The curriculum of the school is designed to give a broad and balanced education to all children and to present these children with experiences suitable to their current stages of development.
Enniskillen Model offers the curriculum as dictated by the Department of Education and includes the following areas of study: -
Language and Literacy, Mathematics and Numeracy, The World Around Us (Geography, History, Science & Technology), The Arts (Music, Art and Design, Drama), Personal Development and Mutual Understanding and Physical Education/Development.
The school also promotes the teaching of Religious Education (from the new Core Syllabus) and the statutory cross-curricular skills:
Information and Communication Technology, Communication, Using Mathematics and Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities
Spanish lessons are also delivered to the children in primary 4 to 7 classes on occasions during the year.
The school will be striving to present children with lively and exciting experiences, which will enable them to fulfil the Northern Ireland Revised Curriculum requirements with enthusiasm and to attain the targets that are within their capabilities. Pupil performance and development will be evaluated by appropriate assessment techniques and the outcomes will be available to parents. In line with current developments, the primary five and six children will complete Interactive Computerised Assessments (Incas) and the whole school will phase in elements of the Pupil Profile which includes new computer based reporting systems.
The School Development Plan in place outlines areas for improvement each year. This plan is reviewed and updated every year with a detailed audit/evaluation taking place every three years.
The school has long had a tradition of music and singing; today there are junior and senior choirs, a school orchestra, recorder and percussion playing. From P4 the children are encouraged to provide the musical accompaniment to their class assemblies.
On the basis of musical aptitude tests, Education Authority peripatetic tutors, subject to the Board’s policy, provide instruction in stringed and woodwind instruments.
The Western Board’s Junior Orchestra meets for rehearsals in the school each week.
The school has well-established links with two maintained primary schools in the area under the Shared Education project. A variety of joint visits/activities throughout the province are encouraged. Parents can exercise their right to request non-participation by forwarding a letter to school.
Religion is an important element of the school’s life. The teaching of RE, in each age group, is based on the new core syllabus for Northern Ireland and is of a non-denominational status. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from R.E. lessons and should inform the Principal, in writing, if they wish to exercise this right. The school takes great care in trying to ensure that any children in this position are not made to feel excluded from the general life of the school.
Parents also have the right to withdraw their children from the daily act of collective worship. Again, parents wanting to exercise this right should make their wishes known to the Principal, in writing.
Senior classes (P5 - P7) have Hymn Singing on Friday and Senior Assembly on Tuesday morning at 9.30 a.m. Junior classes (P1 - P4) have Hymn Singing on Monday and Junior Assembly on Thursday morning at 9.30 a.m. Class acts of worship take place on a regular basis.
The Junior and Senior Assemblies, when each class from P1-P7 takes its turn in presenting the act of worship, is a feature of the school’s religious life. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend. Events in the year are marked and include the Harvest Assembly and Sale, the Nativity Play, Carol Service, Easter programme and Leavers’ Assembly. Various charities are supported at these events.