Senior School specialists teach Art, Computing, French, Geography, History, Music, PE, and Science to Primary 7 pupils.
By starting the Senior School curriculum, pupils begin to form bonds with Senior School staff and become familiar with the Senior School buildings. This is a key component in the smooth transitory experience for pupils.
Art in P7 introduces pupils to the techniques and thematic approach they will experience in the S1/S2 course and beyond. It develops their understanding of the ‘language’ of line, tone, colour, shape, pattern, texture and form through a variety of two and three dimensional activities. A wide range of media and methods are explored in practical lessons, while critical skills are developed in the context of at least one theme.
The numerous extracurricular activities such as art clubs, artists workshops and demonstrations, school exhibitions and gallery visits provide inspiration and exciting learning opportunities for pupils.
Maps are the main tool of a Geographer and in Primary 7, pupils are taught the basic skills of map reading and interpretation. They then progress to Ordinance Survey maps and atlas work, incorporating latitude and longitude.
While locating places on atlas maps pupils are encouraged to extend their general geographical knowledge and spatial awareness. Pupils have the opportunity to investigate volcanic activity and the plan a coastal walk of Arran, using their mapping skills, to demonstrate competency in this area. Pupils complete the year by working on an individual study of the geography of Australia.
The course examines several topics starting with ancient historical study of the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Pupils also explore the Middle Ages, looking at themes involving the concepts of people in conflict and people in time. This gives pupils an understanding of the effects of war on society and contrasting lifestyles in the past. Pupils undertake a variety of activities to explore this topic focusing on the experiences and learning outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence.
The main topics include:Stone, Bronze and Iron Age Scotland; Life in a Medieval castle and the Scottish Wars of Independence (1286-1328).
Learning is supported by a trip to The Bannockburn Centre, Stirling (interactive 3-D digital medieval battle workshop) and a cross curricular trip with Geography to the National Wallace Monument, Stirling.
Reading and writing skills are developed and pupils are introduced to grammar and language structure. This allows them to use their French more flexibly.
Pupils who are new to the school will be given special help if they have not studied French at their previous school.
The P7 Music course encourages pupils to participate actively and there is a strong emphasis on developing instrumental skills and voice in a group and/or solo setting. Pupils learn to be creative and develop confidence. Through the various activities offered, they develop vocal and instrumental skills, explore sounds and musical concepts which they apply – along with their imagination! – to create musical ideas and compositions.
Topics covered include: creating music with technology; performing on keyboard, guitar, voice and percussion; instruments of the orchestra; Scottish music and choral singing.
Pupils consolidate fundamental movement skills, the building blocks that enable them to progress and develop a full range of skills. The ability to learn movement competence creates the essential nerve cell networks which are the very essence of the learning process.
In Primary 7, these skills are challenged further by using apparatus or by introducing pupils to competition. Every pupil is encouraged to experience events such as Inter house Days and Inter school Games. Meanwhile, various sports boast teams who play competitively – the Junior Cricket Team being a prime example.