National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
As a parent you play a key role in your child’s education. The NCCA has developed a number of resources to help you to support your child’s learning in primary school. Many of these are available in various languages. Take a look at the resources for your child’s class.
From First Class onwards, at the end of every year, children complete standardised tests. The results are included on the child’s end of year report. Where there is concern regarding a child’s behaviour and progress, consideration will be given to diagnostic testing. Standardised Testing.
The Primary School Curriculum
The Primary School Curriculum was developed by the NCCA and launched in 1999. The issue of curriculum overload resulted in the re-presentation of materials for a number of subjects.
Transition to Primary School
Information for parents of new Junior Infants Making the transition from Early Education to Primary Education.
Information from the NCCA on Helping Your Child in Junior Infants.
Information from NCCA on the “Aistear” programme Learning and Developing Through Play Tip Sheet for parents of Young Children
Transition to Secondary School
Information for parents of pupils moving to secondary education NPC Transition Primary to Post Primary.
Dealing with bullying Bullying
Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE)RSE aims to provide opportunities for children and young people to learn about relationships and sexuality in ways that help them think and act in a moral, caring and responsible way. In the school setting, RSE is part of a wider programme of Social, Personal and Health Education. More information on RSE can be found at these links:
- An Introduction to Relationships and Sexuality Education for Parents from the Department of Education & Skills RSE-Growing forward Together
- Busy Bodies Adolescent Development Programme provides information on the physical and emotional changes that children may experience during puberty, to reassure them that puberty is a normal part of growing up. Busy Bodies is a useful resource to help support both teachers and parents in providing information on puberty to children aged between 10 and 14.
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- scoilnet (www.scoilnet.ie) is a useful portal featuring educational information and links to other educational sites for every school topic imaginable, from Irish to history, spelling to geography. There are lots of interactive quizzes, printable worksheets and slides which aim to make learning fun and informative.
- Primary science (www.primaryscience.ie) features lots of printibles, activities and games designed to show kids the importance of science.
- Me and my body (www.bdi.ie/mambo) Kids can learn about how the human body works on this site.
- Ask about Ireland (www.askaboutireland.ie) is a great website for both primary and secondary schools which has lots of interactive and fun activities on subjects such as Irish, history, geography and science.
- Rí-Rá (www.ri-ra.ie) is a really useful website that aims to help your child increase their Irish vocabulary and learn correct grammar.
- skoool (www.skoool.ie) is a really useful website for students undertaking both the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams, It features lots of useful study and homework tips and notes and tips on all the subjects. It also has helpful advice for parents.
- mocks.ie (www.mocks.ie) provides an online resource for secondary level students, providing free past papers, a free revision tool, free video tutorials, revision notes, oral exams, correction service and much more. They also have a number of free apps available on the itunes and android marketplace.