Through enthusiastic, inspiring teaching and excellent resources we strive to develop in each pupil an enquiring mind, an ability to give full attention and a love of learning. Connections and relationships are central to the John Scottus education. Through excellent teachers and appropriate class sizes we ensure that each child has a personal connection with their teacher
We strive to maintain a broad and balanced curriculum to ensure that pupils are well prepared not only for Secondary school but for future life.
The National Curriculum is our starting point, but in each subject, work is presented creatively to challenge, stimulate and spark curiosity. We have high expectations of our pupils and observe progress carefully. We ensure that the standard and pace of the work suits the individual so that all have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Early years (3 – 6 years)
Our guiding sound with our early years’ education is love and play. The young child requires a loving environment free from any pressure at all. It is in this context that we provide a structured and safe learning space where children will play and learn, explore and create, take part and persevere, solve problems and make friends. A stimulating environment, including our beautiful forest garden, supports the teachers’ planned activities and the children’s own initiatives for learning.
The John Scottus Curriculum is:
- Play-based – we understand that play is the child’s way of learning and of coming to terms with the world around them
- Nature-based – we blur the lines between the indoor and outdoor space, outdoor time is extensive, natural materials are
found throughout the indoor space, and classroom activities are based on seasonal happenings
- Spiritual-based – we invite the children to connect with their inner self through mindfulness practices.
- Real Life and The Teaching of The Virtues – we explicitly teach the children life virtues such as Fearlessness, Gratitude, Attention, Perseverance and Kindness. We encourage children from as young as three to ‘meet the need’ and help take care of themselves and the world around them.
All this is structured under the Aistear and Síolta frameworks.
Our extended curriculum includes