What should be the aims of the curriculum?
Prompt - ‘The purpose of the every school’s curriculum will be to support our children and young people to be: • ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives • enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work • ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world • healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.’ (Welsh Government) ‘The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’ (National Curriculum in England: framework for Key Stages 1-4) Curriculum for Excellence places learners at the heart of education. At its centre are four fundamental capacities. These capacities reflect and recognise the lifelong nature of education and learning. The four capacities are aimed at helping children and young people to become: • Successful learners • Confident individuals • Responsible citizens • Effective contributors (Education Scotland)