Senior School Curriculum
Junior Cycle Level 2 Learning Programmes (L2LPs) have been designed for a small minority of students with particular special educational needs. These programmes are a new and welcome addition to help to continue to provide meaningful learning and learning experiences for students who have general learning disabilities in the higher functioning moderate and low functioning mild categories. They are designed only for those students who are not able to take the existing Junior Certificate, and can suit both special school and mainstream settings. These programmes are set in the context of the principles, key skills and 24 statements of learning that frame the new Junior Cycle.
This year the senior school have decided to use the Junior Cycle Level 2 Learning Programme as their curriculum. The Senior school also decided to keep following the primary school curriculum for drama,music, visual arts while SESE subjects (History, Geography and Science) will be intergrated into the new Junior Cycle Programme.
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The Priority Learning Units include:
Communicating and literacy: Covers both verbal and non-verbal ways of receiving and giving information. Reading and writing are also further developed.
Numeracy: Develops awareness of patterns and relationships in shape and number as well as skills in estimation, measurement and problem solving.
Personal care: Deals with health and wellbeing, covering areas such as healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.
Living in a community: Students develop strategies to establish and maintain positive relationships with people around them. Seeking help and advice as well as dealing with conflict are included here.
Preparing for work: Assists students in making the transition from school to further education, training or employment.
Junior School Curriculum
All subjects in the National Primary Curriculum with the exception of Gaeilge are taught. Curricular plans for each subject are drafted and reviewed by the teaching staff and approved by the Board of Management.
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Special emphasis is placed on Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) as one of the primary aims of the school is to develop the independence of our pupils.
Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) are drawn up for all pupils by the class teachers in consultation with parents and the multi-disciplinary team.
In addition to the standard primary curriculum practical subjects Woodwork and Home Economics are taught to the pupils in the senior school. See more...
To ensure that all pupils can access the curriculum individual learning styles are accommodated and supported by programmes such as TEACCH, P.E.C.S, Floortime, HANEN, Social Stories, LÁMH.
Additional support is provided by a Speech and Language Therapist, a Physiotherapist and occasional input from an Occupational Therapist.
See sample timetables