Curriculum for Excellence spans learning from 3-18 year olds - wherever they learn. It aims are to improve children’s life chances, to nurture successful learner, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens, building on Scotland’s reputation for excellence in education.
The curriculum develops skills for learning, life and work, bringing real life into the classroom, making learning relevant and helping children apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom. It links knowledge in one subject area to another allowing children to make connections in their learning. It develops skills which can enable children to think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions.
Curriculum for Excellence balances the importance of knowledge and skills. Every child is entitled to a broad and deep general education, whatever their ability and level. All teachers are responsible for the development of literacy, numeracy and health and well being
All children have an entitlement to personal support to help them fulfil their potential and make the most of their opportunities with additional support, wherever it’s needed. There is a lot of emphasis by all staff on looking after children’s health and wellbeing – to ensure that the school is a place where children feel safe and secure.
The curriculum is all the experiences that are planned for learners wherever they are being educated. It takes account of all the experiences that learners have through learning out with school and in any extracurricular activity. There are four different contexts for learning for all children:
The ethos and life of the school as a community
curriculum areas and subjects
opportunities for personal achievement
Planning the Curriculum
At all stages of P1 – P7 children's curricular learning experiences are planned under the areas of:
Literacy & English - reading, writing, talking and listening and modern languages Mathematics & Numeracy Social Studies Technologies Expressive Arts – Drama, Art, Dance and Music Health & Well Being – including P.E. Religious and Moral Education Science
All class teachers plan carefully a range of learning activities for all children. To ensure children make the best progress in their learning these activities are planned using the following principles:
Children and young people should understand the purpose of their learning and related activities. They should see that value of what they are learning and its relevance to their lives, present and future.