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Carrick Knowe Primary School


St. Patrick’s Primary School

 

 

Carrick Knowe Primary School

 


Contactperson

Laura Brandon

E-mail

 

 

Website

www.carrickknowe.ik.org

Total number of teachers

22

Total number of pupils

595

Languages taught as subject

French, German and Scots as part of english language and literacy

Languages of instruction

English

Languages used outside formal lessons

Scots

Skills trained in the minority language

Reading, listening, speaking and writing

Availability of the teaching material

Reasonable; what we have is good but we have to search out materials. If they were more readily available more schools would introduce Scots Language

Quality of the teaching material

Good

Developers of the teaching material

Publishing houses

Remarks

We had a multicultural term from April to June 2008 with Scots language at the centre. For our school improvement plan for 2008/9 one of our priorities is "to raise awareness of Scots as a language and progress Scottish culture as idendified in the learning outcomes for Curriculum for Excellence"

We have a link with a school in Weifang China and our present P6 have been learning Mandarin for almost a year. P6 pupils are exchanging letters and learning about Chinese culture. We exchange text books and I have visited the school to share good teaching practices.

We also have a link with Lauderdale Primary in Mulange, Malawi. Our whole school have been involved in raising funds to build 2 classrooms for the pupils which we have successfully completed. Our present P7 class have sent letters and photos over the last 2 and a half years, exchanging life experiences with pupils from the school.
 
We face problems raising funds to purchase good resources, training to build confidence in all teaching staff and writing a progressive programme of work.
 
We are very much looking forward to joining the Mercator Group and sharing ideas and experiences with our fellow schools in Europe.


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St. Patrick’s Primary School

 


Contactperson

Mrs P. McFadyen

E-mail

 

 

Website


Total number of teachers

8

Total number of pupils

152

Languages taught as subject

Scots

Languages of instruction

Languages used outside formal lessons

Skills trained in the minority language

Reading, listening, speaking and writing

Availability of the teaching material

Reasonable; the Itchy Coo website is a very useful resource. We also have a collection of books written in Scots by various authors i.e. King o' the Midden, The Eejits, Burns for Bairns. Another great resource used throughout the school is The Kist. However it would be beneficial to have some up to date visual resources e.e interactive software, DVDs, CDs.

Quality of the teaching material

Good

Developers of the teaching material

Teachers in the school or colleagues, translations or adaptations from other languages publishing houses.

Remarks

Each class takes part in the annual Burns Assembly by reciting Scots poetry. Individual classes carry out projects and write poems/stories using the Scots language throughout the school year. Classes have also re-written fairytales/ stories in Scots which have been entered into competitions and have been successful.

We would like to do collaborative projects with other schools in Europe; sharing of good practice and resources.


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