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St Columba's Primary School, Newbuildings Derry

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At St. Columba’s we aim to: -

  • recognise the individual needs and talents of each pupil and to provide for development of moral, physical, social and  creative capacities;
  • to ensure delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum according to the New Revised Curriculum and catering for the needs of all pupils;
  • provide a stimulating learning environment in which all pupils feel safe and are challenged to achieve their full potential. 

The Revised Northern Ireland Curriculum
The revisions to the Curriculum aim to retain the best of the current practice while seeking to give greater emphasis to important elements, such as children’s Personal Development and Mutual Understanding and the explicit development of Thinking skills and Personal Capabilities.
We aim to give every child the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve as high a standard as possible. The teachers aim to prepare our pupils for a rapidly changing world.

Stages in the Primary Curriculum

The primary phases comprise:

The Foundation Stage: Years 1 and 2
Key Stage 1: Years 3 and 4
Key Stage 2: Years 5, 6 and 7

Structure of the Primary Curriculum
The Curriculum for the three stages is set out in the following Areas of Learning. To find out more about the Primary Curriculum in Northern Ireland you can visit the website at

  1. Language and Literacy
  2. Mathematics and Numeracy
  3. The Arts (including Art and Design, Drama and Music);
  4. The World Around Us (Geography, History, Science and Technology);
  5. Personal Development and Mutual Understanding
  6. Physical Education. ( The children are offered two sessions of P.E. per week. The following facilities exist within our school – a multi-purpose hall, the external grounds consist of two playgrounds, a large grass area to the front and a football field at the back. The extent of the grounds provides for many opportunities for curricular development. 
  7. Religious Education