What subjects are covered in the primary curriculum?

Where can I find copies of the primary curriculum?

From the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and/or the Government Publications Office

Where do I get updated information in relation to primary curriculum? 

From the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)

Where do I find information to implement the curriculum?

The Primary School Curriculum: Introduction provides an overview of the curriculum for children in primary schools from junior infants to sixth class. It explains how the curriculum is presented for the different levels and explains the importance of integration and the development of the child in all dimensions of his or her life – spiritual, moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical.

  • Primary Developments
  • Review and Research
  • Structure and Time Allocation
  • Maths Curriculum
  • Primary Maths Review
  • Language Curriculum

Where can I find information on the literacy and numeracy strategy in relation to the primary curriculum?

Circular 0056/2011 – Initial Steps in the Implementation of the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy and/or

Literacy & Numeracy Strategy

How do I contact the Primary Support Service?

Contact information for or | Literacy & Numeracy Strategy

Where can I get the guidelines on assessment in primary schools?, and at the links shown in the table below:

Assessment in the Primary School Curriculum: Guidelines for Schools

Find out how a variety of assessment methods can be used to support assessment of children’s progress and achievement, and to extend and enrich their learning.

Report card templates

Find the report card templates and explanatory leaflets

Standardised testing

Find leaflets for parents that explain the meaning of standardised test scores and an analysis tool for schools.

Assessment for Learning

View multi-media support. The materials include classroom video footage and samples of children’s work with teacher commentary.

Where do I get test materials for use on standardised testing, Micra T Reading Test and Sigma T Maths Test?

At Educational Research Centre - see test department for

  • Drumcondra Primary Reading Test - revised
  • Drumcondra Primary Mathematics Test - revised
  • For Irish medium schools, Irish reading - Triail Ghaeilge Dhroim Conrach do Bhunscoileanna Gaeltachta angus Lan-Ghaeilge


From for

  • Sigma-T Mathematics
  • Micra-T (Mary Immaculate Reading Attainment Test)

(The Irish version of the Micra T test is not designed for Irish medium schools)