The Hopeman Primary Experience
Our vision is encapsulated by our motto T.E.A.M Together Everyone Achieves More.
Our vision at Hopeman Primary school is to use our unique village location and strong community links to provide opportunities for our children to achieve excellence.
Upon visiting Hopeman Primary School you notice the following values embedded in our ethos… Teamwork– we work in pairs, groups and across stages developing collaborative skills building a whole school community. We work closely with parents, the community and outside partners.
Create, Connect , Challenge
Our aim is for all children to become Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Effective Contributors and Responsible Citizens who are developing skills for learning, life and work. We put our children firmly at the centre of their learning, allowing them to:
· Create positive and nurturing relationships
|Developing Capacity in our Children
All children develop the knowledge, skills and attributes of Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Effective Contributors and Responsible Citizens through:
· the eight curricular areas
|Our Environmental Context
Our curriculum is influenced by:· Our rural, coastal setting
· The heritage of our close knit community
· Cross-sector partnerships
· Links with local businesses
|Our Approaches to Learning
Literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing core to all learning experiences. Our whole school and community approach to Learning for Sustainability weaves together global citizenship, sustainable development education, outdoor learning and children’s rights to create coherent, rewarding and transformative learning experiences. Our teaching approaches are based upon current research and methodologies.
|Supporting all Children
Our curriculum delivery is based on GIRFEC guidelines. The wellbeing indicators are used to ensure all children are Safe, Healthy, Active, Nurtured, Achieving, Respected, Responsible and Included.
Needs are identified early using baseline assessments and teacher judgement. Learner Profiles and Strategies are used to ensure additional support needs are met. Support is provided to all children where required and learning is differentiated.
|Contexts for Learning
Our learning experiences are delivered through the 4 CONTEXTS:Curriculum Areas are planned for and taught discretely or through a context.Ethos and life of the school provides children from the earliest stages with opportunities to be leaders of change and action.Interdisciplinary Learning allows for curricular areas to be weaved together within a context.Opportunities for Personal Achievements are planned for and celebrated both in the classroom and beyond.
Children work with each other and their teachers to shape their learning experiences and are involved in:
· Initial topic planning
|Ensuring Quality Learning Experiences
We ensure learning is effective in a number of ways:· Continuous reflection and evaluation of learning and teaching
· Assessment is for Learning Strategies
· HT and Peer observations
· Collaborative planning
· Summative assessment
· Continuous curriculum development
· Practitioner enquiry
· Tracking progress
|7 Principles of Curriculum Design
We are engaging with and developing the use of the design principles in our planning. All of our topic plans and interdisciplinary learning consider:
· Challenge & Enjoyment
Our school has an open door policy. We encourage parental involvement in all aspects of school life. We communicate regularly with parents through learning journals, termly curricular updates on the school website and termly newsletters and reports. We share the children’s learning through parent assemblies, shared learning, family learning, visits for parents and parent/teacher interviews. We regularly gather parental views through the Parent Council, parent forums, surveys and questionnaires. We have many parents who help in school and support with trips out of school.
At Hopeman we have high expectations of pupils and staff who provide high quality learning and teaching experiences. We value and make use of:· Parental involvement
· Family Learning
· Early intervention
· Tracking and monitoring
· Target Setting
· Summative and formative assessment
|Developing Our Curriculum
All teachers dedicate time to:· Curriculum planning
· Working groups
· Practitioner enquiry
· ASG collaboration
· Career Long Professional
|Celebrating our Successes
We have a range of methods to communicate our successes in school, with our families and the wider community:· Primary App and Website
· Monthly and termly newsletters
· Digital Learning Journals
· Shared learning
· Termly pupil reports
· Wall of Action
· Self-Evaluation Display
· School events
· Annual standards and Quality report
|Our Programmes of Learning
All programmes of learning are designed and refreshed using the Experiences and Outcomes from the Curriculum for Excellence. Each is relevant to our context and take into account enterprise, citizenship, sustainable development, international education and creativity. Programmes of learning are continually evaluated, updated and improved in line with national policy.
Our ethos of mixed stage and whole school events facilitates smooth transitions between stages.Transitions between nursery and primary 1 and P7 to secondary are well established and provide a smooth transition for all our pupils. Enhanced transitions are provided for some children.