The curriculum develops lively, enquiring minds so that each child can realise his/her full potential and learn with interest and enthusiasm. We aim to set high standards through a gentle but firm introduction to school life. The curriculum is varied and wide, and is planned to ensure that children are prepared well for the next stage of their education.
Whilst the school places great emphasis on literacy and numeracy, it also includes I.C.T.,R.E., Music, Science, Physical Education, History, Geography, Art, Computer Studies, Elocution, P.S.H.E., French and Technology in the curriculum.
All the children are offered the opportunity of studying at least two languages, and one or more musical instruments.
Your child’s progress is monitored very carefully throughout the year. If individual help is required to overcome any problems or extend any particular talent or gift this is provided by internal and external specialist staff.
The Curriculum is enhanced by educational workshops.
In connection with Foundation Day, on Monday 22nd April the infant and junior classes participated in practical maths activities, run by 'World of Maths'. The children worked in groups and had to solve a variety of practical mathematical problems such as: Tangrams, 3 dimensional puzzles, reflective symmetry, direction route, co-ordinates and ratio with gears. The children all enjoyed exploring the activities, and found the range of problems both fun and challenging.
The children celebrated World Book Day and the start of Book Week by dressing up as characters from the books that they were reading in class. Each class chose a book to study for the week and have been reading and completing activities relating to their particular book. In conjunction with this, over the past six months, all the children at the school have been writing their own book, one chapter per class, with the finished book being launched today, World Book Day. The fully illustrated book called, Tales of Mystery and Magic was overseen and published by editor Vicky Wilson and co-ordinated within the school by Head of English, Sarah Macdonald. All the children were excited and delighted to see the completed hard back edition unveiled at their special assembly. Each family at the school was presented with one copy of this speical book as a momento of their children's work.
PreReception have been busy outside planting seeds to create a 'Wild Flower Corridor' to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. They are pictured below inspecting their work and checking to see if they have grown already!! Might have to wait for a little while yet......
Bike Day 2012
An educational workshop with a difference! The children brought their bikes into school and were taught how to ride safely. A very popular event!
Space Day 2012
Transition were given a real treat! The classroom resembled somewhere in outer space and the children played their part by arriving at school in some truly amazing costumes. Pictured below are the children with some very dramatic expressions!
Derek Smith was the chosen author for Book week this year, He spent time with children from the Infants upwards, teaching them many different writing techniques. As always the children dressed up as characters from their class book. Many thanks for all the time and effort in making the costumes, the children really did look wonderful.
The children combines a multi-cultural day with St. Patricks Day when they all came to school wearing green clothing. The Year 5 class presented a special assembly which included, Irish Dancing, Stories from Irish History and Irish Songs. The children all thoroughly enjoyed the assembly and at the end of the day they took home Shamrock shaped biscuits which they had baked during the day.
Ursuline Prep children created a colourful scene when they came into school dressed as characters from books for Book Week. All the classes were studying different books and children were dressed according to the book they were reading. A special assembly was held for all the children where costumes were displayed and children told the school about their book. A great effort was made by both parents and children with the costumes and everyone enjoyed the day.
The previous day - again for Book Week the children were visited by John Harris - author and story teller. He took the children in groups and told them stories in a very engaging and animated way. The children listened spellbound to his stories and at the end had an opportunity to ask questions and to buy signed copies of books that he had written, some of which were The Pearl in the Grass, The Geat, The Monster of Crete and Charlie's Key. Please see below some of the wonderful costumes.
Upper One spent a whole day experiencing life as an Ancient Greek citizen. They all came to school dressed in “ chitons “and spent the morning trying out different skills that would have been familiar to Ancient Greek people. These included, pottery making, soap carving, making an oil lamp and the oil with which to burn it, creating potions to cure ailments using herbs and spices, fresco painting and wax tablet making. The children had the opportunity to experience a banquet served by slaves whilst being entertained with dancing, acting, poetry recital and sport and marching skills performed by different groups of children. The day brought to life information that the children had learnt during their history lessons and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Book Week 2010
As part of book week Anthony Lishask, who is a proffessional author, visited the shcool and read some of his books to classes within the school. He told the children that many of his books are inspired by personal experience. The Pre-Prep children read and enacted 'Clickety Clack'.
As part of Book Week the children dressed up as a character from the book that they were reading. There were some fabulous costumes! Below are just a few of the many photographs that were taken on the day.
Maths Theatre Group
In February a Maths Theatre Group visited the School and taught Maths in a very different way! The Wild West Theme covered all different areas of Maths, including Addition, Subtraction, Division, Multiplication and Place value. They encouraged audience participation by singing songs, dancing and Quiz Questions.