Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) - Social, personal and health education (SPHE) provides particular opportunities to foster the personal development, health and well-being of the individual child, to help him/her to create and maintain supportive relationships and become an active and responsible citizen in society (NCCA.ie). Through an SPHE programme the children learn all about themselves and their classmates and the relationships that the children experience and witness in the school, all contribute to their social, personal and health development. The areas covered are Myself, Myself and others and Myself and the wider world.
Our autism classes have a ratio of four teachers to six children and have full individual programmes aimed specifically at their level that they work on every day, this is called an IEP or Individual Education Plan.
IEP’s are designed after a period of assessment with the child, review of previous reports, and consultation with the parents.
We welcome parents input as much as possible, as there may be some challenges at home that we are not aware of in school that we can work on with you and your child. For example, this could be issues with getting dressed, playing with siblings and eating with the family.
Example English: Strand Unit Reading: Infant Classes
Student will expressively and receptively identify the letters of the alphabet in at least 3 print and sizes.
Example SPHE: Strand Unit: Myself: Self Awareness
Student will describe three different environments/ items using 2 descriptors from each of the five senses.
We always use clear quantifiable and measurable goals.
Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework:
Our programme will follow the Aistear guidelines and Principle. Aistear is Ireland’s curriculum framework for children from birth to six years. Aistear is designed to work with the great variety of curriculum materials currently in use in early childhood settings. Using the broad learning goals of Aistear, we will adapt our curriculum to make learning even more enjoyable and rewarding for the children at the service.
Aistear contains information for parents/guardians and practitioners that will help plan for and provide challenging and enjoyable learning experiences that can enable all children to grow and develop as competent and confident learners in the context of loving relationships with others.
Aistear describes the types of learning (dispositions, values and attitudes, skills, knowledge, and understanding) that are important for children in their early years, and offers ideas and suggestions as to how this learning might be nurtured. The Framework also provides guidelines on supporting children’s learning through partnerships with parents/guardians, interactions, play, and assessment.
Aistear is based on 12 Principle of early learning and development. These are presented in three groups:
1. Children and their lives in early childhood:
2. Children’s connections with others:
3. How children learn and develop: