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June 20, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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IB Reflective Activity 2

Developing your understanding of the IB Learner Profile The IB Learner Profile attributes are as follows: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced and Reflective. The CfE’s four capacities are as follows: Successful Learners, Responsible Citizens, Confident Individuals and Effective Contributors.   Between IB and CfE, there are many similarities and differences between […] Continue reading

June 20, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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IB Reflective Activity 1

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a not-for-profit foundation, motivated by its mission  to create a better world through education (IB, 2015). From researching it further, it has made me realise connections IB and the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). The aims of IB are that it centres on learners, develops effective approaches to teaching and learning, […] Continue reading

May 11, 2019
by Eilidh Purdie
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Learning from Life

WOW. I cannot quite believe that I am back in Scotland. Two months definitely fly when you’re having so much fun. I have had the most amazing time over in the UAE exploring and getting to know all about the culture and the lifestyle there. It really is incredible. I’ve gone from being a nervous […] Continue reading

April 25, 2019
by Blaze Lambert
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Is Daydreaming Terminally Dated?

Blaze, what do you mean by “Is daydreaming terminally dated?”- I hear you ask. Daydreaming is a natural and often subconscious process for our brain and therefore is not something that can dwindle and become dated! Perhaps, yes. However, I beg to differ. The Oxford definition of daydreaming is:  “A series of pleasant thoughts that distracts […] Continue reading

April 23, 2019
by Zara Aitken
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Semester 2

Another semester that went too quickly! As expected, I have given up my job to concentrate on University and to be able to focus 100% on my placement. Semester 2 was spent focussing on Pedagogy and the Curriculum. I already knew a bit about pedagogy but mostly in an Early Years setting. This did give […] Continue reading

February 15, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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An Early Introduction to Writing

It is explicitly clear how writing is linked to listening, reading and talking – the 4 main aspects of language – and Pie Corbett has highlighted this in his idea of ‘Talk for Writing’. This is an effective way to introduce children to writing as children start by orally familiarising themselves with a story and […] Continue reading

February 13, 2019
by Julia Fleming
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Teaching Across the Curriculum – Writing

Writing is thought to begin prior to formal education and  links children in early years to having ideas about writing and what it is. It is thought by some that in order to be able to write effectively a child must read, hear and say it first. it is from this that they will be […] Continue reading

February 12, 2019
by Melissa Reilly
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Math’s Anxiety

Maths is a very controversial subject; not debating its importance but whether children feel confident in participating with it. A lot of children have an anxiety when faced with maths due to a negative stigma that it holds. In primary school I always felt further behind to others as I was never quick at maths […] Continue reading

February 7, 2019
by Wallie Mathieson
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Key Features of a Good Science Lesson

With inspiration from Sciences ‘Principles & Practice’ and ‘The Sciences 3 – 18’ here are some of the things that we came up with as key features of a good science lesson. Stimulate interest in pupils and staff flexibility and choice (Variety) Motivation, challenging, engaging and enjoyable Consistency not just random facts Actively involved – […] Continue reading

February 4, 2019
by Fiona Smith
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Science TDT 2: What makes a good lesson?

What makes a good science lesson? – After looking at the Es and Os within the curriculum for excellence, and then looking back on the last workshop with Jonathan, we came up with a list of contributors that we think will make a successful and good science lesson that encourages children to explore and experience …

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February 2, 2019
by Emma Boyd
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Science in the Primary School

For most of my school friends, the highlights of our week were going to science lessons and seeing what experiments we could beg our teacher to do with us. I always loved science. It wasn’t something that I can remember doing in the classroom of my primary school, but I have great memories of going …

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February 1, 2019
by Julia Fleming
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Teaching Across the Curriculum – Science

Key features of a good science lesson and any lesson is ensuring the 7 principles of the CfE (Curriculum for Excellence) are used; challenge and enjoyment, breadth, depth, personalisation & choice, progression, coherence and relevance. You can ensure you do this through: Allowing children to take ownership of their learning. Open discussions Active learning Relating […] Continue reading

February 1, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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What Makes a Good Science Lesson

Science is an integral part of the curriculum and gives children the opportunity to learn valuable and transferable life skills.  Science lessons have the ability to blow minds, but also the ability to go horribly wrong.  It is important that we consider what does make a good a science lesson, in order for us to […] Continue reading

February 1, 2019
by Jade Duncan
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Dance Workshop

I was quite nervous to partake in the first dance workshop on our first week back of semester two; and with it also being the first Learning Across the Curriculum input I was eager to discover how these workshops would be delivered. I had no idea what to expect but with previous knowledge of dance […] Continue reading

January 31, 2019
by Fiona Smith
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Social Sciences TDT: Flying back in time

I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish society. SOC 2-03a Think about the selected outcome – This outcome makes me think of several different topics to base this on when teaching in the classroom. These include: WW1/WW2, Women gaining the …

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January 31, 2019
by Annie Carruthers
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Opening up to the world of science

I have found the first two science inputs to be invaluable for this stage of my teacher training. Not only have I learned science knowledge but I will have gained information and advice which I shall apply to all aspects of my teaching. I am now eager to start my own investigating and to teach […] Continue reading

January 31, 2019
by Louise Gerrard
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Key features for a good science lesson

Key Features of a good science lesson: A good science lesson: is designed to stimulate the interest and motivation of children allows flexibility and choice teacher need to have strong subject expertise and be enthusiastic about their subject creates a positive ethos for learning includes opportunities to allow children to become actively involved in their … Continue reading “Key features for a good science lesson” Continue reading

January 30, 2019
by Julia Fleming
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Teaching Across the Curriculum – Health and Wellbeing, Food and Health

I have planned three health and wellbeing lessons based on the experiences and outcomes for health and wellbeing, primarily the food related sections. Individual Lesson Plan Format (Primary) MA Professional Practice HandbookIndividual Lesson Plan Format.docx Class/Group: 2nd Level       Lesson: Health & Wellbeing            Date: ………..… Previous Experience Working towards outcomes of a Curriculum for Excellence By […] Continue reading

January 30, 2019
by Julia Fleming
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Teaching Across the Curriculum – Maths

During my maths input last week I discovered how common the pre-conceptions of maths are. I also learned about different techniques I can use in the classroom to relieve maths anxiety in the pupils and my teaching ability. The session also allowed me to learn some activities I could do with the class to ensure […] Continue reading

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