Our School Curriculum

The values, purposes and principles of the Curriculum for Excellence, provide a holistic, child-centred approach allowing staff to bring life to learning and learning to life. The curriculum is based on a pupil centred active model of learning within an ILP (Individual Learning Plan) drawn up for each child. Alongside core skills and developmental priorities, to which pupils (where appropriate), and parents are consulted, the focus of the curriculum is the theme/topic. Staff recognise however, that many group sessions are invaluable to pupils’ learning where independence, self- esteem and confidence develop both in and beyond the classroom environment.

A broad, balanced, fun curriculum is offered promoting skills for learning, life and work. Everyone who works with the pupils shares a responsibility to develop skills in Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Wellbeing and offer the appropriate support for each individual. This ensures pupils learn in a way that works for them, at a pace they can cope with to reach success but also to ensure they are challenged in their learning and develop new skills.


  • Willowbank School will plan and deliver an appropriately differentiated curriculum based on a Curriculum for Excellence including the Elaborated Curriculum or National Qualifications and ASDAN for each pupil.
  • All pupils will have opportunities to achieve and all achievements will be celebrated.
  • The curriculum will be broad based, age appropriate and will ensure progression.
  • Parental involvement will be encouraged to contribute to the setting of priorities and the assessment of the effectiveness of the curriculum for their own child
  • The curriculum is based around the needs of the whole young person – education, care and medical needs.


Children and young people in Willowbank School are most likely to learn when:

  • Teaching and Learning takes place in a safe, stimulating environment.
  • Learn through structure and routines such as morning group, snack/lunch times.
  • Engage in fun, relevant themes providing opportunities to work with others
  • Pupils are presented with achievable tasks relevant to their needs.
  • High quality resources are used and there is appropriate adult involvement.
  • Involvement is in individual, group and whole school activities.
  • Emphasis is on practical experience through enterprising teaching.
  • ICT is embedded into the curriculum.
  • Teaching and learning is backed by Homework. This will be given to pupils where families wish and appropriate to individual needs. Parents will be given support to share in their child’s learning at home and help our learners transfer skills learned in school to home.

It is essential that parents are fully involved in their child’s teaching/learning process, and that skills being developed in school are, where appropriate, carried over into the home. Parents are actively involved in the determination of their child’s annual targets and receive end of term and annual written reports on pupil attainment.

Curriculum Areas and Contexts for Learning

There are 8 Curriculum Areas:

  • Literacy and English
  • Numeracy and Mathematics
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Technologies
  • Sciences
  • Expressive Arts
  • Social Studies and
  • Religious and Moral Education.

Literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing are recognised as being particularly important – these areas are seen as being the ‘responsibility of all’.

The curriculum is delivered through 4 contexts:

  • Curriculum areas and subjects
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Ethos and life of the school and
  • Opportunities for personal

For further information on the secondary curriculum, click here.
For secondary option choices, click here.

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