1st & 2nd Class


New Primary Language Curriculum for English and Irish – junior infants to second class

The Primary Curriculum is changing. Soon your child will be experiencing a new Language Curriculum for English and Irish.

Who is the new Language Curriculum for? 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.

Why is there a new curriculum? The curriculum is changing so that it is up-to-date with the times we live in, with developments in language learning and the introduction of the Free Pre-school Years. Since the last curriculum (1999), society and communities have changed greatly, as has your child’s learning environment. Teachers say they would like more guidance on the best ways to help children in their language learning. Thanks to research, we now know more about how children learn to speak, read and write and how to help them make progress in ways that are well suited to their learning needs.

Click here to find out more: Primary-Language-Curriculum_Parents_2-pages

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) have devised helpful tip sheets for parents. These tip sheets provide ideas, resources and information to help you promote a positive and productive learning environment at home for your child. Please click on the link below which will let you access the tipsheets.

The NCCA have also compiled a DVD entitled “The What, Why and How of Children’s Learning in Primary School. Click the link below to access the 1st & 2nd Class section of the DVD.

The What, Why and How DVD for 1st & 2nd Class

In first and second class, the children begin to add and subtract larger numbers.  The method used in school now, which is called regrouping or renaming, may differ from when you are at school.  Children are no longer taught to use the ‘Borrow & Pay Back’ method.  click on the Tipsheet below to help you understand how we teach subtraction in school.

Tipsheet: Helping your child with subtraction

The Department of Education and Skills acknowledge that parents are the primary educators of their children.  To help parents become involved in their children’s education, they have provided funding to NALA (The National Adult Literacy Agency) to set up a website for parents.  It is called “Help My Kid Learn” and has many useful links to games and activites suitable for all age groups.  The 5-7 or the 8-9 age group is most suitable for children in 1st & 2nd class.