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CURRICULUM FOR EXCELLENCE
                                                                                       
 
Bringing learning to life and life to learning
 
Curriculum for Excellence is now being 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 enables professionals to teach subjects creatively, to work together across the school and with other schools, to share best practice and explore learning together.
 
Teachers and practitioners will share information to plan a child’s “learning journey” from 3-18, helping their progression form nursery to primary, primary to secondary and beyond, ensuring the challenge 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.
 
It 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 and from 2013/14
new National 4 and 5 qualifications will be in place. 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’s 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.
 
 
 
OUR CURRICULUM
                                                                                                                                   
 
Within classes, children are helped to develop socially and educationally by working in groups. Our pupils may work in ability, mixed ability, friendship and collaborative groups. The groups change according to the area of study being undertaken and teachers use a variety of strategies, i.e. group and individual teaching methods in their work programmes.
 
 
LITERACY AND ENGLISH
                                                                                                                                   
 
READING
 
Literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning, as it unlocks access to the wider curriculum. Being literate increases opportunities for the individual in all aspects of life, lays the foundation for life long learning and work, and contributes strongly to the development of all four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence.
 
We use the Oxford Reading Tree and Literacy World Reading Programmes and a wide variety of fiction and non fiction in the teaching of reading. The teaching of phonics is a very important part of children learning to read throughout the Early Stages, this then leads to a structured spelling programme.
 
Teachers read stories and novels on a regular basis which promote listening skills, discussion and an interest in recreational reading. Library periods form an important part of our language programme and teachers use a variety of methods to encourage pupils to read and enjoy library books.
 
We have a Paired Reading Programme which encourages children and adults to read together at home and share stories for enjoyment.
 
A Lending Library has been established by staff and parents. Children can borrow and return books from this on a weekly basis.
 
 
TALKING AND LISTENING
                                                                                                                                   
 
Talking and listening helps us to sort out what we think and is our main means of social interaction. It is through talking to peers, teachers and other adults that much of our pupils’ learning occurs. Our curriculum, therefore, offers a widening set of contexts for talking and listening, giving our pupils opportunities to express their own feelings and responses to other pupils’ thoughts, feelings and experiences.
 
 
 
WRITING
                                                                                                                                   
 
We work hard to encourage children to write well at Knightswood Primary. The development of children’s writing is an important part of our Language Curriculum. Pupils’ skills are developed from the very beginning of Primary 1 in a variety of contexts and there are opportunities to produce all types of writing. Pupils are taught how to craft stories effectively through work on character, setting, structure/plot and genre. Punctuation, grammar, handwriting and the presentation of work is also given high priority.
 
 
MODERN LANGUAGES
                                                                                                                                   
 
Children are introduced to Modern Languages through the study of French from Primary 5 onwards. The learning outcomes for each unit are taught using a variety of methods, e.g. interactive I.C.T. games, group/paired work and class work. The four main concepts of the language are covered in each unit: talking, listening, writing and reading.
 
 
ACTIVE LEARNING
                                                                                                                                   
 
At the Early Stages, Active Learning is an important aspect of the school curriculum. The skills learned through Active Learning include independent and collaborative learning, as well as working co-operatively with others. These skills are reinforced through a variety of activities such as art, role play, sand and water.
 
As children become older, the skills learned through Active Learning are further developed and extended through Problem Solving, Technology and aspects of Maths and
Environmental Studies.
 
 
MATHEMATICS
                                                                                                                                   
 
The mathematics experiences and outcomes are structured within three main organisers:-
 
1.          number, money and measurement
2.         information handling
3.         shape, position and movement and includes,  problem solving & enquiry and mental agility
 
We use Heinemann Active Maths which has a very practical approach to the teaching of Mathematics. Much of the basic teaching is done through this, although teachers use a
variety of resources to meet each target i.e. practical equipment, calculators, computer software, T.V. programmes, construction kits.
 
 
SOCIAL SUBJECTS, SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGIES
                                                                                                                                   
 
History, Geography, Sciences, Technologies, and Health are introduced and developed by way of topics and Big Tasks throughout the school. These may vary from year to year, but teachers, in planning their work, maintain a balanced curriculum identifying, with care, the experiences and outcomes which they introduce.
 
 
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
                                                                                                                                   
 
Each class is equipped with computers, which are linked to the Glasgow School Network. Pupils are taught a wide variety of I.C.T. skills, this will range from simple mouse and keyboard skills, graphics and text editing, saving and retrieving information and using the Internet for research and enquiry.
 
We have a Library / ICT Suite which provides excellent opportunities to develop research skills using computers and a wide variety of books.
 
ICT learning outcomes are attainable across the curriculum, e.g. Maths, Language, Health, Social Subjects, Science and Technology topics and Personal and Social Development.
 
Pupils are familiar with the use of digital cameras. Our lessons can be class based, group based or pupils can work individually. All classes have an Interactive Smartboard.
 
 
EXPRESSIVE ARTS
 
ART AND DESIGN
                                                                                                                                   
 
Much of our work in art and crafts is developed through topic work and Big Tasks. Techniques using paint, pencil, crayon, chalk, felt pen, wax, papier-mâché and natural materials are introduced to create friezes, collages, and individual activities related to projects. Emphasis is placed on displaying and celebrating finished work appropriately throughout the school.
 
 
DANCE & DRAMA
                                                                                                                                   
 
Through dance and drama, children have opportunities to be creative. In drama shop corners, dressing up boxes, home corners, telephones and a wide variety of activities involve our Early Stage pupils in role-play and mime.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Acting and presenting skills are developed through scripted or improvised drama. Drama activities are also built into topic work and classes are also involved in acting out situations when presenting whole school assemblies. Many children are involved in the production of DVDs which has developed increased confidence in performing.
 
 
MUSIC
                                                                                                                                                           
Music making, including singing and percussion, is a feature of class work. 
 
Mrs. McKnight, our Music Teacher, is timetabled to work with all classes over the year. Staff use the school programme “Fischy Music” to plan and teach all other music lessons.
 
 
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
                                                                                                                                   
 
Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children develop the knowledge and understanding skills and capabilities which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future. The experiences and outcomes are structured into the following organisers:-
 
?mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing
?planning for choices and changes
?physical education, physical activity and sport
?food and health
?substance misuse
?relationships, sexual health and parenthood.
 
Children must have suitable P.E. kit, including gym shoes. NO jewellery should be worn on gym days, especially earrings. The school cannot take responsibility for items which are brought to school and left unattended.
N.B. we would ask that children do not have any piercing done during term time as they cannot take part in P.E. / Swimming, etc. for a period of time.
 
A number of our upper school classes have blocks of swimming lessons and our swimmers are encouraged to attempt the achievement badges by the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association.
 
Classes have in the past been involved in volleyball, hockey, rugby, football, basketball, table tennis and gymnastics. The coaching available has helped staff to implement these activities in their own P.E. Programme.

 Curriculum for Excellence has now being 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 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/carers across the country to have access to Glow.

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 number skills that unlock other subjects and are vital to everyday life.

 It 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 children can think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions. 

There will be new ways of assessing progress and ensuring children reach their potential. There will be new qualifications for literacy and numeracy and from 2012/13 new National 4 and 5 qualifications from 2013/14. 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's 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 a great education.