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. the post office/ the restaurant). 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.

Aistear focuses on four main themes which are spread throughout all of the content. These themes are;

  • Well-being
  • Identity and belonging
  • Communicating
  • Exploring and Thinking


Through Aistear each child will cover the following curriculum subjects;

  • Language (oral, reading and writing)
  • Maths (oral, problem solving),
  • Information & Communication Technology (I.C.T.)
  • Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (S.E.S.E) subjects such as Geography, History & Science
  • Arts subjects (Music, Art and Drama)
  • Social, Personal & Health Education (S.P.H.E)

Role Models

We often invite experts from different areas in e.g. scientists, gardeners, chefs, gardaí, dentists to come in and talk to the children. We feel that this 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 children during Aistear please contact the class teacher.

What are the benefits of doing Aistear?

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. They 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 – In Aistear we provide a safe and secure platform to explore the world around them. Students want to know more and explore more.