Our Bridge Years programme is pre-academic and provides children with the strong foundations they will need for Class 1 learning. Experienced teachers will support and guide each child’s imaginative capacities, practical skills, social development, and emerging intellect. The overarching themes in during these years are Celebrations, Festivals and Rhythms of Time, these themes are ever present throughout the whole primary school experience. Circle time and story-telling provide a foundation for language arts; rhythmic games, songs, and guided movement help children develop a relationship to space, numbers, and mathematics; exposure to the natural world provides the foundation for the life sciences; creative play lays the foundation for self-motivated learning and artistic activity fosters creative problem solving and the development of integrated life skills.
Self-directed creative play, music and handcrafts are the ways in which the child encounters the wide variety of topics introduced in the first few years of the primary school experience.
English & History – Story Time; hearing stories in prose and verse – with rich vocabulary and syntax from classical and traditional sources. Stories help the child understand the natural world of the landscape, weather, plants, animals and people; their interaction with each other; human work, family and community life.
Science & Geography – The Living World, The Elements of the World, Rhythms of the Sun, Moon and Earth. The way in which the world of nature and earth, sun, rain and air provides a home for all living things and sustains their needs. The changing seasons and weather and how it changes the environment and the child’s experience in it. How the human work of all contributes to the family and community and how they contribute and care for the world.
Mathematics – Mathematical concepts in Number, Measurement and Probability experienced through both child and teacher led activities.
Language – Introduction of the Irish language through song, poetry and story.
Sessions run five days a week from 9am – 1:40pm