In essence the curriculum is the focal pivot around which a school hinges. We at The Harold School believe that a stimulating and structured learning environment is imperative for the academic success of our students.
A strong emphasis is placed on Literacy and Numeracy, which we see as essential life skills. All subjects, as laid down by the Department of Education and Science are taught.
Of course we are aware that education in itself is about developing the whole person. To this end, we constantly endeavour to cater for the individual needs of all the children, with emphasis on their spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual development.
PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Programmes of study are prescribed by the Department. Assessments will be made of the child’s progress through the various instructional stages to measure their achievements. Tests such as Micra T, Sigma T. and Drumcondra Tests are administered. Test results are available on request, at the Parent Teacher meetings. Reports to parents of child’s progress will be made each summer.
PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The Curriculum is presented in six subject areas, some of which are further sub-divided into subjects. These are Language (Gaeilge and English), Mathematics, Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (S.E.S.E.) (History, Geography and Science), Arts Education (Visual Arts, Music and Drama), Physical Education and Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E.)
The English Curriculum is structured to offer children a total language experience in which oral language, reading and writing are fully integrated.
Cumarsáid agus usáid na teanga mar theanga bheo an dá ghné is suntasaí den churaclam Gaeilge.
The five strands in the mathematics curriculum are number, algebra, shape and space, measures and data. Calculators are introduced in 4th class.
Science: The four strands of the curriculum are living things, energy and forces, materials and environmental awareness.
History: Emphasis on local history and a focus on the skills of the historian.
Geography: The three strands are human environments, natural environments and environmental awareness and care.
The six strands are drawing, paint, print, clay construction, fabric and fibre.
The three strands are listening/responding, performing and composing.
A visiting drama teacher works with the children developing their ability to explore, make and reflect on drama.
The six strands are: athletics, dance, gymnastics, games, outdoor and adventure activities and aquatics.
Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E.)
This subject area includes R.S.E. (Relationships and Sexuality education) Stay Safe, and The Substance Abuse Prevention Programme.