Curriculum


The school curriculum is delivered in three phases:

• Foundation Stage (P1 & P2)
• Key Stage 1 (P3 & P4)
• Key Stage 2 (P5 – P7)

At Knockbreda we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which gives every pupil the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve his/her full potential and which acknowledges individual pupil needs, abilities and different learning styles.

NUMERACY


At Knockbreda we recognise the importance of promoting Numeracy across the curriculum to ensure children are confident using Maths on a daily basis. The main focus areas of Numeracy are:

  • Number and mental maths
  • Shape and space
  • Handling data
  • Measures

Numeracy Focus at Knockbreda
During the 2015/16 – 2016/2017 school years we have been focusing on promoting the Mental Maths Strategies throughout the school. Each half term every class has worked on an agreed mental maths strategy which has been formally taught and promoted on a daily basis. By the end of each half term the children have been confident and happy to use the strategy and explain how they reached their answers. The mental maths strategies used are:

  • Counting on & back (P1 – P7)
  • Reordering (P1 – P7)
  • Inverse Operations (P2 – P7)
  • Rounding & Adjusting (P3- P7)
  • Partitioning (P3 – P7)
  • Using Equivalence (P5 –P7)
  • Using Factors (P5-P7)

Focus groups from P3-P7 were videoed explaining which strategy they used for different calculations. This provided teachers with a valuable insight into how the children perceive number and approach mental calculations.

The improvement in number flexibility and understanding was very pleasing indeed.

As we look to the next academic year our Numeracy focus will be on problem solving and word problems in particular.

LITERACY


Literacy focuses on developing each child’s ability to understand and use language, both spoken and written, as an integral part of learning in all areas. The development of these skills enables children to interact effectively in the world around them, to express themselves creatively and to communicate confidently, using the four modes of communication (Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing) and a variety of skills and media. (From N.I. Curriculum)

At Knockbreda we recognise the central importance of literacy within the curriculum as talking, listening, reading and writing skills are necessary to communication, thinking and learning in all areas of the curriculum.

Talking and Listening
We will provide an environment in which our pupils are encouraged to experiment with spoken language and to express themselves confidently and effectively and to listen to and respect the opinions of others.

Reading
Learning to read is one of the most important processes in a child’s education as it is through the medium of the written word that we access the world of knowledge.

Writing
In our classrooms we will create an environment which will afford pupils the opportunities to engage purposefully in the process of writing across the curriculum.

Literacy Focus at Knockbreda
During the 2015/16 -2016/17 school years we have been focussing on writing types and developing writing across the curriculum. Each half term every class worked on the same writing type and at the end of the process staff shared samples of the children’s work with each other including planning, modelled writing, shared writing, first drafts, redraft and final piece. The children have enjoyed being involved in their learning through self-evaluation and have been encouraged to become more reflective on their writing and how to improve it further.

A selection of pupils from each class reported to the Literacy Co-ordinator throughout the year. These focus group sessions provided staff with a valuable insight into the children’s perceptions of their writing and learning.

There have been some fabulous achievements in both understanding and writing throughout the school.

As we look towards the next school year our literacy focus will shift to reading and we will continue to develop understanding and skills in writing, talking and listening. Attached is some information which expands on the writing types covered in school.