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Curriculum and Technology

Special Education

Curriculum: The Primary school curriculum, modified and differentiated is taught in our ASD special Classes. In the Junior ASD classes Aistear is also followed.

Communication & Language
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Lámh Signing, Reading, writing, use of I-PAD.

Literacy Lift-Off
We integrate with the mainstream for literacy lift-off, where we read at our reading ability and develop our literacy and comprehension skills.

Social Skills
Integration with peers throughout the school helps to promote and develop essential social skills such as sharing, turn-taking and greeting people.

This is a pertinent element of our student’s programme, where we work on brushing our teeth, dressing one-self during swimming sessions, washing hands after using the bathroom.

Mathematics: A huge emphasis is placed on all the strands in Mathematics such as Numeration, Shape and space, Money & Time etc.

Drama: We have a Speech and Drama Teacher who prepares our ASD classes for our Annual Christmas Concert and develop skills in Role-Play, Mime, Improvisation, Speech etc.

Yoga: We have a yoga teacher who specialises in Special Needs, who comes in and works on chanting, breathing and relaxation with our ASD classes.

Swimming: We walk to our local pool in the Grove Leisure Centre Bandon, where our ASD classes are under the instruction of their instructor Sharon, who teaches them all the essential skills to be a confident swimmer.

Cooking & Baking


Our ASD classes participate in Music Therapy, we have a music Therapist who comes in to do Music Therapy.

Social Outings: We go on regular outing to the local park, playground, library, church and we go to restaurants for breakfast or lunch.
Pony Riding: Our ASD classes go Pony Riding In Bally Langley, Bandon.

ICT: All of our ASD classes have an Interactive white Board and access to I-PAD and Computers. Each class also has a visualiser.


S.P.H.E. (History, Geography & Science).

Art: All areas of art are covered.

Teaching MethodsEach child has an Individual Education Programme and meetings are held with the parents and multi-disciplinary team on a regular basis. Home school links are encouraged. Whole class teaching as well as individual teaching is used.

Methods include:




Social stories,

Structured play

Role play

Mind-mapping methods

Social Events: The children in our ASD special Classes take part in all kinds of activities and events
These include the following: School Sports Day, GAA, Basketball, Christmas Concert, Tennis, Trick or Treating, School tours, Science trip, Art competitions, Local Library, Walks in the vicinity of the school, Visiting musical performances

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