Curriculum for Excellence

e0a70f72bdae9885bfc32d7cd19a26a1We aim to provide a broad, balanced and progressive curriculum which is relevant to the needs of our pupils.

We will ensure that the principles of A Curriculum for Excellence – challenge and enjoyment; breadth; progression; depth; personalisation and choice; coherence and relevance underpin all of our curriculum developments.
The curriculum is made up of four key contexts for learning:


1 – The ethos and life of the school as a community, where:
A positive climate of respect and trust is established within the school based on the vision and shared values of the school
Children are encouraged to contribute to the life of the school to take on responsibilities.


2 – Experiences and outcomes through learning in the 8 curriculum areas:
Languages, Mathematics, Expressive Arts, Religious and Moral Education, Sciences, Social Studies, Technologies and Health and Wellbeing.


3 – Interdisciplinary learning
Projects where children can apply skills, knowledge and understanding from more than one curriculum area to promote deeper understanding and relevance in their learning.


4 – Personal achievement
Opportunities to recognise and share achieve beyond the classroom
All of the above support the development of The Four Capacities to enable children to become:


Successful learners
Effective contributors
Responsible citizens
Confident individuals


The path most children are expected to follow through the levels reflects the stages of maturation of children and young people and the changing ways in which they engage with learning as they develop. Some children and young people will start learning at these levels earlier and others later, depending upon individual needs and aptitudes. The framework is designed to be flexible in order to permit careful planning for those with additional support needs, including those who, for example, have a learning difficulty and those who are particularly able or talented.


The Curriculum for Excellence framework is divided into levels:





The pre-school years and P1, or later for some




 To the end of P4, but earlier or later for some



To the end of P7, but earlier or later for some

Pupils from P1 to P7 will be taught across the different curricular areas using a variety of different approaches. We recognise the varied learning styles of our pupils and appreciate the need to provide a balanced and motivating curriculum.

Further information on the Curriculum for Excellence and how you can support your child’s education can be found at:

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Session Dates 2021/22

Autumn term

  • Monday 16 Aug 2021 – Staff resume, in service day
  • Tuesday 17 Aug 2021 – In service day
  • Wednesday 18 Aug 2021 – Pupils resume
  • Friday 8 Oct 2021 – Last day for pupils and staff – mid term holiday
  • Monday 18 Oct 2021 – Staff resume, in service day
  • Tuesday 19 Oct 2021 – Pupils resume
  • Monday 29 Nov 2021 – St Andrews Days – schools closed
  • Tuesday 30 Nov 2021 – All resume
  • Thursday 23 Dec 2021 – Last day of term for pupils and staff

Winter term

  • Monday 10 Jan 2022 – All resume
  • Friday 11 Feb 2022 – Last day for pupils – February holiday
  • Monday 14 Feb 2022 – Last day for staff, in service day – February holiday
  • Monday 21 Feb 2022 – All resume
  • Friday 1 Apr 2022 – Last day of term for pupils and staff

Summer term

  • Monday 18 Apr 2022 – All resume
  • Monday 2 May 2022 – May day holiday, school closed
  • Tuesday 3 May 2022 – Staff resume, in service day
  • Wednesday 4 May 2022 – Pupils resume
  • Thursday 30 June 2022 – Last day of term for pupils and staff

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School Day Times

School – Monday – Thursday
08.45 – 10.25
10.25 – 10.40 – Break
10.40 – 12.20
12.20 – 13.15 – Lunch
13.15 – 15.25

08.45 – 10.25
10.25 – 10.40 – Break
10.40 – 11.50
11.50 – 12.40 – Lunch
12.40 – 12.50

Nursery – Monday – Friday
The nursery is open all year except 2 weeks at Christmas.  Sessions can be booked between 8.00am and 6.00pm .

Priorsford Primary School