The Nursery class in Riverside learn in a structured and fun learning environment. Our teacher is Mrs Carmel Duffy and our classroom assistants are Zuzana and Shauna. There are currently nine 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 engaging sessions of group work. 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 are looking forward to our new Nursery accommodation where we will have extra space to enjoy sensory lessons. 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 are a super class of 9 pupils ranging from 4-5 years old. We follow the Foundation Stage curriculum and incorporate lots of play and fun in our learning. We aim to have as much fun as possible while developing our literacy, numeracy and self-help skills. Our teacher is Mrs McPeake and our teaching assistants are Tracey and Karen. We enjoy practical and play based approaches to learning. Outdoor learning is a big part of our everyday school life and we love to explore different environments. We ensure that the needs of our pupils are met by using a variety of different strategies such as Makaton, TEACCH and PECS. We hope you enjoy looking at our learning experiences.
J2 is made up of 9 pupils ranging from 5-7 years old. This is a vibrant class that follows the Foundation Stage of the NI Curriculum. Our teachers are Mrs Ravey and Mrs McCombe and our teaching assistants are Lauren, Victoria and Michelle. 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, Pixon Boards, 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!
J3 is made up of 10 pupils ranging from 5-6 years old. This class follows KS1 in the NI Curriculum with activities adapted to suit the children's needs. Our teacher is Miss Gaston and Miss McCombe and our teaching assistants are Brenda, Clare and Catherine. 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 and swimming. ICT plays an important role in our classroom as pupils are highly motivated and stimulated by its use. Pupils are given many opportunities to learn and interact through the use of Ipads and a Clever touch computer screen. Learning is motivating and fun in J3 and the pupils are taught to be as independent as possible through the use of visual schedules, PECS and other visual communication boards.
J4 is a lively Key Stage 2 class with 10 pupils ranging from 7 to 8 years old. Our Teacher is Miss Caitlín Mc Cann and Teaching Assistants are Rhiannon, Beverly and Karla. Every day is busy and fun packed with a mix of structured play, physical play, small group and whole class activities. Most pupils follow a whole class schedule of symbols with some using an individual schedule and a TOBI schedule. We love learning - one of our favourite areas of the curriculum is ‘The Arts’. In J4 we are very creative and we love making wonderful art masterpieces! 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. This year we will be experiencing a lot of outdoor learning opportunities - particularly through Forest Schools. We are prepared and excited to learn through all elements. We use this opportunity to interactive with each other and play. We really love school in J4!
J5 is a Key Stage 2 class with seven pupils ranging from ages 8 to 11 years old.
We follow the Northern Ireland Curriculum delivered in a fun, creative and engaging way. We enjoy outdoor play, attention autism, completing our Golden mile and music. We are busy developing skills to get us ready for progressing into Key Stage 3 such as tasks to develop independence and reward systems including Golden Time Fridays. We believe learning should be fun. We endeavour to build positive relationships with each other, so that the best learning can take place. We have high expectations on what our pupils will achieve, making progress so we can flourish and enjoy everything along the way.
J6 is a sensory class with 7 very lively, energetic and diverse pupils! Our teacher is Mrs Meharg and our assistants are Aoife, Leanne and Audrey. 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 sensology, relaxation, art, music and sensory stories. In our classroom we have Messy Mondays, WOW Wednesdays and Fun Fridays. There is lots of fun being had.
S2 is made up of 7 pupils ranging in age from 11-13 years old. We follow the NI key stage 3 curriculum. We are using creative ways to explore Language and Literacy through rich texts, ICT resources and personal choices. We are an independent bunch who love learning through practical experiences. We are developing our independent skills through cookery, break and personal development. We are completing CCEA Life Skills modules in Healthy Active Lifestyles and Using Money. We keep active with Just Dance, yoga and PE. We love to learn outdoors and discover the world around us. We like walking, planting and gardening,
Litter picking and generally enjoying nature. We enjoy shopping when we get the chance and this helps us in our personal development such as using money. We are a hard working class but always make time to chill at the end of the week
S3 is made up of 8 pupils ranging in age from 11-13 years old. We follow the NI key stage 3 curriculum along with a recovery curriculum with a focus on our mental wellbeing. We are using creative ways to explore Language and Literacy through rich texts, ICT resources and personal choices. We are developing our independent skills through cookery, break and personal development. We are enjoying getting outdoors to learn and in particular forest schools activities. This year we have also acquired hens that will help develop our caring and responsibility skill sets. We are a hard working class but always make time to chill at the end of the week!
S4 is made up of 9 pupils aged between 14 and 16. We focus on learning important life skills throughout the day. We enjoy helping with jobs, learning to cook and making our own breaks. We are completing CCEA Life Skills modules and take part in lots of outdoor activities such as horticulture and Forest Schools. We keep fit by completing our daily mile challenge and doing lots of sports and exercise both inside and outside the classroom. We are learning strategies to help us with our mental well-being, supporting us to build resilience and learn about a growth mindset. We are leaning to use Ipads in class to record our learning. Keep an eye on Facebook for some of our fab photos!