Overview of the Key Stage 1 & 2 Curriculum

At Key Stage 1 (ages 6–8) and Key Stage 2 (ages 8–11) the curriculum is broad and balanced. Every child has the opportunity to build on the skills they have acquired and developed in Foundation Stage, so they can experience success in learning and achieve as high a standard as possible.

The primary curriculum focuses on child-centred learning, building knowledge outwards:

  • starting with the perspective of the individual;
  • moving on to the family, the home and the school; and
  • progressing to the neighbourhood and the wider world.

Teachers have considerable flexibility to decide how best to interpret and combine the curriculum requirements, to help prepare their pupils for a rapidly changing world.

The Big Picture of the Primary Curriculum

Useful Links

The Education (Curriculum Minimum Content) Order (Northern Ireland) 2007legislation.gov.uk


The Northern Ireland Curriculum Primary
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