The curriculum in Murthly Primary is based on Curriculum for Excellence. It adheres to the Principles of this curriculum by ensuring breadth, depth, challenge, enjoyment, challenge, progression, coherence, relevance, personalisation and choice. The totality of the curriculum takes account of the ethos and life of the school, curriculum areas and subjects, interdisciplinary learning and opportunities for personal achievement. It provides a variety of teaching methods and techniques which supports children to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
Children learn at different rates and have different strengths and weaknesses. Ensuring that each child reaches his/her potential is an integral part of learning and teaching at Murthly Primary. It will therefore be the norm that children will be working at different levels within the same year stage.
In line with best practice and promoting the principles of Curriculum for Excellence active learning is promoted, relevant educational visits will be made, and visitors, who will enhance the educational experiences of the children, will be invited as appropriate. Outdoor learning in our community is an integral part of the learning activities undertaken. Children learn knowledge and understanding as well as skills for life, learning and work to prepare them for living in 21st CenturyScotland. ICT will be used to enhance learning throughout as appropriate. Emphasis is put on children learning concepts and skills and then applying these in real life, problem solving situations.
Children are given the Experiences and Outcomes of the curriculum which they are entitled to study. They then work with teachers to plan how they learn. This ensures they have choice in their learning. At various times they make choices about personal achievement work, committees and clubs.
Learning is shared with parents at Parent Information Evenings which are held termly, through children’s learning logs which go home termly, the Parent Council and on an individual basis as required. Surveys and audits completed by parents/ carers also ensure they are involved in their child’s learning. Parents of children with Additional Support Needs meet regularly with staff to discuss and agree progress/ next steps in learning. If school staff have any concerns about a child’s learning parents will be invited to a meeting to discuss the concerns and the way forward. Parents will be given support and advice and additional opportunities (if requested) to meet more regularly with staff.
In Murthly Primary children from Nursery to P7 learn:
- Literacy: reading, writing, listening and talking
- Numeracy and Maths: Information Handling, Number, Money and Measure and Shape, Position and Movement
- Health and Wellbeing: Mental, Emotional, Social and physical Wellbeing, Planning for choices and change, Physical Education, food and Health, Substance Misuse, Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood.*1
- Sciences: Planet Earth, Energy in the Environment, Communication, Forces & Motion, Life and Cells, Materials, Topical Science, Inquiry and Investigative Skills, Scientific Analytical Thinking Skills and Scientific Literacy
- Social Subjects: People, Place and Environment, People, Past Events and Societies, People in Society, Economy and Business
- Technologies: Technological developments in society, ICT to enhance learning, Business, Computing science, Food and textiles, Craft, design, engineering and graphics
- Expressive Arts: Music, Art and Design, Dance and Drama.
- Religious and Moral Education: Christianity, Other World Religions, Development of Beliefs and Values *2
- Modern Languages: French (P3 -7 only)
*1 Parents will be informed when sensitive health issues will be taught to allow appropriate support between home and school.
*2 Under the terms of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 “any pupil may be withdrawn by his/her parents from instruction in religious subjects and from religious observance”. Any parent wishing to exercise this right should first discuss it with the Head Teacher. Alternative provision will be made for these children during times of religious observance.