Learning and Teaching

 

In the Junior School we embrace the principles behind the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We use a variety of teaching methodologies and technologies coupled with good old-fashioned academic rigour to ensure that our children are stimulated and fully equipped to meet the challenges of 21st Century life.

From the off in Primary 1 our superb class teachers provide our children with a very strong start to their educational journey in our bright and airy Early Years Department – affectionately known as Denham Green.  Specialist teaching is provided in PE, Music and Modern Foreign Languages at this stage. In addition we are the only school in the south of Scotland offering specialist experiential Science teaching in a dedicated lab from Primary 1.

Art is added as a specialist subject in Primary 3 with Mandarin being added as an extra language in the Upper Primary.

Drama is not neglected and the size of the school means that every child takes part in at least one production annually.

In meeting our responsibility of preparing our children for the future, we make intelligent use of technology throughout the Junior School and by Primary 5 every child is working on their own personal tablet device. This said, when the tablet is the best way to deliver the curriculum and stimulate the children this is what is used- this does not mean that we are not committed to ensuring that the children are exposed to a huge array of media in Art; myriad sports in PE; fantastic music making or simply the pleasure of reading a proper book in our beautiful purpose-built library.

We make imaginative use of trips both near and far in our curriculum. These include the Primary 3 trip to York as part of their Viking study, Primary 4 visiting Broomlee in West Linton for an outdoor experience, Primary 5 having a week of Jacobite learning in Perthshire and Primary 6 adding to their learning about World War II and Anne Frank in Holland.