An important focus of Curriculum for Excellence is pupil participation in setting learning targets, reflecting on their achievements and taking responsibility for their own learning. It is part of 'Assessment is for Learning' (AIFL). This is why the learning experiences and outcomes in Curriculum for Excellence use phrases such as 'I can...' and 'I am able to...'
Greater ownership of personal learning leads to confidence and a sense of success through achievement.
The process of self-assessment, goal-setting and celebrating success is called Personal Learning Planning. Across learning, children will make progress by developing their learning and thinking skills. These are described in the experiences and outcomes by the use of verbs. For example, a pupil may begin by remembering information, then move on to understanding it, before applying it, analysing it, evaluating it and finally creating a new idea with it. The development of thinking skills is central to Curriculum for Excellence.
These transferable skills will equip pupils for the world of further and higher education, for work and for life.
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