Feb 12 2015
Thank you to the parents/carers who came along to the presentation on the curriculum at Strathdearn Primary. We had very positive feedback from parents/carers and this is detailed below –
Feedback about presentation
- very informative and a good preview of what to expect
- always delighted by the breadth offered to the children
- very informative session
- great to understand how learning outcomes are being delivered
- excellent overview of the curriculum
- information explained and easily understood
- very informative, well presented and easy to understand
- very informative and giving examples to illustrate the curriculum was very helpful
- concise information
Parents/carers were asked to leave a Star and a Wish to acknowledge what we, as a school, are doing well and what we need to improve.
- great at encouraging the children
- couldn’t ask for more
- involvement of children in decision making
- happy, welcoming environment
- amazing and supportive staff
- ethos of school is excellent
- school provides a great range of experiences and activities
- wonderful school/look forward to joining and becoming more involved in the school (nursery parent)
- no wishes, just keep up the great work
- Can we have a reading workshop please, especially for first time school parent
Yes, we will arrange a reading workshop to help parents and carers understand how they can help their child/ren at home with reading.
- Perhaps develop Science and Technologies.
This is something that we could definitely look at in the near future. At the moment our priorities are developing writing across the school but we will be working hard to develop other curriculum areas over the next years.
- Could information on 6 Traits + 1 go on the blog please so that parents can support writing at home?
We are developing writing across the school and in order to help us do this we are using a resource called 6 Traits + 1 which involves teaching the following ‘traits of a good writer’.
Ideas – the main message; Organisation – how a piece of writing is put together; Voice – the personal tone that the writer includes; Word choice – the vocabulary a writer chooses to convey meaning; Sentence Fluency – how the writing flows; Conventions – punctuation, etc; Presentation – how the writing actually looks on the page.
We are at the very early stages of using the Trait resources and we will update the blog with more information as is appropriate.
- Could we have a mini workshop on AfE assessments please?
Yes, we will set a date on this very shortly but for now here is some information regarding these assessments.
The children in P2-7 are presently undertaking computer based assessments called Assessment for Excellence (AfE or InCAS). As your child develops and moves up through primary school, teachers regularly monitor their strengths, progress and areas for improvement to ensure that they learn as effectively as possible. This monitoring can take many forms, including teacher observation, marking class work and home work as well as a wide variety of more specific assessments. Some of the assessments that pupils across Scotland who are in Primary 2 – 7 will be expected to complete are computer based. InCAS stands for Interactive Computerised Assessment System and was designed by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University.
AfE assessments are being carried out in this term, (Term 3). Children wear headphones so that they can listen to the questions, as well as read them. The assessments last no longer than 30 minutes each and are carried out during normal class time to fit in around your child’s day-to-day learning. AfE assessments are not formal tests and are not designed to compare pupils with each other. They take a different approach to assessment as they treat every child as an individual by choosing the difficulty of each question depending on how well they have answered previous questions.
It is important to understand that these assessments are only one way of assessing a child’s progress and a teacher takes many other forms of assessments into consideration.