Today is the closing date for entries for the Little and Large Cooking Competition. Now in its fourth year, this competition offers primary and secondary school pupils the opportunity to take part in a unique culinary challenge. The aim of the competition is to link secondary and primary pupils in the joy of cooking as well as to impart valuable life skills. It also aims to raise awareness of the healthy eating message in a fun, practical way.
In the first round of the competition, which will take place at a mutually convenient time, two P6 pupils from each participating school are invited to their cluster High School and teamed up with a secondary student who will work with and support the younger pupils to create a healthy meal.
The winning team from the first round will then go on to represent the cluster in a county cook off, where they will demonstrate their skills under the scrutiny of a panel of judges. This year, the final will take place on Thursday 27 May at Knox Academy.
To enter, download the form and send it to Marjorie Shepherd
Building the Curriculum 3 states that all children and young people are entitled to experience opportunities to move into positive and sustained destinations beyond school. In order to assist with this, it is important that we are informed of the opportunities which are available to our children and young people. The purpose of this post is to highlight some of the information which is out there already but you may not be aware of.
East Lothian Statistics
The East Lothian Economic Development Division publish a bulletin called ‘Buzz: Developing a Modern East Lothian’. This contains lots of information regarding businesses in East Lothian and a summary of Key Economic Indicators and Labour Demand Statistics (latest below). Alternatively you can download the more detailed Labour Market Bulletin. Click here to go to the Support for Businesses Downloads page.
Obviously, many of our young people will be looking to Edinburgh for positive & sustained destinations. Edinburgh Council also provide similar information. They have Labour Demand summaries on their webpage (latest below) and they also publish a bulletin called ‘Labour Market Watch’.
Skills Development Scotland publish a School Leaver Destination Return & Skills Intervention Activity Reports by region which contains lots of information regarding what happens to our school leavers. You can download the latest of these here.
While all of this information may have been of interest to enterprise coordinators in the past, as enterprise becomes embedded within CfE, it’s important that more of us keep any eye on this information to assist our young people make informed decisions for their futures.
Advance notice of CPD sessions being held next term for all Nursery and P1 staff around the themes of:
- Curriculum for Excellence
Monday 26th April@ Stoneyhill Primary School
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.
Liz Layhe from Dunbar Grammar School has kindly completed the CfE Blog Proforma to share the work they’ve been undertaking to create their Learning Walls…
What have you been doing?
As part of a Learning Team project we had the brilliant idea of setting up a Learning Wall in order that staff, students and parents can see what is to be learned at each level and the interrelationships between subjects. The learner is central to the whole process. The idea came from the LTS website and observational visits to St George’s, Edinburgh, to discuss and observe their Learning Wall. Following two inset half days each department put together on an A4 sheet the CfE outcomes, content and AifL strategies that they use to encourage thinking and learning electronically. The next part of the journey is to get S1 and S2 students during their Learn to Learn time to take on ownership of the Wall by adding content on a template for each subject onto a wall in the Assembly Hall. Ultimately it is hoped that the Wall will be part of our website and give access to all including parents. It is an ongoing and flexible project. At present we are only going to S3 to connect up with CfE.
In what ways does this practice relate to Curriculum for Excellence?
Each A4 sheet of paper has a block where CfE outcomes can be related to the content taught. This will be available for all staff to see both electronically and on the wall in the staff room (the student council suggested that only the content was required by the students so for their Wall that is all that will be seen). The Wall allows a way forward for all to see the ‘totality of experiences which are planned for children and young people through their education, wherever they are being educated’, the four capacities and the breadth, depth and progression of learning.
What were the reasons for doing this?
As a reflective practitioner I recognised a need to connect what was being learned in each department with my department and cut down on the students being taught the same outcomes in the same way. The idea was also to provide an opportunity for more productive dialogue between departments and in departments. Secondly I want students to realise the similarities between subjects and encourage transferable skills. A further reason was to make connections between what is already good practice in classrooms in AifL strategies and encourage departments to try out others. Finally it was an opportunity to start our journey of making connections of our existing practise with the Curriculum for Excellence and to allow all stakeholders to see that it is not an impossible task.
What has happened as a result?
This is a work in progress! However already dialogue between departments has taken place. It has been rolled out to students and they have been seen to look at the Wall and ask questions about the content. It has enabled the start of dialogue between the secondary and primaries. Evidence is in photos and through increased dialogue.
What would you do differently next time?
As this is a work in progress it is as yet difficult to evaluate fully but probably I would make the task more specific as there was some confusion by some staff of what it was really about. This is probably because I am continually readjusting my thinking on the way it should be laid out . It is a great adventure into the unknown!
The Imagineers Engineering Club at Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School have been working out how to light up their Christmas tree the eco friendly way.
Having drafted in support from the High School and some parents, they’re all ready for the grand pedal today.
Have a look at their own site to find out more.