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The Curriculum


As a Catholic school our curriculum refers to the varied learning experiences that are presented to each child: those planned by the staff, those from our school ethos and from our environment. Since Christ is the foundation of our whole educational mission in a Catholic school, our entire curriculum endeavours to reflect Christ’s message. When planning our curriculum we take into account the uniqueness of each child and the values which are broadly based on the Gospel message. Our main aspiration is to offer every child a broad and balanced curriculum in line with the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.



In St. Patrick’s P.S. we deliver the Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum, often described as the Revised Curriculum.

This curriculum is statutory in all schools across the north of Ireland.

We welcome the Revised Curriculum for many reasons including:

The curriculum places a great deal of emphasis on the development of positive attitudes and skills for learning while at the same time retaining emphasis on the essential traditional areas of Literacy and Numeracy.


The Revised Curriculum increasingly involves children in understanding their own learning development.

The Revised Curriculum has a structure of three stages in primary schools. These are:

Foundation Stage (Years 1 – 2)

Key Stage 1 (Years 3 – 4) and

Key Stage 2 (Years 5 – 7).

Statutory assessment is carried out at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 4) and Key Stage 2 (Year 7).



The terminology and structure of the curriculum have changed.

The main Areas of Learning are: Language & Literacy

Talking & Listening, Reading and Writing

Mathematics & Numeracy

Processes In Mathematics, Number, Measure, Shape & Space and Handling Data

The Arts

Art & Design, Music and Drama

The World Around Us

Geography, History, Science & Technology

Personal Development & Mutual Understanding

Personal Understanding & Health, Mutual Understanding in the local and wider community

Physical Development & Movement/Physical Education

All aspects of early physical education