Killavullen NS
Educating in a joyful, positive and secure setting

The Arts Education curriculum consists of three subjects: Music, Drama and Visual arts. The curriculum enables children to explore and express ideas, feelings and experiences through music, drama and the visual arts.

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

Music is for children from junior infants to sixth class. Children are introduced to music reading and writing, to song singing and to playing classroom instruments.

The Music curriculum has three interrelated strands:

  • Listening and Responding
  • Performing
  • Composing.

Music has a very high profile in Killavullen N.S. and we pride ourselves on a high standard of musical activities.   All children are taught the basic rudiments of music through the curriculum and are taught tin-whistle from first class.  From September, private after-school music lessons will resume and children will have the opportunity to learn tin-whistle, guitar, piano, violin, cello and ukulele.  Our talented trad. group practise once a week and are frequently called on to perform at school and community events.

Our choir, led by Ms Angland, regularly tunes up for religious ceremonies and in April, we took part in Cór Fhéile na Scol, where our fifth and sixth class pupils performed beautifully in the magnificent City Hall.  Each year we welcome an adult choir from the Cork International Choral Festival to sing for the school and local community and on May 3rd this year, the Addictio Chamber Choir from Finland, performed beautifully for us in the parish church.  Afterwards, our own choir and talented musicians and dancers performed the visitors at a special gathering in the school hall. 

We participate in many categories of Scór each year, which gives our singers, musicians, dancers and recitors a chance to perform in a competitive but relaxed setting.


Visual arts is carried out on a weekly basis by all classes, where possible. The visual arts curriculum highlights the importance of creating art and also responding to art. The curriculum consists of six strands:

  •         Drawing
  •         Paint and Colour
  •         Fabric and Fibre
  •         Print
  •         Clay
  •         Construction

Skills and techniques within the strands are taught to the children and they are given opportunity and freedom to explore their own artistic abilities. Children explore the work and history of other artists and use their pieces as inspiration to create their own masterpieces. During the school year, art is linked to seasonal events in the curriculum such as Halloween, Christmas, Easter and Summer. Special holidays also feature in the artwork of children in Killavullen NS such as St.Patrick’s Day. Children are encouraged to develop their artistic skills and talents and express themselves through art. Art also features in Aistear in the infant classrooms where the children learn through play. The 6th class are afforded a blank canvas on a wall in the school grounds where they work together to produce a mural representing the years they’ve spent in Killavullen NS.

The Drama curriculum is for children from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum includes one strand that consists of:

  • Exploring and making drama
  • Reflecting on drama
  • Cooperating and communication in making drama.

The Drama curriculum is for children from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum includes one strand that consists of:

  • Exploring and making drama
  • Reflecting on drama
  • Cooperating and communication in making drama.

Children are given opportunities in all classes to participate in drama. Starting with the role-play corner in Junior Infants children are encouraged to speak and respond to each other, developing their empathy, self confidence and cooperation. Nursery rhymes and fairytales are acted out making learning enjoyable and memorable.  As children progress, many aspects of literature are explored through the medium of drama. Students compose and dramatise play scripts both in English and Irish. Children enjoy performing these unique pieces for visitors to the school such as their beloved grandparents on ‘Grandparents Day’ or guests on ‘Open Evenings’ or Graduation. 

 Pupils are also encouraged to take part in more structured dramatic productions throughout the school year e.g. Christmas productions.  Our play entitled, “The Life of Nano Nagle” reached the County Final of Scór.  Subsequently it was  filmed by Veritas  and is now an integral part of the Fifth Class ‘Grow in Love’ programme for Irish Primary Schools. 

Professional Theatre groups are always welcome. In the past they have given us a glimpse into the world of irish myths and pirates. Their drama workshops and interactive discussions have led to increased engagement with history topics in particular, but also sparked a creative bounce in the whole school community.