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.


Department's Curriculum & Assessment Policy Unit