Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

The Governors, Principal and Teachers have a responsibility to deliver the Northern Ireland Curriculum and to provide Religious Education. The term ‘curriculum’ means all the opportunities for learning provided by a school.

The School is organised into Key Stages as follows:

The Foundation Stage: Years 1 and 2

Key Stage 1: Years 3 and 4

Key Stage 2: Years 5, 6 and 7

Each year group follows a curriculum specific to their Key Stage which allows them to fully develop their potential and to make informed and responsible choices and decisions. The learning opportunities provided through the Northern Ireland Curriculum should help young people to develop as:

  • Individuals
  • Contributors to Society
  • Contributors to the Economy and Environment

The curriculum for the three stages is set out in six Areas of Learning.

The areas are:

Language and Literacy (including Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing)

Mathematics and Numeracy (focusing on the development of mathematical concepts and numeracy across the curriculum)

The Arts (including Art and Design, Drama and Music)

The World Around Us (focusing on the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in Geography, History and Science and Technology)

Personal Development and Mutual Understanding (focusing on emotional development, social skills, learning to learn, health, relationships and sexuality education and mutual understanding in the local and global community)

Physical Education / Physical Movement (focusing on the development of knowledge, skills and understanding through play and a range of physical activities)

Underpinning these curricular areas is the development of Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities which aim to prepare each child for lifelong learning and to help them operate effectively in society. The five areas are:

  • Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Self-Management
  • Working with Others
  • Managing Information
  • Being Creative

The programme for Religious Education in our school is based on the Alive-O series. Through it we prepare the children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation. A number of parents’ meetings are organised to support this preparation and we are grateful for parents’ attendance at these. The school chaplain and other parish groups assist in encouraging and developing the spiritual growth of the pupils.

St Mary's Primary School,
31a Elmgrove Park,
Co. Down,
BT33 0BA

028 4372 3730

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