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Welcome to Rathmore Primary School & Nursery


We give a special welcome to our new children across the year groups and of course all of our new 2022-2023 P1 & Nursery children.

We are excited to tell you that, thanks to our PTA fundraising, we have been enhancing our outdoor spaces and begin the year with our new garden area & ‘play-pods’ fully furnished and ready for action.

We will continue with our class well-being focus: ‘Take 5 Steps’ of Connect, Keep Learning, Be Active, Take Notice and Give. We look forward to recommencing whole school family events again, to celebrate key points of our children’s success.

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).

As a UNICEF Rights’ Respecting School, 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.

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.

Yours sincerely,

Julie M Hardy

Principal

Welcome to Rathmore Primary


We give a special welcome to our new children across the year groups and of course all of our new 2022-2023 P1 & Nursery children.

We are excited to tell you that, thanks to our PTA fundraising, we have been enhancing our outdoor spaces and begin the year with our new garden area & ‘play-pods’ fully furnished and ready for action.

We will continue with our class well-being focus: ‘Take 5 Steps’ of Connect, Keep Learning, Be Active, Take Notice and Give. We look forward to recommencing whole school family events again, to celebrate key points of our children’s success.

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).

As a UNICEF Rights’ Respecting School, 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.

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.

Yours sincerely,

Julie M Hardy

Principal

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At Rathmore, we believe in giving our pupils a first class education, focused on a child-centred approach to learning. Across all three key stages, Rathmore pupils learn the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they will need to live

Foundation Stage

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.

Key Stage 1

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.

Key Stage 2

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.