Planning for Curriculum for Excellence. Workshop Overview Snapshot of current CfE Planning in your schools CfE Planning Guidance – quick reminder of central tenets The role of MFL in delivering cross-cutting themes Possible approaches and next steps.
'The word framework is absolutely critical in terms of understanding what the document is. Unlike previous curriculum documents and curriculum reforms, 'Building the Curriculum 3' does not provide a centralised model that teachers can take out of the pages and apply across Scotland. What it does is it defines a new landscape for curriculum planning - it's now up to the profession to use that framework to supply the details.'
George Smuga, Professional Adviser,Scottish Government Curriculum Division
1) What kind of planning for CfE is currently taking place in your school/authority?
2) Within these plans, what provision is being made for MFL?
3) How different/similar is this provision to the current situation?
Including:literacy across learningthinking skills across learninghealth and wellbeing across learningpersonal learning planningworking with others skills for enterprise and employabilityBTC 4
Central Tenets: Skills for Learning, Life and Work
Introductory Statements (2):Literacy across the Curriculum
I learn to reflect on and explain my literacy and thinking skills, using feedback to help me improve and sensitively provide useful feedback for others.
I engage with and create a wide range of texts in different media, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by ICT.
I develop my understanding of what is special, vibrant and valuable about my own and other cultures and their languages.
I communicate, collaborate and build relationships.
I explore the richness and diversity of language, how it can affect me and the wide range of ways in which I and others can be creative.
I extend and enrich my vocabulary through listening, talking, watching and reading.
Discuss: In what ways can MFL contribute?
The open-ended nature of the experiences and outcomes allows for creativity and flexibility and allows primary teachers to focus on teaching methodologies for skills development and for a deeper understanding without having to plan for too much content/topic coverage. The framework supports secondary teachers in liaising closely with primary teachers to build not only on what has been achieved but also on the learning experiences with which children and young people will be increasingly familiar.
Key pointers from the Principles and Practice Paper (1): Primary MFL and transition to Secondary
Key pointers from the Principles and Practice Paper (2): for creativity and flexibility and allows
Enterprising Approaches and Global Citizenship
The study of a modern language has a unique contribution to make to the development of cultural awareness as it provides children and young people with a means of communicating directly with people from different cultures, enhancing their understanding and enjoyment of other cultures and of their own. They gain insights into other ways of thinking and other views of the world and therefore develop a much richer understanding of active citizenship.
Principles of Curriculum Design
Literacy, Numeracy, Health and Wellbeing
Skills for Learning, Life and Work
International Education/Global Citizenship
And of course, the Os and Es!
And now it’s over to you….
Two possible approaches
Focussing on S1 (think about what material/coursebooks etc you would normally be using)
Group A: auditing current provision based on a sample of Os and Es/cross-cutting themes
Group B: auditing current provision based on the Curriculum Design Principles/cross-cutting themes
Together discuss the benefits and limitations of each approach. How can they complement each other?
Next steps: Based on today’s discussion, write down 3 key areas which could be the basis of an action plan for MFL planning in your school.