Scheme of Work

List Of Primary School Subjects And Scheme Of Work In Nigeria

The information in this article is for parents and guidance who are interested in knowing the subjects taught and the scheme of work for Nigerian Nursery and Primary schools.

It is important to state that the subjects vary for each primary school in Nigeria. However, the ones I am going to mention are the basic subjects common to all the Nursery and Primary schools and approved by the government.

For clarity, the scheme of work is a guideline of content to be taught and the structure of classroom learning and activities for effective teaching.

Below are the examples of a standard curriculum for elementary schools in Nigeria.

There are 3 divisions in the nursery school, which are:

  • Crèche (age 6 weeks old)
  • Playgroup or Toddler (age 18 months)
  • Pre-school / Kindergarten (ages 3 – 5)

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The subjects for the nursery section includes:

  • Number work
  • Letter work (Phonic method)
  • Social habit
  • Health habit
  • Scientific and Reflective thinking
  • Writing/Patterns
  • Bible knowledge
  • Creative Arts
  • Rhymes/Songs
  • Computer
  • Physical exercise
  • Story telling


The list in the primary section are:

From the above subjects, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, Mathematics, and English language are very important for Primary 5 pupils.

The reason is that it is on those four subjects they will be examined (common entrance exam) before they can be offered admission into any secondary school in Nigeria.

Bolarinwa Olajire

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