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Curriculum for Excellence is the most significant change in Scottish education for generations and Clydebank High School is now implementing new curricular guidelines for our current S1, whilst embracing innovative approaches to learning and teaching.
The new 3-18 curriculum aims to ensure that all young people in Scotland develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need to flourish in life, learning and work.
The knowledge, skills and attributes learners will develop will allow them to demonstrate four key capacities – to be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
Every child is entitled to a broad and deep general education, whatever their level and ability. Every single teacher and practitioner will be responsible for literacy and numeracy – the language and numbers skills that unlock other subjects and are vital to everyday life.
It develops skills for learning, life and work to help young people go on to further study, secure work and navigate life. It brings real life into the classroom, making learning relevant and helps young people apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom. It links knowledge in one subject area to another helping children understand the world and make connections. It develops skills so that children can think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions.
There will be new ways of assessing progress and ensuring children achieve their potential. There will be new qualifications for literacy and numeracy and from 2012/13, new National 4 and 5 qualifications from 2013/14. Our well regarded Access, Highers and Advanced Highers will be updated to take account of and support the new approaches to learning and teaching.
S1 course programmes will reflect the outcomes and experiences found in the Curriculum for Excellence frameworks and include a range of interdisciplinary learning experiences. This process will continue until S1 to S3 becomes the final phase of the broad general education which all children are entitled to between the ages of 3-15.
All pupils in First Year follow the same curriculum.
In S1 learners cover all subject areas (expressive arts, health and wellbeing, languages, mathematics, religious and moral education, sciences, social studies and technologies).
There will be opportunities for interdisciplinary learning (ie. learning across the curriculum) from S1 to S6.
Senior Phase (S4-S6)
When learners begin S4 there are a number of routes open to them during the Senior Phase. There are up to 10 subject choices for learners to study at Access 1, 2 or 3 or National 4 courses.
Alternatively learners could choose 5 options at a higher level and study for 2 years towards qualifications. It will also be possible to undertake some 1 year courses. These will be mainly available for S6, but talented learners in S4 and S5 will also be able to access them. The majority of learners will follow a combination of these routes.
For more informaiton visit Learning Teaching Scotland.