Great Escapes and A Curriculum for Excellence

Great Escapes was designed to support the curriculum design principles and four key capacities of A Curriculum for Excellence. To help with your planning we have provided this short guide to areas of the curriculum you can link with using this project.

Great Escapes will support learning in a number of areas at the second stage of A Curriculum for learning. Here are some suggested links:

  • Social Studies: Historical enquiry, interpreting evidence, understanding past societies and environments, exploring your local area and preparing a guide about it, communicating with others to complete research (e.g. community members or local experts)
  • Literacy and English: Desk-based documentary research, writing text for the tours, listening to others ideas and discussing/planning the tour together
  • Expressive Arts: Creating art work for the tours, designing the tours, creating music for the tours, creating and acting in drama pieces if using films
  • Science: Learning about the geology of a local area, discovering technologies of local farming or other industries
  • Health and Wellbeing: Outdoor learning to plan and test tour and learn about local area, research visits to local sites.
  • Technologies: Learning how to use new software and applying learning; recording sound files, uploading and editing images, using technology to research and communicate that research to others.

Great Escapes will also support the development of the key capacities in learners. The table below outlines how:



Successful learners

Developing enthusiasm and motivation for learning by:


  • Using literacy and communication skills in activities presented
  • Thinking creatively and independently in activities presented
  • Making reasoned evaluations about the development of their tour and the history of travel guides and travel
  • Using technology for learning, both for researching the tours and creating the tours
  • Learning independently and as part of a group in the different activities
  • Linking nd applying different kinds of learning in new situations.

Responsible citizens

Developing commitment to participating responsibly in cultural and social activities by:


  • Developing their knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland's (and your local area's) place within it
  • Making informed choices and decisions about lessons that can be learned from the past, and the need to preserve the past for future generations

Confident individuals

Developing secure values and beliefs, self-respect and ambition by:


  • Relating to others and managing their own contribution to the project
  • Developing and communicating their own views in activities presented
  • Making informed decisions by using different kinds of evidence and whilE planning the tour
  • Achieving success within the related activities undertaken

Effective contributors



  • Effective communication skills in different forms of communication and in different settings throughout the project.
  • Ability to work in partnerships and groups within the activities presented
  • Ability to take the initiative and/or lead in activities when required
  • Ability to apply critical thinking in new contexts
  • Solve problems as they arise when developing and building a tour.

If you have any queries on how to create your project, contact:

Emma Faragher, Education and Outreach Officer:

Alice Heywood, Web Learning Officer:


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