Bringing learning to life and life to learning

Curriculum for Excellence has now been introduced across Scotland for all 3-18 year olds – wherever they learn. It aims to raise standards, prepare our children for a future they do not yet know and equip them for jobs of tomorrow in a fast changing world. Curriculum for excellence will be fully implemented by 2016.

Teachers and practitioners will share information to plan a child’s ‘learning journey’ from 3-18, helping their progression from nursery to primary, primary to secondary and beyond, ensuring each transition is smooth. They’ll ensure children continue to work at a pace they can cope with and with challenge they can thrive on.

Curriculum for Excellence balances the importance of knowledge and skills.

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 the development of literacy and numeracy from Early Level through to Senior Phase.

It develops skills for learning, life and work, bringing real life into the classroom, making learning relevant and helping young people apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom. It links knowledge in one subject area to another helping make connections in their learning. It develops skills which can enable children to 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. There is an entitlement to personal support to help young people fulfil their potential and make the most of their opportunities with additional support wherever that’s needed. There will be a new emphasis by all staff on looking after our children’s health and wellbeing – to ensure that the school is a place where children feel safe and secure.

Areas of learning

  • Communication and Literacy – includes signing, using visuals, listening, talking and all other forms of communication, including reading and writing.
  • Numeracy and Mathematics – includes sorting, matching and understanding the environment as well as work on number, money, time, shape and measure.
  • Health and Wellbeing – includes the promotion of the physical, social, mental and emotional health and wellbeing of all of our pupils, in a safe and secure environment.
  • Religious and moral education – includes learning to respect each other, and understanding and respecting different cultures and world religions.
  • Sciences – includes understanding key aspects of the world around us and how it works.
  • Social studies – includes learning about the people in our world past and present.
  • Technologies–includes independent living and computer skills.
  • Expressive arts – includes art, drama, dance and music.

Children learn in different ways, through listening, watching and doing. Teachers prepare their lessons so that children will have the opportunity to experience all ways of learning in the different areas of the curriculum.

School Assembly/Religious and Moral Education

Our assembly is an important part of the St Crispin’s School week. At assembly children’s achievements and successes are celebrated and each week a child from each class is presented with a certificate. There are also special whole school assemblies throughout the year to celebrate different cultural festivals. The School Chaplin, is a regular visitor to our assemblies. A special assembly is held in the church at Christmas when our senior pupils present the Nativity play.

The Scottish Government requires schools to have Religious and Moral Education as a fundamental part of the normal school curriculum. Parents who wish to exercise their rights to withdraw their child from any of the school’s religious observances are asked to contact the Head teacher.

List of assemblies for session 2016-17