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CURRICULUM FOR EXCELLENCE

In Our Lady’s a differentiated, well balanced curriculum is offered.  Teaching / learning opportunities offer a variety of experiences - active learning, individual work, small group/peer interaction and whole class teaching.  Learning and teaching approaches take account of all aspects of the child’s experience, knowledge, ability and talents. 

Curriculum for Excellence is about bringing life to learning and learning to life.  It has been introduced to raise standards of learning and teaching and help improve our young peoples' life chances.

"Curriculum" in this context means "all that is planned for children and young people throughout their education":

  • The ethos and life of the school as a community
  • Curriculum areas and subjects
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Opportunities for personal achievement

 

It focuses on the importance of knowledge and skills.  It offers a broad and deep general education for all.  It promotes the ability to learn a skill for life that will help young people go on to further study, to secure work and to navigate through life. 

Curriculum for Excellence: the three pillars

  • Raising standards
  • Improving knowledge
  • Developing skills

 

Bringing life to learning and learning to life.

  1. Raising Standards: Raising standards of education to meet the increasing challenges of a changing world - preparing our young people for all the unknown.  Higher standards will be expected than at present to equip our children for the increasing complexity of the world.  Standards will be monitored by schools, centres, HMIE and Local Authorities.
  2. Improving knowledge: Bringing learning to life - building on the many ways that teachers already make learning engaging.  It offers experiences around real life issues, working in groups, working outside the classroom, working in different environments with interesting materials and tools.  Making learning more relevant will encourage and improve achievement.
  3. Developing skills: Bringing real life learning - making learning relevant to the world young people live in; developing skills for learning, life and work.  Everyone will develop important skills in literacy and numeracy that will underpin all learning.  Industry and enterprise will offer opportunities for young people to develop skills needed for the world of work.

 

Staff will work together to plan a young person's "learning journey" from 3 to 18.  They will ensure young people can learn in a way that works for them, at a pace they can cope with and with enough challenge to stretch them. 

All teachers are responsible for 3 fundamental aspects of learning: literacy, numeracy and health and well-being.

Literacy - reading, writing, interpreting information, spoken language, using computers, film and new media.

Numeracy - arithemtic, numbers, calculations, finance.

Literacy and numeracy skills help children grasp every other subject and are vital for work and throughout life.

Health and Wellbeing is about nurturing mental emotional, social and physical skills to develop self-esteem and positive relationships.

Interdisciplinary Learning (IDL) - Teachers and practitioners are encouraged to make connections between subjects and help young people see how knowledge and skills can be take from one "lesson" and applied to another.   E.g. learning another language can be a real help to understanding English and improving literacy.  Caluculating angles in craft based projects puts numeracy skills to good use.

We aim to provide a good education for children so that they are equipped for life and all it might throw at them.  We call this developing "the 4 capacities" and aim to help all young people become:

  1. Successful Learners - Motivated to reach their potential, determined to succeed, learning how to learn as well as gaining knowledge - skills for learning , life and work.
  2. Confident Individuals - Able to ask questions, explain ideas, challenge, stand up for themselves, relate well to others, take the initiative, lead.
  3. Effective Contributors - Group projects and workplace experiencehelp children learn the skills of team working and encourage creative thinking, discussion of ideas, problem solving and partnership.
  4. Responsible Citizens - As they go on to study, work bring up their own family, our children will know how to respect themselves and others and will be able t understand the world we live in and how they can participate responsibly and fully in shaping it.

 

Catholic Faith

Our Lady’s is a Catholic school and we strive to teach and uphold the Catholic faith to all pupils. This belief forms part of the ethos of Our Lady’s and while there are set times for religious education, our faith can be found in all we do in school.

The school uses the “This Is Our Faith” document as the main Catholic Education resource for R.E. and this focuses on exploring our Catholic Faith through different strands of Faith. The Catholic Ethos of our school, to which all members of our school community contribute, provides the context within which religious education provides an invaluable contribution to the personal and social development of all of our pupils. At Our Lady’s RC Primary, personal development is pursued through a continuing process of faith formation which promotes an active prayer life and participation in sacramental activity.

The whole school attends Mass in Our Lady of Victories R.C. Church, Forebank Road on Holidays of Obligation and other special occasions. Father Michael Carrie is the parish priest of St. Mary’s and is a regular visitor to our school, supporting pupils preparing for sacraments of initiation.

In Our Lady’s we are committed, both through the ethos and the curriculum, to provide appropriate opportunities for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural values. This will be undertaken in partnership with parents and will take account of the individual needs of pupil and of parents.

The school welcomes and encourages diversity and individuality while emphasising our common commitment to moral values. It is a fundamental principle of our school that all who are involved in the life of Our Lady’s have both the right to be respected as individuals and carry the responsibility to act in a considerate and respectful manner towards others.This is reflected in our statement of values and aims.

Parental Rights

Under section 9 of the Education (Scotland Act 1980) it is stated that any parent has the right to withdraw his/her child from religious education and observance.   If you need to discuss this matter, please make an appointment to speak with the Head Teacher.