St. Gerard's Primary

Curriculum for Excellence

What is Curriculum for Excellence?

All children at St. Gerards’ are entitled to a curriculum that includes a range of features at the different stages.

At St. Gerard’s children will experience a Curriculum for Excellence which aims to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing an improved, more flexible and enriched curriculum for all children and young people from 3 – 18. The curriculum includes all of the experiences, which are planned for children and young people through their education, wherever they are being educated. All schools and nurseries in North Lanarkshire are working hard to raise standards so that children and young people will develop all of the skills necessary to continue to be successful when leaving school and entering the world of higher education, training or work.

Curriculum for Excellence is underpinned by the values inscribed on the mace of the Scottish Parliament – wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity. The purpose of Curriculum for Excellence is encapsulated in the four capacities – to enable each child or young person to be a successful learner, confident individual, responsible citizen and effective contributor.

LEVEL                        STAGE

Early                              the pre-school years and P1 or later for some

First                               to the end of P4 but earlier or later for some

Second                          to the end of P7, but earlier or later for some

Third and fourth         S1-S3, but earlier for some

The SENIOR PHASE is from Secondary School Year 4 and beyond

Senior Phase                S4 – S6 and college or other means of study

How will your child’s learning be assessed?

Children will be assessed using:

  • The school’s arrangements and approaches for tracking and assessing pupil’s progress and planning their future learning
  • The school’s arrangements for on-going and end of year reporting to a pupil’s parent on the pupil’s progress in curriculum areas, achievements and their future learning.

National 4 and 5 qualifications were introduced in 2013/2014. Access, Highers and Advanced Highers are being updated to reflect Curriculum for Excellence. New Highers in most subjects were introduced in almost all North Lanarkshire schools in August 2014.

In playrooms and classrooms staff will be using improved ways of assessing children’s learning taking account of national and local advice and guidance. Your child’s progress will be reported to you so that you know how well your child is doing.

Each year your nursery/school will let you know what is being done to implement Curriculum for Excellence so that you can be confident that your child is receiving a high quality education.

Each child will have:

  • Opportunities for developing skills for learning and skills for life with a continuous focus on Literacy, Numeracy, and Health and Wellbeing.
  • Personal support to enable them to gain as much as possible from the opportunities which Curriculum for Excellence can provide.

The purpose of Curriculum for Excellence is encapsulated in the four capacities to enable each child at St. Gerard’s to become:


There are eight curriculum areas within Curriculum for Excellence:

  • Language and Literacy
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Religious and Moral Education
  • Expressive Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technologies

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