Curriculum at Holy Rood RC High School

Curriculum for Excellence

Bringing learning to life and life to learning

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) was introduced across Scotland for all 3 – 18 year olds – wherever they learn. It aims to raise standards, prepare our children for a future they do not yet know and equip them for the jobs of tomorrow  in a fast changing world. Curriculum for Excellence was implemented in 2016.

Teachers and practioners will share information to plan a child’s ‘learning journey’ from 3 – 18, helping their progression from nursery to primary and primary to secondary and beyond, ensuring each transition is smooth. They will ensure children continue to work at a pace they can cope with and with challenge they can thrive on.

Within CfE every child is entitled to a broad and deep general education, whatever their level and ability. Every single teacher and practitioner willl be responsible for the development of literacy and numeracy from early level through to senior phase.

CfE develops skills for learning, life and work, bringing real life into the classroom, making learning relevant and helping young people apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom. It links knowledge in one subject area to another helping make connections in learning.
It develops skills which can enable children to think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions.

Four capacities for learning from the Curriculum for Excellence.

Scotland’s Approach

Curriculum for Excellence places learners at the heart of education. At it’s centre are four fundamental capacities. These capacities reflect and recognise the lifelong nature of education and learning. The four capacities are aimed at helping children and young people to become:

  • Successful Learners
  • Confident Individuals
  • Responsible Citizens
  • Effective Contributors
Four contexts from the Curriculum for Excellence.

Curriculum is defined as the totality of all that is planned for children and young people from early learning and childcare, through school and beyond. That totality can be planned for and experienced by learners across four contexts:

  • Curriculum Areas
  • Interdisciplinary Learning
  • Ethos and life of the School
  • Opportunities for Personal Achievement


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