curriculum

curriculum_clip_image004Peripatetic tuition is available in Sting and Woodwind with the Education Authority teachers.

 P1 &2 choir

curriculum_clip_image006Children interested in the arts will be encouraged to attend the after-school music club, choir and drama club.  Recently our pupils have excelled in these areas with many receiving prizes at Coleraine Music and Drama Festival.  We also offer lessons in singing, guitar and acting with professional instructors from local companies.

curriculum_clip_image008curriculum_clip_image010Pupils enter small schools’ competitions in a wide range of sports including football, table tennis and hockey.  After school coaching is available from specialists in sports.  for example, judo lessons are available with Triangle Judo and football coaching with Coleraine Football Club.

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curriculum_clip_image012Special 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.  The joy of a small school is that every child is included in every activity.

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Virtual Learning Platforms

Part of our vision is to prepare children to meet the challenge of a changing world.  To this end we use virtual learning platforms and online learning tools to develop children’s skill sets and teach them how to interact appropriately and effectively in an online environment.

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One we use Seesaw, while in Key Stage Two we communicate via Microsoft Teams.  Homeworks, tasks and lessons, along with supporting teaching and learning materials are shared remotely, with work completed online and returned ‘virtually’.

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From P1 to P7 all pupils have access to Matletics, and tasks are set to supporting the development of concepts in school and at home.

Login in here using your password:  https://login.mathletics.com/

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From P3 to P7 all pupils have access to the Accelerated Reader site.  This is an outstanding tool to develop reading skills, including developing sight vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Login in here using your password:  https://ukhosted48.renlearn.co.uk/2235482/  

Special Educational Needs

Learning Support Co-ordinator (SENCO) P1 – P4:   Mrs Wilson

Learning Support Co-ordinator (SENCO) P5 – P7:   Mrs Williams

“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 edcational needs so-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)

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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 are an inclusive school, and work endlessly to meet the needs of the individual learning, priding ourselves in knowing each child personally, and tailoring teaching to meet their learning style.

Equine assisted learning is available in the promotion of health and  well being offered to pupils with statements of special educational needs in association with our neighbours, RDA.

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Castleroe Primary School are delighted to work with RDA, Coleraine, to offer Equine Assisted Learning for pupils who have a Stage Five Statement of Special Educational Needs. Although we have only been attending a few weeks, the benefits for the pupils are already evident. Please take time to watch the following video to see how this service has assisted other children in Northern Ireland. We are delighted to have developed a partnership with RDA to allow the pupils of Castleroe PS to be in a position to take advantage of this invaluable service

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLcONBIwu7w&feature=youtu.be

(Fast forward to 24mins 52secs to skip the theory of the benefits of equine assisted learning, and see what pupils, parents and teachers have to say about their experiences).

After School Clubs and Activities

We endeavour to offer a wide variety of after school activities.  We work hard with you to develop interests and passions in our pupils beyond academic pursuits.  We strive to educate the whole child.  These include:

Monday :

Transfer Test Club / P7 / 3.00pm -4.00pm /Term One

Coleriane Football Club Coaching / P3 – P7 / Term One, Two and Three

Tuesday:

Judo /   P3-P7 /  3.00pm – 4.00pm /  Term One, Two and Three

Cycling Proficiency / P6 / Term 3

Wednesday:

Good News Bible Club / P4 – P7 /  3.00pm -4.00pm / Term One and Two

Ulster Scots / P4 – P7  / Term Three

Thursday:

Spanish / P1,P2&P3  /  2.00pm -3.00pm / Term One and Two

Spanish / P4 – P7 /  3.00pm -4.00pm / Term One and Two

Gardening Club / P1 – P3  /2.00pm – 3.00pm / Term Three

Gardening Club / P4 – P7 / 3.00pm – 4.00pm / Term Three

Friday:

Friday Fun Club / 2.00PM – 3.00PM  / P1 – P3 / Term One, Two and Three

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This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change. At different times throughout the year teachers offer Drama Club, Glee Club (singing),  Sports Clubs, Art Club &  Computer Club etc.

There is lots on offer for everyone!

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School Policies

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.