Curraicealam airson Sàr-mhathais
Curriculum For Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence is all about bringing real life into the classroom and taking lessons beyond it. It aims to help prepare children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need in a fast changing world. Our curriculum provides space for learning beyond subject boundaries, so that children can make connections between different areas of learning. Interdisciplinary learning can provide relevant, challenging and enjoyable learning experiences and stimulating contexts to meet the varied needs our children. We also take advantage of opportunities to work with partners who are able to offer and support enriched learning experiences and opportunities for young people’s wider involvement in society.

Through the learning experiences we provide at Bunsgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu we want our children to become Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors. We are committed to providing children with a broad general education and focus on the following eight curriculum areas:

  • Expressive Arts
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Religious & Moral
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Technologies

Progress in learning is indicated through curriculum levels as detailed below:

The pre-school years and P1 or later
The pre-school years and P1 or later
To the end of P7, but earlier or later for some
Third & Fourth
S1-S3, but earlier for some

Expressive arts

The inspiration and power of the arts play a vital role in enabling our children and young people to enhance their creative talent and develop their artistic skills. The areas covered include art+design, drama and music exposing our children to opportunities to increase and develop their skills and abilities.

Health and Wellbeing

Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge, understanding and skills which they need now and in the future to help them with their physical, emotional and social wellbeing.

Glasgow City Council’s programme in Sexual Health and Relationships education is delivered to all stages by specially trained school staff. The content is appropriate to the child’s age and stage of school. Every year the materials are made available for review and parents are welcome to make an appointment with the Head Teacher should they wish to discuss this area of the curriculum.


Science and its practical application in healthcare and industry is central to our economic future, for our health and wellbeing as individuals and as a society. Active learning experiences for our pupils help them to develop independent and critical thinking skills. A mixture of approaches to the teaching of science, led by pupil interest ensures a wide range of opportunities within STEM.

Social Studies

Through social studies, children and young people develop their understanding of the world by learning about other people and places both past and present, societies, their beliefs and values.

Religious and moral education

Religious and moral education includes learning about Christianity, Islam and other world religions, and supports the development of beliefs and values.


In order to build confidence and language competency, our pupils participate in a Gaelic Language Immersion programme for the first two and half years. This means that the pupils will be totally immersed in Gaelic for P1, P2 and the beginning of P3. This gives the pupils from non-Gaelic speaking homes a basic competence in the language and reinforces the skills of Gaelic speaking children.

English language is introduced as a subject taught through Gaelic, at P3 where we build on the language experiences of the pupils setting targets for progression in the four areas of development i.e. talking, listening, reading and writing.

The amount of time allocated to Gaelic and English literacy varies as pupils progress through the Primary school but Gaelic is the main language of the classroom and the school.

Talking and Listening

The whole ethos of our school is centred on the Gaelic language and we expect every child or adult within the school and the playground to communicate using Gaelic. The main language acquisition takes place during the immersion phase at the early stages of the primary. The competencies of the pupils are assessed and staff either build on existing language skills or begin the introduction and development. As Gaelic is the main language of the classroom the children have many opportunities to contribute orally within their own classes and also during stage and whole school assemblies. We use media, social media and ICT programmes to enhance this area of the curriculum and specific listening skill exercises to assess comprehension and retention of content and vocabulary.

Modern Language

The French language is introduced at P5 with weekly lessons for P5 – P7 pupils. P5 have 45 minutes, P6 have 50 minutes and P7 have 1 hour per week. A variety of techniques, games and pedagogy are used to develop the language orally and increase pupil confidence and fluency.

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