Upper School Years
Ages 12 to 16
- Literature, composition, creative writing, poetry and speech. Continuing to utilise the Big Write technique to encourage writing but with more focus on punctuation, grammar and vocabulary.
- Mathematics, following the Curriculum for Excellence, imbedded in project work and our own social enterprise business. Additional subject lessons in order to deepen and strengthen knowledge.
- Project based learning in groups, pairs and as individuals. Learning is differentiated by the learning attitude of the individual child. History, environmental science, physics, chemistry, geography, geology, drama, music, performing arts, biology and computer science. Modern languages are taught in a conversational and formal style.
- Entrepreneurial skills are developed by involvement in our own social enterprise business.
- Weekly outward bound field trips. This could be hikes, orienteering, nature observation, workshops, physical activities or planned events with other educational groups.
Arts & Crafts
- Ceramics, basket work, textiles (clothes design and production), metal work (copper), building work and paper making. For example, woodwork as an outward bound activity following the journey from the saw mill to the joinery to the functional piece. Introduction of technology.
- Drawing, painting, perspective drawing, clay modelling, mixed media, pastels, portraits, graphic design, printing, screen printing, clay modelling and media exploration. Art history and art observation.
Physical Education and health/wellbeing
- Daily movement work such as gymnastics, brain gym and games. Homemade meals prepared by the children and teachers, and taken together at lunch, for example vegetable soup and freshly baked bread. Gardening and building projects.
- Daily assembly. Time for reflection about the day and democratic discussion. Children will develop ownership of their behaviour and its impact on others.