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The School Curriculum


It is the policy of the Board of Governors of St. Patrick's Primary School that all the pupils will receive their full entitlement under the Northern Ireland Curriculum. St.Patrick's Primary School will offer a curriculum that is balanced and broadly based and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of the pupils.

The Curriculum taught will include the Areas of Learning, Cross Curricular Skills and Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. This curriculum will seek to prepare the pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. It will also be the aim of the school to maximise the potential of each pupil, to develop their self-confidence and to promote a spirit of tolerance towards others.

The school will consider the needs of both less able pupils and gifted children when planning and allocating resources.



The Areas of Learning in the NI Curriculum include:


  • 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



The Cross-curricular Skills are embedded in all Areas of Learning.


The Cross-curricular skills include:

  • Communication
  • Using Mathematics
  • Using ICT (Information Technology)







Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities



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