The Primary School Curriculum was launched in 1999 by the NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment).

The curriculum is presented in six curriculum areas which are further broken down into eleven subjects :

The curriculum includes the child-centred principles of its predecessor, Curaclam na Bunscoile (1971).  It identifies three key aims of primary education:

  • to enable the child to live a full life as a child and to realise his or her potential as a unique individual
  • to enable the child to develop as a social being through living and co-operating with others and so contribute to the good of society
  • to prepare the child for further education and lifelong learning.

New Primary Language Curriculum for English and Irish - Junior Infants to Second Class

The new curriculum for English and Irish is for all children from Junior Infants to Second Class in all schools (English medium schools, Gaeltacht schools, Irish medium schools and Special schools).

More information can be found online at:


Department's Curriculum & Assessment Policy Unit