Head of Department - Sarah MacLaughlin
In our department we have pupils ranging from 6 years to 14 years old. We have 4 classes, two of which are structured TEACCH rooms. Knockevin firmly believes in meeting the needs of every individual child and therefore each class caters, in a variety of ways, to meet this aim.
Our structured classrooms have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the pupils who are educated in them. They are very structured and visual rooms created to bring clarity to our pupils’ school day. This is a running theme through Knockevin as a whole, with each individual room implementing aspects of structured teaching when we feel it is most beneficial to our pupils.
Through each school day our classes provide a variety of teaching methods and styles that we feel our pupils will develop and learn from. Within each room our pupils have the opportunity to have learning experiences that are stimulating, practical and fun!
One of the things that our department loves is getting the opportunity for pupils to engage in PE activities that are outside of Knockevin:
- Swimming sessions are taken at Down Leisure Centre.
- Horse riding sessions are held at Tullymurray with the assistance of much valued and appreciated support from Riding for the Disabled.
- Classes have the opportunity to develop their physical health with PE sessions at Ballymote Leisure Centre.
We also take every opportunity to develop and reinforce those very important independent life skills that will be so beneficial to our pupils as they work their way through school and life after Knockevin!