Curriculum

Pupils in the Preparatory Department follow the Northern Ireland Curriculum. They are taught at a level which meets their individual needs. They are supported in small classes and parents are encouraged to work with the teachers to ensure that each child achieves their own individual potential.

Assessment

Primary 1 take part in Baseline Assessment to identify the strengths and needs of each child. Primary 1 and 2 sit no formal exams. Their work is closely monitored and assessed within the classroom.  Primary 2 complete ‘MIST’ standardised tests before the close of the P2 year. Two written reports are sent home; the first in February, and one in June.

Primary 3 continue to have their work closely monitored and parents receive reports in February and June. Primary 3 also complete standardised tests in March and June.[NGRT/PIE/PIM]

Primary 4 children have class tests in the core subjects in November/ December and May/June and reports on progress are sent home. They also complete ‘PIE/PIM’ English and Math’s tests in May and ‘CAT’ tests in March/April.
Primary 5 and 6 have class tests in the core subjects in November/ December and May/June and reports on progress are sent home in February and June. ‘PIE/PIM’ English and Math’s Tests are also completed in May. Primary 6 complete ‘CAT’ testing in March/April.

Primary 7 children sit the Transfer AQE Tests in November. They have written reports sent home in February and June. They also complete ‘PIE/PIM’ Tests in English and Maths in June.

All assessments carried out in the Preparatory Department are done in a positive and constructive way. The results obtained are used to plan work for individual needs.

Parents may come into school at any time during the year to discuss results and copies of the class tests are sent home for parent’s to review.