Information for Parents

Booklists 2017/2018:

booklist-junior-infants-2017-2018

booklist-rang-1-2017-2018

booklist-rang-2-2017-2018

booklist-rang-3-2017-2018

booklist-rang-4-2017-2018

booklist-rang-5-2017-2018

booklist-rang-6-2017-2017

booklist-seniors-infants-2017-2018

School Improvement Plan Report 2015:

SIP Report Oct 15

Booklists 2015/2016:

Booklist Juniors 2015-2016

Booklist Rang 1 2015 -2016

Booklist Rang 4 2015-2016

Booklist Rang2 2015-2016

Booklist Seniors 2015 -2016

BooklistRang3 2015-2016

BooklistRang5 2015-2016

BooklistRang6 2015-2016

Tips for Parents of Children Starting School:

Click on this link: TipsforParents

 

School Improvement Plan Report 2014:

SIP Report Oct 14 PDF

We have included on this page any information that may be useful to parents or to perspective parents. However if you have a specific query, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. You will find all phone and email contact information on the “Contact” page of this website.

 

Details of the Relationship and Sexuality Programme taught in our school:

Social, Personal and Health education “provides particular opportunities to foster the personal development, health and well-being of the child and to help him/her to create and maintain supportive relationships and become an active and responsible citizen in society”.  (SPHE Teacher Guidelines p.2).

Relationships and Sexuality Education is an important part of SPHE Relationships and Sexuality Education aims to help the child to develop health friendships and relationships and to promote an understanding of an a healthy attitude towards human sexuality and
relationships.  The themes relating specifically to sexuality are only a small part of the SPHE programme.  Perhaps some of the language used in these lessons may be of concern to some parents.
To alleviate any fears you may have, we have compliled a list of specific vocabulary which is used in each of the classes and the objectives they relate to in the SPHE curriculum.

We expect that this factual information is delivered to the children in a sensitive, healthy and relaxed manner, with the view to awaken in each child a sense of wonder of themselves and others.

Infants:

Junior Infants:  The theme of new-life is dealt with, which related to nature and family eg. New life in Spring, pets and family (RSE Teaching Materials p. 68-76)

Vocabulary Introducedborn    womb

Senior Infants:  Taking care of my body – covers personal hygiene and self-awareness (RSE Teaching Materials p. 148 – 156)

Vocabulary Introduced: Penis         vagina       breasts

As SPHE is spiral in nature, the work in Junior Infants is revisited re:  New Life
and expanded  (RSE Teaching Materials   p. 158 – 167)

Vocabulary Introduced:                 breast fed                      little seed – 9 months in womb

Relevant Objectives from SPHE Curriculum :

The child should be enabled to

  • Develop an awareness of human birth – That a baby grows and is nurtured in the
    mother’s womb until ready to be born (SPHE Curriculum – Infants p. 18)
  •  Name parts of the male and female boy, using appropriate anatomical terms (SPHE Curriculum – Infants p. 17)

First and Second Class

First Class:  The themes covered include “New Life” and “How my body works” (RSE Teaching materials p. 61-75)

Vocabulary introduced:     Urine      Urethra

Second Class:  Themes explored include “The Wonder of New Life”, “When my Body Needs Special Care”  (RSE Teaching Materials p. 152 – 169)

Vocabulary Introduced:     vagina    anus    faeces – defecate

Relevant Objectives from SPHE Curriculum :

The child should be enabled to

  • To name parts of the male and female body, using appropriate anatomincal terms, and identify some of their functions (SPHE Curriculum 1st and 2nd Class P. 27)
  • Appreciate what is necessary in order to provide and care for new-born babies in both the animal and human world. (SPHE Curriculum – 1st and 2nd Class p. 28)

Third and Fourth Class:

Third Class:  Preparing for New Life (RSE Teaching Materials p. 70 – 79)

Vocabulary Introduced:  Pregnancy        umbilical cord     navel (belly button)   scan        fertilised egg      perspiration

Fourth Class:  Themes include “The Wonder of New Life” and “Growing and Changing” which deal with all stages of pregnancy and birth and encourages children not to take these daily miracles for granted (respect) (RSE Teaching Materials p. 170-181 & 196-205)

Vocabulary Introduced:  hormones     cells     menstruation    periods    pubic area Pubic hair

Relevant Objectives from SPHE Curriculum:

The child should be enabled to

  • Discuss the stages and sequence of development of the human baby, from conception to birth (SPHE Curriculum – 3rd & 4th Class – p. 41)
  • Understand the physical changes taking place in both the male and female body. Growing height and weight, increasing strength, growing from boy to man, growing from girl to woman (SPHE Curriculum – 3rd & 4th Class p. 39)

Fifth and Sixth Class:

Fifth Class:  Themes developed include “My Body Grows and Changes”.  “The Wonder of New Life” and “Caring for New Life” (RSE Teaching Materials p. 82 – 92 & 94-112)
Vocabulary Introduced:   ovaries             fallopian tubes        uterus        cervix           testicles     Scrotum        sperm production        erection       wet dreams     Conception

Sixth Class:   Themes covered include “Growing and Changing”   “Relationships
and New Life” and “A Baby is a miracle”    (RSE   Teaching Materials   p. 184 – 197  & 200 – 219)

Vocabulary Introduced:  Adolescence        responsibilities

Relevant Objectives from SPHE Curriculum :

The child should be enabled to

Identify and discuss the physical and other changes that occur in boys and girls with the onset of puberty and understand that these take place at different rates for everyone

Female

Hormonal changes, changing body shape, Development of breasts , Appearance of pubic hair, Onset of menstruation (periods)

Male

Hormonal changes, physical growth, Enlargement of testicles and penis, Appearance of pubic, underarm and facial hair, Breaking of the voice, beginning of sperm production, Onset of nocturnal emissions (wet dreams)

  • Understand the reproductive system of both male and female adults(SPHE Curriculum 5th & 6th Class – p. 56)
  • Understand sexual intercourse and birth within the context of a committed loving relationship.
  • Discuss and explore the responsibilities involved in being a parent and the emotional and physical maturity required to be a parent. Preparing for the birth of the baby , taking care of offspring from birth onwards, emotional, psychological and practical provisions(SPHE Curriculum – 5th & 6th Class p. 58)

When referring to a couple engaging in sexual intercourse, the man and woman should be described in the following way:  “A man and woman within a committed, loving
relationship such as in marriage”.