What is Curriculum for Excellence?
Curriculum for Excellence 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, a confident individual, a responsible citizen and an effective contributor.
What are the curriculum areas in Curriculum for Excellence?
There are eight curriculum areas:-
Expressive Arts Religious and Moral Education
Health and Well Being Sciences
Languages (literacy) Social Studies
Mathematics (numeracy) Technologies
Importantly, literacy and numeracy are given added importance because these skills are so vital in everyday life. All teachers will have responsibility to teach literacy and numeracy.
The opportunities for pupils to develop skills for learning, life and work, including literacy, numeracy and health and well-being in and out of the classroom.
The arrangements for how pupils will be given choices in what they learn, how they will be involved in planning what they learn; and how parents will be consulted.
Learning is divided into two phases.
The Broad Education (BGE) is from nursery to the end of Secondary School Year 3. Learning is divided into levels.
The levels are as follows:-
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
Senior Phase S4 – S6 and college or other means of study
How will my child’s learning be assessed?
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 continue to implement Curriculum for Excellence so that you can be confident that your child is receiving a high quality education.
We are making excellent progress within the 8 curricular areas of Curriculum for Excellence. Our pupils and staff have embraced all aspects of appropriate experiences and outcomes and are motivated by a range of contextualised learning. This Interdisciplinary learning aims to link learning and provide real life contexts for learning. HMIe stated on their visit: “Children are highly motivated and enjoy learning. They make the most of the wide range of high quality learning experiences both in and out of school.”
In Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral Primary School, we actively embrace the principles within Curriculum for Excellence. In planning stimulating and motivating activities for our pupils, we actively seek out links within and across a variety of curricular areas, particularly Literacy and Numeracy, providing meaningful contexts for learning.