In the Junior School the core skills of Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Wellbeing permeate all that children learn. The Junior School children broadly follow the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence which includes Mathematics, English Language, RME, Social Studies and Health and Wellbeing. Specialist teaching is provided in Art, Drama, French, Music, Physical Education and Science with the core curriculum, so a Primary 7 class may be studying Music, Creative Writing and History all related to a theme which they can examine in depth and grow to understand. A cross curricular approach is adopted between subject areas to strengthen learning and much work is done orally concentrating on higher order thinking skills. Digital skills are embedded across the curriculum and children are taught in state-of-the art classrooms.
Our children also participate in a wide and varied programme of Physical Education including athletics, basketball, cricket, dance, fitness, gymnastics, hockey, rugby, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
Junior School attainment in Literacy and Numeracy is outstanding and significantly above the national average with almost all children exceeding national averages. Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Education highlighted that “Overall children are able to read to a very high standard and use this well to support their learning across the curriculum.”
Across the school staff ensure we meet the needs of all our children. This may be with the guidance of our Support for Learning or Enhancement Teacher.
We believe that assessment is an integral part of effective learning and teaching. Assessment carried out in Junior School is of two kinds: formative and summative. Formative assessment is ongoing and often informal. It is very useful in identifying the next steps in a pupil’s learning. Summative assessment is more formal (perhaps taking the form of a test) and identifies whether a pupil has achieved a particular standard in a curricular area. Several successful summative assessments are required before a pupil is recorded as having reached a particular standard.
We highly value parental participation in all children’s learning. As part of our reporting process, in September you can attend a Curricular Evening to find out about the work that your child will cover throughout the year.
Short interim reports are issued to parents in October, January and May to update you on your child’s progress and make you aware at an early stage of any possible issues of concern. You will receive a very detailed report in June celebrating achievements for the year and identifying next steps in learning.
Parent Interviews are arranged for November and March each year, when parents are invited to view their child’s work and to meet with their child’s Class Teacher for approximately 15 minutes.
In addition, parents are very welcome to contact the school at any time if there are concerns about their child’s progress. An appointment can be readily arranged with the Class Teacher.
Eliza, current parent