The School curriculum covers all areas recommended in the national guidelines and is broad and balanced. Timetabling has been allocated in line with the 5-14 guidelines with the flexibility allocation being assigned to language and mathematics. Pupils are motivated and achieve good results. High standards are set by the staff. Pupils in Primaries six and seven are taught French.
Good opportunities for PSD are afforded to the pupils though the School’s Assembly programme, the pupil council, the informal buddying system and the weekly circle time.
The staff will continue to monitor the curriculum provided and maintain its breadth and balance.
The staff will keep abreast of the latest curriculum developments as outlined in “A Curriculum for Excellence”, A Journey to Excellence and the ‘Improving Scottish Education document’.
A formal Buddying System is to be implemented during session 2006/07.
Key Area 2 - Standards of attainment
A variety of assessment strategies are used to gather evidence of pupil attainment.
Assessment records are kept for each child in each curriculum area.
Evidence of attainment is recorded on the pupil’s progress report and is retained in the pupil file together with the current national assessment papers.
Level of attainment achieved by pupils, at each stage, at June 2006 are as follows:-
All targets set for 2006 in Maths and Reading have been achieved.
Key Area 3 - Quality of Learning and Teaching
LEARNING AND TEACHING
The learning environment within the School is well organised, stimulating and challenging. The varying learning styles of pupils are taken into account when planning and delivering the curriculum. A range of teaching approaches are used; individual, class and group. Teachers and pupils work well together with Formative Assessment techniques being used in all classes.. Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. They are frequently reminded to think about “why they are learning and who they are learning for”.
Homework is given daily. It is appropriately planned and linked to class work.
All staff set high expectations of pupil behaviour and pupils respond well. Pupils work at an appropriate pace. They are well motivated, produce work of a very good standard and they are making good steady progress in their learning.
Praise is used effectively throughout the school.
National Testing is used appropriately throughout the school. The format for reporting to parents is in line with 5-14 guidelines and includes a space for parental feedback.
To maintain the standard of learning and teaching within the school.
To maintain high expectations within learning and teaching and behaviour.
To support all staff in CPD activities which will improve their teaching and impact positively on the pupil’s learning.
Key Area 4 - Support for Pupils
Support for Pupils
Staff are aware of the emotional, physical, social and pastoral needs of pupils and willingly give time to meet with parents. The needs of individual pupils are identified at an early stage and appropriate support is sought.
The support for learning teacher works with pupils for two afternoons a week (3 hours 40 minutes). Priority is given to pupils with specific difficulties in order to maximise the time allocation.
Pupils who are in receipt of additional support for learning are making good progress towards achieving the required levels.
The school is actively involved in Promoting Positive Behaviour and provides many opportunities for pupils to be praised and their achievements recognised. At the weekly assembly pupils are presented with Head Teacher Awards. Pupils achievements are displayed in the foyer of the school.
Personal and Social Skills have been developed across the curriculum. Skills of citizenship have been encouraged through assembly work, class work and participation in Enterprise activities.
Pupils are given the opportunity to express their views through a suggestion box and the pupil council.
To continue to support childrens’ learning.
To continue to provide experiences which enable citizenship to be developed.
To continue to provide opportunities to allow the children to have a voice within the school.
To maintain an enterprising approach and allow the pupils to participate in a wide variety of enterprise activities.
To continue to give the pupil council the responsibility of managing and executing the enterprise budget.