The curriculum is learner-centred. It emphasises the importance of literacy, numeracy, and language, while at the same time responding to changing needs in science and technology, social personal and health education, and citizenship. The curriculum is presented in 7 subject areas comprising 11 subjects.
As well as learning new ideas and finding out new information in the different subjects of the curriculum, children develop important skills such as communicating, estimating, problem solving, working scientifically, designing and making.
The curriculum specifies the amount of time to be allocated to each curriculum area. Each teacher devises an individual timetable to ensure that each subject gets its allocated time and also to ensure access to school resources such as the general purpose room, computer room and school field.
Our pupils are taught in their single class groups, with all children studying the same area. However, work is appropriately differentiated (either simplified or extended) to match all ability levels.
Additional Educational Needs
All children are valued, respected and welcomed to the school whatever their additional educational need. We will support their learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally provided facilities where appropriate.
Prevention and early intervention is the cornerstone of special education provision at Ennis NS. Close collaboration and consultation between class teachers and the special education team, together with ongoing assessment will identify pupils in infant classes who may be in need of additional support.
Children are assessed annually from first class to establish their educational needs. Standardised assessments are carried out in Maths and in English by class teachers.
Support will be provided for children who need it by our support teachers. Should your child require any special assistance, be it short term or long, a member of staff will be in contact with you and invite you to the school to discuss your child’s needs.
The school also has the services of an educational psychologist, who works closely with the school in assessing children who might be experiencing difficulties in learning.
The school also works closely with Health Service Executive personnel and services such as Clare Early Intervention Services.
Gifted, Able and Talented
Our school will have, at any time, a number of able, talented or gifted pupils, We recognise academic and practical performance as well as those who show outstanding artistic, musical and creative talent, physical skills, leadership qualities and the ability to process ideas and information.
We are fortunate to have the services of an Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Therapist provided by Clare Crusaders on a weekly basis.