There has always been a strong emphasis on the development of English in St Laurence's. As well as following the required curriculum there are a number of extra activities that take place throughout the year. Niall De Búrca, a well known story teller visits the school, entertaining and captivating all classes from Junior Infants to Sixth Class with his gifted delivery of both Irish and international stories. Throughout the year, classes participate in “The Write a Book” competition organised by the Blackrock Teachers' Centre. This competition encourages all children to write stories in a variety of genres, and enter a nationwide competition. There are a wealth of stories and poetry on display to be enjoyed around the school.
Well worth a look!!
Maths is taught in St Laurence's as specified by the Department of Education and Skills in the Revised Primary School Curriculum (1999). The Infants maths programme uses "Ready Set Maths" which is an activity based programme. Major investment in materials has been made to implement this programme effectively.
The Aistear programme was introduced to Senior Infants in September 2014. The teachers are incorporating activity-based maths as part of this programme.
1st to 6th Classes use a variety of books from Busy at Maths to Mathemagic, some of which come under the book rental scheme. Teachers are involved in implementing the PDST (Professional Development Service for Teachers) guidelines for teaching place value, decimals, percentages and fractions. Greater emphasis is being placed on using manipulatives, teacher made games and co-operative learning in groups.
Tá béim mhór sa scoil seo ar Ghaeilge agus go háirithe ar Gaeilge labhartha. Bíonn "Lá Gaeilge" gach Déardaoin agus déanann an scoil ar fad a ndícheall chun Gaeilge a labhairt. Cuirimid ceol ar súil sa halla agus tugaimid suaitheantais amach do pháistí a labhraíonn Gaeilge.
Foghlaimíonn gach rang, 'Nath na Seachtaine' nua ón gcuraclam gach seachtain. Bíonn siad crochta suas ar gach doras ranga agus ar an mbord Gaeilge.
Go deimhin, tá eolas maidir le himeachtaí ar an mbord Gaeilge os comhair an oifig.
In St Laurence's we feel that a broad and balanced understanding of history is essential if our children are to become confident, informed, critical and responsible members of society. The history curriculum offers many opportunities for the children to work as historians as they study the lives of people of the past. We are fortunate to have a very rich historical environment within easy reach of the school. The study of buildings and common features of the locality allows us to develop the children's historical understanding in a very meaningful way.
St Laurence's NS has a very active Science Programme and holds eight awards for excellence in science. As well as implementing the Primary Science Curriculum, as laid down by the Department of Education and Skills, teachers and pupils are involved in the Discover Primary Science Programme. Our annual Science Open Day is one of the highlights of the school year when parents and friends are invited to come along and take part in a wide variety of science activities. St Laurence's regularly hosts speakers working in science fields and has held many workshops on Environmental Science.
The geography curriculum is concerned with developing the child's understanding and appreciation of the world in which he/she lives. During their time in St Laurence's NS, the children will study a variety of human environments, beginning with their own homes and extending to include examples from a range of wider environments. They will also look at the natural environment, within their own locality and then beyond to regional, national, European and global contexts.
Music, Art and Drama
Music, Dance, Speech and Drama
The recorder is taught to all pupils in 2nd to 4th Classes. Pupils are encouraged to join the Junior and Senior Choirs and may enrol in Irish Dancing Classes. St Laurence's NS is also well noted for its choral work. Over the years we have participated in Slógadh, Feis Ceol, Kilcoole Feis, Christmas Carol concerts, Confirmations, Communions, National Children's Choir and have also performed on Lyric FM.
The visual arts curriculum within St Laurence’s National School encourages each child to explore their own creativity and individuality. Pupils are taught a range of skills and use a wide range of media to explore their own experiences. The Visual Arts curriculum is linked to many other curriculum subjects. Pupils illustrate their work in a range of formats through topic work, structured play, art lessons and project work. The children’s progress is assessed in their art portfolios. These portfolios start in Junior Infants and are completed in 6th Class. Displays within the classrooms are of huge value to pupil self-esteem. Displays are linked throughout the school to incorporate other events within the school calendar. Also a variety of artists are studied throughout the school year. Pupils have opportunities to participate in a variety of competitions at their own age levels to enable them to use the skills they have learned, and to explore their own concepts and ideas.
Thanks to the efforts of the Fundraising Committee and the support of all our parents, the Board of Management has the financial resources to employ a sports coach for the whole school year. All pupils benefit from the coach's input into the PE curriculum.
The sports coach is also heavily involved in the after-school extra-curricular sports programme. Pupils are encouraged to participate in the many sporting opportunities on offer: athletics, basketball, gaelic football, hurling, soccer, golf, hockey and tennis.
The Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum provides particular opportunities to foster the personal development, health and well being of the child. The school has a formative role to play in children’s social, personal and health education. It can provide the environment and a variety of learning experiences that enable individuals to understand themselves, to relate to others and to establish and maintain healthy patterns of behaviour. The following programmes are used to teach aspects of SPHE: Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE), Walk Tall (Substance Misuse Prevention), Stay Safe (Child Abuse Prevention), Be Safe (Road, Fire and Water Safety), Action for Life (Physical Education).
We are very lucky to have the following resources available to the pupils in St Laurence's NS:
Fully equipped computer room
Broadband internet access with Department of Education and Skills filtering system
Interactive smartboards in every classroom
Children are given the opportunities to:
Learn word processing skills
Develop typing skills
Learn how to use the internet
Use a selection of programs such as MS Word, Publisher, Excel and Powerpoint
Explore all curricular areas through ICT
Work on class projects
Play a wide variety of educational games