Category Archives: Early years

Nursery/Primary CPD events – Planning

Following on from the Curriculum for Excellence sessions held in November the Nursery/Primary CPD events for this term will focus on Planning.

The sessions will provide an opportunity for staff across the authority to come along and hear about examples of planning being developed in schools, share examples of current planning formats, discuss ideas and/or concerns.

All sessions will run from 4.00-6.00pm


Wednesday 20th January @ Stoneyhill Primary School

Interdisciplinary Planning

Presentations from a range of school practitioners on current planning formats being developed and trialled across East Lothian.  Input from the East Lothian Museum Service on resources and services available to schools.  Opportunity for participants to share examples in discussions groups and discuss needs and wants from planning.


Wednesday 24th February @ St Mary’s RC Primary School

Language Planning

Presentations from a range of school practitioners on current planning formats being developed and trialled across East Lothian.  Input from the East Lothian Library Service on resources and services available to schools.  Opportunity for participants to share examples in discussions groups and discuss needs and wants from planning.


Monday 1st March @ Dunbar Primary

Maths Planning

Presentations from a range of school practitioners on current planning formats being developed and trialled across East Lothian.  Opportunity for participants to share examples in discussions groups and discuss needs and wants from planning.

These sessions are open to all nursery and primary staff.  Staff who are attending the sessions should bring along any examples of planning that they wish to discuss or share.

(Note a session is being planned specifically for nursery practitioners at a later date, but you are very welcome to attend and find out about what is currently happening within Primary as it is still relevant)

Please email if you wish to attend.

Additions to the LTS Curriculum for Excellence website

We’ve received an update of all the recent additions to the LTS CfE Website from August to November 2009 in one document. We thought this was worth sharing here. It does not include Management Board minutes and papers that have been added to the site.


Assessment for Curriculum for Excellence (September 2009)

Assessment is a key strand of work in implementing Curriculum for Excellence.
At the Scottish Learning Festival on 23 September the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong learning, Fiona Hyslop, announced the publication of the strategic vision and key principles for assessment in Curriculum for Excellence.

Now available on the Curriculum for Excellence website the Assessment for Curriculum for Excellence document sets out the Scottish Government’s strategy on how to build on our existing strong foundations of effective approaches to assessment.

Building the curriculum & Building your curriculum

Building the Curriculum 4: Skills for learning, life and work (November 2009)

Building the Curriculum 4 aims to help all those who are involved in planning and delivering young people’s learning across all sectors and settings. It sets out key messages about how children and young people develop and apply skills as part of Curriculum for Excellence, so as to bring about the transformational changes needed to improve the life chances of young people in Scotland.

Building your curriculum (August 2009)

A new area entitled ‘Building your curriculum’ was added to the Curriculum for Excellence website in August 2009. This section offers materials designed to help schools and other establishments in designing curriculum structures that reflect the features set out in ‘Building the Curriculum 3’ and meet their local contexts and priorities.

Early insights (August 2009)

This section shows the progress some schools have been making in developing their own curriculum structures around transition, the senior phase and a broad general education, and the totality of the curriculum.

Pupil Voice (August 2009)

Three new videos were added to the Curriculum for Excellence website exploring what pupils and students want from their education, including their answers to four questions related to putting ‘Building the Curriculum 3’ into practice.

Building your curriculum – an inter-authority approach (October 2009)

This study outlines how six education authorities worked collaboratively with LTS and the Scottish Government to plan and deliver a joint event which would support schools in developing their thinking on curriculum structures and reflect the framework set out in ‘Building the Curriculum 3’ (BtC3).

Exemplification and case studies

Support for staff – exemplification of Curriculum for Excellence

Exemplification of good practice used in implementing the experiences and outcomes was published on the Curriculum for Excellence website from October onwards. The case studies provide staff with exemplars of how some schools in Scotland have started to implement Curriculum for Excellence.

Early level

Supporting the Early Level resource (October 2009)

Children’s Minister Adam Ingram launched the Curriculum for Excellence ‘Supporting the Early Level’ resource in October 2009. Information about the resource is on Early Years Online. The new DVD resource will help early years practitioners and teachers to develop successful practices in areas such as active learning, self evaluation, additional support needs and the learning environment – including making the best use of outdoor opportunities.

The Early Years Framework – Putting the Vision into Action (October 2009)

Outcomes from the HMIE/LTS Good Practice conference for early years that was held in the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow, on 9 June 2009.

Modern Languages

Working together to develop cultural awareness and multilingualism (October 2009)

Clarifying the learning: Sharing the standard (October 2009)

Using collaborative learning and peer mentoring to improve transition (October 2009)

Partnership working in modern languages using collaborative learning and ICT (October 2009)


Properties and uses of materials (October 2009)

Promoting science during primary to secondary transition (October 2009)

Social studies

Planning for the Scottish dimension (October 2009)

Improving engagement by developing literacy and numeracy in social studies (October 2009)

Scotland’s History Online (November 2009)


B!te: Big Ideas – Technical Education (October 2009)

Computing for Excellence – HMIE-LTS Good Practice conference for computing and information systems. This joint conference was held in the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline on 3 June 2009 (October 2009)

Healthy Eating project – Dollar Academy (October 2009)

Blast from the Past – Scottish history project (October 2009)


Growing up with Loch Leven – exploring literacy across learning (October 2009)

Social studies and literacy at third level (October 2009)


Co-operative learning activities: an active approach to teaching numeracy (October 2009)

Using numbers to count – pathways to numeracy (October 2009)

‘In the Doghouse’, a numeracy across learning project (October 2009)


Planning an interdisciplinary study on China (November 2009)

Planning for a broad general education (November 2009)

16+ Learning Choices in action (November 2009)

More Choices, More Chances – Alva Academy (August 2009)

Other resources

CfE News (September 2009)

CfE News – a newspaper for practitioners – was developed to showcase and signpost practitioners to just some of the support, advice and online resources available on the CfE website. 96,000 copies were issued in September across the entire educational community

Keynote presentations and three workshops (September 2009)

The keynote presentation and the three workshops from the nationwide ‘Turning the experiences and outcomes into action’ events which took place last session were put up on the CfE website to offer support for the next stage of implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. These materials can provide the groundwork for further discussion within educational establishments, for example during in-service days.

Experiences and outcomes by level (November 2009)

The experiences and outcomes can now be downloaded by level as Word and PDF documents. These levels documents have been added to the ‘Getting started’ section of the website.


Trailer for Parent Toolkit (November 2009)

In January, a Curriculum for Excellence toolkit to support all practitioners as they engage with parents and carers will be launched. As implementation gets underway it will help all those who work with children and young people to deliver key information around Curriculum for Excellence and answer questions parents and carers may have about how it will affect their own child.

Early Years Numeracy

The most recent Early Years Head Teacher meeting took place on Thursday 26th November at Pencaitland Primary School. A significant part of the meeting involved a presentation from Mhairi Stratton, PT at Humbie Primary and Joyce McIntosh, Early Years Support Teacher, both of whom have been involved in developing a series of CPD sessions to enhance learning in Mathematics in the Early Years. Mhairi and Joyce have worked closely with Dr Penny Munn from Strathclyde University to develop the programme of CPD and have piloted it in a number of nursery schools in East Lothian since August 2009.

The CPD is designed to help qualified early years staff understand the breadth of experience required for young children to develop mathematical thinking, to relate this to their own understanding of mathematics, and to enable them to articulate a clear rationale for the activities they use to develop mathematical thinking in their nurseries. The learning design is for three 2-hour interactive sessions, with observation tasks of around 30 minutes duration preceding each session. The material informing the CPD is based on ‘Early Years Mathematics 0-8’, published by Sage.

A full evaluation of the pilot will take place in spring 2010. If the CPD is found to be successful, the programme will be offered to nursery staff and primary staff working with children in the early stages, as well as those staff working in partnership centres. It is hoped that the CPD will be offered in 2010/11. One aim of the CPD is to inform the ‘Learning Stories’ method of Early Years assessment in maths, and there may be scope for a further session at a later date in which participants give feedback on the extent to which this has succeeded.

Further information about the pilot and the format and content of the CPD can be found in the presentation above.