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Curriculum

We understand how important it is for children to have breadth and variety in their education, which is why we have a curriculum that is both informative and fun here at Alexandra.

As symbolised in our College crest, we have always believed that academics, the creative arts, music and sport are equally important in school life.

Academics

We cover the national curriculum from the Department of Education & Skills.

This includes core subjects such as English, Irish, Maths, History, Geography, Science, Social, Personal and Health Education and French from the KGlower class onwards.

Creative Arts

We encourage the girls to respond to art in a positive manner and to express their own creativity and imagination in the process of creating art.

Art and crafts are used throughout our curriculum to enhance the girls’ work using a wide variety of materials and techniques, including drawing, painting, printing and working with clay, fabric and fibre. Finished work is put on display in classrooms and throughout the school.

MUSIC

Music has always had a very important place in Alexandra College Junior School with our school crest indicating that it shares equal status with sporting, creative and academic education.

Indeed music can be heard as you walk through the Junior School Hall at most times of the day.

Singing/Music Classes/Orff

Each class is allocated a singing period, and everyone participates in a weekly music class.

It is in these classes that the younger girls learn games, songs, and poems highlighting musical elements; they work with body percussion (clapping, tapping…) and untuned percussion instruments (drums, tambourines etc); and they respond imaginatively to music using movement and art. As we move up the classes the girls continue to develop their musical literacy and experience in a fun and varied way. A big part of the musical adventure for Kg Upper to J6 is Orff. Music making through Orff encourages creativity and offers a real hands-on experience of music to every child.

Choir

Our choir is made up of students from J5-J6.

Highlights over recent years have been performing at the special Alex 150 concert in the National Concert Hall and also getting the chance to sing with the Three Tenors. We have also been prize winners at Feis Ceoil and the Wesley Music Festival on many occasions.

Orchestra

Our orchestra rehearses on Tuesdays at lunchtime.

The makeup of the orchestra changes every year and typically would include strings, some woodwind, several saxophones and the Orff instruments. We welcome players who learn an instrument outside school.

Instrumental Classes/Solo Singing

From KGLr, tuition is available in singing and a wide variety of instruments.

Lessons take place during the school day. We currently have students taking Solo Singing, Violin, Cello, Harp, Guitar, Flute, Saxophone, Drum kit and Piano.

Making Music With Others

We have forged musical links with several other schools including St. Joseph’s School in Ballymun, and St. Michael’s House school for children with intellectual disabilities.

We also regularly perform with other Junior Schools at the yearly AIJS (Association of Independent Junior Schools) Music Day. We share our love of music with these schools and always enjoy our collaborations.

ICT

ICT has become an integral and accepted part of everyday life for all of us.

ICT literacy is a functional requirement for people’s work, social and personal lives. The use of ICT adds value to teaching and learning in the Primary School curriculum. In Alexandra College Junior School, we promote, recognize and encourage excellence in the use of technology in the school. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and cases of iPads and MacBook Airs are available throughout the school.

Specific aims of the use of ICT in the classroom include:

  • To enable the child to use a range of ICT tools in a relevant curriculum context
  • To enable the child to develop and use ICT skills in the attainment of curriculum learning objectives
  • To foster the child’s confidence in her use of ICT, through enjoyable learning experiences
  • To develop the child’s understanding and practice of the safe use of ICT
  • To enable the child to overcome barriers of access to learning resources caused by geographic location, culture, or language
  • To enable the child to use ICT to support her learning effectively and creatively
  • To inform the child’s attitudes regarding the role of ICT in society, including the benefits and challenges of ICT use
  • To support the development of the child’s social skills through cooperative learning and problem-solving.

Preparation for the Future:

ICT prepares students for the future. By learning to use technology in the classroom, both teachers and students will develop skills essential for the 21st century. But more than that, students will learn the critical thinking and workplace skills they will need to be successful in their futures. Education is no longer just about learning and memorizing facts and figures; it’s about collaborating with others, solving complex problems, developing different forms of communication and leadership skills, and improving motivation and productivity.

LEARNING SUPPORT

In Alexandra College Junior School, we have a very strong Learning Support programme with a full-time LS teacher.

The class teachers and the Learning Support teacher work very together to optimize the teaching and learning process in order to enable students with learning difficulties to achieve their full potential in literacy and numeracy. Students work individually or in small groups with the Learning Support teacher who is aided by a wide range of up-to-date resources and continuous professional development.

Our programme is based on the following principles:

  • Inclusion and respect for all, irrespective of their ability level
  • Early identification and early intervention
  • Direction of resources towards pupils in greatest need
  • Collaboration between class teacher, Learning Support teacher and parents.