General Information & Communication
Encouraging Positive Behaviour
Regular individual and group incentives encourage positive behaviour in Sixth Class, for example extra P.E. time.
An average of between 50 – 60 minutes will be assigned from Monday to Thursday. This may include reading/oral or learning homework.
All pupils take part in Guided Reading Sessions in Sixth Class. D.E.A.R. time (Drop Everything and Read) is encouraged and all pupils will have access to the school library. Each pupil in Sixth Class will receive a monthly copy of The Primary Planet Newspaper which covers news stories as well as a host of other activities.
Knowing tables well really benefits maths attainment. We would recommend that you encourage your child to practise their tables. There are many online programmes available for tables practise.
We place a huge emphasis on spoken Irish in Ennis National School. Children may receive written homework in Irish or reading/learning homework or a mixture of both.
History, Geography & Science
Visual Arts, Music & Drama
Visual arts, music and drama classes are undertaken as part of the Sixth Class Curriculum and are regularly integrated with other curricular areas. All pupils will have the opportunity to play the tin-whistle in Sixth Class and will need a whistle in the Key of D.
Pupils have P.E. class every week. There are many other opportunities for pupils to get active in Sixth class; the class run, movement/exercise breaks and extra-curricular activities such as hurling, camogie, football, basketball, Irish dancing and yoga.
Social and Personal Health Education
Walk Tall, RSE and Stay Safe are the programmes used in Sixth Class.
We use the Grow in Love Progamme in Sixth Class to teach the Catholic faith. Pupils of other faiths may be asked to research and present project work on their own faith.
A lot of time goes into preparing for the Confirmation in Sixth Class. There will be practises in the Cathedral before the Confirmation Ceremony.
A variety of assessment methods are utilised in Sixth Class: Self-assessment, Peer assessment, Conferencing, Portfolio Assessments and weekly/termly class tests.
Standardised Testing in Mathematics and English is carried out each May.
Additional Programmes and Initiatives:
The following is an outline of some of the additional programmes and initiatives that we undertake in sixth class: