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Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is bringing learning to life in the way education is delivered for all 3-18 year olds – in nursery, primary, secondary, at college, workplace or community learning. It takes a fresh approach to what, how and where young people learn. It aims to raise standards, improve knowledge and develop skills, closing the gap between the lowest and highest performers. Ultimately it aims to nurture young people as successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.


Numeracy is a fundamental life skill. Being numerate involves developing confidence and competence in using numbers that allows individuals to solve problems, interpret and analyse information, make informed decisions, function responsibly in everyday life and contribute effectively to society. It gives increased opportunities within the world of work and sets down foundations which can be built upon through life-long learning.Whilst numeracy is part of mathematics, it is also a core skill which permeates all areas of learning, allowing pupils the opportunity to access the wider curriculum.

Curriculum for Excellence: Numeracy and Mathematics Experiences and Outcomes


At Langholm Primary we believe that language and literacy is fundamental to the overall development of the child and their access to the curriculum in all its aspects. We aim to deliver quality teaching of basic and higher order speaking and listening, reading and writing skills to enable children to become confident and successful learners in literacy. This will give the children freedom to express themselves creatively and imaginatively.

Curriculum for Excellence: Literacy and English Experiences and Outcomes


Health and Wellbeing should encourage pupils to explore and clarify their beliefs, attitudes and values, develop personal and interpersonal skills and increase their knowledge and understanding of a range of health issues.

Curriculum for Excellence: Health and Wellbeing Experiences and Outcomes


The importance of learning about religion and morality has long been recognised as a central feature of Scottish education. The 1980 Education (Scotland) Act maintains the statutory obligation for all schools to provide RME as part of the curriculum for all children and young people. Within Curriculum for Excellence, RME has a significant role as one of the eight core curriculum areas. Curriculum for Excellence provides an exciting and challenging context for high quality religious and moral education (RME) which teachers of RME value.

Curriculum for Excellence: Religious and Moral Education Experiences and Outcomes


Through social studies, children and young people develop their understanding of the world by learning about other people and their values, in different times, places and circumstances, and how their environment has been shaped.

Our programme of study in Social studies is designed to encourage links with other areas of the curriculum and to provide learners with a deeper, more enjoyable and active experience

Curriculum for Excellence: Social Studies Experiences and Outcomes


Science is a dynamic subject where new discoveries and developments influence the curriculum. Scotland has a long tradition of being at the forefront of innovations. Science offers much scope for cross curricular links and suggestions for these are included in the individual contexts.Science Education promotes the development of the four capacities in our young people – Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors.

The broad aim of the science programme is to provide the children with a curriculum which promotes an interest in and enthusiasm for science and develops their knowledge understanding and skills in:

Curriculum for Excellence: Sciences Experiences and Outcomes


Scotland has a strong tradition of excellence and innovation in technological research. This is especially true in areas such as engineering, electronics, optoelectronics, biomedical research, genomics and cell engineering. Scotland’s people need to be skilled in technologies and to be aware of the impact of technologies on society and the environment, now and in the future. Learning in the technologies provides a strong foundation for the development of skills and knowledge which are, and will continue to be, essential in maintaining Scotland’s economic prosperity.

Curriculum for Excellence: Technologies Experiences and Outcomes


Curriculum for Excellence states that: ‘The study of a modern language has a unique contribution to make to the development of cultural awareness as it provides children and young people with a means of communicating directly with people from different cultures, enhancing their understanding and enjoyment of other cultures and of their own. They gain insights into other ways of thinking and other views of the world and therefore develop a much richer understanding of active citizenship’.

Curriculum for Excellence: Modern Languages Experiences and Outcomes


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.

By engaging in experiences within the expressive arts, children and young people will recognise and represent feelings and emotions, both their own and those of others. The expressive arts play a central role in shaping our sense of our personal, social and cultural identity. Learning in the expressive arts also plays an important role in supporting children and young people to recognise and value the variety and vitality of culture locally, nationally and globally.

Curriculum for Excellence: Expressive Arts Experiences and Outcomes