St. Aidan’s, along with all other primary schools funded by the Department of Education and Skills, offers a balanced and broad curriculum. Here in St. Aidan’s we work to deliver the Primary School Curriculum in a way which acknowledges the uniqueness of each whilst also aiming to

  • Develop each child’s potential to the full
  • Encourage in children a love of learning
  • Help them develop skills they will use all their lives

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The curriculum is learner-centred. It emphasises the importance of literacy, numeracy, and language, while at the same time responding to changing needs in science and technology, social personal and health education, and citizenship. The curriculum is presented in 7 subject areas comprising 11 subjects.

  • Language
    • English and Irish
  • Mathematics
  • Social, Environmental & Scientific Education
    • History, Geography and Science
  • Arts Education
    • Visual Arts, Music and Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Social, Personal and Health Education

As well as learning new ideas and finding out new information in the different subjects of the curriculum, children develop important skills such as communicating, estimating, problem solving, working scientifically, designing and making.

The curriculum specifies the amount of time to be allocated to each curriculum area. Each teacher devises an individual timetable to ensure that each subject gets its allocated time and also to ensure access to school resources such as the astro-turf and Ipads.

Where necessary work is appropriately differentiated (either simplified or extended) to match all ability levels.


All children are valued, respected and welcomed to the school whatever their additional educational need. We will support their learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally provided facilities where appropriate.

Prevention and early intervention is the cornerstone of special education provision at St. Aidan’s N.S. Close collaboration and consultation between class teachers and the special education team, together with ongoing assessment will identify pupils in infant classes who may be in need of additional support.

Children are assessed annually from first class to establish their educational needs. Standardised assessments are carried out in Maths and in English by class teachers.

Support will be provided for children who need it by our support teachers. Should your child require any special assistance, be it short term or long, they will receive support in one form or another – in-class support, individual withdrawal, group withdrawal, etc.

The school also has the services of an educational psychologist, who works closely with the school in assessing children who might be experiencing difficulties in learning.

The school also works closely with Health Service Executive personnel and services such as Clare Early Intervention Services.


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