A new curriculum framework for all Scottish Educational Establishments 3 - 18, called Curriculum for Excellence, will offer better educational outcomes for all young people and will provide more choices and more chances for those young people who need them.

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:

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 builds an appreciation of Scotland and its place in the world.

The experiences and outcomes under Curriculum for Excellence are written at five levels, with progression to qualifications described under the senior phrase.

Early Level - the pre-school years and P1

First Level - to the end of P4

Second Level - to the end of P7

Third and Fourth Level - S1 to S3

Senior Phase - S4 to S6 and college or other means of study

Languages and Literacy developing high level skills in listening, talking, reading and writing which are essential for learning, work and life.

Mathematics and Numeracy developing essential numeracy skills, including arithmetical skills, which allow them to participate fully in society.

Social Studies to broaden an understanding of the world by learning about human activities and achievements in the past and present, political, social and environmental issues and the values underpinning their own society and other societies. 

Technologies to develop an understanding of technologies and their impact on society – in the past, present and future and to apply knowledge, understanding and practical skills to design and create products, processes and solutions that meet needs in play, work and daily lives.

Sciences to investigate their environment by observing, exploring, investigating and recording and to recognise the impact science makes on their lives, on the lives of others, on the environment and on culture.

Religious & Moral Education to develop a knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other world Religions and to recognise religion as an important expression of human experience and to explore moral values such as wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity.

Health and Wellbeing to develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, abilities and attitudes necessary for their physical, emotional and social well-being now and in their future lives.

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