Curriculum for Excellence: ‘Choosing’ at S1 and S2
In order to promote personalisation and choice in their learning, pupils in S1 and S2 have the opportunity to make specific ‘Choosing’ options as they reach the end of both sessions. This enables them to make decisions about the study of courses in specific Curricular Areas which, it is hoped, increases their motivation and commitment to their learning.
While such ‘choosing’ options extend pupils’ responsibility for their learning, our model of ‘choosing’ ensures that all pupils continue to study within each of the 8 Curricular Areas within Curriculum for Excellence until the end of S3. This is in line with the national guidelines for Curriculum for Excellence.
‘Choosing’ Options at S1:
Within the Curricular Area of Expressive Arts, pupils can choose to follow 2 subjects from Art & Design; Drama; and Music for 2 periods each per week.
Within the Curricular Area of Science, pupils have 1 period per week of Core Science and can choose to follow 2 subjects from Biology; Chemistry; and Physics for 1 period per week.
‘Choosing’ Options at S2:
Within the Curricular Area of Social Studies, pupils can choose 2 subjects from Classical Studies, Geography, History and Modern Studies for 2 periods each per week.
Within the Curricular Area of Technology – pupils choose to continue with 2 subjects from 5 (2 from Administration & IT, Business, Computing Science, Health & Food Technology and Technical for 2 periods each).
Foreign Language – pupils study French for 2 periods. During the 3rd period, pupils gain experience of an additional Foreign Language from a choice of German and Latin.