Curriculum for ExcellenceA curriculum which is fit for purpose and meets the needs of our pupils.
Our aim is to ensure that all pupils experience a broad general education which is a challenging, relevant curriculum which meets the individual needs of each of our pupils. The school has embraced Curriculum for Excellence and we promote learning across a wide range of contexts within the Curriculum for Excellence framework of experiences and outcomes.
We aim for our children to become:
- Successful Learners
- Confident Individuals
- Responsible Citizens
- Effective Contributors
We put our children at the centre of their education
We design a curriculum which is fit for purpose and meets the needs of our pupils. We strive to ensure that our children are given learning opportunities which are stimulating, motivating and relevant for our pupils. We encourage our children to have choice within their learning to ensure that their curriculum and learning experiences are highly personalised.
Pupil skills are developed through a wide range of curricular activities in the following areas:
- Literacy and English
- Health and Well being
- Expressive Arts
- Social Studies
- Religious and Moral Education
Throughout the school the focus of health education is to extend the pupils knowledge and understanding about keeping healthy, become more independent and their personal safety.
We work in partnership with our parents, carers and allied health professionals to support and build on the children’s awareness of personal hygiene, hazards and how to keep safe in school, home and the local community. We encourage the children to make choices and to take on responsibilities wherever possible throughout the school day to promote independence and independent thinking.
We have a healthy snack at the school and each child contributes £1.50 per week to the healthy snack fund. The children will then choose what healthy snacks they will have each day of the week and some children will go out on our school minibus to purchase the items.
Learning to cook
The children have daily movement programmes built into each school day and we have a visiting Active Schools Coordinator who takes weekly sessions with the children in all 4 classes. Each term these sessions have a different focus: gymnastics, dance, athletics and games. Throughout each school year our children attend a variety of ASN sporting activities such as football fun, boccia, athletics and other sporting events and have opportunity to meet children from other schools and local authorities.
We use our school fund to purchase outdoor play equipment such as adapted trikes which our children love to use. We also have a road safety course and an extensive outdoor activity play area.
In the summer term the children who will be transitioning to high school are given opportunity to attend a two night residential stay at Bendrigg which is an outdoor centre specifically for children with additional support needs. This is a lovely opportunity for our senior pupils to put their independence skills into practice and to have lots of fun too.