Curriculum for Excellence aims to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum from 3 to 18.  
The curriculum includes all of the experiences which are planned for Pentland's pupils through their education.  These experiences are grouped into four categories.
  • Curriculum areas and subjects The curriculum areas are the organisers for setting out the 'experiences and outcomes'. Each area contributes to the four capacities (see below).
  • Interdisciplinary learning  The curriculum includes space for learning beyond subject boundaries.
  • Ethos and life of the school  The starting point for learning is a positive ethos and climate of respect and trust based upon shared values across the Pentland's school community.
  • Opportunities for personal achievement  Pupils need opportunities for achievements both in the classroom and beyond, giving them a sense of satisfaction and building motivation, resilience and confidence. Added to this, because children learn through all of their experiences (in the family and community, nursery and school) the curriculum aims to recognise and complement the contributions that these experiences can make.
The curriculum aims to ensure that the pupils of Pentland's develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they will need if they are to flourish in life, learning and work, now and in the future.  Its purpose is encapsulated in the four capacities - to enable each child to be a successful learner, a confident individual, a responsible citizen and an effective contributor.  The attributes and capabilities of the four capacities are outlined below:
successful learners
confident individuals
effective contributors
responsible citizens
  • enthusiasm and motivation for learning
  • determination to reach high standards of achievement
  • openness to new thinking and ideas
and able to
  • use literacy, communication and numeracy skills
  • use technology for learning
  • think creatively and independently
  • learn independently and as part of a group
  • make reasoned evaluations
  • link and apply different kinds of learning in new situations
  • self respect
  • a sense of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
  • secure values and beliefs
and able to
  • relate to others and manage themselves
  • pursue a healthy and active lifestyle
  • develop and communicate their own beliefs and view of the world
  • live as independently as they can
  • assess risk and take informed decisions
  • achieve success in different areas of activity
  • be self aware

  • respect for others
  • commitment to participate responsibly in political, economic, social and cultural life

and able to
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland's place in it
  • understand different beliefs and cultures
  • make informed choices and decisions
  • evaluate environmental, scientific and technological issuesdevelop informed, ethical views of complex issues

  • an enterprising attitude
  • resilience
  • self-reliance
and able to
  • communicate in different ways and different settings
  • work in partnership and in terms (again, are you sure this isn't teams?)
  • take the initiative and lead
  • apply critical thinking in new concepts
  • create and develop
  • solve problems
Curriculum for Excellence - The Four Capacities
Curricular Areas & Subjects
CfE Resources

to enable all young people to become
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