At South Morningside Primary we work with children to advance their skills for learning, skills for work and skills for life. We strive to design learning activities that develop the four capacities which are:
- A successful learner
- An effective contributor
- A confident individual
- A responsible citizen
The curriculum can be defined as ‘the totality of all that is planned for children and young people throughout their education.’ This includes:
- The ethos and life of the school
- Interdisciplinary learning
- Opportunities for personal achievement
For ideas, advice and materials to further your child’s learning at home, please go to our Paret Zone page.
Curriculum Overview document
The SMPS Pupil Journeys 2014-15 document is an overview of the ‘pupil journey’ throughout the years at South Morningside. This document is continually evaluated and improved with input from management, staff, parents and pupils.
The following are newsletters sent home to school families in the beginning of the session. Alongside general information regarding school policies, there is specific information about the topics and learning areas that are explored throughout the session.
Curricular areas and subjects
Each year group has their own programmes and projects that are covered during the school session. The children’s learning is delivered through the eight curricular areas:
- Language and Literacy
- Maths and Numeracy
- Health and Wellbeing
- Social Subjects
- Expressive Arts
- Religious and Moral Education
For specific information regarding our learning outcomes and experiences at South Morningside primary, please click on the appropriate curriculum area tag on this page.
Some interesting documents created in school to share our work with our families:
For more information on the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) please visit these very helpful websites:
- CfE on the ‘Education Scotland’ website.
- The CfE website.
- ‘Curriculum for Excellence Explained’ BOOKLET published by the City of Edinburgh Council.
Learning and Teaching
|At South Morningside Primary we take account of the children’s individual personality, learning styles and preferences when planning and delivering the curriculum. Teachers endeavour to actively involve children in their learning by discussing what and how they have learned.Children will be taught as part of the whole class, in a group or as an individual, in order that the curriculum can be tailored as far as possible to fit the needs of each child. Discussion, where children plan work and share ideas, is an integral part of the learning process.Teachers use a variety of approaches, from direct interactive teaching to enquiry-based learning and problem solving. From the earliest stages children are encouraged to be independent in their learning, and, as they mature, they are taught to develop effective study skills. Our children may work across stages at times on whole school projects.Learning may be classroom based, outdoor based or may be planned out of school in the local community or on an educational visit. We regularly visit the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh Zoo, Galleries and the Edinburgh Book Festival. Classes also have visitors who come into school, for example, Scottish Opera, the Edinburgh Science Festival, authors and illustrators. We often benefit from funding from the Parent Council to support special visitors and events, but at times we need to charge parents for visits to cover costs. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards. Computers and iPads are timetabled for use by every class each week to develop ICT skills. During Primary 5 the children are offered their first residential experience at Dalguise near Pitlochry for a two night and three day stay. Primary 7 children spend a week at an outdoor residential camp at Lagganlia, near Aviemore, where trained instructors offer experiences such as canoeing, climbing and gorge-walking in a safe and challenging environment.Throughout their school years in South Morningside, children will be involved in various activities and events. We have regular class led assemblies, P1 and P2 Nativity performances and various shows and plays throughout the school year. When possible parents are encouraged to attend and enjoy. Every session we successfully hold Open Classroom events in which the children invite their families into their classrooms to allow them to share their learning.|