THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Every child and young person is entitled a curriculum which is coherent from 3-18. Curriculum for Excellence aims to help every learner develop knowledge, skills and attributes for learning, life and work, which are encapsulated in the four capacities. The focus of learning and teaching will be on the four capacities, hopefully enabling our pupils at Sgoil an Rubha to become:
Curriculum Areas and Subjects
The starting point for learning is a positive ethos and climate of respect and trust based upon shared values across the school community.
Pupils need opportunities for achievements both in the classroom and beyond, giving them a sense of satisfaction and building motivation, resilience and confidence.
The expectations for learning within the curriculum areas should be gathered under:
These curriculum areas provide a device for ensuring that learning takes place across a broad range of contexts, and a way of grouping experiences and outcomes under recognisable headings. Taken together, experiences and outcomes across the curriculum areas will sum up national aspirations for every young person: the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes we hope they will develop.
Additional Support for Learning
It may be that some children, because of learning difficulties, will require additional help. The Education Authority aims to educate pupils with special educational needs alongside their chronological peer group, in a mainstream class of their local school. Where necessary extra help is provided in the form of Support for Learning. This help is delivered in a flexible manner and pupils may be seen individually, in a group or in a class. In addition, the Support for Learning teacher and the Education Psychological Service can advise teachers on teaching materials, methods and programmes of work, which are appropriate to the special needs of pupils.
Learning and Teaching
We aim to teach our children by using a wide variety of active, practical and stimulating learning and teaching approaches.
Active Learning is learning which engages and challenges children’s thinking using real life and imaginary situations.
Children learn by doing, thinking, exploring through quality interaction, intervention and relationships, founded on children’s interests and abilities across a variety of contexts.
Cooperative and Collaborative Learning
At Sgoil an Rubha we recognise that learning is frequently most effective when learners have the opportunity to think and learn together, to discuss ideas, question, analyse and solve problems.