The Kirn Primary School Curriculum Model
This article discusses the curriculum model implemented at Kirn Primary School in 2010, which utilizes specialist teachers for various subjects. The article covers its rationale, implementation, self-evaluation, and tips for success.
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1. The Kirn Primary School model of the curriculum James Wylie, HT Rockfield Primary Robyn McIlroy, ADHT, Kirn Primary
2. Overview 1. Rationale for the introduction of the upper school model in 2010 2. How it works in practice 3. Self-evaluation and views of staff, pupils, parents 4. Outcome of the self-evaluation 5. Tips for success
3. Rationale The creative solution to an inherited problem 2010 six teachers, compulsory transfers from schools with falling roles Staff had specialist skills: art, literacy, outdoor learning, maths
4. Sample timetable P7 9.00 10.30am 10.45am 12.15pm 1.15 2.15pm 2.30 3.00pm 3.00 3.30pm Monday LANGUAGE & ARTS Ms McIlroy MATHS & SCIENCES Ms McKie SOCIAL SUBJECTS/RME Ms McIlroy SOCIALSUBJECT S /RME Ms McIlroy SOCIALSUBJECTS /RME Ms McIlroy Tuesday MATHS & SCIENCES Ms McKie LANGUAGE & ARTS Ms McIlroy SOCIAL SUBJECTS/RME Ms McIlroy PE Mr Wakefield PE Mr Wakefield Wednesday LANGUAGE & ARTS Ms McIlroy MATHS & SCIENCES Ms McKie LANGUAGE & ARTS Ms McIlroy LANGUAGE & ARTS Ms McIlroy PASTORAL TIME Ms McIlroy Thursday LANGUAGE & ARTS Ms McIlroy MATHS & SCIENCES Ms McKie SOCIAL SUBJECTS Mrs Marr SOCIAL SUBJECTS Mrs Marr SOCIAL SUBJECTS Mrs Marr Friday SOCIAL SUBJECTS Mrs Marr SOCIAL SUBJECTS Mrs Marr SOCIAL SUBJECTS Mrs Marr SOCIAL SUBJECTS Mrs Marr SOCIAL SUBJECTS Mrs Marr
5. In practice Steps to ensure: Consistency of approach to discipline Co-ordination of timetables Shared planning Retention of the pastoral element by having pastoral teachers Consultation with Parent Council Quality assurance Co-ordination of homework
6. Self-evaluations November 2012 & April 201 Evidence considered: Quantitative data Peoples views Direct observation Sampling pupil work Class visits/ learning walks Observations of children Forward plan monitoring Tracking of learners experiences Parent/Pupil Surveys/Feedback
7. Self-evaluation 1. Is this model consistent with the rationale and the aims of CfE? 2. How does this model impact on the quality of teaching and learning of each of the curriculum areas? 3. How has this model impacted on attainment and assessment?
8. 4. Are literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing being developed across curriculum areas? 5. Views of the pupils, staff and parents? 6. In what ways, if any, should the current operating model be adapted to take account of the findings of this self-evaluation and consultation with the various stakeholders?
9. Views of pupils Pros Different teachers = variety Specialisms ultimately being for their benefit Good preparation for transition to S1 Cons Carrying pencil cases Remembering where to go Homework too much from some teachers
10. Views of teachers - pros The principles of curriculum design are more easily met through this model than where individual teachers were planning for differentiated activities across three, four or more curriculum areas every day. This model suits children with shorter attention spans since the teacher and the subject are changed every 1.5 hours. It helps planning of next steps for individual children since you get to know their development needs very well within the subject areas.
11. Views of teachers - pros It allows teachers to invest more time planning and preparing very good quality resources. This models helps the children become much more responsible and independent which is especially valuable for P7s. Teacher dont have to spend time at the beginning of term getting to know pupils learning styles, next steps and development needs since they have already gone through that process when they come into P5. This model helps improve teachers specialist skills.
12. Views of teachers - cons Presents more of an organizational challenge Teachers can miss forming a bond with the one set of pupils every day over a year. There is no down time for chats with pupils during the day. It can be difficult to finish off work since pupils move on to the next lessons and catch up work has to be kept until the next day.
13. Views of teachers - cons Sometimes teachers can miss teaching different aspects of for example a topic. Teachers need to ensure that they dont become de- skilled in teaching all curriculum areas. It can be more difficult to organise the giving and returning of homework. Children with support needs may not like the changes. It can take a while for P5 pupils to get used to the routine.
14. Views of parents Pros Liked the specialist vs generalist idea Felt that pupils were being active moving around from class to class Great preparation for S1 Fostering independence Cons Initially some concerns Homework Transition from P4 to P5
15. Outcome of the self-evaluation While this self-evaluation has shown that pupils, parents and staff have positive views about the current operating model, there are two factors which might mitigate against continuing the current model. Firstly at this point in time there is no objective empirical evidence to show that the current operating model has improved in attainment and/or achievement per se. Secondly the current staff complement allows the option of returning to a more traditional curriculum model.
16. Outcome of the self-evaluation Refinement of the model 2013 2014 session Moved to a 2 stream model P5 returned to traditional model P6 & P7 rotating only Specialisms retained: numeracy and literacy More support given to pupils with ASN through the model Monthly homework grids retained Retained planning with P5,6,7 teachers and pupils Retained upper school shared experiences, e.g. topic work to introduce P5 to other teachers gradually
17. Recommendations Success of this model will depend on: Staff engagement Staff expertise Good timetabling Clear communication and flexibility Shared planning Engagement of pupils and parents Attention to ASN and pastoral issues Much more difficult potentially with a composite class