Learning in Creative Arts

Through the expressive arts, pupils can have rich opportunities to be creative and imaginative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. They can come to understand the important roles of the arts in describing and changing society. The arts have a growing significance in the life and prosperity of Scotland. Through their experience of the expressive arts, pupils can appreciate the contributions of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities.

Learning through the expressive arts will enable pupils to:

  • express themselves in different ways and be creative
  • experience enjoyment (and contribute to other people’s enjoyment) through

creative and expressive performance and presentation

  • develop important skills specific to expressive arts and also transferable skills
  • develop an appreciation of aesthetic and cultural values, identities and ideas
  • and, for some, prepare for advanced learning and future careers by building

foundations for excellence in the expressive arts.

As pupils progress through their Broad general education and into the Senior Phase, they will follow curricular pathways to meet their needs and aspirations which will recognise and accredit their attainment and achievements.

Advanced Higher


National 5

National 4

National 3


There will be a continued emphasis on participation in well-planned experiences in all 4 contexts of learning – within the Curriculum areas; Interdisciplinary learning; Ethos and life of the school; opportunities for personal achievement.

The main lines of development for all courses within Expressive Arts will be:

o   creating

o   presenting

o   evaluating

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