University of Edinburgh

Curriculum for Excellence

Presented on Friday 25 February 2011

Celebrating the new Curriculum

Irene Scullion
Depute Head Oaklands School

oaklands school

Oaklands School, Edinburgh

  • 53 children and young people 3 to 18 years of age
  • Severe or profound learning difficulties
  • Disabilities include:-
    • Physical and motor impairment
    • Sensory processing difficulties
    • Autistic spectrum disorder


  • Sets out values, purposes and principles for the curriculum.
  • It aims to provide a flexible and enriched curriculum focused on the needs of children and young people.
  • It is designed to develop the four capacities - effective contributors: successful learners: confident individuals and responsible citizens.

Planning for Thistle Thursday

  • Decide curricular areas
  • Staff choices
  • Pupil choices
  • Creating staff/pupil groups
  • Activity planning sheets

art activities

Expressive Arts: Art

Footprints for a Scottish flag

footprint painting

  • Expressive arts: Music and Dance
  • Literacy and Communication: Drama
  • Health and Wellbeing: Home economics - making traditional Scottish fare
  • Health and Wellbeing : Highland Games 'welly tossing'


  • Were the activities meaningful for the pupils?
  • Were the resources appropriate?
  • Were the environments suitable for the activities and pupils taking part?
  • What will be the next steps?


Pupils, parents and staff of Oaklands School
Maureen Mathieson, Headteacher Oaklands School