HM Inspectorate of Education’s latest Briefing newsletter is now available online. This issue of HMIE Briefing focuses on the continuing implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. It includes a variety of articles that set out features of emerging practice across a range of different areas of educational practice.
Are you still getting to grips with Building the Curriculum 5? As well as uploading the emerging approaches to assessment, LTS have also put together an excellent summary of how assessment should be approached under Curriculum for Excellence. It has subdivided the summary into three sections:
Following the on from the Curriculum for Excellence Literacy and Numeracy newsletters, the next in the series of Highland Curriculum for Excellence newsletters (Health & Wellbeing) is now available on the Highland Council website. This and the others can be accessed via the following link. Curriculum for Excellence newsletters
Over 100 examples of assessment in Numeracy, Literacy and Health & Well-being across learning have now been uploaded to the LTS website:
These emerging examples of assessment can support practitioners in developing their understanding of, and improving practice in, approaches to assessment. The examples do not illustrate standards and expectations.
Following an external Quality Assurance process decisions will be made on whether the materials meet standards and expectations. Those materials considered suitable will be published in the National Assessment Resource when it goes live in September 2010 with more exemplars and resources.
Highland schools involved include
Pultneytown Primary School
With the expectation that all staff have a responsibility for literacy development, are you looking for some support for your own understanding of language? LTS have launched a new ‘Knowledge of Language’ site for this very purpose:
Curriculum for Excellence has made explicit the expectation that all staff have a responsibility to contribute to the literacy development of learners. However, not all education professionals are fully confident in their own understanding of how language works. The Knowledge of Language modules provide staff with a way of accessing further information about some of the common features of our language.
There are three featured sections of the newsletter of particular interest:
- The National Assessment Resource (NAR)
- Building your Curriculum
- Support for Staff
The CPD Group in Highland has recently been reformed and has taken on responsibility for aspects of CPD in the Curriculum for Excellence Programme. The first major event to be organised by this group is a showcase ofgood practice around Highland in relation to Curriculum for Excellence. This will be held over two days onTuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th of October 2009. The venue for this event will be Dingwall Academy.
Schools are now being invited to participate in this event by sharing with colleagues the excellent practice which is taking place across all Highland ASGs.
All staff wishing to attend can confirm attendance through Highland CPD calendar
For further details on how to register and the programme see here
A new digital comic called, Selenia, has been created by the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England to help primary school children learn about scientific enquiry and changing materials. The comic, which is in digital format can be used on a whiteboard in the classroom. The comic and resources are all free.
In the stories, Selenia, the schoolgirl heroine travels from her alien planet to Earth where she makes two friends. Through her adventures, children develop an understanding of the properties of materials – such as the difference between gases, solids and liquids. The teaching resources, which accompany the comics, are designed to build children’s understanding of scientific processes.
The stories are full of action, magic and fun and are designed to give children the opportunity to explore science in unconventional ways.
The comic can be downloaded free from: http://www.sciencecomics.uwe.ac.uk
Developing the four capacities through social subjects: focusing on successful learners in primary schools Report
Following on from the Improving Scottish Education (ISE) report, published in February 2006,
a sample of primary schools across Scottish education authorities was involved in a task to evaluate attainment in social subjects, physical education and modern European languages. Inspections took place between May 2006 and June 2007. A sample of schools was visited midway through the generational cycle of the general inspection programme. The sample classes included pupils at the early, middle and upper stages of each school. Schools benefited from constructive oral feedback and pointers for improvement during the one day inspection.
The evaluations of pupils’ attainment in social subjects, physical education and modern European languages were carried out in the context of primary school staff giving increased consideration to the principles of Curriculum for Excellence. By stimulating debate about attainment and learning and teaching, the visits and this report aim to challenge those involved in teaching social subjects in Scotland to review the extent to which current practice is successfully promoting the four capacities in young learners.