CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT IN SCOTLAND
In keeping with Inverclyde Policy, Newark will aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum with appropriate programmes of study for every pupil, making use of a variety of teaching methods.
A new curriculum framework for all Scottish educational establishments 3-18, called Curriculum for Excellence, will offer better educational outcomes for all young people.
The aims of Curriculum for Excellence are that every child and young person should:
- Know they are valued and will be supported to become a successful learner, an effective contributor, a confident individual and a responsible citizen;
- Experience a traditionally broad Scottish curriculum that develops skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work, with a sustained focus on literacy and numeracy, that encourages an active, healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyle and builds an appreciation of Scotland and it's place in the world.
The experiences and outcomes under Curriculum for Excellence are written at five levels, with progression to qualifications described under the senior phase.
- Early Level - the pre-school years and P1 or later for some
- First Level - to the end of P4, but earlier for some
- Second Level - to the end of P7, but earlier for some
- Third and Fourth Level - S1 to S3, but earlier for some
- Senior Phase - S4 to S6 and college or other means of study
The curriculum will cover the following areas :
• Health and wellbeing
• Social studies
• Expressive arts
• Religious and moral education
"Assessment is an important part of teaching and an essential element in the provision for each child of an education suited to his/her age, aptitude and ability."
Assessments are made constantly by the teacher to ascertain the progress your child has made, to diagnose his/her difficulties, and to discover his/her capabilities, so that the teacher may plan a programme for his/her needs. PIPS standardised assessment is carried out in P1, P3, P5 and P7.
The principles of formative assessment will be followed, where clear aims and success criteria are shared with pupils before they tackle their work. Pupils will also be involved in target setting and self assessment.
Parents' Night in October will give you a chance to meet your child's class teacher and discuss their successes and any areas for development. In May a written report will be sent to parents. This will include the levels at which children are working. Following these reports you will be invited to discuss your child's progress and see work and any tests done during a ten minute appointment with his/her teacher/s. At any time during the session, however, parents are welcome to arrange an interview either with the class teacher or the head teacher by phoning or calling in at the office.