The Northern Ireland Curriculum sets out the minimum requirement that should be taught at each
key stage. Within these requirements, schools have a responsibility to provide a broad and
balanced curriculum for all children and schools should aim to give every child the opportunity
to experience success in learning and to achieve as high a standard at possible. CCEA 2007
At Knockbreda Primary School we are continually reviewing our teaching to ensure that our pupils are
taught in the best possible way to suit their needs and learning styles. We endeavour to participate
in as much curriculum development and training as possible, when offered, to take on board new
advice from DE, CCEA and EA as well as educational research to benefit all of the pupils in our
The curriculum in Knockbreda Primary School is delivered in a topic based approach. This approach
allows for connected, active learning across all subjects with an emphasis on the development of
skills and capabilities for lifelong learning.
The curriculum is set out in six areas of learning. Although set out separately we endeavour to
integrate across the six areas making relevant connections for the children were possible. Please
click on the links below to access the statutory guidance from CCEA on each of the six areas.
Children learn best when it is practical and enjoyable and in Knockbreda Primary School teachers
make use of a wide range of teaching methods, balancing whole class, group and individual activities
to engage children in effective learning. ICT is integrated across all subject areas where possible
and we recognised its potential to empower pupils, develop self-esteem and promote positive
attitudes to learning.
We aim to develop each pupil's ICT skills in the five areas set out by CCEA.
Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities
At Knockbreda Primary School we aim to foster personal skills and capabilities which will allow
children to adapt and succeed in all aspects of their life. Thinking skills are tools that help
children go beyond the acquisition of knowledge and search for meaning, apply ideas, analyse
patterns and relationships, create and design something new and evaluate their progress. TSPC are
intertwined into all of the teaching within our school on a daily basis. The experiences our rich
curriculum offer enable pupils to develop skills in:
In our school each year group delivers the curriculum through topics. The topics for each year group
are listed below. More details of the content of each topic is shared in a Connecting with Parents
leaflet at the beginning of each new cycle. These will be shared via Seesaw.