About the Course
Are you currently teaching fifth and/or sixth class or perhaps moving into this class grouping for the next school year? Are you looking to sharpen up your approaches, searching for new ideas, hunting for creative resources, on the look out for additional techniques, then you have come to the right place! We have gone the extra mile to craft an all encompassing, well resourced course for the teacher of fifth and/or sixth class.
This course aims to:
- Equip teachers with the insights, skills, approaches, practices and activities to better plan and deliver for teaching and learning in language and mathematics in fifth & sixth class.
- Equip teachers with the range of effective approaches and strategies to teach reading, comprehension, spelling, grammar and writing; to include the ‘Nine Steps to Better Writing’.
- Use purposeful and practical approach to poetry, rhyme and story as a rich seam for literacy development in the senior classes.
- Explore best practice approaches to the teaching of mathematics and strategies for problem solving.
- Explore and create lessons that are cross curricular and assessment for learning focused.
- Equip teachers with a suite of assessment approaches to help identify and close gaps in pupil understanding.
- Itemise some digital tools that can facilitate literacy and mathematics teaching and learning.
- Review research/literature/writings to extrapolate good practice points for guiding work in literacy and mathematics.
- Look at, review and score one’s own ‘Teacher Practice in Literacy’ as part of the SSE process.
|01 - Curriculum Principles: The defining principles and features of the primary school curriculum & exploration of the nature of learning and look at assessment as a central starting point to teaching and learning. Short and long term planning as fundamental to proper curriculum delivery. Our module concludes with our 'Spreag an Gaeilge' section - ideas and activities to drive effective teaching of Irish.|
|02 - Approaches to text types in English: Exploring how children need to be encouraged to read widely, analyze and evaluate written texts, and develop their ability to make meaning out of increasingly challenging text. The importance of training students to think critically about what they read, and understand that written language varies according to context.|
|03 - Renewing Primary Mathematics: This module raises some questions and key points about the teaching and learning of mathematics in our primary schools and examines the strategies and resources that teachers could best utilise to underpin the teaching of the concepts in fifth and sixth class.|
|04 - Poetry & Rhyme, SESE: A look at the opportunities for literacy skills development class in fifth and sixth class through exposure to and experience of a wide range of stimulating rhyme and poetry. Also Exploring organised thematic work units as an approach to teaching & learning in primary school, which often involves various tasks being carried out under the umbrella of a common title or "Theme" in S.E.S.E.|
|05 - The Writing Process, Visual Arts and P.E: In further exploring opportunities for literacy progression in fifth and sixth class, we look in detail at the ‘Writing Process’ its defining features and it’s central role in driving good writing outcomes. The course finishes with a look at the twin subjects of Visual Arts and P.E. as two subjects that particularly appeal to children and explore practical activities that can be completed under each subject.|