The curriculum is presented in seven subject areas, some of which are further sub-divided into subjects. These are:
- Language (Gaeilge and English)
- Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE): History, Geography and Science
- Social, Personal Health Education (SPHE)
- Arts Education (Visual Arts, Music and Drama)
- Physical Education
The English curriculum is structured to offer children a total language experience in which oral language, reading and writing are fully integrated.
Cumarsáid agus úsáid na teanga mar theanga bheo an dá ghné is suntasaí den churaclam Gaeilge. Gaeilge is a spoken language and emphasis is on using Gaeilge throughout the school day.
The five strands in the mathematics curriculum are number, algebra, shape and space, measures and data.
The four strands of the curriculum are living things, energy and forces, materials and environmental awareness.
The strands in the history curriculum are:
- Local Studies
- Early people and ancient societies
- Life, society, work and culture in the past
- Politics, conflict and society
- Eras of change and conflict
- Continuity and change over time
The three strands are human environments, natural environments and environmental awareness and care.
The three strands are listening/responding, performing and composing.
The six strands are drawing, paint, print, clay, construction and fabric and fibre.
The six strands are athletics, dance, outdoor and adventure activities, games, aquatics and gymnastics.
SPHE takes place in a number of ways in the school and the involvement of parents at all stages of the programme is essential for its effectiveness. Children learn through experiencing a positive school climate and atmosphere and by exploring aspects of the curriculum through relevant subject areas. It includes RSE (Relationships and Sexuality Education), Stay Safe and the Substance Abuse Prevention Programme. If you as parents/guardians have queries about any aspect of S.P.H.E. please contact class teacher or school principal.
Religious Education at St Brigid’s is taught in both a formal and informal way. A thirty-minute Religious Education class is given each day. In partnership with parents, priests of the parish and parish personnel, children are prepared for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation. Pupils of all religious faiths and none are equally respected.
Ms Tighe, a specialist PE teacher resumes lessons during the third week of September each year. Suitable plain rubber soled runners are needed for PE.
Ms Carpenter resumes dancing also during the third week of September. Please ensure that your child has plimsolls (with child’s name) for dancing.
Special Needs Education / Learning Support
St Brigid’s aims to provide a curriculum that will enable each pupil to reach his/her potential. Classroom teachers assess and monitor the progress of the children in their care. Additional help, from a Learning Support Teacher is provided for children who fulfil certain criteria. Children receive help from a Learning Support Teacher following consultation with parents and after parents have given their consent. Learning Support teachers also team teach with class teachers and work in-class with groups. We find this particularly useful in the Junior classes with early maths and phonics and in the middle and senior classes in maths.
Resource hours are allocated to children following professional assessment and allocation of hours by S.E.N.O. and sanctioned by D.E.S. This allocation procedure is scheduled to change in early 2017.