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St Brigids PS, Downpatrick


Welcome to Primary One

Welcome to our Primary One class page. We hope you enjoy it!

In Primary One, our curriculum is suited to all learning abilities It is essential to us that all children in our care feel happy, safe and nurtured in school to enable them to reach their full potential.

Language. Literacy and Communication


In literacy in P1, we focus on teaching and developing phonological awareness. Children will be given lots of opportunities to word build and to explore rhyme, syllables and alliteration.

We follow the Jolly Phonics programme in Primary One. Phonics is essential for developing early reading and writing skills. 


We encourage children to love reading from a young age. Children develop their language skills through shared and guided reading sessions. Children are encouraged to sound out new and unfamiliar words, to look at the picture to give them a clue, to read on and see what word will make sense. 


All of our children are given lots of writing opportunities in Primary One. It requires well developed fine motor skills—the ability to use muscles in the fingers and hands; the attention to concentrate for periods of time; memory to generate ideas and lots of practise! 


In Primary One we are expanding our knowledge and understanding within the five main areas of Numeracy - Processes in Mathematics, Number, Data Handling, Measures and Shape and Space;

Mental Maths

Counting forwards & backwards in 1’s,2’s, 5’s & 10’s

Quick mental recall of addition and subtraction facts of numbers to 10.


Becoming familiar with numbers to 10 and beyond.

Knowing the number before/after to 10 and beyond.

Understanding One more/one less than to 10.

Addition and subtraction within 10.

Recognising coins and making amounts to 10p.


Time – Identify  o’clock.

Comparing length, weight, heights, areas and capacity of objects

Shape& Space

Properties of 2d and 3d shapes

Name some 2d and 3d shapes

Handling Data

Sort sets

Represent data using pictures

Interpreting Data from simple graphs.


Play Based Learning

Play is an extremely important part of our curriculum in the Foundation Stage. Children are given lots of valuable indoor and outdoor play experiences to develop fundamental skills to their learning. 


ICT is embedded in to our classroom learning and teaching. Our classroom is equipped with computers, interactive boards and ipads.


We follow the ‘Grow in Love’ programme during our religious lessons, we learn new songs, stories and prayers. 

Keep an eye on our page to see all of the wonderful work we do in St Brigid’s! 

Miss Cunningham- Class Teacher

Miss McQuoid- Classroom Assistant

Mrs McLaughlin- Classroom Assistant



18th Jan 2023
Here at St Brigid’s we are always learning, growing and developing new skills....
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