Danestone Primary School follows the principals and methods set out by Learning and Teaching Scotland in Curriculum for Excellence.

Numeracy & Mathematics

From a very early age we are trying to give our pupils the opportunity to:

  • develop essential numeracy skills which will allow me to participate fully in society
  • understand that successful independent living requires financial awareness, effective money management, using schedules and other related skills
  • interpret numerical information appropriately and use it to draw conclusions, assess risk, make reasoned evaluations and informed decisions
  • apply skills and understanding creatively and logically to solve problems, within a variety of contexts
  • appreciate how the imaginative and effective use of technologies can enhance the development of skills and concepts

This will be achieved by developing many mathematical skills and concepts and giving your child opportunities to practice using these skills.

Literacy & English

From a very early age we are trying to give our pupils the opportunity to:

  • communicate, collaborate and build relationships
  • reflect on and explain their literacy and thinking skills, using feedback to help them improve and sensitively provide useful feedback for others
  • engage with and create a wide range of texts in different media, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by ICT
  • develop my understanding of what is special, vibrant and valuable about my own and other cultures and their languages
  • explore the richness and diversity of language, how it can affect them, and the wide range of ways in which they and others can be creative
  • extend and enrich their vocabulary through listening, talking, watching and reading

Health and Wellbeing

From a very early age we are trying to give our pupils the opportunity to:

  • develop self-awareness, self-worth and respect for others
  • meet challenges, manage change and build relationships
  • experience personal achievement and build resilience and confidence
  • understand and develop physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing and social skills
  • understand how what they eat, how active they are and how decisions they make about their behaviour and relationships affect their physical and mental wellbeing
  • participate in a wide range of activities which promote a healthy lifestyle
  • understand that adults in their school community have a responsibility to look after them, listen to their concerns and involve others where necessary
  • learn about where to find help and resources to inform choices
  • assess and manage risk and understand the impact of risk-taking behaviour
  • reflect on their strengths and skills to help them make informed choices when planning their next steps
  • acknowledge diversity and understand that it is everyone’s responsibility to challenge discrimination

Contextualised Learning

We aim to give our pupils a variety of opportunities to experience learning in a context that helps make sense of the skills and concepts they have been developing.  In the past this may have been split into individual subject areas such as science, information technology, history, geography etc.  We aim to provide opportunities (contexts) where children will be using skills and knowledge that have learnt and are learning across a number of curricular areas.

Pupil’s Wider Achievements

We recognised that learning is not restricted to the classroom.  There are numerous very worthwhile learning opportunities which happen out with the classroom and the school itself.  We aim to promote these and where possible try to help individual pupils share their success with their peers and develop their achievement further.