Killavullen NS
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The New Primary Language Curriculum is now being implemented from Stage 1 to 4 (Junior Infants to 6th Class)  in all Irish Primary Schools.

The curriculum is divided into 3 strands:

  • Oral Language
  • Reading
  • Writing

These strands, along with listening, are important elements in language. Our pupils acquire these through a variety of approaches and methodologies. The most effective classrooms use whole class, group work and side-by-side instruction. All our classes engage in regular station teaching, where a team of teachers and SNAs work intensively with small groups, particularly in junior classes.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a new, innovative approach we use for monitoring and managing independent reading practice, while promoting reading for pleasure.

The most popular titles are kept ‘to hand’ in each classroom but we also continue to grow an extensive library in our newly renovated Multi-Purpose room. Senior classes have a Swap and Share shelf in their rooms, where children bring in their favourite books and challenge others to read them. We endeavour to instil a love of reading in our pupils, at every opportunity.

Reading Eggs

D.E.A.R. 

D.E.A.R. (Drop everything and read) is promoted within the curriculum and encourages everyone in senior classes to make reading a priority on a daily basis.

Gaeilge

Tá an Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile Nua á chur i bhfeidhm i ngach mbunscoil in Eireann ó cheimeanna 1 go dtí a 4 (Naoináin Shóisearacha go dtí Rang a Sé).

Na trí shnáithe:

  • Teanga ó Bhéal
  • Scríbhneoireacht
  • Léithoireacht

 

Tá béim mór ar an nGaeilge sa scoil and each class hosts Raidió na Scoile regularly. Coicís na Gaeilge is a highlight of the year, where pupils take part in Tráth na gCeist, Bingó agus a céillí.

Teanga ó Bhéil

Gaeilge, mar mhéanchumarsáide, is encouraged and we have recently begun trialling a new approach, aimed at improving spoken Irish. Senior classes use an app, Irishhomework.ie  that works between home and school. It is an innovative way of teaching, essentially ‘flipping the classroom.’ Children systematically learn phrases at home online on Mondays and Tuesdays, using a series of games and activities, including recording themselves speaking the phrases. The phrases are carefully chosen to use the most commonly used 500 words in Irish. The pupils then engage in class role plays and activities on Wednesdays and Thursdays, using the same phrases. These are added to and built up over time.

 

E-Leathanach

eLeathanach is a weekly newsletter published by Maynooth University Ireland for primary school students, throughout the school year. The eLeathanaigh are topical and include a range of areas of interest including sport, pop culture, current affairs, etc. They are invaluable for the senior classes as pupils can increase their vocabulary and improve their oral and aural skills.

 

P.E. as Gaeilge (CLIL) 

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an approach to language learning where subjects, such as Art, P.E., Drama  are taught through Gaeilge. CLIL improves motivation and knowledge in both the Irish language and the subject as well as cognitive skills such as higher-order and critical thinking. We have used this approach with great success particularly when teaching P.E.

Seachtain na Ghaeilge

Tá béim mór ar an nGaeilge sa scoil and each class hosts Raidió na Scoile regularly. Coicís na Gaeilge is a highlight of the year, where pupils take part in Tráth na gCeist, Bingó agus a céillí. 

NUMERACY

The Mathematics curriculum is for children from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum identifies mathematical skills to be developed, and covers 5 content areas at primary level:

        • Number
        • Algebra
        • Shape and space
        • Measures
        • Data

Discussion, hands-on experience with materials, and active learning are encouraged as well as the development of mathematical language to share ideas and thinking. With every new mathematical step that is learned by a pupil, we are building on their prior knowledge. Therefore a good foundation in place value, number bonds and times tables is crucial for a child to progress from early numeracy through to more complicated calculations and reasoning. 

All staff in Killavullen NS believe that a strong whole school approach to maths is key to enhance consistency in the teaching and learning of numeracy.

A new primary mathematics curriculum is currently in development and will be published as a single specification from junior infants to 6th class in late 2021.

In Killavullen N.S. we strive to develop a positive attitude toward maths.  Pupils become more confident and competent in maths when they apply problems to everyday life.  Through Maths Eyes, teachers highlight and communicate that we use maths on a daily basis to build confidence in the children’s own maths. Speakers visit classrooms to show the relevance and practical application of maths in their work. Our teachers explore open-ended maths with our pupils. Puzzles of the week, Sudoku and Countdown also challenge our young mathematicians. Maths Trails are regular events around the school, particularly in the summer term. Using their three years’ experience of attending orienteering events, the 6th class develop their own Maths Trails for the junior end of the school every June.

We also acknowledge the importance of fluent maths facts and a good understanding of maths concepts and skills.  

Our teachers have trained in Mata sa Rang and Ready, Set, Go… Maths, offering our pupils an unique approach to extending their number knowledge, understanding and strategies through the use of concrete materials in intensive station teaching. 

We use iPads and various apps at independent stations and every child has their own Mathletics account, an engaging online learning resource that tailors questions to the pupils’ ability. We believe children should be counting every day, in some form or other and we aim to facilitate this in our lessons and through structured station teaching.