Students from St Bernadette's, Muckhart and Fishcross Primary Schools visited the Scottish Learning Festival at the SECC in Glasgow last week, to promote the excellent work going on in their schools.
The theme of this year's festival was Curriculum for Excellence and Clackmannanshire chose to showcase outdoor learning, with pupils sharing their learning experiences with delegates over the two days. Many of the visitors commented on how well Clackmannanshire's pupils articulated and presented their depth of knowledge and the skills they had developed.
Portfolio holder for inclusion Councillor George Matchett said, "Our students were great ambassadors for Clackmannanshire and showed the confidence and skills that Curriculum for Excellence can develop. Outdoor learning is becoming an integral part of everyday learning and teaching in Clackmannanshire Council and the projects I've seen have been inspiring."
Through its involvement with Grounds for Learning, Clackmannanshire Council has embarked on a four year programme of investment, training and support to promote outdoor learning.
Also attending the festival was acting Head teacher of Alloa Academy Iain McGhee. He spoke to a booked-out audience on how Alloa Academy organises and delivers its interdisciplinary Curriculum for Excellence programme for S1.
Iain explained "Curriculum for Excellence recognises that learning is embedded in experiences. Just as outdoor learning introduces them to new environments; interdisciplinary learning allows pupils to learn and develop skills across the curriculum. For example, students might measure their speed or performance in PE and then plot the information on a graph in maths. This approach allows pupils to identify linkages across the curriculum, and delivers a depth of understanding as well as breadth of experiences."