At the heart of the curriculum lies an explicit emphasis on the development of skills and capabilities for lifelong learning and for contributing effectively to society. These whole curriculum skills and capabilities consist of the Cross-Curricular Skills and Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. They are embedded and infused throughout the revised Northern Ireland Curriculum at each key stage and pupils should have opportunities to acquire, develop and demonstrate these skills in all areas of the curriculum.
Schools will be required to assess and report annually on each pupil’s progress in the Cross-Curricular Skills. In Key Stages 1 to 3 this will be with reference to Levels of Progression frameworks.
The Cross-Curricular Skills are:
- Using Mathematics
- Using ICT
Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities
The ability to think both critically and creatively and to develop personal and inter-personal skills and dispositions is essential for functioning effectively in a changing world. Therefore, the development of Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities (TS&PC) is at the heart of the revised curriculum from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 4.