Broomlands Primary School
Kelso - Scottish Borders
CURRICULUM FOR EXCELLENCE (CfE)
Successful Learners | Confident Individuals | Effective Contributors | Responsible Citizens
Curriculum for Excellence is now in place 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 enables professionals to teach subjects creatively, to work together across the school and with other schools, to share best practice and explore learning together. Glow, Scotland’s unique, world-leading, online network supports learners and teachers in this and plans are already in place for parents across the country to have access to Glow in the future.
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 the change 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 literacy and numeracy – the language and numbers skills that unlock other subjects and are vital to everyday life.
Curriculum for Excellence develops skills for learning, life and work to help young people go on to further study, secure work and navigate life. It brings real life into the classroom, making learning relevant and helps young people apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom. It links knowledge in one subject area to another, helping children understand the world and make connections. It develops skills so that children can 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, new National 4 and 5 qualifications replacing Standard Grade. Our well regarded Access, Highers and Advanced Highers will be updated to take account of and support the new approaches to learning and teaching.
There is 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 an 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.
If you want to find out more about A Curriculum for Excellence there is a website with more detail and up to date information on developments. It can be found at www.gov.scot/Topics/Education/Schools/curriculum or visit Parentzone at education.gov.scot/parentzone/learning-in-scotland
Learning and teaching is planned to allow pupils to work individually, with others in groups and as a whole class. Planning also ensures there are opportunities to work independently of the teacher with minimum intervention. This is divided into stages:
Early Level - Nursery to P1 (or later for some)
First Level - P2 – P4 (but earlier or later for some)
Second Level – P5 – P7 (but earlier or later for some)
Third and Fourth Level – 1st year – 3rd year (but earlier for some)
Senior phase – 4th to 6th year or college
This curriculum is a 3-18 curriculum which allows children to have a wide range of experiences that equips them with the necessary skills for our ever changing world
We encourage parents to monitor, support and be actively involved in their child's homework. Homework helps to develop a positive work habit, gives opportunities for independent learning and is a means of reinforcing and consolidating ongoing class work.
At all stages in school, some homework will be given. The amount of work set will not be too demanding of your child's leisure time and will match their needs and abilities. Please encourage your child to maintain high standards and complete homework on time.
Information letters regarding homework will be sent out at the start of the school year.
ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING
The assessment of pupils' work and progress is taking place all the time through the method of continuous observation, marking of written work, informal classroom assessment and discussion.
In addition to this, summative assessments in English Language and Mathematics are carried out at all stages. These are moderated at school, Learning Community and Authority level.
Parents are welcomed in school at any time; however, in order to discuss their child’s progress they are given the opportunity to consult with their child’s teacher twice a year.
November - The first set of consultation evenings take place and are appointment based. The normal time allocated for a consultation is 10 minutes. Parents have an opportunity to speak to the Support for Learning Teacher.
March - The second is an open evening and it takes place at the end of March. This will be followed by the mid-session reviews towards the end of Spring term. Children are encouraged to come and will be able to show parents/carers their classroom and talk about their work too; PLP’s will also be available.
May – A final set of consultation evenings, as those in November, will take place mid May.
P7 pupils are invited to join their parents and teachers in the November and May consultations. P6 pupils are invited to join the consultation for May appointment. School uniform must be worn. However, parents are encouraged to contact the school at any time during the school session if they wish to discuss any aspect of their child(ren)'s school work or other matters.