Learning at Prestonfield

Curriculum for Excellence


Every child is entitled to a broad general education, whatever their level and ability. Every teacher and practitioner is responsible for the development of literacy, numeracy and health and well being from 3-18.

Curriculum for Excellence develops skills for learning, life and work, bringing real life into the classroom, making learning relevant and helping young people apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom. It links knowledge in one subject area to another helping make connections in their learning. It develops skills which can enable children to think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions.

There is an entitlement to personal support to help young people fulfill their potential and make the most of their opportunities with additional support wherever that’s needed. There is an emphasis by all staff on looking after our children’s health and wellbeing – to ensure that the school is a place where children feel safe and secure.

Ultimately, Curriculum for Excellence aims to improve our children’s life chances, to nurture successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors, and responsible citizens, building on Scotland’s reputation for great education.

  • Curriculum areas-there are eight of these: expressive arts, health and well being, languages, mathematics, religious and moral education, sciences, social studies and technologies.
  • Interdisciplinary learning gives space for learning beyond curriculum area boundaries enabling children to consolidate, extend, deepen, explore, test out and challenge their knowledge and understanding from different curriculum areas, thus developing higher order thinking skills.
  • Ethos and life of the school-the starting point for learning is a positive ethos and climate of trust and respect based upon shared values across the school community.
  • Opportunities for personal and wider achievement-children need opportunities for achievement both in school and beyond, giving them a sense of satisfaction and building motivation, resilience and confidence.

The curricular framework in which your child learns is arranged in the following way:

Level Stage
Early The pre-school years and P1 or later for some
First To the end of P4 but earlier or later for some
Second To the end of P7 but earlier or later for some
Third and Fourth S1 to S3 but earlier for some
Senior Phase S4 to S6 in school/college/other types of study until the age of 18