Curriculum

Children experience a broad based, well balanced curriculum which develops the whole child. We aim to empower young people to achieve their full potential and to make informed and responsible decisions. Through teaching and learning experiences pupils develop as individuals and contributors to society.
Children’s learning experiences are always interactive, practical and enjoyable. Teachers make use of a wide range of teaching methods, balancing whole class, group paired and individual activities, to engage children in effective learning. In the Foundation Stage (P1 and P2) much of the learning takes place through well planned, challenging outdoor and indoor play.

Children are given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in the following subjects.

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1LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
Literacy is a subject in its own right but also plays an important part as a medium through which all other subjects are taught.
Literacy is divided into three main components: Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing.

Through talking and listening activities pupils are encouraged to communicate effectively and develop good listening skills. Reading is fundamental to children’s learning and they are encouraged to appreciate and enjoy literature.

This is achieved through a structured and varied reading programme which promotes linguistic skills, fluency and understanding.
Children’s writing skills are fostered and developed through a modelled, shared and guided writing approach that leads to independent work.  In a stimulating and interactive environment pupils are encouraged to develop creativity and technical skills in their writing.
2MATHEMATICS AND NUMERACY
Mathematics is a life skill used in making everyday decisions and in virtually every work context. We see it as fundamental that children enjoy Mathematics and thus develop a love for the subject. At Cliftonville, every child is given the opportunity to achieve their full mathematical potential.

The Mathematics curriculum consists of five aspects Number, Processes in Mathematics, Measures, Shape and Space and Handling Data. Children are taught basic concepts through a wide range of activities and investigations to ensure a sound understanding of fundamental principles which are later built upon.

Pupils take part in mental maths sessions which provide the opportunity to develop strategies for quick and accurate thinking. Mathematics is integrated across the curriculum with pupils having the opportunity to apply concepts, processes and understanding to a variety of contexts and real life situations.
3THE ARTS
Art, Music and Drama form an important part of life at Cliftonville Integrated Primary School. We recognise that through these curricular areas pupils develop the ability to express themselves, gain confidence and pleasure.

During art activities pupils are given the opportunity to work with a wide range of raw materials and different mediums to realise ideas and intentions. During recent years most pupils have had the opportunity to work with a professional artist to help further develop their skills and knowledge. All pupils take part in a range of musical activities throughout the year. They learn songs for both enjoyment and performances at school services. Pupils are given an opportunity to work creatively with sounds by creating musical storiesand patterns. They listen and respond to music, either that of a composer or music their peer’s have created. The Belfast School of Music provides extra support and tuition throughout the year when children compose, sing and listen to a range of music.  Selected children in Key Stage Two receive African Drumming tuition on a weekly basis.

Throughout the year pupils have the opportunities to participate in drama activities, short plays, special services and perform for parents and friends.  Every child is given the opportunity to take part. Drama activities are also part of the classroom curriculum and are always thoroughly enjoyed by all!
4RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
We create an atmosphere which values the child’s own family religion and/or cultural experiences. We provide opportunities to learn and respect views, feelings and customs of others. We promote knowledge and understanding of and respect and appreciation for, the beliefs and cultural traditions of all. Religious Education classes, assemblies and special services are significant features of school life.

Our Religious Education Programme is determined by the ‘Core Syllabus’ as set out by DENI and agreed by the four main churches.

Children from the Catholic tradition follow the Catholic church’s “Alive-O” programme in preparation for making their Sacraments, First Confession in P3, First Communion in P4 and Confirmation in P7. Our children are prepared by teachers qualified in Catholic instruction and supported by the local parish clergy to enable them to make their sacraments in Sacred Heart Parish Churches.

Parents of pupils in P2 to P7 have the opportunity to select which RE programme they want to follow – Catholic, Protestant or Social and Moral. We respect the right of any parents wanting to withdraw their children from Religious Education and parents who wish to do so should discuss this with the Principal.
5PHYSICAL EDUCATION
We aim to provide each pupil with physical learning opportunities. Our P.E. curriculum enables our pupils to gain skills in Gymnastics, Games, Athletics and Dance. Our Key Stage Two pupils undertake a Swimming Programme coached by a trained instructor at Belfast Royal Academy Swimming Pool. We place an emphasis on Fundamental Movement Skills and believe that physical development is about experiencing and developing a range of fundamental movement skills

that will improve co-ordination, locomotion, control, balance and manipulation.  Physical Development helps children gain confidence and self esteem. Through participating in physical activities, children can develop an understanding of the relationship between physical activity and good health in everyday life and the importance of changing for physical activities. We encourage the children to assess and evaluate their own performance and skills acquisition.
6THE WORLD AROUND US
We believe that children are innately imaginative and creative. These dispositions are valued and nurtured by providing them with exciting and relevant contexts for learning. Children learn about how things work and the characteristics of the natural world, through investigation and discovery.

Learning scientific, geographic and technological concepts and skills enable children to confidently handle social and technological change, and to understand the implications of the environmental issues which confront us. We provide children with opportunities to ask questions about themselves and the nature of the world around them.
7PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING
The development of high self esteem and confidence among children and staff are very important at Cliftonville Integrated Primary School.  Pupils are encouraged to think about moral values and to develop their personal and interpersonal skills.

Personal Development and Mutual Understanding focuses on encouraging each child to become personally, emotionally, socially and physically effective to lead healthy, safe and fulfilled lives. This will enable them to become confident, independent and responsible citizens, that can make informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives.
8INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
Cliftonville Integrated PS is proud of their modern, up-to-date ICT facilities. The school has over 170 iPads available for all pupils from Nursery to P7. Through these highly motivational and desirable tablets, children have the opportunity to access relevant, appropriate apps. Pupils develop their literacy skills when selecting and reading books from the wide range of iBooks purchased for use on iPads.

Each classroom is equipped with laptops, an interactive whiteboard and an Apple TV. Every class has access to a set of Acti-Vote devices. These hand-held devices enable pupils to interactively answer questions and express their opinions.

At Cliftonville, the use of ICT across the curriculum helps develop pupils' self esteem and promote positive attitudes to learning. It helps improve pupils' thinking skills and provides them with the opportunity to become independent, selfmotivated, flexible learners. Through ICT activities, pupils have the opportunity to engage in meaningful research. They develop skills in handling and communicating information and are provided with opportunities to express and exhibit information in a range of programs. All Internet access on the school system is filtered to ensure unsuitable websites are blocked.