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:
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!
There are two upcoming Science related Glow Meets which you might be interested in joining…
Scottish Science Education Conference 2011
If you are unable to attend this amazing event tomorrow but would still like to take part in this excellent CPD opportunity then don’t panic we have the answer!
We will be running Glow meets/ streaming of two of the workshops for you to watch from the comfort of your own computer
From 11.15 – 12.15 Bringing Science Alive: Hester Binge
Hester will show you a variety of strategies to help develop children’s creative thinking in science including a variety of ideas to enable effective recording without the use of exercise book. This workshop is designed to enrich the science teaching and learning in your classrooms so that children are more engaged and awakened by science.
Then a second workshop from 13.30 – 14.30 “Using scientists and their stories in science” – Rosemary Feasey, excellence in primary science consultancy. Find out about scientists, their stories and applications in everyday life and associated fun practical activities for the classroom).
Museum of Flight
Glow meet from the Museum of Flight on the 8th March. The Glow meet is aimed at upper primary and lower secondary schools the time of the meet is 13.30.
The challenge is to make a basic foam flier (or similar) and test it out. Which design can travel the furthest?
We all know that CPD doesn’t have to equal courses. We can learn a lot through dialogue with our fellow professionals, however the nature of our working week often prevents us from doing enough of this. This is were blogs can come in. When teachers share what they’re doing online it can give the rest of us an insight into their world which can in turn inform our practice also.
I’ve recently discovered Wright’sRoom, which is an excellent example of this. Shelley Wright is a Biology teacher in Canada who has decided to radically change her approaches to learning and teaching and is sharing everything on her blog. These changes are very much inline with Curriculum for Excellence and are very inspiring. If you’ve not seen it yet, have a look…