BallInteer Educate Together National School
Parkvale, Balally,
DUBLIN 16
D16 N6T0
(01) 296 3017
info@ballinteeretns.ie
School Roll Number: 20400E

School Curriculum

Primary education consists of an eight year cycle: junior infants, senior infants, and first to sixth classes. The primary curriculum aims to provide a broad learning experience and encourages a rich variety of approaches to teaching and learning that cater for the different needs of individual children. The primary curriculum is designed to nurture the child in all dimensions of his or her life—spiritual, moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical. Some aspects of the primary curriculum are under review. A new language curriculum is currently being developed.

Curriculum Areas

The primary curriculum is presented in seven areas, some of which are further subdivided into subjects.

ARTs

Arts education comprises of Visual Arts, Drama and Music. For more information read below.

Visual Arts

The Arts Education curriculum consists of three subjects: Music, Drama and Visual arts. The curriculum enables children to explore and express ideas, feelings and experiences through music, drama and the visual arts.

The Visual arts curriculum is for children from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum consists of six strands:

  • Drawing
  • Paint and colour
  • Print
  • Clay
  • Construction
  • Fabric and fibre.

The current curriculum was introduced as part of the Primary School Curriculum (1999).

Drama

The Arts Education curriculum consists of three subjects: Music, Drama and Visual arts. The curriculum enables children to explore and express ideas, feelings and experiences through music, drama and the visual arts.

The Drama curriculum is for children from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum includes one strand that consists of:

  • Exploring and making drama
  • Reflecting on drama
  • Cooperating and communication in making drama.

The current curriculum was introduced as part of the Primary School Curriculum (1999).

Music

The Arts Education curriculum consists of three subjects: Music, Drama and Visual arts. The curriculum enables children to creatively express ideas, feelings and experiences through music, drama and the visual arts.

Music is for children from junior infants to sixth class. Children are introduced to music reading and writing, to song singing and to playing classroom instruments.

 

The Music curriculum has three interrelated strands:

  • Listening and Responding
  • Performing
  • Composing.

The current curriculum was introduced as part of the Primary School Curriculum (1999).

The Mathematics curriculum is for children from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum identifies

  • mathematical skills to be developed
  • content for children’s learning:
    • Number
    • Algebra
    • Shape and space
    • Measures
    • Data.

Discussion, hands-on experience with materials, and active learning are encouraged as well as the development of mathematical language to share ideas and thinking.

A new primary mathematics curriculum is currently in development and will be published as a single specification from junior infants to 6th class in late 2021.

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SESE

Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) consists of three subjects: Science, Geography and History. SESE enables children to explore, investigate and develop an understanding of local and wider environments.

His

History is for all children from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum supports children to develop basic skills as an historian through a knowledge and understanding of people, events and developments in the past.

The curriculum is presented in two sections:

  • Skills
  • Content:
  • Myself and my family
  • Story
  • Early people and ancient stories
  • Life, society, work and culture in the past
  • Eras of change and conflict
  • Politics, conflict and society
  • Continuity and change over time.

The current curriculum was introduced as part of the Primary School Curriculum (1999).

Geo

Geography is for children from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum enables children to make sense of their surroundings and the wider world. They do so by developing a range of geographical skills as they explore the natural and human elements of local and wider environments.

The curriculum is presented in two sections:

  • Skills and concepts
  • Content:
  • Human environments
  • Natural environments
  • Environmental awareness and care.

The current curriculum was introduced as part of the Primary School Curriculum (1999).

Sci

Science is for children from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum supports children to develop basic scientific skills through a knowledge and understanding of science.

The curriculum is presented in two sections:

  • Skills
  • Content:
  • Living things
  • Energy and forces
  • Materials
  • Environmental awareness and care.

The current curriculum was introduced as part of the Primary School Curriculum (1999).

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The Physical Education (PE) is for children from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum contributes to children’s overall development by helping them to lead full, active and healthy lives.

The PE curriculum provides a balanced range of activities for children through the six strands:

•Athletics

•Dance

•Gymnastics

•Games

•Outdoor and adventure activities

•Aquatics.

The current curriculum was introduced as part of the Primary School Curriculum (1999

Religious Education

The development and implementation of the curriculum in religious education in primary schools remains the responsibility of the relevant patron bodies.