In Killard House we follow the National Curriculum, at a level that is appropriate to each child's age and ability. We cover the following areas in the Key Stage 2 department:
Literacy covers the important skills of reading and writing along with talking and listening. The teaching of literacy in Killard House fulfils the statutory requirements for Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing as laid out in the Northern Ireland Curriculum. Our teaching of literacy aims to promote the development of important skills which will enable our pupils to be able to access all the other areas of the curriculum, communicate orally and/or in writing clearly and with confidence and develop their creative and imaginative thinking skills. This is carried out in classrooms which are appropriate environments where each pupil feels confident and supported in his/her learning of literacy. And where teachers and learning assistants work as members of an informed and committed team with targets which are realistic and achievable & where the provision of resources reflects the needs of every child.
Numeracy is the development and application of mathematics across the curriculum and in real-life situations. Numeracy skills help pupils to make informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives. Mathematics and Numeracy in Killard House includes looking at Processes in Mathematics, Number, Measures, Shape and Space and Handling Data. All of these are all aspects of numeracy are interrelated, but Processes in Mathematics applies to all areas.
In Killard House pupils engage in a wide range of purposeful activities that involve them in many different modes of mathematical learning and these include playing, exploring and investigating, doing and observing, talking and listening, asking questions, reflecting, drafting, reading and recording.
In Killard House we aim to develop the learning and teaching of ICT across the curriculum. At present we have a full equipped computer suite which is exclusively for use by the Primary department and these computers are networked to the C2K system and provide a wide range of programs as well as Internet facilities. Each classroom in the Key Stage 2 department also has an Interactive White Board and ICT resources such as I-Pads specifically designed to meet the needs of the children in the class and which are also used in a cross curricular way. They also contain a wide range of Apps and are updated regularly to meet the needs of all the children across our department.
The World Around Us
The World Around Us replaces the previous format of science and technology, history and geography as separate subject areas. Instead, the elements of these subjects make up this new area of the revised curriculum. The emphasis here is on the key areas involved in experimental learning such as encouraging self-responsibility & self- management for the children, building teamwork skills and increasing self-esteem as well as a balance between core concepts and core skills. The World Around Us aspect of the curriculum offers our children a fantastic opportunity to engage with activities that encourage them to work in a practical, multi-sensory way; to use thinking skills; to take part in collaborative learning and thinking and to really experience all the fun and wonder that learning in this area has to offer.
Art & Design
Art and Design in Killard House can offer a different form of communication and learning for our children. It can offer a completely different and unique aspect of the expression of ideas and feelings as well as the practice of new skills. The art and design policy in Killard House aims to develop skills and abilities in accordance with the Northern Ireland Curriculum. These include the aims of providing opportunities to enrich pupils sensory experiences and develop their artistic awareness as well as to give pupils the opportunity to use art to record their feelings and express their creative imagination and to develop pupil’s ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others, communicating their ideas visually and verbally.
Musical activity provides children with the opportunity to explore feelings and express themselves in ways that support or go beyond verbal communication. Music provides a context for developing creativity, self-confidence and self-esteem through the key activities of making and responding to music. Music helps children to learn to listen, to distinguish between sounds and to respond to pulse and rhythm. These are extremely important elements in children’s overall development.
Children enjoy indoor and outdoor play where they experience a sense of fun and success. Physical play, such as running, jumping, climbing, skipping, hopping, balancing, rocking and rolling, throwing and catching, hitting and kicking, helps children to develop balance, control and co-ordination as well as an appreciation of distance and speed. During physical play children can be encouraged to observe things from different perspectives, for example, as they hang upside down, look at things from the top of a slide or from under a bench. Play situations provide ideal opportunities for children to create their own movement sequences and simple games. During these activities, children make decisions, refine performance and improve their movement skills.
In Killard House we place great importance and emphasis on helping each child to reach their full potential as a happy and engaged member of our school and wider society. We aim to develop in our students the skills and thought processes to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives and to understand their roles and responsibilities within the wider community.