Research and Pilots
John Paul ll P.S. has developed close links with two nursery schools in our area: Matt Talbot ad St. Bernadette's Nursery.
We are working together to look at all aspects of Play provided in Nursery, Primary and Primary Two. We are drawing on the vast experience of the staff involved in our Early Years Professional Panel to develop a document to explore the development and progression of skills or experiences within the Foundation Stage.
As part of this partnership our staff exchange for days with the Nursery teachers every year to see the children at each level of the Foundation stage in their own setting. This highlights the needs of the children, the stage of learning that they are at and the experiences that they have had. It allows the teachers an opportunity to reflect on what they do and discuss how to develop provision for all children. It is also an essential part of the transition links built for the children who are moving to Primary School.
Mr. Hunter has been involved in exploring the way in which boys learn in order to engage them in all learning experiences in the classroom. All of our staff has developed their teaching skills to ensure an effective provision for all learners.
One of our Primary 1 and one of our Primary 2 teachers have been involved in the CCEA Training Pilot for Engaging Boys. Mrs. Burns and Mrs Irvine worked with CCEA throughout last year and the videos taken of their Play Based Learning, Literacy, Maths and Planning through Topic lessons were uploaded to the video library for professional development of teachers.
Our school’s educational philosophy is based on trialling and developing new ways of enhancing boys’ engagement in their learning in order to improve academic outcomes. The school uses many strategies to do this. These strategies are based on current educational research findings that encourage schools to consider not only children’s skills, but also children’s dispositions towards learning. By understanding how boys in particular learn, the school can create a teaching and learning environment that will be more likely to improve many aspects of the school. This approach is innovative and challenging – with potential rewards for children, class-based support staff and teachers.
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You can see how engaged our children are in their learning: boys and girls.