First class is the third year in primary school. Children in first class are aged 6-7 years old. First class is the first year of a full school day for the children (8:45-14:25) In first class, the children partake in 12 subject areas. The children learn in a thematic approach. Children partake in the 3 core subjects every day. For more information on how you can help your child in first class please see some advice from the NCCA.
Focus on oral language, reading and writing. Children engage in all aspects of the curriculum. Writing: Focus on conventions of print, grammar and sentence structure, genre writing Reading: Focus on fluency, phonics, comprehension strategies and conventions of print. Oral language: interlinked in every lesson.
Children engage in daily Gaeilge lessons. Children develop vocabulary based on different topics and focus on orally forming sentences. Children engage in songs, games, poems and stories through Gaeilge.
Children engage in all aspects of the curriculum. Introduction of subtraction, place value, fractions.
Other areas covered: addition, shape and space, measures, data, using patterns.
Suggested books for children in first class.