St Kevin’s National School teaches the National Curriculum in accordance with the directives of the Department of Education and Science. The Irish Primary School Curriculum celebrates the uniqueness of each child, their personality and potential for progress and achievement. It is designed to nurture the child in all dimensions of their life throughout their learning pathway. The curriculum aims to cater for their needs as they grow.
Central to our curriculum is our STKEV values.
Our curriculum identifies three primary aims of education in the primary school:
- To enable the child to live a full life as a child and to realise his/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 future education and lifelong learning.
Teaching and Learning
One of the goals of our learner-centred curriculum is to enable children to learn how to learn as well as the development of an appreciation of the value and practice of lifelong learning. It emphasises the importance of literacy, numeracy, and language, while at the same time responding to the ever-changing needs and developments in science and technology, social personal and health education, and citizenship.
The development and implementation of the curriculum in religious education in primary schools remain the responsibility of the relevant patron bodies.
At St Kevin’s we aim to develop and promote a love of learning that will remain with the child throughout their learning pathway. We want our learners to drive their own learning with an enquiring mind and sense of resilience and excitement.
We use various arrangements of organisation, both within the classroom and around the school to complement the variety of learning opportunities the curriculum has to offer. For example:
- working collaboratively in pairs or in groups
- working individually
- whole class teaching and learning
- using digital tools to support
- learning outside the classroom (i.e. walks, school trips etc.)
- inviting visitors in to share their experiences and expertise with the class.