Literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning, as it unlocks access to the wider curriculum. Being literate increases opportunities for our pupils in all aspects of their life and lays the foundations for lifelong learning and work. The children learn in 3 main areas of Literacy: Reading, Writing (including handwriting, grammar, punctuation and spelling) and Talking and Listening.
In P1 the children learn to read using a combination of phonics and sight vocabulary. They also learn about the reading tools to help them read. As the children progress through school they are learning skills to support their understanding of texts by answering literal, evaluative and inferential questions. The programme is structured and progressive. We develop a love of reading by reading stories to children and as they get older provide opportunities to read independently.
In P1 the children learn to form their letter and numbers and write sentences. As our children progress through the school, they learn about the different genres when writing stories and the different forms of texts such as writing letters or reports. We also use a progressive approach to spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Talking and Listening
Talking and Listening skills are taught across all aspects of the curriculum.
As Mathematics in important in our everyday lives, here at Lennoxtown Primary School we teach numeracy and mathematics as part of a progressive programme. Children are taught skills mentally and using more formal methods of calculation.
In P1 our children learn key numeracy skills using SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) approaches. This provides a good foundation for all pupils who learn about the numbers, sequencing, counting and patterns. The skills developed in P1 are carried into P2 and the pupils continue with this approach, with the value of numbers increasing. In P3 and P4 the children work with larger numbers again. In P5 to P7 the range of numbers increases and the children's confidence in using the four main processes increases.
From P1 the children learn about sharing, which leads into learning about fractions. By the end of P7 the children are learning about the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages and solving problems.
Throughout their time at Lennoxtown the children learn real life skills such as telling the time, using money, using measure, carrying out surveys and graphing their results. They also apply what they have learned in solving problems.
The school uses NumberGym to support the children's understanding. This can be accessed at home to enable the children to practice their number bonds, times tables and mental maths strategies.
Our P7 children take part in a Maths Challenge at Kilsyth Academy. This year we took part in Maths Week in September, we had lots of fun learning about famous mathematicians, and other number systems.
Our Health and Wellbeing curriculum prepares our pupils with the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future. The school uses PAThS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Skills) and RelaxKids to promote the children's emotional wellbeing. To support their physical wellbeing the children complete two hours of PE per week. We have a progressive programme to support Sexual Health and Relationship Education, keeping safe and substance misuse.
Health Week is held in October each year. During Health Week the children take part in a number of activities relating different aspects of Health. They take part in physical activity, use our kitchen for cooking and tasting new healthy foods, and learn about healthy eating. They also have specialists coming in to work with them on fitness and safety.
Children learn about keeping safe online on Internet Safety Day in February each year.
In P5 and P6 children have the opportunity to learn safer cycling by taking part in the cycling training programme.
Our P5, P6 and P7 children take part in Athletics and Cross Country competitions.
The children learn French progressively throughout the school, taking part in oral work, singing songs, playing games and watching videos to help them learn to speak in French progressing to using their learning in short conversations. They order their lunches in French and as they progress through the school they can introduce themselves and tell people some basic background information. We build on this by covering topics such as colours, numbers, the calendar and special festivals, classroom objects, the weather, family, clothing, descriptive language, hobbies, food and drink. They also learn about France and other countries where French is spoken.
Below is a list of vocabulary which you might find useful. Please feel free to use this resource to support your child's French learning.
In Primary 5, 6 and 7 the children also learn German as their second foreign langauge. They learn basic conversational German by learning how to introduce themselves and tell people some basic background information. There are lots of websites you can use at home to practise your German or extend your knowledge of German culture.
Sciences are taught as a stand-alone subject or as part of an interdisciplinary topic. Each year in March the pupils take part in our Science Week and our parents, carers and families come along to our Science Centre to learn and take part in Science Activities. We have lots of visitors at the school to support our Science learning. This year the theme was Discoveries and Inventions. The Primary 7 pupils take part in a Science Festival at Kilsyth Academy as part of their transition to secondary school.
We learn about computing in our Computer Suite. Here we learn how to use Microsoft Office Programmes such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. We complete research projects using the Internet and use what we learn to support other areas of the curriculum. We learn about coding using Hour of Code and Scratch. We also access Number Gym to help our Numeracy and Maths. During Internet Safety Week we learn about keeping safe online.
Other aspects of technology such as engineering are part of the P6 and P7 curriculum. The P7 children take part in the Scottish Leader's Award and learn how to make electric cars. The P6s take part in the K'Nex Challenge at Kilsyth Academy. Throughout the school the children use the design process to support their understanding of how things are designed and made. Through technologies they also learn about solving problems.
Social Studies comprises of History, Geography and Modern Studies. Each term the children study an interdisciplinary topic which usually includes an aspect of Social Studies. During the year each class completes an Assembly for their parents and the rest of the school. During this they showcase their learning. This can also include aspects of the Expressive Arts such as Drama, Music, Art and Dance.
Our children get the chance to perform at our Scottish Concert in early February, at our Nativity and Christmas Show and at our Class Assemblies. The Expressive Arts include Art and Design, Dance, Drama and Music. These usually support our interdisciplinary learning.
The children take part in World of Work Week in May. Here the children learn about jobs and consider what they might like to do when they are older. We have lots of visitors and the P6 and P7 children take part in a 'speed date' which enables them to develop questions and find out the jobs that our visitors do.