If your child needs medication during school time, please let us know.
If your child has allergies, please let us know what symptoms to expect and also keep a careful eye in case these symptoms change.
Uniforms should be taken off as soon as the child gets home and could hang in the fresh air after school. If you don’t have a uniform that is clean send your child in in ordinary clothes.
Bank transfers, refunds for swimming and uniforms will all be sorted out next week.
There must be someone available AT ALL TIMES to collect your child in the event of a Covid scare.
Buses will be in touch with you re pick up points and times.
There will be no homework at the start of the year.
The issue of primary school children wearing masks is still be debated. If you want your child to wear a mask, there is no problem but they must know how to use it properly and you must supply properly fitting child-sized masks.
Please practice safe handwashing again with your child.
If you are giving your child a particular hand sanitizer, please ensure it is in a spill proof bottle and that children do not share.
Please read the entire Covid Response Plan. It isn’t the most exciting read in the world but it is very important. It is available under “Policies”.
for the parents of children who are returning to us next year
cannot stress the importance of attendance.
The success of the programme depends on children being here every day.
children will progress well and be happier in school if all homework is done
and if all work is signed as required by the teacher.
child in the school is obliged to swim on Fridays. It is part of the school curriculum. If your child cannot swim for medical
reasons, they will require a doctor’s certificate stating the reasons why.
with these difficulties get very tired because they work hard. They need loads of sleep, exercise and fresh
is important that they realise that even though they have difficulties that
there are ways around them and they should not limit their future plans or
dreams in any way.
more the children are exposed to books the better it will be for them. Visits to the library, bookshops and book
fairs should be encouraged and seen as an exciting time.
would be great if you can read to your child as much as possible and also good
if they can see you reading.
child should be encouraged to chat to you as much as possible. Children here will sometimes have difficulty
understanding or using language.
forget to listen to your child during these chats!
games that practice memory skills will be great for your child.
on trips to places of interest with your child.
Encourage conversation around these trips. Encourage recording of these outings, maybe
through taking photographs and drawing pictures. This way your child will see that information
is not only recorded by the written word.
your child is getting extra tuition outside the school, or over the summer,
please ensue that the tutor either knows the Wilson Programme or is supporting
the child in what they are learning here.
your child to write stories just for the fun of it. Don’t correct their stories for spelling and
grammar but chat to them about the characters and story only.
your child’s vocabulary at every available opportunity. Play word games, ask them to explain things
to you, discuss current affairs and chose books with a rich vocabulary for
an organised, quiet area for homework.
Gradually reduce supervision until your child is working
independently. Remember, though, that
there will always be areas of homework that will require your input.
doing homework, start with the “middle” i.e. the piece of homework that is not
too easy or too difficult.
are some excellent apps for children with SLD. This is constantly changing so
it is worth keeping an eye on your app store.
to keep up with the books that your child’s peers are enjoying. Your child may not be able to read them but
if you choose them to read to your child they will be able to discuss them in
school and will feel included.
board games with your child and encourage discussion around what you are all
working on the school your child will be going to, when they leave here, as
soon as possible. You will need to factor in time to have a lot of discussion
with the school about your child.
won’t know your child’s teacher until September. This is because we put a lot
of work into organising the classes and it can change right up to the last
Recommendations for children who are reintegrating
into mainstream after a placement in St Oliver Plunkett NS (a school for
children with a Specific Learning Difficulty)
exemption from the study of Irish may be available for this
student. It is worth remembering that an
exemption is not an exclusion and the child may choose to study Irish at any
point in the future.
should not be assumed that this child will not be able to study a foreign
recommend that all staff working with this student are informed of his/her
will be important to remember that this student’s written work may not be an
accurate reflection of his/her ability
child may benefit from a simple summary of the class content. This is especially important if there is a
lot of information in the lesson.
may be helpful to this child if his/her written work is marked on content
as opposed to spelling or grammar.
may be helpful for this child to submit information in bullet points.
child could be allowed to record his/her homework using a Dictaphone or
voice recognition software.
child may have difficulty expressing him/herself orally.
child may take longer to process oral instructions and/or find
complex instructions difficult to follow.
child may need to be required to do less writing as part of their homework. It will be a balancing act to decide how much
is enough and may take time to establish.
Visual aids like mind mapping, visual timetables
and colour coding may help this child.
child may be entitled to a school grant for technology to help him/her
access the curriculum.
may have difficulty with organisation and may require extra support in this
may need longer than the rest of the class to copy from the whiteboard
and to complete assignments.
suggest that this child is not asked to read aloud in class until he/she
is comfortable with same.
recommend that he/she are not excluded from any subjects that he/she is
may be very tired because of the extra effort involved in completing
child may benefit from a reduction in external distractions while
will be important that, while staff have an understanding of the child’s
difficulties and that these difficulties are not used by the child as an
excuse not to attempt or complete work.
child may be a very strong visual or auditory learner.
are specific apps available for children with SLD which may help.
Two IEPs have been written for this child for
each year of their placement here. These
are available from the school on request.