Science in the primary school curriculum

Linkage and integration

Much of the work suggested in the curriculum might be delivered through the integrated themes or topics that are commonly used to organise learning in infant classes. For example, objectives in the strand units ‘Myself’ and ‘Plants and animals’ might be achieved as children examine these themes in SPHE or religious education. Similarly, many of the skills used in mathematics, such as measuring, estimating and problem-solving, will provide opportunities for the development of similar scientific skills.

Within the content sections, notes below strand units suggest some of the instances where linkage (i.e. integration within the science curriculum) and integration (i.e. cross-curricular connections) might be established.