First to Third Year – A Broad General Education



1.       During first year, pupils’ learning experiences are drawn from all eight areas of Curriculum for Excellence and pupils study a common course of:


¨      Expressive Arts

¨      Health & Wellbeing

¨      Languages and Literacy

¨      Mathematics and Numeracy

¨      Religious and Moral Education

¨      Sciences

¨      Social Studies

¨      Technologies


In addition, during First Year, our pupils enjoy the interdisciplinary learning of ‘Hooked’.


2.     Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland is for all 3-18 year olds – wherever they learn.  It aims to raise standards, prepare our young people for a future they do not yet know and equip them for jobs in a fast changing world.


Curriculum for Excellence enables professionals to teach subjects creatively, to work together across the school and with other schools, to share best practice and explore learning together.


Teachers will share information to plan a young person’s ‘learning journey’ from primary to secondary and beyond, ensuring the change is smooth.  They will ensure young people continue to work at a pace they can cope with and with challenge they can thrive on.


Curriculum for Excellence balances the importance of knowledge and skills.


Every young person will experience a broad general education from S1-S3.


Every teacher is responsible for literacy and numeracy – the language and numbers skills that are vital to everyday life.  There is also a new emphasis by all staff on looking after our young people’s health and wellbeing.


CfE is helping to develop skills for learning, life and work to help young people go on to further study, secure jobs and prepare for life after school.  It is making learning more relevant and helping young people apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom.  It will link knowledge in one subject area to another, helping young people understand the world and make connections.  It aims to develop skills so that young people can think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions.


New ways of assessing and reporting on progress are being developed.   There will be new qualifications to replace Standard Grade and Access 3, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 (National 3, 4 and 5) from 2013/14.  Highers and Advanced Highers will be updated to take account of and support the new approaches to learning and teaching.


There will be personal support to help young people fulfil their potential and make the most of their opportunities with additional support wherever that is needed.


Ultimately, Curriculum for Excellence aims to improve our young people’s life chances, to nurture successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors, and responsible citizens and this booklet outlines our S1 Curriculum for Excellence at Milne’s High School.