In the classroom however, the emphasis is very much about giving our pupils a solid grounding in a broad curriculum of disciplines; all aspects of English and Mathematics as well as specialist teaching in Art, Music and P.E. (including weekly swimming lessons) from Primary 1 onwards. It’s here where we lay the foundations for numeracy and literacy and aim to instil an eagerness for learning. We encourage a love of books and teach fundamental skills to helps equip children to become independent learners such as; developing phonic knowledge and confidence in sounding out and blending words, forming letters correctly in their handwriting and working on their grammatical skills.
Working within the Curriculum for Excellence framework, we provide a broad curriculum designed to enable children to learn and to make progress at an appropriate pace through their primary years. Primary teachers cooperate closely with Senior School colleagues to deliver a well-balanced and stimulating curriculum which includes the very best specialist skills teaching in a variety of subjects. P4 and P5 pupils enjoy tasters of various modern languages as well as frequent visits to science labs and input from Home Economics and our Engineering, Design and Technology department.
This all involves continuous assessment which takes shape in a variety of ways including observation, reflection and testing – allowing us to closely monitor each child’s progress. These insights are shared with parents through two yearly Parents’ Consultations, written reports in June, and informally through our commitment to an ‘open doors’ policy.