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Carr's Glen Primary School and Nursery, 629 Oldpark Rd, Belfast




The school curriculum is based on the Pre–School Curriculum Guidance issued by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). This outlines the range of learning opportunities that children of this age should have through play and other relevant experiences. 

During your child’s nursery year, they will be provided with a range of structured and stimulating activities and experiences to develop his/her knowledge and skills through the six areas of the nursery curriculum. The children in our care experience a broad and balanced curriculum where we develop skills in the areas of:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Early Mathematical Development
  • Physical Development
  • The Arts
  • The World Around Us
  • Religious Development

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

This area of learning is about emotional well-being, knowing who you are, where you fit in, and feeling good about yourself. It is also about developing respect for others, to communicate with others and nurturing a positive attitude to learning. Children are also encouraged to become independent.

Language Development

This area of learning is to encourage children to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening, through songs, rhymes and stories. They will be encouraged to express themselves either verbally and non-verbally, using body language. Children will be shown that writing has a purpose, and when ready, to make marks and symbols on paper.

Early Mathematical Experiences

This area of learning is to use practical activities so that children will become familiar with sorting, sequencing, patterns and counting activities. As they develop their mathematical understanding, they will use mathematical language to describe shape, position, size, volume and number.

The World Around Us

In this area of learning, children are developing the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that helps them make sense of the world. A safe and stimulating environment will be provided so that children may investigate and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials.

Physical Development & Movement

Physical development in the Nursery Stage is about improving skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. It helps children gain confidence in what they do and enables them to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active.

The Arts

Being creative enables children to make connections between one area of learning and another, and so extend their understanding. This area of learning includes art, music, dance, role play and imaginative play.


We strive to enhance self-esteem and confidence in our pupils.  To nurture a love of learning through play, preparing our children in the best possible way for primary school.  We take enormous pride in our pupil's achievements and celebrate their success.