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Riverside School

Riverside Special School, Fennel Road BT41 4PB

02894 428946

Class Information



 The Nursery class in Riverside learn in a structured and fun learning environment. Our teacher is Mrs Carmel Duffy and our classroom assistants are Mrs Tracey Bogle and Mrs Karen Stewart. There are currently six pupils in our class and we have lots of fun following the Pre School Curriculum. The Nursery class are learning to develop their play skills during structured play sessions. We are also learning to turn take and share during interactive sessions of circle time. Self help skills are also very important in our class; we are learning to feed ourselves, wash our hands and actively participate in the tidy up routine. We enjoy our busy day and we are learning to follow a 'first' and 'then' schedule to help us make sense of our day. 


J1 is made up of 8 pupils ranging from 4 - 5 years old. This is a vibrant class that follows the Foundation Stage of the NI Curriculum. Our teacher is Miss Gaston and our teaching assistants are Lauren and Kiera. We enjoy practical and play based approaches to learning. We have many opportunities to consolidate the skills we learn in other environments such as educational outings, outdoor play, swimming and inclusion activities. We use a tool box of strategies to ensure that the individual needs of pupils are met including visual strategies, TEACCH, Makaton, PECS, positive behaviour programmes, team teach and many more. Even at a young age we work hard at personal development to ensure that pupils have a opportunity to be as independent as possible. ICT plays an important role in our classroom as pupils are highly motivated and stimulated by its use. By using our interactive touch screen and ipad we help to develop pupils' skills in all areas of learning as well as increasing focus, attention and concentration. Most importantly even though we have lots to learn, we also have lots of fun along the way!



J2 is a lively Key Stage 1 class with pupils ranging from 5 to 8 years old. Our teacher is Mrs Meharg and teaching assistants are Brenda and Erin. Every day is busy and fun packed with a mix of structured play, physical play, small group and whole class activities. Some of the pupils use individual schedule of symbols or objects. We love learning; one of our favourite areas of the curriculum is ‘The Arts’. In J2 we are very creative, making wonderful art masterpieces! We also really enjoy our music sessions with J1. We have some great musicians in our school. We love to listen to and join in with the Jolly Phonics sounds before writing on the interactive whiteboard. Attention autism is another favourite in our class, our faces light up when our teacher brings out the bucket. We appreciate having other places to continue our learning such as the sensory room and soft play within school. Each week we enjoy an educational visit with J1. We use this opportunity to interactive with each other and play. We really love school in J2!


J3 are aKS1/ KS2 mixed ability class of 8 pupils. Our teacher is Mr Andrews and our assistants are Leanne and Audrey. J3 are given access to the NI Curriculum on a daily basis through 1:1 work, group work and circle time activities throughout the day. We really benefit from a bright, colourful structured room and timetable with a strong teamwork approach. We are a very busy, fun and energetic class with a jam-packed timetable. We enjoy swimming, educational outings and music lessons. We enjoy learning through play and have sensory based learning. We enjoy interacting with J4 on our educational outings and through music, giving us the opportunities to build friendships throughout the school.



J4 is a Key Stage 2 class with 6 pupils ranging in age from 9-11 years old. Our classroom assistants and Caira and Jackie and our teachers are Mrs Ravey Monday- Thursday and Miss Convery on a Friday. This year we have a student Lisa Mulholland who will be in our class from Monday to Thursday.

We follow the Northern Ireland Curriculum but offer a wide and varied range of activities. We enjoy a busy and active timetable, which includes swimming, educational outings, The Arts, PE, The World Around Us, Numeracy and Literacy. We use a variety of approaches to teach our subjects including ICT, sensory based learning, individual and group work. We believe that learning should be fun and strive to maintain that through everything that we do. We always strive to promote independence in our pupils and have high expectations of what they can achieve, so that through their learning they can flourish.



M1 is a PMLD class with 5 very lively, energetic and diverse pupils! Our teacher is Miss McNee and our assistants are Sarah and Matthew. We enjoy a full and varied sensory curriculum, with all our lessons tailored to our individual needs and preferences. Pupils are given opportunities to develop as much independence as possible. We use a range of strategies to ensure every child can reach their full potential. We enjoy educational outings, Swimming, PE, Music, Art, Cookery, Attention Autism and Sensory play. We love completing lots of lovely art work to decorate our classroom. M1 are constantly on the go. We are a very happy and thriving class!



S1 is a Key Stage 3 class with nine hardworking pupils! Our focus in S1 is all about learning though having fun! We are working on developing independent life skills and social skills through our KS3 curriculum areas. We have an active timetable with daily Primary Movement and yoga sessions, and weekly trips to the swimming pool and football coaching. We enjoy an educational outing on a Tuesday and have been taking part in Forest School sessions. This year we are taking part in the Dexter Project with S2 at Balmoral Show – keep an eye out for us there! 


In S2 we have 5 boys and 4 girls aged 12– 15 years and we are a very busy and active class. A typical week of activities in S2 includes swimming, Forest Schools, music, art, football, recycling, cookery and an educational outing that is connected to our topic of the term. This is alongside our numeracy and literacy work which includes 1:1 reading and topic work each term. We also complete accreditation work for CCEA Life Skills Accreditation which is achieved through completing tasks, word processing information and printing off text and photographs for our folders. Two of our pupils attend Belfast Met on a Friday with Pathways and the rest of us are completing an OCN unit in school with a tutor from Belfast Met. Our aim in all our activities is to encourage and promote independence.




Our aim in Pathways is to encourage our young adults to develop as much independence as possible and to support them in their transition to adult life.
We offer a range of Accredited Programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh on a bi-annual basis and OCR. On Fridays, a group of pupil we attends Belfast Met where we gain accreditation in CCEA Occupational Studies programmes such as Access Belfast and ICT.
We aim to develop independent living skills. In promoting healthy lifestyles, we attend Antrim Forum on a weekly basis, which allows us to enhance self-help skills, social skills and independence.
We strive to provide most of our pupils with Work Placements in the local Antrim area. This year we are collaborating with the Orchardville Society from Belfast. This society is helping our pupils find work placements and get ready for life after Riverside.
Finally, a huge part of Pathways’ learning is our company Boom, established as part of Young Enterprise NI. Together as a team, the company chooses, designs, makes, markets and sells products to our customers. We aim to win the ‘Best Team’ in the North Eastern Region as well as the award for ‘Best Trade Stand’ in the whole of the UK.