Kilcoe National School

Skibbereen, Co. Cork

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Social, personal and health education provides particular opportunities to foster the personal development, health and well-being of the child and to help him/her to create and maintain supportive relationships and become an active and responsible citizen in society. Through an SPHE programme children can develop a framework of values, attitudes, understanding and skills that will inform their actions and decisions in these areas of their lives both now and in the future


SPHE in the curriculum


The curriculum is structured in such a way as to treat the social, personal and health dimensions of the child's life in an integrated manner. It provides for the development of a broad range of values, attitudes, skills and understanding relevant to the child's health and wellbeing, to other people, and to the society in which he/she lives. This foundation will inform the child's actions, behaviour and decisions in the many situations that he/she may encounter and have to deal with as part of everyday life and living.


The curriculum is delineated at four levels -- infant classes, first and second classes, third and fourth classes, and fifth and sixth classes -- and is divided into three strands: Myself, Myself and others, and Myself and the wider world. Each of these strands is further subdivided into a number of strand units or topic areas as follows:




Taking care of my body

Growing and changing

Safety and protection

Myself and others


Myself and my family:

My friends and other people

Relating to others

Making decisions


Myself and the wider world:

Developing citizenship

Media education

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