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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Dunbar’s first ever science festival took place on Sunday 13th March 2011 at Belhaven Fruit Farm. It was organised by Dunbar Primary School Parent Council as part of National Science & Engineering Week.
The day involved an overwhelming array of activities which combined to provide an inspiring model for parents, teachers, universities and employers to come together to enthuse young people and get them interested in Science. As you’ll see from the pictures it was a hugely popular event with a massive turnout.
Congratulations to all involved in putting this impressive event together, and as a Dunbar resident, I look forward to next year’s event!
As a result of the school’s recent HMIe inspection, an agreed action is that the school will continue to work to involve parents and carers more in their children’s learning. Agreement was reached to focus on literacy, numeracy and health and well being.
Developments include hosting an Open Evening where the parents/carers participate in activities and experiences linked to their child’s learning and stage of development/workshops for parents on reading, writing, numeracy etc.
Staff wanted to inform parents/carers of the steps in the development of early literacy skills in more detail and a core group of staff worked on the publication of this literacy booklet, which includes ways in which parents/carers can support their child at home.
A focus group of parents/carers from early years will be invited into school next term to discuss the booklet’s usefulness and also to have the opportunity to raise any queries and ask any questions. It is anticipated that this focus group will identify a next step in this piece of work.
Click on the image below to download the booklet: