Curriculum for Excellence

A prac
tical guide on using Braemar Castle as a Learning resource.  Aimed at  supporting teachers delivering the Curriculum for Excellence and at those who work with and help people to broaden their horizons.

Scottish Schools are currently going through arguably the most challenging and exciting of curricular developments of recent years as they move to implement the aspirations of the Curriculum for Excellence. As a result of the National Debate on Scottish Education, schools have be en challenged to ensure that pupils aged from 3 to 18 undergo a range of experiences which develops in them four main capacities namely

those of Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors. Although the curriculum will still be delivered through the medi um of traditional subjects teachers will explore and develop opportunities for inter-departmental collaboration and cross curricular working which will help pupils to recognise the connections that can be made between subjects and be able to transfer skills learned in one area of the curriculum and apply them in other areas.

By providing an extensive range of natural, physical, historical and cultural resources Braemar Castle offers teachers a rich resource to inspire and support the development of a wide range of both classroom-based and field-based research activities which will support the development of the four capacities eg

As Successful Learners pupils will develop the skills to research and analyse historical and current data, present and interpret the information in a variety of ways and substantiate and justify any conclusions inferred

As Confident Individuals pupils will be able to present their findings in a variety of ways and argue in support of their conclusions
As Responsible Citizens pupils will develop an enhanced knowledge and appreciation of their cultural heritage

As Effective Contributors pupils will be able to draw on their knowledge and experience to enter into debate and present points of view in a reasonable way based on sound information.

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