NCCA uses cookies so that you have the best possible browsing experience on our website. If you agree that we can store and use cookies just click "Accept and Close" or you can learn more about cookies.

NCCA logo
An Chomhairle Náisiúnta Curaclaim agus Measúnachta
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Maths Curriculum

This section provides information on the development of the new Primary Mathematics Curriculum.

Research Papers

A series of short research papers will be published in the coming months. Each research paper will focus on a domain of mathematical learning: Algebra, Data and Chance, Number, Measures, Shape and Space. They will examine the core mathematical concepts and skills that are important for children to learn in the senior classes of primary school.

Primary Mathematics Developments

New research

A research addendum to the original Research Reports 17 & 18 has now been published. The piece entitled 'Learning and Teaching Primary Mathematics' focuses on the middle to upper years of primary education. 

 

Consultation Report

Consultation on the new Primary Mathematics Curriculum from Junior Infants to Second Class ran from October 2017 to March 2018. The report on this consultation has now been published. An accompanying video was developed to summarise the consultation and can be viewed below. Once again, thank you to all those who engaged with the consultation.

 

Revised Schedule

The Department of Education and Skills has revised the schedule for the implementation of the new Primary Mathematics Curriculum. The new curriculum will now be published in Autumn 2021 as a single specification from junior infants through to 6th class. The decision to re-schedule the implementation of the Primary Mathematics Curriculum takes on board the views of stakeholders and will allow teachers and schools the time to engage more fully with the new Primary Language Curriculum / Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile. It also allows for further supports to be developed for teachers along with a more sustained transformative model of professional development.

 

Draft Specification

The draft specification for junior infants to second class is available here. Following a period of consultation, this specification is currently being revised and extended for junior infants up to sixth class.    

Primary Mathematics Consultation Primary Mathematics Consultation

Review and research 

Consider the research related to the development of the new Primary Mathematics Curriculum. 

A research addendum tot he original reports below was published in September 2019. It explores mathematical teaching and learning in the middle to upper years of primary education. 

Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3 - 8 years): Executive Summaries



 

Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3 - 8 years): Definitions, theories, development and progression. RESEARCH REPORT No. 17

 

Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3 - 8 years): Teaching and learning. RESEARCH REPORT No.18

 

 

 

The Building Blocks of Early Mathematics

What are the building blocks of mathematics? How important are they? Doug Clements answers these questions by summarizing recent research and development work. One effective instructional approach featured in all these is basing instruction on learning trajectories. This approach will be illustrated through a set of research projects using learning trajectories successfully.

How teachers can use maths learning trajectories to support all children to progress. How teachers can use maths learning trajectories to support all children to progress.
The role of technology in maths in primary schools for children aged 4-8. The role of technology in maths in primary schools for children aged 4-8.
Hallmarks of a good maths curriculum for children aged 4-8 years. Hallmarks of a good maths curriculum for children aged 4-8 years.
Appropriate maths experiences look like in classrooms for 4-8 year olds. Appropriate maths experiences look like in classrooms for 4-8 year olds.
Learning trajectories in early mathematics. Learning trajectories in early mathematics.
The impact of parental expectations on children’s maths learning. The impact of parental expectations on children’s maths learning.
The importance of children understanding rather than memorising maths. The importance of children understanding rather than memorising maths.
Intentional play-based teaching and learning in maths. Intentional play-based teaching and learning in maths.

A conference on developing mathematical ideas with children (3-8 years) took place on Monday, November 24th 2014 in the Conference Centre in Dublin Castle.

Delegates heard keynotes from Professor Douglas Clements (University of Denver) and Professor Elizabeth Wood (Sheffield University) and took part in workshops spotlighting innovative maths work in schools and early years services. The conference closed with the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD launching two research reports: