The information in this article is for parents and guidance who are interested in knowing the subjects taught and scheme of work for Nigerian Nursery and Primary schools.
It is important to state that the subjects vary for each primary schools 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 government.
For clarity, scheme of work is a guideline of content to be taught and the structure of classroom learning and activities for effective teaching.
Scheme of work for nursery school in Nigeria
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)
The subjects for the nursery section includes:
- Number work
- Letter work (Phonic method)
- Social habit
- Health habit
- Scientific and Reflective thinking
- Bible knowledge
- Creative Arts
- Physical exercise
- Story telling
Nigerian subjects for primary schools
The list in the primary section are:
- English Language – English Primary 1 – English Primary 2 – English Primary 3
- Verbal Reasoning
- Mathematics – Math Primary 1 – Math Primary 2 – Math Primary 3
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Elementary Science – Basic science primary 1 – Basic Science Primary 2
- Social Studies
- Vocational Aptitude
- Health Education
- Bible Knowledge
- Creative Arts
- Agric Science
- Home Economics
- Moral Instruction
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.