Primary teachers and Head teacher discuss their planning processes.
A P5/6 teacher describes her tracking system
A new version of the strategic curriculum planner has been published on the LTS website which focuses on the development of the 3 responsibility of all areas. One potential use could be as a planner for transition, particularly from primary to secondary.
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).
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:
e portfolios and blogging
Learner’s journey through Curriculum for Excellence – practical examples of school approaches to assessing progress and reporting to parents. In this video Olivia Wexelstein from Wellwood Primary, Fife Council, demonstrates how e-portfolios, blogging and Glow Groups are being used as a form of recording assessment and achievement both at home and in school.
What could we learn from NAR? What aspects of NAR development could help me with assessment? How is NAR being used? Norman Emerson, LTS Acting Programme Director, Assessment, addresses some of the questions that have been asked about National Assessment Resource (NAR).
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.
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.
Pupil self assessment from P3 upwards in St.Cuthbert’s PS, Glasgow.The P5/6 teacher explains a short end of week pupil self- assessment exercise using a traffic lights approach.