West Barns Primary School was inspected in November 2013. The lead inspector during the feedback challenged the school community to develop the curriculum to make it the ‘West Barns Curriculum’. Over the past 18 months, the school community has worked to develop the curriculum – moving from ‘a blank wall’ to a shared understanding of the rich West Barns Curriculum experienced by the learners. Follow the link to the West Barns Curriculum Magazine to look at how the school has outlined the curriculum for parents:
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These are the links for the Aberdeenshire materials which work really well with the MacWrites. Thanks to all those at Aberdeenshire Libraries who created the materials and are allowing us to use them.
To assist you and your students with inquiry-based learning, the school librarians in East Lothian introduce you to the MacWrite Clan. Together they form a research toolkit for students. You can use the whole kit with whole classes or individuals, or use single tools with whole classes or individuals – which ever suits your needs and the learners’ needs best.
There are 2 versions of the MacWrites. One is designed for secondary students, the other for primary students and those secondary students who need additional support.
Each version comes with additional materials to encourage students to become effective researchers. Usually this will be additional copyable resources. Some of these are materials created and used by the school librarians, some are from a pack produced by Aberdeenshire Libraries. You are free to copy and adapt these to suit your requirements. Please acknowledge either East Lothian or Aberdeenshire as the source when you do so. The MacWrites and the Aberdeenshire material are licenced under Creative Commons.
If you want to discuss any of the content please contact any of the six secondary school librarians:
Sally Cochrane, Preston Lodge High; Ian Forshaw, North Berwick High; Anne Johnston, Dunbar Grammar; Moyra Lumsden, Ross High; Bill Plain, Knox Academy; Alison Scott, Musselburgh Grammar.