Presentation on theme: "Curriculum for Excellence and S2 to S3 Course Choice Evening"— Presentation transcript:
1 Curriculum for Excellence and S2 to S3 Course Choice Evening 4 February 2013
2 What is the Curriculum? The Four Contexts The curriculum is more than curriculum areas and subjects. The curriculum is the totality of experiences which are planned for children and young people through their educationEthos & life of the school as a communityPositive ethos, shared values, participation in decision-making, contribute as leaders & role modelsCurriculum areas and subjectsIn drawing up Es & Os, learning in each curricular area reviewed to emphasise contribution to developing 4 capacitiesInterdisciplinary learningMake connections. Provide relevant, challenging & enjoyable learning experiences. Different perspectives deepen understanding & provides coherenceOpportunities for personal achievementProvides a sense of satisfaction & builds motivation, resilience & confidence
3 Key Aim of CfEFurther raise the quality of academic attainment and achievement to enable more of our pupils to achieve sustained positive destinations.
4 Broad General Education BGE and Senior PhaseBroad General Education
5 S1 and S2 Timetable & Curriculum Rota of Business Ed/Enterprise + IDL ElectivesLargely maintain ‘core’ timeNecessity for some of level 4 in S2 to ensure pace
6 Big Developments BGE courses structured to deliver Es & Os Greater focus on developing skills for life, work & learningGreater emphasis on use of formative assessment – including through self, peer, PLPs & profilingResponsibility of All – Literacy, Numeracy & HWBGreater emphasis on transitions – primary to secondary and 16+ Learning Choices
7 Greater promotion of:Active learning – being actively engaged, whether mentally or physically, using real life and imaginary situationsCooperative learning – encouraging thinking and talking together, to discuss ideas and solve problemsInterdisciplinary learning – using links between different areas of learning to develop, reinforce & deepen understandingUsing technologies in learning – to find material, communicate, create and present
8 Language and Literacy Elective Pupils will choose three short courses that they will study one period per week throughout the course of the session. Titles include:Exploring FairytalesRead All About It!A World of StoriesFilm Trailer ElectiveClassical Myths and LegendsThe SimpsonsGreek Myths and LegendsComic Book SuperheroesFind Out About FilmVisions of the FutureBranding (or how to market a product nobody wants!)
9 S2 Electives Curricular Area(s) Title Technologies, Social Studies Business Enterprise (Compulsory)Sciences, Technologies, Social Studies, HWB, NumeracyFood & EnvironmentHWB, Science, Social Studies, Technologies, RME, Literacy, NumeracyAlcohol Awareness & HeartstartRME, Expressive Arts, Technologies, HWB, LiteracyHinduismScienceCSIRME, Social Studies, HWB, Expressive Arts, LiteracyGlobal CitizenshipLanguagesSurvival SpanishSocial Studies, Expressive ArtsTitanicExpressive ArtsGlee ClubSocial Studies, Expressive Arts, Technologies, LiteracyWho do you think you are?
10 The Timetable for S3 for 2013-14 EnglishMathematicsHealth & wellbeingRMEChoice x 64 periods43 (2 x PE + 1 x PSE)13 x 6 = 18Timetable structure exactly the same as before.8 Subjects + ‘core’
12 New SQA Qualifications SCQF Level Current Qualifications New Qualifications5 Standard Grade Credit/ National 5 (A-D)Intermediate 24 Standard Grade General/ National 4 (Pass/Fail)Intermediate 13 Standard Grade Foundation/ National 3 (Pass/Fail)Access 3
13 Fife Council CfE Senior Phase Principles Paper June 2011 It also seems likely that the quality of grades will have increasing importance…. This dilemma also provides strong reasons why the status quo model (8 subjects in S4 for almost all pupils) of the Senior Phase could do serious damage to the quality of many pupil qualifications and to the success rate of leavers’ aspiring destinations.
14 Framework for S4 for 2013-14 English Mathematics Health & wellbeing RMEChoice x 45 periods53 (2 x PE + 1 x PSE)14 x 4 periods
15 Framework for Most of S4 for 2013-14 Effectively 1 period more per week per subject in S4
16 Key Aim of CfEFurther raise the quality of academic attainment and achievement to enable more of our pupils to achieve sustained positive destinations.
17 Parents/Carers Information Evening Vision: The vision for Inverkeithing High School is based on our motto – “Grow by Choice”. As a school community, we strive to motivate each individual to take ownership and responsibility for their own learning and to therefore achieve their full potential.Respect Commitment Opportunity Success
18 S2 into S3 Course Choice 20133rd year continues to be about a broad general education – however, there is choice within this for our pupils.Now time to start planning ahead and identify the areas that pupils find interesting.There are a number of areas to consider.
19 S2 into S3 Course Choice 2013 The Curriculum BalanceBreadthDepthProgression
20 S2 into S3 Course Choice 2013 Advice for parents/carers Consider the bigger picture – do not look at S3 in isolation.From the 8 subjects picked in S3, the pupils will choose to continue with 6 of them in S4.Consider progression of the subjects – majority lead onto Higher, but not all do.
21 S2 into S3 Course Choice 2013 Advice for parents/carers Key factors to remember when discussing this will be:Enjoyment of subjectAbility within subjectBalance – ensuring that pupils do not narrow their choices too earlyInfluences
22 S2 into S3 Course Choice 2013 Influences Previous successYou have a major influenceGuidance staffPeer groupCareers
23 S2 into S3 Course Choice 2013Sometimes pupils have to make hard choicesSometimes the school has to make very difficult decisionsNo course can be guaranteed – it is dependent on the uptake of pupils.
24 S2 into S3 Course Choice 2013 Process TonightPersonal & Social Education classCourse choice booklet – Monday 11 FebS2 reports – Friday 8 Feb (possibly 11 Feb)S2 parents’ evening – Wednesday 20 FebInterviews – 25 Feb – 1 MarchOptions check – Wednesday 13 March