Overview of the Foundation Stage Curriculum

Primary school Year 1 and Year 2 make up the Foundation Stage, so the children are 4–6 years old. The Foundation Stage builds on the learning experiences that children bring to school from home and pre-school settings.

Foundation Stage teachers have some flexibility in terms of what they teach, which means they can:

  • follow the interests of the children;
  • make links to their previous learning; and
  • help the children appreciate that the skills they have learned in one area can be applied elsewhere.

The Big Picture of the Primary Curriculum

Useful Documents

The Education (Curriculum Minimum Content) Order (Northern Ireland) 2007legislation.gov.uk


The Northern Ireland Curriculum Primary
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