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Curriculum for Excellence 3-18


Curriculum for Excellence was 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, as detailed below:


Expressive Arts (Art, Dance, Drama & Music)

Health & Wellbeing (Including PE)

Literacy & English



Numeracy & Mathematics

Religious & Moral



Social Studies




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 and the Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood programme (please see for more information on this programme).


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 (Art, Dance, Drama & Music): 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: Learning in technologies will allow your child to develop skills, knowledge, understanding and attributes through creative, practical and work-related activities across a range of areas. They will be able to use these skills in business, computing science, digital literacy, food, textiles, craft, design, engineering, and graphics.

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.