PROJECTS - Co. Wexford Education Centre
The ‘unique selling point’ of a restorative approach is that it offers schools an alternative way of thinking about addressing discipline and behavioural issues and offers a consistent framework for responding to these issues.
Our Primary Debating project involves primary teachers and their students integrating the skills of debating across the primary curriculum. Classroom debates enable students to work cooperatively, brainstorm ideas, develop vocabulary and read to support and/or oppose an opinion. By conducting research, students take notes to summarize, question, and clarify information. Questioning allows students to explain and to explore additional facts for clarification purposes. These comprehension skills are essential for students to become competent readers and writers linking debates directly to the entire curriculum. Between 10 and 20 schools are involved on an annual basis.
Ireland’s CRAFTed programme gives primary school children and teachers an exciting opportunity to explore their creativity and learn new skills by working with professional craftspeople. The CRAFTed programme supports teachers in the delivery of the Visual Arts (VA) curriculum and investigates how craft processes can contribute to learning in other subject areas such as Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) curriculum. It provides collaborative training, access to highly skilled craftspeople and gives both teachers and students the opportunity to explore new materials such as clay, fibre and metals. Approximately four schools in our region participate each year.
Sports Day is approaching fast! This promises to be a fun and interactive workshop demonstrating some fresh ideas for a co-operative and inclusive sports day. All activities will be practical and everyone who attends will leave with a resource pack of ideas to use to help run their own school sports day.
Co. Wexford Education Centre has partnered with schools to enhancemathslearning and teaching. Izak9 is an inclusivemathslearning and teaching device for upper primary pupils and young second-level students that utilises both virtual and physical elements to promote active learning and teamwork. Participating schools benefit from being able to receive Izak9 for a 4 week period during 2015 and 2016.
The competition was aimed at raising awareness among children and their families about the critical issue of safety in construction. Children wereasked to create a piece of art, or, write a story or poem, with a construction safety theme. The winners had the opportunity to participate in workshops around the country with artists and writers from Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership. The resulting book will be published by the Health and Safety Authority in the Autumn and sent to all schools and libraries nationwide.