Curriculum areas

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Learning across a broad range of contexts is organised through the curriculum areas, which offer a way of grouping experiences and outcomes under recognisable headings.

Subjects are an essential feature of the curriculum. They provide a structure for knowledge, offering a context for specialists to inspire, stretch and motivate.

In sciences, for example, learners would need to have their knowledge and understanding of energy transfers developed before they could apply this knowledge to interdisciplinary aspects, for example, exploring climate change.

Experiences and outcomes

The experiences and outcomes describe the expectations for learning. Taken together, experiences and outcomes across the curriculum areas sum up national aspirations for every young person: the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes we hope they will develop. 

Each does so both within its own disciplinary context and through connections with other areas of learning. They also provide opportunities to develop skills for life, learning and work.

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