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Curriculum

 K2 is the equivalent of Senior Infants under the Irish National School system or Pre-Kindergarten in the American system.

Core Curriculum
English
The English curriculum is divided into four strands:
  • Receptiveness to language
  • Competence and confidence in using language
  • Developing cognitive abilities through language
  • Emotional and imaginative development through language
Each of the strands is divided into three strand units comprising oral language, reading and writing.

Mathematics
The Maths curriculum provides opportunities for the child to explore the nature of Mathematics and to acquire the knowledge, concepts and skills required for everyday living and for use in other subject areas.
The Mathematics curriculum comprises five strands:
  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Shape and Space
  • Measures
  • Data
The child's mathematical development at this early stage demands a large practical input. The experience of manipulating and using objects is essential for developing a deep understanding of Maths.
 
SPHE  (Social, Personal and Health Education)
SPHE fosters the personal development, health and well being of the child and helps to create and maintain supportive relationships and to become an active and responsible citizen in society.
The SPHE curriculum comprises three strands:
  • Myself
  • Myself and others
  • Myself and the wider world

SESE  (Social, Environmental and Scientific Education)

History
History gives children a knowledge of past human experiences at family, local, national and international levels.
Content in History for infant classes is confined to two strands:
  • Myself and my family (through which the child will begin to explore aspects of his/her own past and that of their family)
  • Story (in which the child will encounter elements from the lives of a range of people in the past)

Geography
Geography at infant level develops the childs understanding and appreciation of the world in which he/she lives.
The content of the Geography curriculum is presented in three strands:
  • Human environments
  • Natural environments
  • Environmental awareness and care

Science
Science enhances the child's knowledge and understanding of themselves and the world in which they live.
Its four strands are:
 
  • Living things
  • Energy and forces
  • Materials
  • Environmental awareness and care

Irish*
The emphasis at this early stage is oral language. It is developed through the use of class lessons, both orally and through the use of the CD which accompanies the text book. Children learn through songs, rhymes, role play and drama.
 
For a detailed outline of the Irish Programme in St. Andrew's College, Preparatory Department, please see the Irish Curriculum heading on the general Prep School page
 
For the Non-Irish students there is a courser of ESL
 
Assessment
  1. The Middle Infant Screening Test (MIST) is administered when the children are aged five years eight months or more.
The aims of the MIST are:
  • To give a profile of class performance
  • To identify children who are in the lowest 20 to 25 percent of their peer group in reading and writing
  • To pinpoint significant difficulties and confusions which are contributing to poor reading and writing
  • To yield information on which to base a follow-up programme
Assessment is a continuous process in K2. It ranges from classroom observation to teacher designed tests and tasks.
 
Additional Subjects
Religion, Science, Music, Drama, Games/PE, Arts/Crafts/Painting, Computer, European Language: French or Spanish.
 
European Language Programme
Pupils may choose to study French or Spanish. In order to achieve continuity we recommend that a child remain with the language which he/she chooses initially to study.
 
EAL - English as another Language
This facility is provided for the benefit of students whose first language is not English. Five classes per week are normally scheduled.
 
Introduction to Computers
One class is held per week, concentrating on the rudiments of computer skills. The class takes place in one of the computer laboratories with a specialist primary school Computer Studies teacher.