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Curriculum

The Curriculum

The aims of Curriculum for Excellence are that every child and young person should know they are valued and will be supported to become a successful learner, an effective contributor, a confident individual and a responsible citizen.

Every child and young person should:

  • experience a traditionally broad Scottish curriculum that develops skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work, with a sustained focus on literacy and numeracy, that encourages an active, healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyle and that builds an appreciation of Scotland and its place in the world

The curriculum includes the totality of experiences which are planned for children and young people through their education. It includes the formal and informal curriculum.

The starting point for learning is a positive ethos and climate of respect and trust based upon shared values across the St Kevin's community.

St Kevin's are building the curriculum and are working towards implementation of a Curriculum for Excellence. We aim to provide a coherent, flexible and enriched curriculum for all our pupils.

The Curriculum Organisers

The curriculum areas are the organisers for setting out the experiences and outcomes. Each area contributes to the four capacities- successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

  • Literacy and English
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Technologies
  • Expressive Arts

Experiences and outcomes

The experiences and outcomes describe the expectations for learning and progression in all areas of the curriculum.

The title ‘experiences and outcomes’ recognises the importance of the quality and nature of the learning experience in developing attributes and capabilities and in achieving active engagement, motivation and depth of learning. An outcome represents what is to be achieved.

They describe learning which has a clear purpose in the acquiring of knowledge and the establishment of understanding. They also support the development of skills and attributes.

Interdisciplinary learning

St Kevin's recognises how the curriculum should include space for learning beyond subject boundaries. Cross curricular topics (sometimes using the storyline approach) are used throughout the school to cover the sciences and social studies experiences and outcomes alongside experiences and outcomes in other areas.

Important themes such as enterprise, citizenship, sustainable development, international education and creativity are developed in a range of contexts.

Opportunities for personal achievement

Pupils need opportunities for achievements both in the classroom and beyond, giving them a sense of satisfaction and building motivation, resilience and confidence.

Curriculum for Excellence will support all children and young people in developing skills which they will use throughout their life and in their work.

Curriculum design

The Health and wellbeing experiences and outcomes include a range of opportunities to develop skills for life and skills for work. These experiences and outcomes also include opportunities to develop a range of skills and attributes that will enable children and young people to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle. St Kevin's is committed to providing at least two hours of taught physical activity per week.

Personalisation and choice

The curriculum should respond to individual needs and support particular aptitudes and talents. It should give each child and young person increasing opportunities for exercising responsible personal choice as they move through their school career.

Children and young people should understand the purposes of their activities. They should see the value of what they are learning and its relevance to their lives, present and future.
 
St Kevin's teachers' depth of knowledge of their pupils' prior experiences, learning and interests helps them to take account of personalisation and choice during teaching and to provide 'customised' support and feedback. Rich opportunites for choice in St Kevin's are provided through being given choices such as Friday ACE activities, lunch time clubs, classroom acitvities and personal projects.
 
For more information aboutt the Curriculum for Excellence please click the link below.

www.educationscotland.gov.uk/Images/all_experiences_outcomes_tcm4-539562.pdf