Key Stages 1 & 2

Age 6–11

Key Stage 1 (primary school Years 3 and 4) builds on Foundation Stage experiences, and Key Stage 2 (primary school Years 5, 6 and 7) builds on Key Stage 1 experiences. As children progress through these stages, they move from informal to more formal learning.


Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2

The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives. The learning opportunities provided should help young people to develop as individuals, contributors to society and contributors to the economy and environment.

The statutory curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 is set out under the following Areas of Learning and Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities.

The Development Pathway

Latest News

CCEA resources to help support the curriculum and assessment in 2021

Published: 31/12/2020, 12:00pm

These resources may be useful for schools, teachers, parents and pupils, following the announcement of remote learning.

Explore the impact of COVID-19 on young people with CCEA's Active Citizenship resources

Published: 05/10/2020, 2:30pm

The Active Citizenship project, in collaboration with the Department of Justice, aims to develop a framework for developing young people’s understanding of lawfulness in society. It can also provide the safe space pupils need to gain an understanding of their situation and create a sense of purpose through the uncertainty that surrounds them.

CCEA launches Wellbeing Hub for Primary, SEN and Post Primary Learning

Published: 17/09/2020, 1:30pm

CCEA has launched a Wellbeing Hub to support children’s and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. The Hub is being developed in collaboration with the Departments of Education and Health, the Public Health Agency, the Health and Social Care Board, and the Education Authority (EA).

CCEA Marks Official End of School Year

Published: 01/07/2020, 11:30am

CCEA marked the official end of the school year yesterday by recording its thanks to everyone involved in the alternative awarding arrangements for the Summer 2020 examination series.

Online Publication of CCEA’s Curriculum Monitoring Programme: Stage One

Published: 29/06/2020, 11:45am

Today, CCEA has released the findings and feedback from the first stage of the curriculum monitoring programme. Originally intended for release earlier this year, the launch had to be postponed due to the global health emergency. Almost 1000 teachers provided their feedback and thank you to those who took part in a range of direct feedback, surveys and focus groups.

Past CCEA Events

There are currently no events scheduled due to Corona Virus (COVID-19). Here are some that CCEA recently held:

  • 26 Mar

    CCEA GCSE Mathematics Support Event

    Corr's Corner Hotel315 Ballyclare RoadNewtownabbeyBT36 4TQ
  • 27 Mar

    Primary - Key Stage 3: 'Whet your Appetite with a Webinar' - Group Work – What is it and how to do it better (CCEA - Curriculum)

    Online Webinar
  • 02 Apr

    CCEA GCE Mathematics/Further Mathematics Support Event

    Corr's Corner Hotel315 Ballyclare RoadNewtownabbeyBT36 4TQ
  • 02 Apr

    CCEA A2 EEP Webinar A2 Geography

  • 04 Apr

    CCEA GCE Mathematics/Further Mathematics Support Event

    Glenavon Hotel52 Drum RoadCookstownBT80 8JQ