The Northern Ireland Curriculum

In Northern Ireland all primary schools are required to follow the Northern Ireland Curriculum. The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower young people to develop their potential and to make informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives.

At Corran IPS, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all children and aim to give every child the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve as high a standard as possible. Our teachers have high expectations for all pupils including those children with any additional needs and regardless of their social or cultural background, ethnic group, ability or disability. Teachers plan suitably challenging activities which engage children in their learning.


The Northern Ireland Curriculum covers the following key learning areas:

  • Language and Literacy
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Personal Development and Mutual Understanding
  • The Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education


The following skills and capabilities are also developed:

Cross- curricular skills

  • Communication
  • Using Mathematics
  • Using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 


Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

  • Thinking, problem-solving and decision-making
  • Self management
  • Working with others
  • Managing information
  • Being creative


At Corran IPS our classes are arranged as follows:

  • Nursery Unit
  • Foundation Stage: Years 1 and 2
  • Key Stage 1: Years 3 and 4
  • Key Stage 2: Years 5, 6 and 7


How is Religious Education Taught?

Our school has a Christian ethos. We celebrate together throughout the year at assembly  and at special services.

All children attend our Harvest, Christmas and Easter festivals together and the school choir sings at some of the Sacramental services.  We regularly hold special assemblies and services in a variety of places of worship in the local community. Members of the local clergy and other visiting speakers often join us at school assembly.

The religious and spiritual welfare of all children will be in line with parental wishes. Sacramental preparation is available for Roman Catholic children wishing to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.