New ByC resources!

New resources to support schools with their curriculum planning have recently been published on the LTS website:

1. A workshop which can be used with staff when creating or revisiting a curriculum plan. It brings together ideas from different schools (with room to add your own) and asks staff to consider how they might work in their own content.

2. This case study describes the journey Law Primary School took as they developed their curriculum plan. It is hyperlinked to all the resources and workshops they used too.

3. Two new versions of the strategic curriculum planner are available. One shows how you could link the strategic plan to HGIOS and the school improvement plan. The other shows how this tool could be used to focus on a particular aspect of CfE (in this case the three responsibility of all areas).

Using Glow as a portfolio

BtC5 explains the different sources of evidence that should be gathered and assessed relating to learners experiences and achievements. It is essential that this evidence is stored efficiently for all learners and that their progress and achievements are regularly updated.

Using Glow blogs as an e-portfolio provides an accessible, electronic, manageable and cost efficient method of storing different types of evidence such as audio, visual and written in one central place that can be accessed by both the learner and teacher.  Learners can independently access and update their portfolio and their peers and teachers can comment on their work.

Have a look at the National e-portfolio Glow Group to see how others are taking this forward.

Other links that may be of interest:

Be inspired about what others are doing

National Assessment Glow Group

Assessment in the Early Years: “Curriculum for Excellence Supporting the Early Level DVD”

This multimedia resource is designed to support practitioners as they implement Curriculum for Excellence at the early level. It shares practical ideas from a variety of pre-school and primary settings.

These materials are for all practitioners working with children in pre-school settings and Primary 1 or beyond. In this video, Avril Robertson from the Early Years team highlights the Assessment section of the resource which contains the following key messages:

  • Assessment is an integral part of learning and teaching, and planning high quality learning activities for all children.
  • Assessment provides an emerging picture of the child and their achievements, and can be a motivation for the child to do better and progress further in their learning.
  • Assessment relates to the engagement of staff, children and parents, carers and the wider community in sharing and using a range of information to improve learning and development.To access the assessment section of the DVD on the early years website you can click on the link below:

In the following informative video clip, Claire McGeachy from Kelly Street Children’s Centre, Inverclyde Council details the assessment approaches they use in their nursery :

The following video focusing on Building the Curriculum 5, from the staff of Glencairn Primary School in North Lanarkshire Council, highlights a recent in-service event that worked towards developing a shared understanding of moderation with their cluster schools and nurseries.

Promoting children’s involvement in planning their learning

Claire Lavelle, HT at St Martin’s PS East Lothian, talks about how children have become more involved in planning and assessing their learning. Personalisation and choice is promoted and children engage more actively in class. Children keep track of their learning progress and success using Learning Journals. Planning in this way has given teachers confidence in working with the Es and Os.

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