Category Archives: Support

Knowledge of Language

Knowledge of Language

With the expectation that all staff have a responsibility for literacy development, are you looking for some support for your own understanding of language? LTS have launched a new ‘Knowledge of Language’ site for this very purpose:

Curriculum for Excellence has made explicit the expectation that all staff have a responsibility to contribute to the literacy development of learners. However, not all education professionals are fully confident in their own understanding of how language works. The Knowledge of Language modules provide staff with a way of accessing further information about some of the common features of our language.

Click here to visit the site.

LTS Working With You

Working With You

LTS have published a newsletter entitled ‘Working with you’. This outlines Learning & Teaching Scotland’s recent contribution to Scottish education and highlights their current priorities.

There are three featured sections of the newsletter of particular interest:

  • The National Assessment Resource (NAR)
  • Building your Curriculum
  • Support for Staff

Download the newsletter directly here.

CPD Sessions for Nursery and P1 Staff

Advance notice of CPD sessions being held next term for all Nursery and P1 staff around the themes of:

  • Curriculum for Excellence
  • Planning
  • Transition

Monday 26th April@ Stoneyhill Primary School

Musselburgh Cluster

Thursday 6th May@ Haddington Infant’s School

Haddington, North Berwick and Dunbar Clusters

Thursday 13th May@ Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School

Tranent and Prestonpans Clusters

These sessions will provide the opportunity for staff working within CfE Early Level to share good practice, discuss issues/concerns and make contact with colleagues which could support transition arrangements.

All sessions will be 4.00-6.00pm

More details about content and sign up instructions will follow shortly.

Hands On: Using Museum Objects in the Classroom


Time 1.30pm – 3.30pm


Friday 26th February 2010


Museum of Flight




Do you want to learn about different ways of using museum objects? Have you considered the cross-curricular potential of a Victorian tin bath, or a 1960s mini-skirt?! This course will look at these issues and show you practical, easy ways of using simple objects to tell stories, inspire and excite.


This course will be tailored to those teachers participating, and will look at relevant curriculum topics, as well as passing on more general knowledge and skills.  Each participant will be issued with a copy of ‘Hands On’, a booklet produced by Museums Galleries Scotland and will have a chance to explore Concorde as part of the session.


On completion of the course, participants will:

  • Be confident about using museum objects in the classroom
  • Have gained skills and knowledge associated with using objects for topics such as Romans, Vikings, Victorians, ‘When Gran was a Girl’ and WW2
  • Be able to take back practical examples and activities to their classrooms
  • Learn more about how schools can utilize museum resources

Outline Programme


  • Hands-on Introduction to Museum Objects
  • Practice techniques and skills associated with using museum objects
  • Explore topical loan boxes and other resources available from museums
  • Group work to plan dissemination in schools
  • Visit Concorde and put your new found skills to the test!

Cakes, tea and coffee provided!


If you’d like to come along, please email

Building your curriculum

In June 2009, a group of East Lothian practitioners attended the ‘Building your Curriculum’ event at Murrayfield.  From this event they were asked to develop and describe a ‘high level curriculum map’ for their school and to identify and develop one area of focus as a first step towards implementing the high level map.

Between June 2009 and January 2010, the group met to discuss their areas of focus and to share their experiences and expectations within Curriculum for Excellence. Each school had a different starting point and end goal and it became apparent very quickly that this was reassuring and in fact, ok!

In January 2010, the group presented their Curriculum for Excellence journey through a market place session at the Head Teacher Conference.  An outline of the different approaches shared at the conference can be found below.  They provide a variety of different examples and approaches which you may find useful in starting or continuing your own school journey with Curriculum for Excellence.

Further information and examples can be found on the Building your curriculum  section of the LTS website.