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St John the Baptist Primary School, Belfast


There are three stages in the primary school:

The Foundation Stage - Primary 1 and Primary 2

Key Stage 1 - Primary 3 and Primary 4

Key Stage 2 - Primary 5, Primary 6, Primary 7

The curriculum for the three stages is set out six Areas of Learning. Although the areas of learning are set out separately, learning is integrated, where appropriate, across the six areas to make relevant connections for children. Teachers have flexibility and discretion to select from within the learning areas those aspects they consider appropriate to the abiliuty and interests of their pupils.

The Areas of Learning are:

1. Language and Literacy (including Talking and Listening, reading and Writing and additional languages)

2. Mathematics and Numeracy (focusing on the development of mathematical concepts and numeracy across the curriculum)

3. The Arts (including Art and Design, Music and Drama)

4. The World Around Us (focusing on the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in Geography, History, Science and Technology)

5. Personal Development and Mutual Understanding (focusing on the emotional development, social skills, learning to learn, relationships and sexuality education and, mutual understanding in the local and global community)

6. Physical Education (focusing on the development of knowledge, skills and understanding through play and a range of physical activities)

Religious Education is at the heart of learning and teaching at SJB.

The NI Curriculum is described as a skills based curriculum and places explicit emphasis on the development of skills and capabilities for lifelong learning and for operating effectively in society. Through opportunities to engage in active learning contexts across all areas of the curriculum, children should progressively develop cross curricular skills in:

Communication, Using mathematics, Using Information and Communications technology (ICT)

Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities includes:

  • Thinking, problem-Solving and Decision-Making
  • Self-Management
  • Working with others
  • Managing Information
  • Being Creative

Pupil Profile

The Pupil Profile involves teachers assessing and reporting pupil progress and achievements. It is used to support and inform decisions throughout a pupil's time at school, providing information for:

Parents - About helping their child's learning at home

Teachers - As they plan learning and teaching

Pupils - About their achievements and how to improve

The Annual Pupil profile Report is completed and sent home at the end of the academic year.