The curriculum area of Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) at primary school provides opportunities for children to actively explore and investigate the world around them from a human, social and cultural perspective. A scientific approach to investigations fosters the development of important skills, concepts and knowledge through which children can observe, question, investigate, understand and think logically about living things and their environments, materials, forces, everyday events and problems. The knowledge and skills acquired may be applied in designing and making activities in which children perceive a need to create or modify elements of their environments. Through their investigations, children develop informed, critical and scientific perspectives that acknowledge the importance of founding judgements on a respect for facts, accuracy and reason.
Computer science builds on language skills developed at primary level. Through language, students learn to use appropriate sequencing, tenses, and vocabulary to tell and retell stories and personal and procedural narratives of increasing complexity. They learn to use topic-specific language to give information, to explain and to justify their ideas and to predict and reflect upon actions, events and processes relating to real and imaginary contexts. Language skills developed at primary level will help students of computer science to appreciate the importance of the correct use of language, and appreciate just how powerful words and language are in the context of social media.
The Primary School Mathematics Curriculum aims to provide children with a language and a system through which to analyse, describe, illustrate, model and explain a wide range of experiences, make predictions, and solve problems. Leaving Certificate Computer Science builds on these skills, as it supports students to think and communicate quantitatively and spatially, to solve problems, and to recognise situations where mathematics can be applied.