In this section you will find additional information about the class curriculum
In English, in Standard 2, we continue with a key focus on reading and on fostering a deep love of reading in the children - often finishing the year off reading novels other than those on the curriculum. A book from our extensive library is always on each child’s desk! And of course work continues on spelling, creative and functional writing.
In Standard 2 Irish is taught through several mediums. It is taught as a living language with the main focus being on the spoken language and developing the children’s ability to communicate “as gaeilge”. Games are played. Poetry and stories are read and simple dramas are acted out such as “Cochaillín Dearg” agus “Na Trí Mucanna Beag”.
Mathematics classes, at this young level, continue to be very practical and hands on. If the concept is fractions - the children cut fruit and buns into halves and quarters. If length is the concept – the children will be spotted around our extensive school grounds measuring everything from their playground to the tennis courts! In this way the children develop a logical and “can do” approach to tackling all mathematical problems.
Social, Environmental and Scientific Education
Our school is blessed with the most wonderful grounds, beautiful hedgerows and trees – and this affords the children the opportunity in Scientific and Environmental lessons to very easily and naturally discover more about plants, animals, habitats and the natural world. The children not only learn about but are witness to the changing seasons all around them. And of course they thoroughly enjoy nature walks.
In History and Geography lessons the children continue to deepen their understanding, awareness and appreciation of the natural, human, social, cultural and historical dimensions of life.
Social, Personal and Health Education
In weekly SPHE lessons emphasis is placed on listening and respecting every person within our school community. The children learn to celebrate the successes of others as well as their own. Several key days are celebrated annually within the school community such as our school feast day - St. Gerard's Day on October 16th - when the whole school community from pre-schoolers to Leaving Cert students climb Sugarloaf mountain together and celebrate Mass in the School Hall.
In art and crafts the importance of nurturing and developing the creative side of the brain is addressed. We explore painting, drawing and sculpting with various art media such as clay, charcoal, paint etc. The children also learn to work with different textiles and fabrics. As always an integrated and cross curricular approach is taken and as well as stand-alone lessons, artwork is incorporated in all key curricular areas.
Religion, music, PE and drama are also part of the Senior Infant curriculum – and you can read more about these in the relevant sections of our website.