Technologies form a central part of Scotland’s heritage, identity and future. Their importance cannot be overstated whether as an economic necessity, a social influence or a vital educational experience.
Helping children to make connections across and between subjects.
Curriculum for excellence says:
“The curriculum should include space for learning beyond subject boundaries, so that children and young people can make connections between different areas of learning.”
Each term in school, children are given opportunities to learn in this way. For example, children might be given the challenge of building a bird feeder for the garden. To accomplish this they need to draw on skills they have learned within different subject areas:
They will need to measure accurately – mathematics
They will need to build/join materials – technologies
They may consider decoration – art and design
Working in this way, allows children to see how the skills and knowledge they learn in the classroom relate to “real life”.
More information about education in Scotland can be found at:
How can I support at home?
Encourage your child to use the skills and knowledge they have learned in school at home, eg
• count something out for you
• measure something
• follow a recipe
• go to a club
• work out the cost of something
• write a thank you letter
• make up a game and teach a family member
• follow instructions to make something
• learn to play an instrument
• craft activities
• junk modelling
• write a story/book
• write to a local councillor about a community issue
• play sports
• build a den/hut in the garden
• grow a plant/vegetables
• learn to sew/knit
• read to a sibling/friend/teddy
• do a jigsaw
• play a board game
• LIMIT computer games/screen time to no more than 1 hour a day and ensure they are age appropriate.
• do as many activities as you can from the home learning wall
• watch out for the term ahead letters so you can support with topics at home
• look at our website and your child’s class page for more information
These types of activities will help reinforce learning in school and improve your child’s concentration levels.
Check out: www.espresso.co.uk/online/ for lots of fun resources to help your child’s learning at home.