Year of Faith 2012 - 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has set aside a special year for Catholics throughout the world to rediscover and share with others the precious gift of faith. 

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St John The Baptist Nursery School
Garvaghy Road, Portadown

Image At St. John the Baptist Nursery School, Catholic Education- The Vision is fully alive.

The Vision has been disseminated to the Board of Governors, staff and parents through meetings and information sessions and the Vision statement is on display around the school.
The staff and pupils of St. John the Baptist Nursery School would like to share with you some examples of the children living the Vision
through the daily curriculum.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

ImagePersonal, social and emotional development is of paramount importance and our child-centred approach allows each individual to develop at their own pace.  As children begin school they gradually adapt to a larger social setting.  Children develop independence, make friendships and begin to share a collective responsibility for their inclusive environment in a culture of respect and tolerance.  Praise, recognition and encouragement must be given to all, whatever the success, effort or perseverance. 

Language Development

ImageOnce settled and feeling secure in their nursery environment, children express themselves as they engage in learning.   Talking and listening helps children to communicate, form relationships, make connections and consolidate and extend their own learning.  It also acts as the foundation for future literacy.  Furthermore, the development of conversational skills in a climate of joy and happiness validates the importance of social interaction and the promotion of social values.

Early Mathematical Development

ImageActivities that support mathematical skills promote problem solving, investigating, thinking skills, decision making and working with others.  Through participation in these activities, children are preparing for the future challenges of life while pursuing the Common Good.

The Arts

ImageThe arts encompass dramatic play (role-play), music and art.  Such activities provide children with the opportunity to express their uniqueness, to articulate their feelings and represent their ideas.  Through this, children are able to develop their full potential where their individuality is respected and celebrated.

Physical Development

ImageOutdoor activities give children the freedom to enjoy many physical challenges.  However, they also have opportunities to explore the senses, the environment, to practise and refine social and physical skills, to talk, to solve problems, to represent ideas, to make connections, to experience a wide range of materials and to have access to adults who are interested in them, their experience and achievement. 

The World Around Us

ImageIn our nursery school, children are introduced to a culture of tolerance where people of diverse identities are recognised, welcomed, respected and cherished.   As children begin to learn about the world around us, they are encouraged to care for and respect the environment and celebrate the opportunities and wonders of God’s creation.