The Primary School Curriculum (1999) outlines the contents of children’s learning - the what and how of children’s learning—for children’s first eight years in school, from junior infants to sixth class. The curriculum aims to: develop each child’s potential to the full encourage a love of learning help children develop skills they will use all their lives. The curriculum is presented in seven areas, some of which are further subdivided into subjects. These are: Language: Gaeilge and English Mathematics Social, environmental and scientific education (SESE): history, geography and science Arts education: visual arts, music and drama Physical education Social, personal and health education (SPHE) Religious or ethical education is the responsibility of the different school patron bodies. The Primary School Curriculum: Introduction provides more information. Go to any of the seven curriculum areas to find more detailed information about subjects in the Primary curriculum.