Castleview’s School Curriculum
Our curriculum aims to offer a range of subjects for your child to learn. At Castleview we aim to help pupils develop skills for learning, life and work, including literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in and out of the classroom. As well as offering the statutory curriculum requirements your child will have the opportunity to take part in sports and outdoor activities using a range facilities available within the school.
Parents/carers will also be informed about sensitive aspects of learning e.g. relationships, sexual health, parenthood and drugs awareness as well as information about religious instruction and observance and arrangements for parents who wish to exercise their right to withdraw their child. For more information on our Curriculum please refer to the School Handbook on this site under Useful Documents.
Curriculum for Excellence
Bringing learning to life and life to learning
Curriculum for Excellence has now been introduced across Scotland for all 3-18 year olds – wherever they learn. It aims to raise standards, prepare our children for a future they do not yet know and equip them for jobs of tomorrow in a fast changing world. Curriculum for excellence will be fully implemented by 2016.
Glow, Scotland’s unique, world leading, online network supports learners and teachers and plans are already in place for parents across the country to have access to Glow. Parents should ask the school how to arrange access to Glow and a user name and password will be issued.
Teachers and practitioners will share information to plan a child’s ‘learning journey’ from 3-18, helping their progression from nursery to primary, primary to secondary and beyond, ensuring each transition is smooth. They’ll ensure children 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 child is entitled to a broad and deep general education, whatever their level and ability. Every single teacher and practitioner will be responsible for the development of literacy and numeracy from Early Level through to Senior Phase. It 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 will be new ways of assessing progress and ensuring children achieve their potential. New qualifications for literacy and numeracy have been available from 2012/13. New qualifications at National 4 and 5 have been available 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.
There is an entitlement to personal support to help young people fulfil their potential and make the most of their opportunities with additional support wherever that’s needed. There is a new 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. HMIE inspectors highlighted in their report of 2013 that they were very impressed with our 2 hours of quality physical activity for children at Castleview.
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.
Our pupils have opportunities to develop their learning, knowledge and skills in
Literacy and Language
Numeracy and Mathematics
Health and Well-Being
Religious and Moral Education