At Knocknagoney Primary School each pupil studies a broad and balanced curriculum suited to their individual needs and abilities. The Principal and staff plan detailed programmes of work for each of the 7 Areas of Learning within the Key Stages:
• Mathematics and Numeracy
• Communication – Language and Literacy
• The World Around Us – science, geography, history
• Personal Development and Mutual Understanding – health issues, social skills ,emotional development and relationships
• The Arts – Music, Art and Design, Drama
• Religious Education – in class and assembly time (we respect the right of any parent who may wish to withdraw their child)
• Physical Education
Every Spring Term we have a whole school production alternating between an Easter Musical Concert or Key Stage 2 Musical Production. In previous years we have performed, Joseph and His Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz and Robin Hood. We are fortunate to have a part time music teacher ensuring that all classes from P1–P7 have the opportunity to improve their musical and singing skills. Percussion instruments, the recorder and African drums all form part of our school orchestra and there is an annual musical concert held for parents in the Summer Term. Primary 5 pupils have the opportunity to experience playing various woodwind instruments leading to possible individual tuition in P6 and P7, provided by the Belfast School of Music Tutors. Primary 4 pupils have the opportunity to learn to play the violin. Our school choir regularly perform for local community groups.
We are proud to be part of the Eco Schools programme and to have achieved and retained the much sought after Green Flag. Projects such as Reuse, Reduce and Recycle; implementing energy saving strategies; creating an eco garden and bee keeping have all helped us to achieve this award.
We see value in children engaging in homework as a means of revising work covered, in discovering information unavailable in school, in involving parents in their children’s learning and in the development of good work habits. Homework will be set each night from Monday to Thursday though this may be relaxed for special occasions.
Assessment and Reporting
Continuous monitoring of pupil progress is carried out in class and reported to parents. The assessment takes the form of observation, class tests, assessment tasks and standardised tests. Written reports are issued at the end of each year and there are two formal parent consultations during the year in the Autumn and Spring terms. If any issues arise we encourage parents to avail of our open door policy and come in to talk to the staff.
At Knocknagoney Primary we believe that ICT is vital to the learning of our pupils. We strive to incorporate ICT into classroom teaching effectively and aim to develop the children’s skills in using both the computer and the iPad. Staff have been trained in using a variety of iPad apps to enable maximum learning potential of children. We also have a wide range of iPads and resources in both our classrooms and the school’s ICT suite.
Children’s learning through physical activities is very beneficial to their learning. At Knocknagoney Primary we cover the PE curriculum, enabling pupils to engage in Gymnastics, Dance, Games and Athletics and in addition our P5-7 take part in swimming lessons. We teach a variety of different games during PE lessons and are supported by a number of coaches from outside agencies throughout the year.
Drama enables pupils to express themselves and be creative. We strive to offer children the opportunities to take part in school shows to allow them to build confidence and work with others. Drama is also taught as part of the Creative Expressive Development of the Arts Curriculum in all classrooms and offers many links with Talking & Listening and Play-Based Learning.
At Knocknagoney P.S we believe children need opportunities of Art and Design to explore and express their thoughts, feelings and ideas and to develop their confidence in using media and techniques. They develop skills in the following areas:
ICT in Art and Design