Links with the Curriculum of the Republic of Ireland

The arts education curriculum

  • children’s performances are balanced with opportunities to hear and to make a personal response to music of different styles, periods and cultures.
  • Music education also recognises similarities among children and the joy of shared experiences which demand collaboration, concentration and discipline.

The aims and objectives of the music curriculum

  • to develop the child’s openness to, awareness of and response to a wide range of musical styles.
  • to enable the child to develop his/her musical potential and to experience the excitement and satisfaction of being actively engaged in musical creativity.
  • to listen to, enjoy and respond to a wide range of music, including various genres and styles from different periods, cultures and ethnic groups, both live and recorded.
  • to explore the expressive possibilities of a variety of sound sources, including the voice and home-made and manufactured instruments
  • to demonstrate and describe differences between sounds and silences,showing a sense of pulse, tempo, duration, pitch, dynamics, structure, timbre, texture and style.

The dance programme

  • the dance programme involves the child in a range of creative and folk dance.
  • the child’s concept of what a dance is can be enriched by opportunities to see and appraise the more accomplished work of others.
  • folk dancing is presented with an emphasis on being fully involved and enjoying the dance rather than on the movements involved in the dance.
  • use the body as a means of expression and communication, using a range and variety of stimuli

Religious education

  • Invite students to participate in/observe both Christian and non-Christian ritual
  • Give an example of a non-Christian ritual and explain its significance for followers of that tradition

Curriculum integration

  • engaging children in activities that encompass a number of objectives from different strands or from different subject areas is an effective means of teaching. Integrated themes can be highly motivating and satisfying for children and are particularly useful in multi-class situations.