1. Explain how you think ‘The Curriculum for Excellence’ has benefitted learners.
Pupils who have learned within CfE are more open to thinking about new ideas and creativity. The course has led to further enthusiasm and motivation for learning as the content covered is more relevant to real life experiences.
Literacy and numeracy skills have a bigger focus than before with all learners having an awareness of these skills across the curriculum.
Health and wellbeing and ICT across the curriculum allows pupils to make connections about these skills in a variety of contexts.
Pupils are more self-aware about their own learning.
Pupils have a better understanding of sustainability and can make reasoned arguments of current and topical issues.
- Discuss any challenges ‘The Curriculum for Excellence’ has created for teachers and learners.
CfE introduces further problem solving skills in a wide variety of contexts, but this can be difficult to teach to the level required which has led to less resilience and problem solving ability for some pupils.
- Describe the benefits to participants of the teaching styles used in your programme.
Teaching styles are varied and this allows all learners to participate fully. There can be independent learning, pupil led learning, class teaching, use of ICT, problem solving and creativity. Resources used can be visual and audio. As Science is a practical subject, learners can also learn through practical activities and researching questions that they may have.
- Describe ways in which your programme supports inclusion of males.
Males are fully encouraged to participate in all three sciences, as are females. However more needs to be done to address the low numbers of males in Biology by raising awareness of the importance of biology in terms of career paths.
- Outline the steps in your programme which improve attainment and inclusion.
Further development of skills
Increased parental contact
Rigorous tracking and monitoring strategies
Question practice consolidation to develop resilience
Differentiation of resources
Different levels within courses
Variety of resources to meet different learning styles
- Describe collaborations which have improved your programme.
Collaborations with Maths and English in terms of numeracy and literacy have helped improve consistency in the strategies used in data handling.
Collaborations across other departments have improved the understanding that pupils have of these subjects and allowed them to make connections of how their skills can be transferred from one area of the curriculum to another.
- Explain if developing scientific research through a kinaesthetic programme ‘dance-based research’ would support attainment in your course.
I would be unsure if this would improve attainment in Science
- In your opinion, what are the best strategies to inspire all learners.
Engaging learners through interest in the subject
Relating learning to real life contexts
Seeing a benefit/reward to the work that learners are doing