Curriculum

"This curriculum is more than curriculum areas and subjects: it is the totality of experiences which are planned for children and young people through their education."

Curriculum for Excellence, Education Scotland

The Curriculum at Melrose Primary School

Every child is entitled to a broad and deep general education, whatever their level and ability. Every single teacher and practitioner will be responsible for literacy and numeracy – the language and numbers skills that unlock other subjects and are vital to everyday life. It develops skills for learning; life and work to help young people go on to further study, secure work and navigate life. It brings real life into the classroom, making learning relevant and helps young people apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom. It links knowledge in one subject area to another helping children understand the world and make connections. It develops skills so that children can think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions. There will be new ways of assessing progress and ensuring children achieve their potential.

English and Literacy
Literacy is at the heart of children’s learning, and is central to their intellectual, social and emotional development. We place a high priority on developing in children the ability to use Literacy and English skills appropriately to ensure they have a sound basis for their development as lifelong learners, enabling them to reach their full potential. Literacy skills are developed in varied ways and through differing and meaningful contexts, including interdisciplinary approaches through other areas of the curriculum. The main areas for devloping English and Literacy skills are: Listening and Talking, Reading and Writing,

Modern Languages
We begin the teaching of French through games, stories and songs in the nursery stage and build on this progressively across the school promoting the confidence to pick up further languages, to help increase understanding of other cultures and to boost children’s ability to communicate. In P5, 6 and 7 French is also taught through more structured lessons.

Mathematics and Numeracy across learning
Mathematics is structured within three main categories - number, money and measure; shape, position and movement and information handling. We provide rich and supportive learning environments and use a variety of teaching approaches including active learning and appropriate and effective use of technology. We actively promote and create opportunities for children to experience the relevance of mathematics in modern, everyday situations including problem-solving activities to will develop independent thinking and ensure that the numerical and analytical skills are developed. When possible we link numeracy activities with work in other curricular areas and use ICT to enhance learning. We believe this gives our children a good mathematical basis on which to lay foundations for later study.

Health and Wellbeing
Health promotion is a school priority; we promote a positive ethos and positive relationships to support and nurture a healthy lifestyle. We aim to be a health promoting school through our day to day activities as well as through the planned curriculum.

Expressive Arts
We value highly the importance of the role expressive arts plays in the life of the school and through regular involvement encourage pupils to express themselves in innovative and motivating ways.

Religious & Moral Education
Importance is given to social, religious and moral education. Religious education is taught at all stages and includes some aspects of the many different religious and social practices throughout the world.

Sciences
Teaching of the sciences reflects the important part science plays in our Scottish heritage and the everyday applications of science in our lives and provides opportunities to develop the natural curiosity and fascination of children in new discoveries and technologies.

Social Studies
In social studies children will develop their understanding of the world by learning about other people and their values, in different times, places and circumstances. Children will develop an understanding of democracy and citizenship, explore and evaluate different types of evidence, develop their understanding of the history, heritage and the culture of Scotland and appreciate its place within the world, support a greater understanding of how to influence events by learning about human activities in the past and present.

Technologies
We plan opportunities in the learning and teaching of technologies to reflect individual and local needs and to make connections across and between other subject areas.

Homework

Homework tasks may cover a broad variety of activities. We value homework as an opportunity for parents and carers to work in partnership with the school and take an active role in their child’s learning.