Aistear is a playbased methodology which is used in Junior & Senior Infants as a key teaching tool. Aistear focuses primarily on the child. It promotes independence and self-assessment. Our aim with Aistear in the classroom is to allow the curriculum objectives to be fulfilled through play, encouraging a stimulating and motivating environment where children’s learning thrives.
Facilitating learning through play is a key component of the infant day. It promotes the acquisition of skills and assists in developing an understanding of curriculum objectives. It encourages children to use and develop problem solving and social skills. As a result the emphasis is placed on the holistic development of the child.
Aistear time is cross curricular. Aistear promotes the development of oral language, imaginative play and writing, development of motor skills, development of mathematical concepts, the aims of the SPHE curriculum, visual arts and many concepts which are outlined in the SESE Curricula.
Aistear shows how important play is for young children’s early learning and development!
Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for children from birth up to the age of six years. Early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys. Irelands early childhood curriculum framework is called Aistear (Irish word for journey).
View our aistear programme progress throughout the years!