What is Aistear?

Aistear is a curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. Aistear is the Irish word for Journey’ as this is the beginning of your child’s journey into life-long learning.
During Aistear the students implement what they have learned in literacy, maths and other areas and apply them to games, activities and role plays of real-life situations (e.g. hairdressers/ the restaurant).
Aistear focuses on four main themes which spread throughout all of the content, the themes are;

Identity and belonging
Exploring and Thinking

Aistear is a vital teaching methodology in P.N.S that will be used to implement and teach the NCCA primary curriculum three times a week for one hour.
Through Aistear each child will cover the following curriculum subjects;

Language (oral, reading and writing)
Maths (oral, problem solving)
S.E.S.E subjects (geography, history and science),
Arts subjects (music, art and drama).
S. P.H.E
What are the benefits of doing Aistear?
There are a number of benefits to your child doing Aistear. Some benefits include;

Language – oral discussing in groups, planning their game / play and reflecting on their experience.

Reading and writing– students often choose to make signs, posters, lists, recipes, menus etc as part of the drama / game.

Social skills – they are working in mixed gender groups and they will become aware of different types of play and become more comfortable with their peers when they are playing with them. Cooperate and collaborate with others to extend their play.
Confidence – Performing for their small group leads to student wanting to perform for the whole class and then usually the whole school in assembly.
Love of learning –Students want to know more and explore more, in Aistear we provide a safe and secure platform to explore the world around them.

We often get experts from different areas in e.g. scientists, gardeners, chefs, gardaí, dentists whatever we feel will enhance the students’ enthusiasm and understanding for the curriculum content being covered.
If you have any particular skills or strong interests that you would be willing to impart and share with our Junior room during Aistear please contact Jane Honnor or any of the teachers.
For more information download the parent leaflet below from the NCCA.