Curriculum Introduction

Language

Maths

SESE

History
Geography
Science

Arts Education

Music
Drama
Visual Arts

Physical Education

SPHE



Primary School Curriculum


Curriculum Background

The Primary School Curriculum was developed by the NCCA and launched in 1999. The introduction to the Primary School Curriculum notes that the process of revising the curriculum began with the work of the Review Body on the Primary Curriculum, which published it's report (The Quinlan Report) in 1990. The report constituted a detailed appraisal of the 1971 curriculum and provided the basis for the redesign and restructuring that is presented in this curriculum (Introduction, p.2).

Curriculum Overview
The curriculum incorporates the child centred principles of its predecessor, Curaclam na Bunscoile (1971). It identifies three primary aims of primary education:

  • to enable the child to live a full life as a child and to realise his or her potential as a unique individual
  • to enable the child to develop as a social being through living and co-operating with others and so contribute to the good of society
  • to prepare the child for further education and lifelong learning.


The curriculum is learner-centred. It emphasises the importance of literacy, numeracy, and language, while at the same time responding to changing needs in science and technology, social personal and health education, and citizenship. The curriculum is presented in 6 subject areas comprising 11 subjects:

Primary School Curriculum

Areas
Subjects
Language

English, Gaeilge
Mathematics
Social Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE)
History, Geography, Science
Arts Education Visual Arts, Drama, Music
Physical Education  
Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE)  

 

(Information sourced from the NCCA © www.ncca.ie )

 

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