Building a Technologies Curriculum

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Feb 092012

In this video Kirsty McFaul, Principal Teacher of Design and Technology at Hazlehead Academy in Aberdeen, describes how they redesigned their S1-3 curriculum for Technologies. She also describes an interdisciplinary aspect of the course which involved the Maths and Art Departments.

Rowanfield CfE Workbook

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Jul 042011

Rosy Hume, the Acting Headteacher introduces a new approach to celebrating achievement at Rowanfield.

Richard, the P7 Teacher at Rowanfield Primary in Edinburgh introduces the one workbook idea he has been trialling in his class.

This post shows the work that Rowanfield Primary staff have been developing using one workbook to record all learning.

Jul 012011

View this video to see how Harrysmuir Primary School have developed a whole school approach to formative assessment strategies. Carolyn Brearley, Principal Teacher in Harrysmuir Primary School, shares a formative assessment toolkit which has been developed to provide a consistent approach throughout the school.

Using Glow as a portfolio

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Mar 092011

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.

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National Assessment Glow Group

Mar 042011

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.

Feb 232011

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).

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

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Feb 222011

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.

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