Early Years & Primary

As part of their study of World War 1, Middleton Park School in Aberdeen developed a collaborative learning experience for Primary 4 and 5 on the subject of the 1914 Christmas Truce. Familiar ground? Maybe, but what makes this example stand out is: The number of partners involved. The pupils worked with a school chaplain (who was key to pulling it all together), a local artist, football coaches and the school vocal instructor. The final product of the learning was a film made by the pupils themselves: https://vimeo.com/114475809 By creating this film, the pupils were able to not only consider…
All primary teachers have to teach aspects of Christianity as part of their school’s RME provision. For a teacher who has no background in Christian knowledge or belief, this can be a daunting prospect. A Christian teacher can offer much-valued support to a colleague in a number of ways, not least by introducing them to the various educational programmes which really help to bring the Bible alive for children.  These include the Bibleworld Experience based at the Scottish Bible Society’s Headquarters in Edinburgh and their touring interactive exhibition: Bibleworld SBS Studios. For further details of these and all the resources developed by the Scottish Bible Society…
Residential experiences and various forms of Outdoor Experience are strongly encouraged as part of every young person’s entitlement under Curriculum for Excellence. Such experiences can have a range of (often entirely complementary) educational purposes which can include developing confidence and social skills (Health & Wellbeing), environmental studies field work (Social Subjects, Science) or workshops in various aspects of the Expressive Arts. Where a Cluster includes a number of small primary schools, the opportunity of jointly organising a residential experience can be especially valuable. Three primary schools in Angus have for several years worked together to provide a residential experience for P7 pupils. Key priorities are to develop…
There are almost infinite opportunities for schools of all types to become involved with charities. Best practice links such involvement with focussed educational purposes. Many charity-based projects are also closely linked to Enterprise. Through involvement in such real-life contexts for learning, young people: develop as Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors. develop attitudes that will encourage lifelong service to others. learn about initiatives, groups of people, and areas of society or of the world that may otherwise be unfamiliar. develop specific Skills for Learning, Life and Work. make significant progress in specific areas of learning (e.g. literacy, numeracy, expressive arts, technologies) There are…

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