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St John's Primary School, Carnlough

N.I. Curriculum

To meet the above aims and to fulfil our overall and most significant role in bringing each child to his/her fullest potential, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum in line with the requirements for the current Curriculum for Northern Ireland.  


The full range of subjects includes.


Religious Education

Language & Literacy – Communication

Numeracy  - Using Mathematics

The World Around Us – History, Geography & Science

Cross-Curricular Skills-I.C.T, Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.

The Arts-Music, Drama & Art

Physical Education

Personal Development & Mutual Understanding (P.D.M.U)


While the subjects above are listed individually we often link them so that learning is more meaningful and realistic.  


In St. John’s we take the opportunity where possible to offer After School activities.



•Learning and teaching is at the very heart of our school’s work.

•We believe the quality of teaching bears on the effectiveness of learning.  

•Learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone.  

•We strive to provide high-quality, innovative teaching that enables our pupils to learn the skills necessary for the needs of the 21st century.

•We believe that appropriate learning and teaching experiences help children to lead happy and rewarding lives



The purpose of Learning & Teaching is to provide children with opportunities to develop:

•their potential intellectually, physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially

•their abilities to make informed choices and decisions

•their self confidence and self-esteem

•their ability to become motivated life-long learners

•their skills essential for living and working in the third millennium



In support of its commitment to promoting high achievement and learning for life, St John’s PS will ensure:


Planning for all areas in the NI Curriculum so that

•the programme of learning is broad and balanced

•it promotes continuity and progression in the pupils’ learning

•it identifies the knowledge, skills and understanding which the children are expected to acquire

•it takes account of the pupils’ differing stages of development and abilities

•evaluation of pupils’ responses informs future planning

•information about the children’s learning is shared


A positive attitude to learning by making certain:

•pupils work well with their teachers and others in an atmosphere of mutual respect

•pupils are given the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge so as to maximise their potential

•pupils talk with confidence about their work and begin to set their own learning objectives as a process towards becoming independent learners

•pupils develop the skills of working collaboratively in a variety of situations


Quality teaching by:

•creating a climate for learning that motivates, encourages and engages the pupils in their work

•adopting a range of teaching approaches and methods that encourages the pupils to become autonomous learners

•setting realistically high expectations where tasks are matched to the needs and abilities of individual pupils, and activities are well placed and challenging

•planning that builds upon the pupils’ previous experiences and is reflected in appropriate learning outcomes which in turn are shared, where appropriate with the pupils


Appropriate assessment where:

•teachers use varied forms of assessment which have a clearly identified purpose

•teachers mark work regularly and consistently in ways that provide purposeful feedback to the pupils

•assessment outcomes are used to inform teaching and improve learning


Effective Curriculum Implementation where:

•the curriculum is broad and balanced in which the various elements are linked together to create a coherent programme which progresses steadily across years 1 – 7

•key elements are integrated fully within the curriculum and are promoted consistently across the learning areas

all pupils have equal access to the full range of the curriculum