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Curriculum for Excellence has been introduced to raise standards of learning and teaching for all 3 to 18 year olds. It aims to help prepare children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need in a fast changing world.  As part of Curriculum for Excellence all children from pre-school to the end of S3 will receive a rounded education known as a Broad General Education (BGE). Curriculum for Excellence is all about bringing real life into the classroom and taking lessons beyond it with children fully involved in target setting and planning next steps in learning.

Through the experiences we provide at Cleeves Primary School we want our children to become Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors.  We are committed to providing children with a broad general education and focus on eight curriculum areas.


Expressive Arts – Art, Dance, Drama & Music

Health & Wellbeing

(Including P.E.)

Literacy & English



Numeracy & Mathematics

Religious & Moral



Social Studies



Learning across the curriculum is the responsibility of all and includes:

Health and Wellbeing / Literacy / Numeracy and Mathematics

1+2 Languages: French is taught in P5, P6 & P7. Gaelic words and phrases continue to be developed across the school.

Progress in learning is indicated through curriculum levels as detailed below.





The pre-school years and P1 or later


To the end of P4, but earlier or later for some


To the end of P7, but earlier or later for some

Third & Fourth

S1-S3, but earlier for some


Literacy and English: Literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning as it unlocks access to the wider curriculum. Our teachers make every effort to promote language and literacy development, including finding opportunities in every area of the curriculum to encourage young people to explain their thinking, talk about their ideas and read and write at a level which will help them develop their language skills further.


Numeracy & Mathematics: Mathematics equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions. The ability to work with numbers is an equally important life skill.


Health and Wellbeing: Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge, understanding and skills which they need now and in the future to help them with their physical, emotional and social wellbeing. This includes PE.

Our Sexual Health and Relationships programme is delivered between Christmas and Easter by specially trained class teachers and an information session is held each January by the school’s Health Coordinator, Miss Knox.


Sciences: Science 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 


Expressive Arts (Music / Art / Dance & Drama): The 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. All aspects of learning in expressive arts include opportunities to present and perform. On several occasions throughout the year, children will present their learning to their parents, carers and peers.


Technologies: The range of subjects in technical education has changed significantly over the last two decades and now includes craft, design, engineering and graphics.

We continue to develop the study of the STEM (Sciences, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) together, enhancing opportunities for developing these skills, linked to future careers. Each term, classes will undertake at least one interdisciplinary project where the context is decided in conjunction with the young people, this could have STEM / Social Studies as its main focus, but also include elements of, e.g. Expressive Arts / Literacy / Maths.


Social Studies: Through social studies, children develop their understanding of the world by learning about people and societies past and present, including  their beliefs and values.


Religious and Moral Education: Religious and moral education includes learning about Christianity, Islam and other world religions, and supports the development of beliefs and values. 


There are opportunities throughout the year for parents and carers to learn more about the curriculum, to engage with their child’s learning, e.g. on educational outings and to be consulted about significant changes as appropriate.