All pupils from Nursery to Primary 7 learn French with one of two specialist teachers (Mme Ryan and Mlle Smith) who visit their classroom once a week. Nursery sessions are twenty minutes long and lessons increase in length through the stages, culminating in 50 minutes per week in Primary 7. Games, stories, songs, rhymes and raps allow the children to experience a new language in a fun and stimulating manner. The emphasis is on oral work but reading, writing and grammar are introduced when pupils are confident enough to cope with these elements, usually starting around Primary 5.
Religious and Moral Education
Our learning and teaching through Religious and Moral Education enables children and young people to develop a knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other world religions and recognise religion as an important expression of human experience.
We support children in developing responsible attitudes to other people, their values and their capacity for moral judgement and provide opportunities for them to explore moral values such as wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity. We also encourage pupils to investigate and understand the responses which religions can offer to questions about the nature and meaning of life. Throughout our learning and teaching we aim to help our children to develop the skills of reflection, discernment, critical thinking, and deciding how to act when making moral decisions. In addition we encourage pupils to develop their beliefs, attitudes, moral values and practices through personal search, discovery and critical evaluation, and make a positive difference to the world by putting their beliefs and values into action.
In addition to these areas of study, children will also attend a Whole School, Year Group or Class Assemblies, during which they will be presented with Golden Gordonian Awards celebrating their successes in a number of different areas.