Learning and teaching

Curriculum areas

Details of all eight curriculum areas, including the principles and practice for each area, guidance to get started, links to the experiences and outcomes and information about National Qualifications.

Learning across the curriculum

Learning across the curriculum allows practitioners to make links and draw on a range of themes and topics for delivering the curriculum.


Assessment involves gathering, reflecting on and evaluating evidence of learning to enable staff to check on learners' progress and support further learning.

Approaches to learning

  • Outdoor learning

    Find inspiration and support for delivering the curriculum through outdoor learning.

  • Active learning

    Active learning is learning which engages and challenges children's thinking using real-life and imaginary situations. Find out more.

  • Co-operative and collaborative learning

    A photo three secondary boys working together on an experiment with wires and plastic

    Learning is frequently most effective when learners have the opportunity to think and talk together, to discuss ideas, analyse and solve problems, without constant teacher mediation.

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Key documents

Key documents in the development of Scotland's 3-18 curriculum.

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