Curriculum for Excellence

A holistic approach

Curriculum for Excellence promotes the need to view learning and teaching across curriculum areas as inter-connected and integrated. At Holy Family Primary, we recognise that this is particularly important for young children, who develop their understanding of, for example, science, language, communication, technology and mathematics from an everyday experience, such as water or sand play, supported by knowledgeable adults.

Our challenge is to ensure that these experiences are enriching and stimulating and that adults working with children are able to understand, appreciate and assess children's achievements and learning.

Active, experiential learning

We are committed to developing learning in natural and real contexts, familiar to children and appropriate to their interets and stages of development. This reflects our understanding that young children's learning is most effectively supported through interaction with adults and other children and through play and active exploration of their environment.



  • Number, money and measure
  • Shape, position and movement
  • Information Handling

We plan experiences for children that will stimulate and promote their enjoyment of mathematics. Teachers in all classes plan active learning activities which provide opportunities for children to observe, explore, investigate, experiment, play, discuss and reflect. Children have the opportunity to develop mental agility and are encouraged to make links across the curriculum to show how mathematical concepts are applied within a wide range of contexts.


  • Listening  and talking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Throughout the school we use a skilful mix of approaches to ensure that all childern encounter a wide range of different types of texts in a variety of media.

Language and literacy is at the heart of pupils' learning. Through language pupils receive much of their knowledge and acquire many of their skills. We aim to provide structured and stimulating opportunities to use language in contexts appropriate to the needs of individuals and the world in which they live.

Imaginative, functional and personal writing are systematically taught, monitored and recorded. The development of these types of writing is enhanced by programmes of study in spelling, punctuation, structure and handwriting. Pupils are encourged to present their work attractively and examples of written work can be seen throughout the school. We use North Lanark Writing Pack and writing intervention strategies. Pupils are encouraged to read and write poetry. We celebrate Poetry Day  with a school assembly where staff and pupils recite their chosen poems.


  • Planet Earth
  • Forces, Electricity and Waves
  • Biological Systems
  • Materials
  • Topical Science

At Holy Family we encourage children to develop a curiosity and understanding of their environment and their place in the living, material and physical world. Through experimenting and carrying out practical scienfific investigations we challenge children to think critically and creatively.


  • People, past events and societies
  • People, place and environment
  • People in society, economy and business

Through a variety of topics children are given the opportunity to develop an understanding by learning about important events / people past and present.


  • Technological developments in society
  • ICT to enhance learning
  • Business
  • Computing Science
  • Foods and textiles
  • Craft, design, engineering and graphics

Learning in the technologies enables children to be informed, skilled, thoughtful, adaptable and enterprising citizens.

Click below to find out more about the the new Scottish Curriculum.

Curriculum Overview

Building the Curriculum

Assessment & Achievement

Expressive Arts

Health & Wellbeing



Religious & Moral Education


Social Studies