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:
Teams of P7 pupils from 5 East Lothian Primary Schools took part in the Enterprising Inventors Challenge at Woodburn Primary School today.
Pupils from Campie Primary, Musselburgh Burgh Primary, Prestonpans Primary, West Barns Primary and Dunbar Primary worked in teams of 10 to modernise a Scottish Invention related to science and technology.
Actors dressed up as the inventors provided introductory information for the teams before they were asked to update a particular invention to make it suitable for the future, providing a poster to explain their idea.
Campie Primary had to update the telephone for Alexander Graham Bell, with a futuristic communication device, while the other East Lothian schools updated the first self propelled bicycle, for Kilpatrick Macmillan, with a futuristic version.
Dunbar Primary school were the winning team in the Kilpatrick Macmillan section and were then joined by Kilpatrick Macmillan himself for some advice on presenting their idea to the public. While they did this, the other teams completed a further challenge to design a new castle for Mary Queen of Scots.
The team from Dunbar Primary went on to win the regional heat against the John Logie Baird Team, Alexander Graham Bell Team and The Thomas Telford Team. They now go forward to the Scottish final at the Glasgow Science Centre at the end of November.
All of the P7 pupils who took part in the event today worked well in their teams and came up with very imaginative ideas.
The ASE are running a series of meetings for Primary teachers entitled: “Relevant, Inspiring, Engaging”. The days will include workshops from experienced teachers and CPD providers and an exhibition of resources to support primary teaching.
The closest one for East Lothian teachers will be in Lauder on Saturday 31st October and costs £20 or £12 for ASE members/students/probationers.
If you’re interested you can download the forms below:
Stoneyhill Primary have kindly shared their planning format for Curriculum for Excellence.
You can download it and try it out by clicking on the image below. What do you think of it? If you’ve got something to say about it then why not leave a comment…?