Broad General Education

In the lower school, pupils follow a Broad General Education in line with the principles of Curriculum for Excellence.  In S1 pupils are taught 1 period per week and cover 4 topics - Drawing and Painting, an IDL design unit inspired by China and Portraiture.  In S2 pupils are taught 2 periods per week and cover 3 topics - Scottish Culture graphic design, Still life and 3D Design.  S3 pupils are taught 3 periods per week and begin the year with skills based workshops before developing critical analysis skills, and finally moving on to design and expressive work.  All pupils have the opportunity to experience success in Art and Design and this is celebrated regularly through exhibitions and displays.

All pupils follow the revised units of work in line with CFE and have benefited from increased active learning and Aifl strategies which have been integrated into class work.  The learning and teaching methodologies used in the department are designed to give pupils opportunities to develop these capacities. Courses offer progression and appropriate challenge, whilst taking account of prior learning. The subject naturally cultivates several important aspects, particularly critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, evaluating and decision-making. Experiential learning is a key approach and pupils are given ample scope for choice and personalisation, which encourages enthusiasm and motivation. 

Many units of work include inter-disciplinary learning, to encourage pupils to understand the wider context of their learning and link relevant aspects to cross-curricular areas. This is very much evident in the lower school, where pupils enjoy working with ICT, Home Economics and other departments on the China unit of work. Their 'Passport to China' allows them to make connections in their learning whilst gathering a range of assessment evidence from all subjects involved.  Other IDL projects include the S1 Crime unit and S2 unit on Scottish Culture.

S1 pupils work with visiting Mandarin teacher as part of Chinese New Year IDL theme