We give a special welcome to our new children across the year groups and of course all of our new 2023-2024 P1 & Nursery children.
We are excited to tell you that in June 2023, 82.3% of parents voted an overwhelming ‘Yes’ to Rathmore PS and Nursery become Integrated. Governors and staff will work closely with EA, NICIE and IEF this year to review our school and start planning for this process. We will inform you of our progress throughout the year.
As a UNICEF Rights’ Respecting school and one on the Transformation journey to become an Integrated School by 2025, we understand the responsibility we share with you as parents and guardians, to guide and support our children as they grow and develop their skills of independence, self-management, personal responsibility, confidence and self-esteem.
At Rathmore, we believe that a caring climate, where every pupil feels safe and secure, is the foundation for effective learning, both within class and throughout our whole school community. We are pleased to support families by offering a Wrap-Around Care option from 8am to 5:45pm daily, with holiday provision in collaboration with YMCA (West Church).
We look forward to planning whole school events again this year, to celebrate as a community, key points of our children’s success.
We remain grateful to our PTA Fundraising Committee whose financial help last year provided outdoor space resources and iPads to enhance our children’s learning.
On behalf of the staff and governors of Rathmore Primary School, thank you for your ongoing support. Keep up-to-date with current information with our Newsletters, See-Saw, Videos, Facebook & Twitter feeds.’
Julie M Hardy
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As the name suggests, the Foundation Stage (P1 & P2) puts in place the building blocks for a lifetime of learning. Through practical activity, pupils have the freedom to explore, create and experience learning in a variety of contexts. The basis for learning at this stage is play. Pupils are encouraged to engage in a wide range of play-based activities that will form the basis for effective communication and early literacy and numeracy concepts. The teaching staff and classroom assistants work as a team to provide a structured yet flexible programme in line with the Northern Ireland Curriculum.
During P3 and P4, pupils consolidate the early literacy and numeracy concepts. Through guided and shared lessons, they develop independence in reading and writing, and extend their understanding of mathematical concepts. It is this knowledge that pupils begin to apply to problem solving with support from the teaching staff. It is at this stage that formal assessment begins further shaping the provision each child receives. The cross-curricular skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT are assessed at the end of this Key Stage.
The final three years of the primary school phase culminate in the preparation for transition to the secondary phase. P5, P6 and P7 combine the acquisition of knowledge with the development of skills to form independent, confident learners who can use multiple approaches to problem-solving. In a challenging and supportive environment, teachers integrate practical activity with direct instruction to cultivate the learning and attitudes to learning that empowers pupils to be responsible decision-makers and successful in the future. The Key Stage 2 phase embeds effective assessment of the cross-curricular skills throughout, further identifying the abilities of each pupil.
Rathmore Primary School
Tel: 02891 270399