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A Curriculum for Excellence
 A Parent and Carers Guide
 
What is the Curriculum for Excellence?
 
Scottish education is changing with the introduction of A Curriculum for Excellence (A.C.E.)
It aims to:
 
Simplify and prioritise the current curriculum.
Focus classroom practice upon the child and around the four capacities:
Successful Learners     Confident Individuals
Responsible Citizens     Effective Contributors
 
Provide greater choice and opportunity for pupils.
Encourage more learning through experiences.
Involve parents in their child’s learning.
 
Why is the curriculum changing?
 
To help children and young people develop skills for life and the skills and knowledge employers need now and in the future.
To adapt what is taught and how it is taught to suit our ever changing world.
 
How does it affect your child?
Assessment
You may have noticed some changes to the way we assess your child. There are two different types:
 
Summative Assessment– focuses on measuring current performance and how successful the learner has been. It tends to come at the end of a topic or a piece of work.
Formative Assessment– is used to gather information about your child’s learning and in turn helps the teacher to plan, teach and offer support to your child.
 
Teaching and Learning
We plan learning activities to engage our pupils, to challenge them in all aspects of their learning; from planning to assessment.
Active Learning– pupils from P1-P7 are more actively involved in their learning and learn through play, meaningful experiences and group work.
Storyline– pupils experience a topic taught through a story and take on roles of different characters and this give events more meaning and brings the topic to life.
Cross-curricular topics– pupils are taught topics that will incorporate a range of different curricular areas.
Learning Outdoors– pupils will be offered opportunities to participate in lessons outside.
Health Week, A.C.E. Week and Pupil Choice week– the school comes together and pupils are given opportunities to make decisions, choose what they learn and celebrate the world around us.
 
Learning Strategies
We use a range of different strategies in the classroom to encourage our pupils to become more responsible and confident with their learning.
 
WALT (Sharing Learning Intentions)- telling our pupils what they are going to learn
WILF (Success Criteria)- knowing what to do to achieve the learning intention.
Self and Peer Assessment– pupils assess their own and other pupils’ work.
Target Setting– our pupils identify their own learning needs and work towards achieving these.
Feedback– the teacher can do this in two ways. Firstly by speaking to the child and offering them advice on how to improve and what they have achieved. Secondly it can be written in the form of 2 stars and a wish or using coloured pens.
 
What does this mean for our school?
 
We fully expect all our pupils to become more successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens and that our pupils feel motivated, engaged and encouraged as a result of the teaching and learning experience we offer to our pupils.
 
What you can do for your child?
 
Your role in your child’s learning is essential. Fiona Hyslop (MSP) the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning said,
 
‘Parents have a key role to play in the success of Curriculum for Excellence and what it can bring to their children. By working together with schools, nurseries and others involved in Curriculum for Excellence, parents can make a real difference. All parents want the best for their children. Curriculum for Excellence aims to achieve the best for all children and young people in Scotland.’
 
Further Information
 
If you require any further information please contact the school or council or use the websites below.
 
www.parentzonescotland.gov.uk
www.glowscotland.org.uk
www.curriculumforexcellencescotland.gov.uk