The Curriculum

School Curriculum

This section describes how the curriculum is planned and delivered in our school including the range of subjects and subject areas your child will be learning.  It also includes information on how pupils develop skills for learning, life and work, including literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in and out of the classroom.

 

 

Curriculum for Excellence

Bringing learning to life and life to learning

Curriculum for Excellence has now been introduced across Scotland for all 3-18 year olds – wherever they learn.  It aims to raise standards, prepare our children for a future they do not yet know and equip them for jobs of tomorrow in a fast changing world.

Curriculum for excellence will be fully implemented by 2016.

Teachers and practitioners will share information to plan a child’s ‘learning journey’ from 3-18, helping their progression from nursery to primary, primary to secondary and beyond, ensuring each transition is smooth. They’ll ensure children continue to work at a pace they can cope with and with challenge they can thrive on.

Curriculum for Excellence balances the importance of knowledge and skills.

Every child is entitled to a broad and deep general education, whatever their level and ability. Every single teacher and practitioner will be responsible for the development of literacy and numeracy from Early Level through to Senior Phase.

It develops skills for learning, life and work, bringing real life into the classroom, making learning relevant and helping young people apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom. It links knowledge in one subject area to another helping make connections in their learning. It develops skills which can enable children to think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions.

There will be new ways of assessing progress and ensuring children achieve their potential. There will be new qualifications for literacy and numeracy from 2012/13.

 

There is an entitlement to personal support to help young people fulfil their potential and make the most of their opportunities with additional support wherever that’s needed.  There will be a new emphasis by all staff on looking after our children’s health and wellbeing – to ensure that the school is a place where children feel safe and secure.

Ultimately, Curriculum for Excellence aims to improve our children’s life chances, to nurture successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors, and responsible citizens, building on Scotland’s reputation for great education.

 

The next 2 pages give information on the curriculum and 4 learning contexts at Leith Primary this year.


Learning Contexts at Leith Primary School 2012

 

  Ethos and life of the school Curriculum areas Interdisciplinary themes Opportunities for personal achievement
Nursery Attending assembly

Working with other classes

Eco work

Enterprise work

Displays

Presenting to parents

School campaigns eg park smart

Maths

Numeracy

Health and Well Being

RME and Social Subjects

Many – see Learning Map for full details Achievement Board

Group time

Class consultations

All about me books

Learning board

Sports, Concerts

Competitions

 

P1 Eco committee

Pupil Learning Council after December

Enterprise project

Baking sale

Sharing Learning at assemblies, display, achievement tree, Big writing wall

Class jobs

Eco activities

Nativity

Fair Trade Status for school

Aspects of

Numeracy and maths

Language

Phonics

Science

PE

H and W B

RME

Expressive arts

Enterprise Project – Christmas Cards

Growing body/senses

Space/Nativity

Growing things- Jack and the Beanstalk

Castles/Fairytales

Personal points chart

Home school communication

PLP targets

Good Book-postcards home

Green Certificates

School newsletter

Star targets

Committee members

Whole class learning log each fortnight

P2 Eco Commitee

Pupil Learning Council

Enterprise project

Bake sale

Sharing learning – assemblies, displays, parents shared start/finish

Class jobs/responsibilities (helping hands)

Recycling

School Campaigns eg Fair Trade Status for school

Aspects of

Nueracy and Maths

Language

Science

PE
HWB
RME

Expressive Arts

Term 1: Weather

Term 2: People Who Help Us (Emergency Services)

Term 3: Dinosaurs

Term 4: Living things and Eco theme

 

Personal points charts

PLP targets

Good Book – postcards home

Green Certificates

School Newsletter

Star targets

Committee members

NYCOS?

P3 Enterprise

Displays of work

Class assembly

Nativity

School committees

Paired reading

School newsletter

School campaigns eg Fair Trade Status for school

Aspects of

Numeracy and maths

Language

Science

PE

H and W B

RME

Music

Healthy Eating

Budongo/Rainforest

Vikings

Coast and Water

 

Good Book-postcards home

Certificates

Personal points

PLP

Achievement tree

Committees

Class Assembly

NYCOS?

P3/4 Display of work

Class Assembly

School Comittees

One Planet Picnic

School campaigns eg Fair Trade Status for school

 

Numeracy

Literacy

Social Studies

Science

Art/Drama/Music/Dance

Health & Wellbeing

Science

Technologies

Term 1: Healthy and local food

Term 2: Budongo

Term 3: Romans

Term 4: Coast

Good book

Certificates

Sticker Charts

PLP

Committees

Class Assembly

 

P4 Admin support

Class responsibilities

Pupil Council

Eco Committee

Enterprise

School Assemblies

School campaigns eg Fair Trade Status for school

Aspects of

Numeracy and maths

Language

Science

PE

H and W B

RME

Music

Green Pencil Award Writing

Edinburgh

Egypt

Eco theme based on a novel

Good Book-postcards home

Certificates

Personal points

PLP

Achievement tree

Committees

Class Assembly

P5/6 Tuck Shop

Admin support

Class responsibilities

Pupil Council

Eco Committee

Benmore (P6)

Enterprise

School Assemblies

School campaigns eg Fair Trade Status for school

Aspects of

Numeracy and maths

Language

Science

PE

H and W B

RME

Music

Art Drama

Spanish P6

Enterprise Project – Money and Fair Trade

Scottish Opera – Rainforest

Rules and Resp I belong

Go for Good Health

Wars of Independence

Sports Clubs and teams

Interscolastics

Scottish Opera

Group points

Class Awards

External projects eg Lego, Green Pencil etc

Benmore P6

JASS P6

Good Book-postcards home

P6 Tuck Shop

Admin support

Class responsibilities

Pupil Council

Eco Committee

Playground Buddies

Benmore Trip

Enterprise

School Assemblies

School campaigns eg Fair Trade Status for school

Aspects of

Numeracy and maths

Language

Science

PE

H and W B

RME

Music

Novel – Holes

Mary Queen of Scots

Diversity

Rainforest – Scottish Opera

Enterprise – food/textiles

Sports Clubs and teams

Interscolastics

Scottish Opera

Group points

Class Awards

Benmore – JASS P6

External projects eg Lego, Green Pencil etc

Good Book-postcards home

P7 Prefects

Paired Reading

Admin support

Playground Buddies

Tuck shop

Class responsibilities

Pupil Council

Eco Committee

Playground Squad

School campaigns eg Fair Trade Status for school on Links

Enterprise – Show

School Assemblies

P7 Tour guides

P7 P1 Buddies

 

Aspects of

Numeracy and maths

Language

Science

PE

H and W B

RME

Music

Social Studies

Fair Trade

WW2

Rainforest – Scottish Opera

Drama project

 

Sports Clubs and teams

Interscolastics

Scottish Opera

Group points

Class Awards

Maths Challenge

External projects eg Lego, Green Pencil etc

Good Book-postcards home

JASS

Ski trip

Individual points

P7 Show

 

 


Learning Map at Leith Primary School 2012

 

  August- October October – December January – Easter Easter – Summer
Nursery Who are we and what do we do?

  • All About Me
  • Settling in
  • Rules and routines
  • Supporting younger pupils

Celebrations and Festivals

  • Edinburgh Festival
  • New National Museum of Scotland
  • Ramadan / Eid-ul-fitr

Summer/ Autumn

  • The garden(Harvest and tidying up)
  • Weather
  • Animals and plants

In line with cfe following the children’s interests.

Bookbug Pirate bags/ Scottish Book Awards

  • Literacy focus
  • Reviews
  • Voting with technology
  • Working with older pupils

Celebrations and Festivals

  • Halloween
  • Divali
  • St Andrews Day
  • Guru Nanak’s Birthday
  • Guy Fawkes Day
  • Christmas/Autumn/ Winter/Nature
  • Clothing/Transport in winter
  • Road Safety/Fire Safety

Reactive topics

Health Project

  • Encouraging Healthy lifestyle include enterprise project
  • Numeracy/Maths Recording of what we do? What we eat?
  • Collaborate with Parents

Celebrations and Festivals

  • Robert Burn’s Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Shrove Tuesday/Mother’s Day/Easter

Winter/Spring/Animals/Plants/Planning our garden

  • Snow /ice/water
  • Managing Risk

Reactive topics

Moving on

  • Starting Primary
  • Preparation for the move
  • Transition Project to support pupils

Celebrations and Festivals

  • Father’s Day
  • Sports Day

Spring/ Summer

  • New life/new growth
  • Change in how we live – outside again
  • The Farm
  • Caring for plants

Reactive topics

P1 Growing body/senses

Phonics: Initial sounds, blends, CVC

Writing:mostly scribed

Ball skills/Healthy foods/emotional literacy

Values and issues

Designing forces

 

Space

Nativity/Christmas/Duwali

Enterprise – Cards

Phonics: Initial sounds, blends, CVC

Dance

KMS/Using programs ICT

Castles Fairytales

Phonics – consonant  digraphs, blends, CVVC

Gymnastics

Scottish Dance Burns

Chinese New Year

Modelling

Growing things – Jack and Beanstalk

Vowel digraphs, blends CCVC

Sports day/ athletics

Team Games

Foods around the world

Using the internet

P2 Weather

Phonics – revision consonant & vowel digraphs.

Writing – personal, diaries, science reports

PE: Game/Ball skills

Co-operative learning, sharing, team work.

RME: Noah’s Ark

Electricity & forces mini topic (2 weeks)

ECO: Respecting our environment

People Who Help Us (Emergency Services)

Enterprise  –  Supporting a local charity
Phonics –consonant blends, magic e

Writing: Creative Story, Letters, recount of trips/visits

PE: Gymnastics

Rights/Responsibilities

RME: Christmas/Diwali
ECO – recycling, litter

 

Dinosaurs

Phonics – reinforcement and consolidation

Writing – creative, functional (leaflets/posters)

PE: Scottish and creative Dance

RME: Chinese New Year/ Easter

Burns

 

 Living Things

Phonics: language and spelling

Writing – Instructions, poetry

PE:Athletics

RME: Religious Stories (bible and other)

ECO: Healthy lives (walking to school etc), KMS/Caring for living things

 

P3 Healthy Eating and Local Food

Fair Trade

One Planet Picnic

Harvest

Book Festival

 

Budongo/Rainforest

Enterprise – letters and gifts

Divali

Christmas

 

Vikings

Forces

Chinese New Year

 

Coast & Water

animals and habitats

pollution

Eco and Pollution

Water Safety

 

P3/4 Healthy Eating and Local Food

Food hygiene

Recipe writing

One Planet Picnic Fair Trade

Harvest festival

 

Budongo/Rainforest

Writing letters to send to Budongo school.

Enterprise – making gift to send to Budongo.

Divali/Christmas

 

Romans – how they lived

Roman gods and goddesses

Imaginative Writing

Forces

Coast & Water

animals and habitats

pollution

Water Safety

P4 Green Pencil

Birds and Beasties

Identifying living things

Invertebrates and vertebrates

Places of Worship and Symbols

Cooperation and Responsibility

Edinburgh

Human Body- skeleton and organs

Sikhism

Christmas

 

 

Ancient Civilisation

Egypt

Red Nose Day – Enterprise

Helping others Community/World Health and Hunger

 

Electricity

Easter

 

Eco Theme – Novel Study

Road Safety

Water Safety

Relationships

P5/6 People and Society – I belong…

Rights and responsibilities

Green Pencil Award

Book Festival

HWB –Learning Logs and PE

Games

Islam

Invertebrates and vertebrates

Go for Good Health

Key figures and beliefs

Enterprise – Health focus

Dance

Light and Sound

Christmas and Diwali

The Rainforest

Scottish Opera

Living on Earth

Stories of Christianity and World Religions

Games

Swimming

Wars of independance

Solids Liquids Gases

Athletics

Benmore JASS

Swimming

P6 Holes – Novel study

Then Mary Queen of Scots

Green Pencil Award

Solar System

Diversity

Living and Growing

Maths and Design challenges

 

Rainforest – Scottish Opera

Renewable and non renewable energy sources

Swimming

Enterprise – food/textile design

Benmore JASS

Keeping Myself Safe

Electricity

Swimming

P7 Fair Trade Economy and Business

Rights and Responsibilities

Bio Diversity – Tree Planting

Landscapes

French

Green Pencil Award

JASS

Book Festival Visit – Swimming

 

World War 2

Model making

Choices for life – substance misuse

Judaism

Festivals of Light

JASS

Swimming

 

Rainforest – Scottish Opera

Bio diversity

Easter

JASS

Skiing?

 

Transition – Drama

Keeping myself safe

Risk Factory

JASS

Structures of the Earth at Leith Academy

 

 

 

Active Learning

Curriculum for Excellence emphasises the value of an active learning approach. In the early years, children will have a range of learning experiences that include planned and purposeful play and stimulating learning which engages and challenges children’s thinking using real life and imaginary situations. As children progress through school they continue to be involved in active learning experiences which are engaging and give them ownership of their own learning.

 

Planning Children’s and Young People’s Learning

Teachers in nursery, primary and secondary schools share their learning intentions with pupils, parents and carers. This takes place on a day-to-day basis, by agreeing the aims of an individual piece of work.

Longer-term planning also takes place in a variety of forms.

 

Religious Instruction and Observance

Parents who wish to exercise their right to withdraw their child from religious instruction and / or observance should contact the head teacher, in writing, and alternative arrangements will be made for your child.

 

 

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