Category Archives: Family learning

Review of Learning at Home (2018)

This review provides clarity and the first Scottish national definition of learning at home which is vital to help practitioners take this agenda forward. Research shows that learning at home can have significant immediate and longer term impacts on children in different ways. These include a child’s early learning, later achievements, nurture, resilience, wellbeing, social mobility and skills for life.

Supporting parents to help them with their child’s learning at home is therefore ‘a vital part of improving outcomes for children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds’ (Hunt et al, 2011).

 

CLD at SLF 2018

If you are going to the Scottish Learning Festival, you might be interested in activities that involve the CLD sector.

The Parental Engagement and Families and Communities Team in Education Scotland will be delivering two workshops at SLF 2018:

Collaborating with Parents and Improvement Planning – Wednesday 3:15pm Dochart 2

Collaborating with partners on developing family learning approaches – Thursday 12:45 pm Dochart 2

Parental Engagement and Involvement will also have a partnership stall which will be located at D115. The stand is being delivered in partnership with the National Parent Forum for Scotland, Connect and the Scottish Government again this year, so there’s lots of expertise to choose from.

CLD and STEM

On Thursday 20th there is a focus on STEM and CLD are represented in five of the demonstration slots happening during the day.

 

 

Deputy First Minister’s Maths Challenge: GME Version

Tha Dùbhlan Matamataig an Leas Phrìomh Mhinisteir ri fhaighinn ann an Gàidhlig an seo:

http://gaelic.readwritecount.scot/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/148167_SCT1117349458-1_DFM_Maths_Challenge_A3_Gaelic-WEB22-1.pdf

Tha sinn an dòchas gun còrd e ruibh.

Deputy First Minister’s Maths Challenge is available through the medium of Gaelic:

http://gaelic.readwritecount.scot/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/148167_SCT1117349458-1_DFM_Maths_Challenge_A3_Gaelic-WEB22-1.pdf

Fun, festive activities to keep your child busy over the holidays!

Bookbug and Read, Write, Count in GME: Professional learning resource.

Please see this presentation which gives an overview of the Read, Write, Count initiative.  It explores the potential of Read, Write, Count as a parental engagement tool and discusses practical ways to integrate Read, Write, Count in schools and communities.

The presentation includes how Bookbug and Read, Write, Count has been  used as a support tool for parental engagement and family learning in Gaelic Medium Education. It also  highlights the related impact on Gaelic language development .

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Resources to support health and wellbeing in Gaelic Medium Education (GME)

The Safer Scotland Scottish Government website has resources to support children learning through the medium of Gaelic. These include interactive games and stories.  Please visit:

http://gaelic.gosafewithziggy.com/

Road Safety – ‘Go Safe with Ziggy’ Competition

Ziggy’s BIG competition is about helping children learn about road safety in a fun, creative way.  This is part of a Scotland-wide movement to help young children be safe on roads and about traffic. The competition is open until the end of April 2018.

Comhairle nan Leabhraichean Bileag Ùr do Phàrantan

Tha Comhairle nan Leabhraichean air bileag ùr a chruthachadh do phàrantan aig nach eil Gàidhlig, aig a bheil clann ann am foghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig. Tha molaidhean agus fiosrachadh ann mu dheidhinn leabhraichean agus goireasan a tha rim faighinn airson diofar aoisean, bho phàistean gu inbhich òga. Cuiribh fios Shelagh is cuiridh iad pasgan dhan sgoil.

The Gaelic Books Council has produced a new leaflet for non-Gaelic speaking parents of children in Gaelic Medium Education. It contains information and advice about books and resources for all ages. Please contact Shelagh for more information.

“Children need to be more involved in talking about their own learning and progress”

By Jackie Maley, HM Inspector and Lead Officer for early learning and childcare

This is an exciting time in Early Learning and Childcare (ELC). Planning for the expansion programme is well underway as we look ahead to what this may mean for our future inspections.  There is much for practitioners to be reflecting on in their current practice to ensure this continues to improve and that they provide high-quality learning experiences for all children, including under-threes.

The recently published report, ‘Quality and Improvement in Scottish Education 2012-2016’ (QuISE) highlighted a number of key areas of strengths and aspects for improvement from ELC inspections. You can read the ELC chapter from the QuISE report on our website.

Inspectors found that the quality of children’s learning experiences continues to be an area of strength. Staff continued to promote children’s engagement and motivation in their learning.  Strong relationships with children and their families were also identified as being a strength in many ELC settings.

A common aspect for development which was highlighted was the need for settings to improve their approaches to self-evaluation and, in particular, methods for  monitoring and tracking children’s progress.  When such approaches are robust and consistently applied by all staff,  we observe children making the best possible progress  while engaged in appropriately challenging learning experiences.

In the current academic year, we have inspected a number of ELC settings. It is pleasing to observe staff engaging well with ‘How Good is Our Early Learning and Childcare?’ to support them in reflecting on and improving their practice.  In the best examples, we also see staff making use of ‘Building the Ambition’ guidance to support their self-evaluation activities.  We know that staff engage well with the case studies included in this document to help them plan for future developments.

Over this session we have also found that staff continue to ensure that they foster strong relationships with children and their families. In a few of the settings we have visited, staff have developed their understanding of attachment to support children well.  We have also noted that staff are now making more positive attempts to improve outdoor learning experiences for children.  In the best examples, we see children with regular access to high-quality outdoor learning which promotes their skills in curiosity, investigation and creativity.

It is settings’ approaches to planning and assessment that still remain areas for improvement. Children need to be more involved in talking about their own learning and progress.  By doing this, children will have increased motivation and development of key skills to support them in making continuous progress in their learning and development.

While we see staff keen to capture and document children’s progress, it is not always done in a consistently effective way.  It is important that staff are skilled in making observations of children’s learning.  It is not necessary for everything to be recorded, only those parts of learning and development that are significant for individual children.

As practitioners become more confident in documenting children’s progress, they will find they are able to plan learning better for the differing needs of the children in their care.   This will also enable practitioners to provide appropriate challenge as necessary. We are now observing children engaging better with their learning profiles and, also, staff developing new approaches to involve parents more in their child’s learning.  Parents joining their children in the playrooms for shared learning sessions is becoming a regular feature in many settings.  We look forward to seeing how staff continue to take a creative approach to involving parents in their children’s learning as we complete this year’s ELC inspections.

Can we learn from Making Ireland Click – Literacy series

Making Ireland Click is a campaigning four-part series, guided by Ireland’s Digital Champion, David Puttnam.  on the skills  Irish citizens need  to be  digitally literate. Over four half hour episodes, the series deals with digital inclusion and showcases work around skills needed  to go online.

There are a range of useful adult learner resources, including videos on online banking and social media tips, available on the shows.
To learn more about Making Ireland Click see here

John Muir Award activity with schools 2015-2016

john_muir_way_scotland_10-12-2006The John Muir Award is used to help deliver Curriculum for Excellence outcomes and demonstrates Learning for Sustainability in action. It involves pupils taking responsibility for nature (in school grounds and communities), helps establish aspirations for healthy behaviour, and improves wellbeing in line with Scottish Government SHANARRI indicators. Such activity helps foster a culture of achievement in schools – building essential skills for life, learning and work, and raising attainment for all.

During 2015-2016:

  •  445 schools were involved in delivering the John Muir Award in Scotland (this includes 45% of Secondary Schools, 12% of Primary Schools and 13% of Special Schools)
  •  15,858 Awards were achieved by pupils and staff (15% increase on 2014-15)
  •  3,362 Awards (21%) were achieved by pupils who experience some form of disadvantage

For full report with breakdown of each local authority  see here