Third Class

Third class is the fifth year in primary school. Children in third class are aged 8-9 years old. Third class children attend school from 8:45 to 14:25 on each weekday (Monday to Friday). In third class, the children partake in 12 subject areas. The children learn through a thematic approach, where lessons based on the different subject areas are integrated through a common overarching theme. Children partake in the 3 core subjects every day (English, Irish and Maths). For more information on how you can help your child in third class, please see some advice from the NCCA.


English Curriculum

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.


Gaeilge Curriculum

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.


Maths Curriculum

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 third class.

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