Curriculum for Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence challenges schools to re-think what learning is all about.

Progressively all schools are realising that they need to deliver holistic learning which encourages children and young people to develop spiritually and emotionally, not just intellectually and physically.

There are many opportunities for Churches to work in partnership with local schools to fulfill the capacities of Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence. Schools often appreciate additional support with aspects of delivering this curriculum especially meaningful assemblies and religious observance.

Schools give children and young people the information, experiences and critical tools to make decisions and choices for themselves. As churches and chaplains get involved in a local school they have the opportunity to help children and young people to: understand Christian beliefs; see authentic faith in practical action; and develop critical tools so they can make their own informed decisions.

Relevant religious themes within the Curriculum for Excellence

What's so good about Curriculum for Excellence? - a Christian Head Teacher's point of view

A Christian Vision for Education - Scottish Churches Education Group

Resources for Religious and Moral Education in the Curriculum for Excellence

Ten Must Know Bible Stories

Ten Bible Stories is a Scottish project which aims to encourage and inspire teachers and chaplains to explore Bible stories, and use them to embed RME across the curriculum.

The website has downloadable session outlines (with learning intentions) that can be mixed and matched to suit your children and setting. Complete resources needed for the sessions are included and also an array of photos demonstrating the sessions in action.

The Ten Must Know Bible Stories Project is supported by Aberdeen City Council and funded by the Church of Scotland's Go For It Fund.

Bible Alive

Children at a school assembly

Bible Alive is an exciting programme which teaches children in Primary 5 to Primary 7 the whole story of the Bible in a series of interactive lessons as part of the RME curriculum.

It uses storytelling, music, drama, props, costumes, video clips and activities to bring the Bible to life.

The sessions are held together with Rhyme and Sign - a set of ten rhyming couplets which recap the story of the Bible accompanied by British Sign Language signs.