Killavullen NS
Educating in a joyful, positive and secure setting

Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) consists of three subjects: Science, Geography and History. SESE enables children to explore, investigate and develop an understanding of local and wider environments.

The current curriculum was introduced as part of the Primary School Curriculum (1999)

History is for all children from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum supports children to develop basic skills as an historian through a knowledge and understanding of people, events and developments in the past.

The curriculum is presented in two sections:

  • Skills
  • Content:
    • Myself and my family
    • Story
    • Early people and ancient stories
    • Life, society, work and culture in the past
    • Eras of change and conflict
    • Politics, conflict and society
    • Continuity and change over time.

 The curriculum recommends that children’s historical work begins with their own past and that of their family and community. Children’s concept of the past can be developed only when they realise that change occurs, and that things have not always been as they are now. Children need to become sensitive to the impact of change and should attach importance to the elements of the past which have survived to the present day. An understanding of the potential impact of change is essential in the development of children’s environmental appreciation. Every two years we celebrate our heritage with a Local History Day. The children dress in costumes and go on a tour of the village, with a local historian. They view archived film, documents and photos. Drama and Art and Craft activities complete the programme.

Links to ‘local Newspaper’. word on Hi-Res photos on website to llow for zooming in on details. Build online History resources in Archives.

Geography is for children from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum enables children to make sense of their surroundings and the wider world. They do so by developing a range of geographical skills as they explore the natural and human elements of local and wider environments.

We are delighted to live in such a picturesque, historical and georaphically significant village. Classes often go on local field trips, investigating all this wonderful place has to offer. Here are pictures of some of our local field trips.

The curriculum is presented in two sections:

  • Skills and concepts
  • Content:
    • Human environments
    • Natural environments
    • Environmental awareness and care.

    Through interactive lessons, we encourage children to have an interest in the world around them and to become aware of their responsibility in relation to local and global issues.  

    We are lucky to have vast resources, literally at our doorstep, e.g The River Blackwater, Killavullen caves and the Nano Nagle Centre to explore. Senior classes go on an annual river investigation. The children’s questions often lead to further investigation and understanding of our environment.  

    The Green Flag committee raise awareness of issues, inform the local community and are currently working on the Green Flag for Water.

    Science is for children from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum supports children to develop basic scientific skills through a knowledge and understanding of science.  

    The curriculum is presented in two sections:

    • Skills
    • Content:
      • Living things
      • Energy and forces
      • Materials
      • Environmental awareness and care.

      Science is very much to the forefront here in K.N.S.  On alternate years, we partake in the Intel Mini-Scientist competition and Science Blast (the primary school version of the BT Young Scientist competition).   The children have had many outings to the RDS and UL presenting their projects.  Senior classes also attend practical, hands-on workshops in the Lifetime Lab and Blackrock Observatory on an annual basis while younger classes benefit from visiting Science workshops to the school.