Curriculum

Curriculum

It is the policy of the Board of Governors of Donaghey Primary School that all pupils will receive their full statutory curriculum entitlement which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of the pupils preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Every effort is made to increase a child’s knowledge by providing a wide and varied curriculum designed to develop fully the child’s educational experiences.

Teachers seek to provide opportunities for personal expression and the development of an inquisitive mind in all children regardless of their age and ability.

The quality of relationships at all levels is considered to be of the utmost importance in creating a secure environment and atmosphere which will prepare pupils of this school for society as active participants, and tolerant observers who are morally aware of what their contribution to that society should be. Relationships at all levels include those between pupils and teachers, pupils and ancillary staff, parents and teachers and pupils and peers. The teachers, by example, endeavour to promote such relationships.

It is the aim of the Board of Governors that when children leave this school they will have a sound knowledge of basic computation; be able to read for understanding; be capable of independent learning; show tolerance, consideration and manners towards others and be capable of sharing and using the social conscience, which they will have developed.

From September 2007 pupils in years 1 and 5 in all schools in Northern Ireland have been following the new ‘Revised Curriculum.’ This was extended into year 2 and year 6 in September 2008 and P3, P4 and P7 pupils September 2009. The Revised Curriculum introduced a new Key Stage covering years 1 and 2 known as the ‘Foundation Stage’. The Foundation Stage provides a more appropriate curriculum for the youngest pupils and eases the change from pre-school to primary school. Formal learning is introduced gradually, and at a pace that matches this age group’s level of development.

The Foundation Stage builds on the valuable work undertaken at pre-school. During this Key Stage, teachers are able to teach at a pace which is developmentally appropriate for very young children. There is a strong emphasis on play based learning and personal, social and emotional development.

The Revised Curriculum aims to develop thinking skills and personal capabilities such as:

-Managing information

-Being creative

-Thinking, problem solving and decision making

-Working with others

-Self-management

Across the following learning areas:

-The Arts

-Language & Literacy

-Mathematics & Numeracy

-Personal Development

-Physical Education

-The World Around Us

-Religious Education