Ferrybank Boys School St. Mary’s Boys’ National School Ferrybank, Waterford. Phone: 051 - 851399 Fax:051 - 833152 email: ferrybankboys.ias@eircom.net Curriculum: Ferrybank Boys School  Phone:051 851399   Email: ferrybankboys.ias@eircom.net The primary school curriculum consists of 6 curriculum areas that are further divided into 11 subjects. These are: · Language: English, Irish · Mathematics: Mathematics · Social, Environmental and Scientific Education:  History, Geography, Science · Arts Education: Music, Visual Arts, Drama · Physical Education: Physical Education · Social, Personal and Health Education:  Social, Personal and Health Education What teaching methods are used? The Irish primary school curriculum is child centred. It emphasises · The “full and harmonious” development of the child, with allowances for individual difference · The central importance of activity and guided-discovery learning and teaching methods · Teaching and learning through an integrated curriculum and through activities related to the child’s environment. Education is concerned with two broad aims.  One deals with knowledge, understanding and skills, the other with values, interests and beliefs. In order to achieve our aims, we expect the children to conform to general standards of behaviour and work.  We ask for the support of parents in attaining these standards. GENERAL AIMS:- To help children achieve their potential in all areas of their development – academic, social, moral and physical. To help them be independent, tolerant, kind and co-operative. To help them acquire and develop religious values and a respect for the beliefs and values of others. To help them prepare and benefit from further education. To help them prepare for the social, domestic, recreational and work aspects of their adult lives. SPECIFIC AIMS:- To ensure a good command of the Irish language and a basic understanding of its place in our heritage. To foster the skills of reading both for pleasure and purpose. To develop a knowledge and understanding of mathematics. To cultivate through observational study, a respect for our environment. To develop a knowledge and appreciation of our heritage through the study of History and Geography. To develop skills in handwriting, hand crafts, music and other creative arts and to have an appreciation of things beautiful. To foster skills and an enjoyment of physical and recreational activities, games, dance, drama, mime and movement. To develop a positive awareness of oneself and a sensitivity to others through our S.P.H.E. Programme. To develop I.C.T. skills. To lay the foundation of knowledge in basic science. The Schools Aims: