The Empowering Children Primary School
The curriculum is structure around subject areas. Six subject areas, namely Creative Practical Art, Environmental Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Health Education and Religious Education, describe the curriculum for the grade 1 to 2. For grade 3 to 6, two more subjects areas, namely, Science and pre-Vocational studies are added to those above
Environmental studies in grade 1 and 2 is a new subject area. It is a blend of Social studies and Science. Physical health Education for grade 1 to 6 is an integration of Physical Education and health Education.. The health Education aspect is base on the 8 component of primary health care.
In the upper classes, Pre-vocational studies and creative Practical Arts are expected to prepare pupils for the life of work. Pre-Vocational Studies integrates home Economics and Agriculture, and creative Practical art provide for traditional industry, e.g.Pottery, Weaving, etc. The curriculum is full of innovative ideas, even in the most traditional subject areas. The language Arts Curriculum emphasizes the use of Language in real life situation and the development of the four Language skills- Listening . Speaking, Reading and Writing. In Mathematics there is a shift from computation to measurement and a new topic. “Everyday Arithmetic” is added. A strong Ecumenical approach is adopted in religious Education.
Another innovative aspect of the curriculum is represented in the syllabus for individual subject areas.
The propose content and the methodology lay emphasis on a practical and environmental rather than theoretical character of the education to be provided. The curriculum package consist of Syllabus and teachers’ guides for each subject area. For some core subjects, there are pupils’ text and for some physical/ health Education there is also a teachers manual.
The Aims of Primary Education
A summary Of the Aims Of Education given in (a) the 1970 white paper (b)1974 and 1979 national development plan (c) 1974/75 Education review, is to have the primary students acquire
Literacy in one or more languages eventually to include at least one Sierra Leone language and the Official Language EnglishNumeracy, i.e. Computational Skills in Arithmetics, Understanding of certain basic mathematical principles, and ability to judge the quantitative result to certain discussion and actionsA rational outlook on national and social event through observing and understanding the environment which the students liveOccupational skills at a beginning levelPositive attitude towards themselves, Their cultural background, towards work and the process of community and national development positive traits of characters and ethical values