We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum and to develop each child to the utmost of his/her ability (spiritually, emotionally, morally, socially, culturally, intellectually and physically) in a happy, stimulating and challenging environment.
We constantly strive to implement the Northern Ireland Curriculum using the child centred approach in which "the joy of childhood and learning" is central to our ethos.
Thinking Skills Specialist School
Since 2009 we have been teaching children how to think to develop their thinking skills at Leadhill Primary School. Every child, from P1-P7 can use the famous ‘6 Thinking Hats’ developed by Edward de Bono. This has been a major success and along with a range of other thinking activities and methods our children have become better ‘thinkers’. More recently we have expanded this using the CoRT1 programme for thinking – again a range of tools to broaden thinking. Young children in Primary 1 can use these tools which help to structure their thinking in a more creative way. We then extended it by added the ‘Thinking Maps’ from David Hyerle followed by the Thinkers' Keys. Click here to read more.
The Northern Ireland Curriculum
The six main areas of study in the Northern Ireland Curriculum are:
- Language and Literacy
- Mathematics and Numeracy
- The World Around Us
- The Arts
- Personal Development for Mutual Understanding
- Physical Development and Movement/Physical Education
Leadhill Primary School provides a stimulating curriculum built around the teaching of Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Connected Learning. Each class follows a set Line of Progression. The Topics we study provide a range of opportunities for our pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
Pupils develop their computer skills in our newly updated suite. The classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards which are used alongside the impressive supply of uICT equipment such as Easi-speak Microphones, Beebots and Probots as well as laptop computers. The school is currently developing the use of iPads in the classroom and these are freely available in each class.