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The Curriculum for Excellence (CfE)

Curriculum for Excellence is the curriculum in Scotland 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.

Dalintober Primary School aims to offer a broad and well-balanced curriculum which is relevant to society and appropriate to the needs and interests of the pupils.

Teaching and learning is organised so as to facilitate pupils’ progress within stages and at transitions, and heavy emphasis is laid on learning through active involvement. Every effort s made to afford equality of opportunity to all pupils, not just in their work but in all aspects of school life. ICT, whiteboard screens, digital cameras, laptops and various audio and visual aids are used to assist learning and teaching and to develop pupils’ technological and media skills. Every classroom has internet connection and an interactive whiteboard.

We address the four contexts of Curriculum for Excellence – ethos and life of the school, curriculum areas and subjects, interdisciplinary learning and personal achievement – in a variety of ways as detailed below and in our previous section on ‘School Ethos’. 



The 4 Capacities

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

• Successful Learners

• Confident Individuals

• Responsible Citizens

• Effective Contributors

Curricular Areas

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 Opportunties

Throughout all curricular areas and wider achievement opportunities, your child will learn in a variety of different contexts and groups including ability, co-operative and social.