Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is the Scottish National Curriculum which applies to all children and young people aged 3-18, wherever they are learning.  It aims to raise achievement for all, enabling children and young people to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to succeed in learning, life and work.


The Four Capacities - the curriculum aims for all children to become:


  • Successful Learners

  • Confident Individuals

  • Responsible Citizens

  • Effective Contributors


The Eight Curriculum areas are:


  • Expressive Arts – including art and design, dance, drama and music

  • Health and Wellbeing – mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing; PE; food and health; substance misuse; and relationships, sexual health and parenthood

  • Languages – listening and talking, reading and writing in English and modern languages, plus classical languages and literacy, and Gaidhlig/Gaelic learners (where available)

  • Mathematics – including analysing information, solving problems and assessing risk

  • Religious and Moral Education (denominational and non-denominational) – learning about Christianity, other world religions, and developing values and beliefs

  • Sciences – understanding important scientific concepts across planet Earth, forces, electricity and waves, biological systems, materials and topical science

  • Social Studies – understanding people, place and society in the past and present including history, geography, modern studies and business education

  • Technologies – including computing science, food, textiles, craft, design, engineering, graphics and applied technologies


Additional important themes across the curriculum are creativity, enterprise and global citizenship, which include sustainable development, international education and citizenship.



Learning Opportunities


The school, supported by partner agencies, brings the experiences and outcomes of the Curriculum for Excellence together through planned programmes for learning across a broad curriculum.  Through the interdisciplinary learning approach children make links between different areas of the curriculum developing, reinforcing and deepening their understanding.  Children work at a pace they can cope with and with challenge they can thrive on. Children experience a mix of groupings in their learning including ability, co-operative and social.


Homework also supports learning in class and gives parents/carers an opportunity to find out more about and assist with their child’s learning.   Reading forms a major part of homework especially at Primary 1 and 2.   Reinforcement of key literacy and numeracy skills, activities related to interdisciplinary learning and personal research are elements of homework for P3 to P7.


Children have opportunities across the four contexts of learning to work towards the four capacities, in the following ways.


To enable children to become Successful Learners with

  • enthusiasm and motivation for learning

  • determination to reach high standards of achievement

  • openness to new thinking and ideas


and be able to

  • use literacy, communication and numeracy skills                                

  • use technology for learning

  • think creatively and independently

  • learn independently and as part of a group

  • make reasoned evaluations

  • link and apply different kinds of learning in new situations


the school currently encourages children by

  • providing regular opportunities for active learning

  • allowing children to work at times with a partner or in a group

  • using an interdisciplinary approach                                      

  • sharing success criteria

  • recognising good work, celebrating success

  • developing the use of technology across the curriculum

  • using target setting and personal learning plans.        


To enable children to become Confident Individuals with

  • self-respect

  • a sense of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing

  • secure values and beliefs


and be able to                                                                

  • relate to others and manage themselves

  • pursue a healthy and active lifestyle

  • be self-aware

  • develop and communicate their own beliefs and view of the world

  • live as independently as they can

  • assess risk and take informed decisions

  • achieve success in different areas of activity


the school currently encourages children by enabling them to take part in    

  • daily P.E./P.A

  • after school and out of school activities

  • Health Promoting School activities

  • self-registration and experiencing things for themselves        

  • Enterprise activities

  • Music Festivals, Concerts and Assemblies. 


To enable children to become Responsible Citizens with

  • respect for others

  • commitment to participate responsibly in political, economic, social and cultural life


and be able to

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland’s place in it

  • understand different beliefs and cultures

  • make informed choices and decisions

  • evaluate environmental, scientific and technological issues

  • develop informed, ethical views of complex issues


the school currently encourages children by providing opportunities for them to:

  • lead positive play in playground

  • take part in recycling activities

  • include pupils with additional support needs                  

  • be class monitors on wet days

  • study Scottish Literature and Scottish history.



To enable children to become Effective Contributors with

  • an enterprising attitude

  • resilience

  • self-reliance


and be able to

  • communicate in different ways and in different settings

  • work in partnership and in teams

  • take the initiative and lead

  • apply critical thinking in new contexts

  • create and develop

  • solve problems


the school currently encourages children by providing opportunities for them to:

  • take part in active/co-operative learning          

  • participate in enterprise projects

  • encourage discussion with partners/groups

  • participate in problem-solving.     



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