In our classrooms teachers deliver the curriculum in a way that involves pupils in a variety of
learning activities. We believe that learning should be fun.
A new curriculum framework for all Scottish educational establishments 3-18, called Curriculum for Excellence, will offer better educational outcomes for all those young people who need them.
The aims of Curriculum for Excellence are that every child and young person should:
- Know they are valued and will be supported to become a successful learner, an effective contributor, a confident individual and a responsible citizen;
- Experience a traditionally broad Scottish curriculum that develops skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work, with a sustained focus on literacy and numeracy, that encourages an active, healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyle and builds an appreciation of Scotland and its place in the world.
The experiences and outcomes under Curriculum for Excellence are written at five levels, with
progression to qualifications described under the senior phase:
- Early level - the pre school years and P1 or later for some
- First level - to the end of P4, but earlier for some
- Second level - to the end of P7, but earlier for some
- Third and Fourth - S1 to S3, but earlier for some
- Senior phase - S4-S6 and college or other means of study
The curriculum is divided into 8 key areas- Literacy and English, Numeracy and Maths, Health and Wellbeing, Science, Technologies, Expressive Arts, Religious and Moral Education and Social Studies.
In English language the school strives to achieve a correct balance of listening, talking, reading and writing. Pupils are taught to listen carefully and competently, talk confidently and fluently, read with understanding and enthusiasm and write with expression and accuracy. At Primary 1 we use a resource called Jolly Phonics. This is a method of teaching children their “sounds”. This has been a great success. The pace of learning has improved and the children have found these lessons enjoyable.
The maths course seeks out a variety of 'real life' opportunities to meet the needs of pupils. In addition the use of a published scheme provides a variety of extra resources where reinforcement or extension material is required. Activities introduced, such as interactive maths, have improved mental agility, and the use of information and communication technology enhances the course and brings enjoyment to the subject. Number, money and measurement, shape, position and movement and problem solving and enquiry all have their place in our maths programme. Problem solving and appropriate challenge also feature as part of our maths programme.
A balance of interdisciplinary contexts is arranged throughout the session. These contexts are carefully planned and prepared to ensure progression and development of skills in the eight curricular areas . Topics embrace the Storyline and Rich Tasks approach where pupils are delegated greater responsibility for their own methods of research and subsequent achievements.
Education for Work and Enterprise in Education will continue to feature throughout our school curriculum. All staff have been trained in the delivery of Enterprise in Education, taking advantage of the Continuing Professional Development opportunities available. Our enterprise opportunities have now expanded to include every class in the school. Many of the skills gained in Enterprise Education are seen to have an impact on learning and teaching. More opportunities for 'real life' learning have presented themselves with the pupils gaining many skills to take forward as preparation for the world of work. The feedback from our children has been very positive.
The expressive arts programme, incorporating the four areas, art, drama, music and physical education, has evolved to take account of national advice. The art and design and physical education programmes offer pupils a good range of skills and experiences.
Our pupils enjoy 2 hours of high quality P.E. every week.
In religious and moral education pupils are encouraged to
- Recognise religion as an important expression of human experience
- Be aware of the values, beliefs and practices of religious traditions within and beyond the
- Scottish community
- Reflect on the diversity of Christian practice
- Celebrate the major festivals
- Understand the similarities rather than the differences in other religions
- Involve parents and the wider community in our assemblies
At their discretion, parents can, of course, exercise their right to withdraw their children from
lessons in religious education. Parents wishing to exercise this right should discuss their wishes with the head teacher so that necessary arrangements can be made.
Parents from ethnic minority religious communities may request that their children be permitted to be absent from school in order to celebrate recognised religious events. Only written requests detailing the proposed arrangements will be considered. Appropriate requests will be granted on not more than three occasions in any one school session and the pupil noted as an authorised absentee in the register.