Shawhead Primary School
The school offers a curriculum based on the principle of providing pupils with a structure and programme of activities which will ensure breadth, balance, continuity and progression. The focus of the teaching methods is on the children learning through activity. This will enable them to develop skills in a range of curricular areas and will provide them with opportunities to research, investigate, solve problems and work with practical materials.
The main areas covered are:
Religious and Moral Education
|Number, Money, Measurement||Other World Religions|
|Shape, Position and Movement||Development of Beliefs & Values|
|Problem Solving and Enquiry|
Health & Wellbeing
|Mental & Emotional Wellbeing||Technological Developments in Social Society|
|Planning for Choices & Changes||Business Contexts|
|Physical Education||Computing Science Contexts|
|Nutrition||Craft, Design & Engineering Contexts|
|Relationships, Sexual Health & Parenthood|
|People, Past Events & Societies||Planet Earth|
|People, Places & Environment||Forces, Electricity & Waves|
|People, Society, Economy & Business||Biological Systems|
The Curriculum for Excellence provides a framework within which learning in each of these areas can be organised and progress is measured in stages; early, first, second and third.
It is Regional policy to introduce a Modern European language from Primary 6 onwards. At Shawhead, French is introduced from Primary 1. Initially this takes the form of simple vocabulary, used in the context of the classroom. As the children become more proficient they are introduced to games and songs and simple topics to extend their vocabulary. Throughout the school the emphasis is on the spoken word.
Shawhead Primary School has a long connection with the Parish of Irongray and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. The school chaplain is the Minister of Irongray Church.
It is school and Regional policy that children may be withdrawn from Religious Education or Observance at the request of the parent. However, it is not the policy of the school to indoctrinate children with any religious ideal but rather to make them aware of the beliefs held by many different groups and to instil empathy towards these varying beliefs.
Christianity will be studied alongside other major world religions and school assemblies will support the Religious and Moral Education programme.
Extra Curricular Activities
We are keen to provide activities outwith the teaching day. However, this depends on the talents and goodwill of staff and parents who are prepared to give up their valuable time to organise clubs for the children.
At present we offer an occasional Active After Schools Club, plus seasonal gardening and games clubs. Various community events take place throughout the year within Shawhead village and the children are very often invited to participate.
Shawhead Primary School
Telephone: 01387 730240
Head Teacher – Mrs. Karen Little
Present roll: 40
Number of classes: 2
Dumfries and Galloway Council Council Offices
Telephone: 03 03 3333000
Director Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning
30 Edinburgh Road
Telephone: 03 03 333 3000