The curriculum in Scotland
The Scottish Government's lifelong learning strategy aims to ensure that everyone develops the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need for life, learning and work. The curriculum is all the experiences that are planned for learners to support the development of these skills.
There are five curriculum levels - Early, First, Second, Third and Fourth - in the broad general education (from early years to the end of S3).
This diagram shows the five curriculum levels with progression to the senior phase (S4-S6).
Note: This is a general guide. Learners will progress at their own pace through the curriculum levels - the framework is designed to be flexible to permit careful planning for those with additional support needs, including those who have a learning difficulty and those who are particularly able or talented.
The senior phase is for young people aged 15-18 and is designed to build on the experiences and outcomes of the broad general education, and to allow young people to take qualifications and courses that suit their ability and interests.
Curriculum for Excellence
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"Every child and young person is entitled to experience a broad general education."
The S1 – S3 curriculum at Alva Academy provides this 'broad general education' structured around the 8 curriculum areas, interdisciplinary learning and opportunities for personal achievement.
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Expressive artsThe inspiration and power of the arts play a vital role in enabling our children and young people to enhance their creative talent and develop their artistic skills. Further information here
Health and wellbeingLearning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge, understanding and skills which they need now and in the future. Further information here
LanguagesKnowing other languages and understanding other cultures is a 21st century skill set for students as they prepare to live and work in a global society. Further information here
Mathematics Mathematics equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions. Further information here
Religious and moral educationReligious and moral education includes learning about Christianity, Islam and other world religions, and supports the development of beliefs and values. Further information here
SciencesScience and its practical application in healthcare and industry is central to our economic future, for our health and wellbeing as individuals and as a society. Further information here
Social studiesThrough social studies, children and young people develop their understanding of the world by learning about other people, societies, their beliefs and values. Further information here
TechnologiesThe range of subjects in technical education has changed significantly over the last two decades and now includes craft, design, engineering and graphics. Further information here
"Every young person is entitled to experience a senior phase where he or she can continue to develop the four capacities and also achieve qualifications."