Curriculum for Excellence
Curriculum for Excellence aims to transform education in Scotland by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum to complement academic subject areas for children and young people aged 3 to 18 years. It provides children with the knowledge, skills & attributes they need to thrive in a modern society and economy, laying the foundations for the development of skills through each person’s life.
The 4 capacities
The purpose of the strategy is outlined in 4 capacities – to enable each child or young person to be a successful learner, a confident individual, a responsible citizen and an effective contributor.
. There are 9 areas of the curriculum and we aim to provide pupils with a learning experience which offers personalisation, choice, challenge, depth and progression throughout their seven years at primary school. The CfE covers three levels in the primary school. The levels correspond to approximately as follows:
Early Level – Nursery and P1
First Level – Primary 2, Primary 3, Primary 4
Second Level – Primary 5, Primar6, Primary7
The 9 curricular areas
Literacy and English – Developing the core skills in reading, writing and talking and listening
Numeracy and Mathematics – Developing skills in number, money, measurement; information handling; shape, position and movement; and problem solvingand enquiry
Expressive Arts – Art, Music, Drama and Dance
Health and Wellbeing– Social, emotional and physical wellbeing; physical education, physical activity and sport; planning for choices and changes; substance misuse; and relationships, sexual health and parenthood.
Modern Languages – French
Religious and Moral Education – World religions; personal values and beliefs; forms of worship; key features, key people and artefacts
Sciences – Planet Earth; forces; electricity and waves; biological systems; materials; and tropical science
Social Studies – People, past events and societies; people, place and the environment; people in society, economy and business
Technologies – Technology and ICT
Cross- curricular and themed events
The CfE encourages the development of skills using a cross curricular/ interdisciplinary learning approach as well as focussing on the core subjects of Literacy and English, Numeracy and Mathematics and Health and Wellbeing. The following websites provide more information:
Throughout the year pupils are involved in discussions to share ideas on what they would like to learn related to interdisciplinary learning topics which will influence how teachers plan the lessons.
Throughout the year we plan themed events for the whole school. These are related to Health and Wellbeing, the World of Work, Eco-schools, our annual book fair and Tartan celebrations. During these themed events, the children’s focus for learning brings in lots of curricular areas related to the theme and gives the school the opportunity to share the pupils’ learning with parents and the wider school community.
We also have specific “Find out More” days where parents can come into the classrooms to see their children at work, look at the classroom resources, observe a lesson and see evidence of their child’s work.