The revisions to the curriculum aim to retain the best of current practice while seeking to give greater emphasis to important elements, such as children's
Personal Development and Mutual Understanding and the explicit development of Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.
Teachers have considerable flexibility to make decisions about how best to interpret and combine the requirements so as to prepare young people for a
rapidly changing world.
The Primary Phase consists of three Stages:
* The Foundation Stage
* Key Stage 1
* Key Stage 2
The Curriculum for the three stages is set out in six Areas of Learning. Although the Areas of Learning are set out separately, learning is integrated, where appropriate, across the six areas to make relevant connections for children. Teachers have considerable flexibility to select from within the learning areas those aspects they consider appropriate to the ability and interests of their pupils.
The Areas of Learning are:
1. Language and Literacy
(including Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing and additional languages)
2. Mathematics and Numeracy
(focusing on the development of mathematical concepts and numeracy across the curriculum)
3. The Arts
(including Art and Design, Drama and Music)
4.The World Around Us
(focusing on the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in Geography, History and Science and Technology)
5. 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)
6. Physical Education
(focusing on the development of knowledge, skills and understanding through play and a range of physical activities)
7. Religious Education
St John the Baptist PS follows the Alive O religious education programme throughout the school and supports the families and parish in preparing children for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.
The school plays an active role in the delivery of this programme with our partner school, Belleek PS. Action plans are drawn up each year to involve all class groups. The funding for this programme comes from Fermanagh Trust in conjunction with Atlantic Philanthropies. Information on the programme can be found on the 'SEP' page within the website.
At the heart of the curriculum lies an explicit emphasis on the development of skills and capabilities for lifelong learning and for operating effectively in society. Through opportunities to engage in active learning contexts across all areas of the curriculum, children should progressively develop:
* Using Mathematics
* Using Information and Communications Technology
Thinking SKills and Personal Capabilities:
* Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
* Self Management
* Working with Others
* Managing Information
* Being Creative
Pupil Profile will involve teachers assessing and reporting pupil progress and achievements. It will be used to support and inform decisions throughout a pupil’s time at school, providing information for:
Parents - About helping their child’s learning at home
Teachers - As they plan learning and teaching
Pupils - About their achievements and how to improve
The parents of every primary school pupil in Northern Ireland will receive an Annual Pupil Profile Report before the end of each school year. This replaces the traditional annual school report.
School policy documents have been completed and are continually being revised and updated. Some policies are included on this website, others are available on request.
If you wish to find out more about the Revised Northern Ireland Curriculum go to: