The World Around Us (WAU)
WAU encompasses History, Geography, Science and Technology. It is a statutory area of the curriculum and contributes greatly to the development of children’s thinking skills and personal capabilities.
Since 2010 St. John’s has had a school garden and since 2013 we have been working hard to develop our outdoor classroom. It is now widely used in the Foundation Stage as part of their Play Based learning and used and maintained by the ECO Committee and other year groups.
School trips take place termly and relate to a WAU area being studied at the time. Trips to date have included Barrontop Farm, Roe Valley Country Park, The Ulster American Folk Park, The Giant`s Causeway, Derry Walls, Tower Museum and The Share Centre Fermanagh etc. The school has been very fortunate to have many interesting visitors to support the learning and teaching including The Raptor Group, The Viking Show to name but a few. Throughout the year we work collaboratively with the Creggan Country Park. All year groups are involved in a variety of bio-diversity projects that run throughout the year. We also enjoy excellent links with our local secondary schools and our KS2 (Year 5-7) children are regularly involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) projects. Foundation Stage (Year 1-4) and KS1 actively promote science & technology through the Playful Approaches to Science (PATS) project in conjunction with Stranmillis College at Queen`s University.
St John’s is a recognised Fairtrade School and continuously promotes the use of Fairtrade products within the school and wider community.
In 2015-16 the school collaborated with APEX Housing and Children in Crossfire to support the Early Childhood Development Centre in Miwaleni Tanzania. The children benefitted greatly from this collaboration given that one of our parents was actively involved and visited the centre.
The ECO Committee was set up in September 2013 by Mrs AM Darmody. It consists of 15 children with one class representative from each KS2 class and each of the Y4 classes. The ECO Committee have achieved the Bronze and Silver Flag to date and are currently working towards the Green Flag. They meet every Tuesday after school and work together to promote environmental awareness throughout the school and wider community.
The Fairtrade Committee is made up of the ECO Committee members as part of the ECO schools and has been instrumental in receiving accreditation as a Fair Achiever School since 2013. The entire school community is very proud of this award. Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual event in the school calendar and we host a number of activities that engage our entire school community in the promotion of Fairtrade.