Station Teaching & Aistear
Station Teaching in Cullina National School
Station teaching is where a group of two or more teachers working together to plan, conduct and evaluate the learning activities for the same group of learners. The benefits of station teaching in our school are wide-ranging including the following:
- Group-work; children can work in groups for discussions, paired reading, story writing or games.
- Differentiation; the work can be differentiated to cater for the needs of the children in a specific group..
- Independent work; children work independently on some tasks for a certain amount of time.
- Small groups; the teacher can work with one group at a time and hear the children reading. This can be very effective for assessment.
Aistear is the new early childhood curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. Because early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys, this framework is called Aistear, the Irish word for journey.
Aistear is taught in our Junior Classes. We work on a new theme each month children learn new vocabulary, develop their problem solving skills, work as part of a team as well as developing communication and play skills. It is a fabulous methodology to have in our school and both teachers and children are really enjoying and gaining from the experience.
You can support your child’s learning and development at home in the following ways:
- Talk to your child about the theme they are covering in Aistear in school and encourage play at home.
- Involve your child in everyday activities like cooking, shopping, working in the garden, and travelling on the bus.
- Read to your child. Join your local library, and help your child to choose books to enjoy together. Parent can refer to the recommended books for your child’s age on our school website.
- Sing songs, tell stories and play games with your child. Have fun together.
- Talk to your child. Encourage him/her to ask questions. Let your child know you don’t always have the answer. Find things out together.
- Limit the amount of time your child spends watching television. Talk to him/her about what he/she watches.
Information sheet for parents