The NCCA published Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework in October 2009. The Framework is an outcome of the Council’s work in partnership with practitioners, childminders, parents, children, researchers, training and education institutions, and relevant agencies and government departments. Like Síolta, the publication of Aistear is an important milestone in the development of early childhood care and education in Ireland. St. Davids are increasing their efforts and resources into adopting aistear strategies. Read more here.
We have created new innovative programmes within the school to encourage the love of reading and enhance the comprehension and ability levels of the pupils.
Each junior class pupil is paired with a senior class pupil who becomes their reading buddy. The senior pupil is given guidance on how to assist and improve their buddy’s ablity in reading strategies. They give praise and encouragement while correcting mistakes. This process benefits both pupils giving the senior student pride and confidence in aiding a younger boy and the younger partner benefits from one to one reading assistance.
Sixth clases are paired with Second classes, Fifth with First and so on.
StoryTime is a programme in junior and senior infants where parents are invited in to assist with one on one and small group book sessions. Besides being a delight for the children and lots of fun, there is a proven record of improvement in skills.
We have intensified our focus on reading comprehension across the school using uniform terminolgy and strategies school wide.
Young Scientist Exhibition
Swimming Lessons are offered for a 6 week period to all classes from 2nd through 6th class. This is in line with the Irish Curriculum and replaces their regular P.E. session for this period. Swimming lessons are located at SportsLink in Santry. A bus brings the boys to and from the school on their assigned day. Boys are required to bring their own swimming gear (no shower gel or other products allowed), including armbands if needed and a swim hat which is compulsory.
We have been lucky in school this year to have the fantastic Junior Einsteins Science Club in to show us some really exciting science experiments! Check out Junior Einsteins website here, and have a look at some of the great work we did with them on our class pages!