Soon our school will begin to use a new Primary Language Curriculum (2016) for English and Irish with our junior classes (Junior Infants - 2nd Class). This revised curriculum is for children in all Irish primary schools, and it reflects the many changes since the Primary Curriculum (1999) in how children learn to speak, read and write - and, most importantly, how best to help them and support their learning. Since that time there have also been major developments in Early Childhood Education and Aistear in Ireland, with the introduction of two years of free pre-school education.
Over the coming years, children will
build on the activities that you have seen the pupils in our Infant classes do - with lots of talking in class as well as sharing what they think and feel, thus learning more about talking with others and talking about different topics;
be helped to learn to talk, read and write at their own pace;
learn English and Irish through play and playful activities especially in Junior and Senior Infants - this helps as they continue their learning from pre-school to primary school;
see links between English and Irish as they learn the languages.
The Language Curriculum helps children with different learning strengths and needs. It will also help your child to do their best when learning English and Irish.
The entire primary curriculum will be reviewed by the NCCA over a period of time, with the support of a thorough consultation process. Already, work has started on a new language curriculum for 3rd to 6th Classes.
As a parent or guardian, you can talk to your child about things that interest them and have fun with reading and writing. The new Language Curriculum online includes a section called Support Material. While much of this looks at classroom work, you might find some of it helpful at home. The material includes lots of advice, photos and videos about how you might support your child as they learn to talk, read and write.
This year, teachers in all schools will receive a 1-day training in the revised Primary Language Curriculum, to be run by the PDST. Training for our teachers has been scheduled forThursday, 2nd March 2017. Please note that school will be closed on that day.