CfE Theme Maps

March 9, 2011 2:04 pm

The curriculum maps are designed to act as building blocks for learning. The theme title is built upon by key concepts (knowledge, understanding and breadth of learning), key skills and the Curriculum Area skills focus. These concepts and skills should...

CfE Curriculum Theme Cycles

March 9, 2011 1:54 pm

The curriculum theme cycles are organised into four phases: Nursery and Primary 1 Primary 2 and Primary 3 Primary 4 and Primary 5 Primary 6 and Primary 7 The two year rolling programme model divides into Cycle A and Cycle...

CfE Dimensions Model

March 9, 2011 1:52 pm

The Dimensions Curriculum for Excellence Model provides a framework that primary schools in Scotland can easily modify and adapt to suit their own context. It consists of curriculum theme cycles, curriculum maps, catalyst questions, literacy links, Essential Learning Experiences and Assessment for...

CfE Skills Ladder

March 9, 2011 1:47 pm

The Dimensions Curriculum for Excellence Skills Ladder is an essential part of the Dimensions CfE Creative Curriculum Toolkit. It can also be used as a stand-alone resource, assisting with curriculum design to ensure focus on permanent, transferable skills from Nursery...

CfE Design Modules

March 9, 2011 1:39 pm

The Dimensions Curriculum for Excellence Design Modules play an important part in the overall curriculum design process. They guide you through the development process by following principles of best practice in creative curriculum design. There are five different modules which...

AfL Materials

March 3, 2011 9:46 pm

Assessment for Learning is central to the Dimensions Model. Using constructive, practical assessment methods is crucial to the whole dynamic of the creative curriculum. With practical tools such as the Assessment Wheel and Memory Box, coupled with a planned, progressive...

Essential Learning Experiences

March 3, 2011 9:44 pm

The Essential learning experiences (ELEs) are activities that are deemed to be an important part of childhood development. These can cover a range of locations and events and can act as stand-alone opportunities or as integrated activities to enhance the...

CfE Literacy Links

March 3, 2011 9:41 pm

Literacy is integrated as part of the themes. A broad range of genres are linked within each year group and every effort has been made to match appropriate genres to relevant themes. Most Dimensions schools use the themes as a...

Literacy Links

March 3, 2011 9:41 pm

The literacy framework has been used to help map out the integration of literacy as part of the themes. All the literacy framework units are linked within each year group and every effort has been made to match appropriate genres...

CfE Catalyst Questions

March 3, 2011 9:25 pm

Catalyst questions are designed to stimulate discussion and promote higher order thinking skills. They can be used as a springboard for an introduction to a theme or be used, as appropriate, during the course of a theme. They are included for all...

Curriculum Theme Cycles

March 3, 2011 9:15 pm

The curriculum theme cycles are organised into four phases: Foundation Stage Key Stage 1 Lower Key Stage 2 Upper Key Stage 2 The two year rolling programme model divides into Cycle A and Cycle B. Cycle A covers the first...

Curriculum Maps | Thematic Curriculum

March 3, 2011 9:15 pm

The curriculum maps are designed to act as building blocks for learning. The theme title is built upon by key concepts (knowledge, understanding and breadth of learning), key skills and the Curriculum Area skills focus. These concepts and skills should...

Part Three: Dimensions Model

March 3, 2011 9:04 pm

The Dimensions Model provides a framework that schools can easily modify and adapt to suit their own context. It consists of Curriculum Theme Cycles, Curriculum Maps, Catalyst Questions, Literacy Links, Essential Learning Experiences and Assessment for Learning materials all linked...

Cross-Curricular Skills

March 3, 2011 8:57 pm

Creativity Skills Ladder As there is a focus on creativity within Dimensions itself, we have included a skills set for these commonly recognised elements of creativity:- Imagination with purpose Originality Value These are not subject bound, are arranged within year...

Curriculum Area Skills

March 3, 2011 8:53 pm

The Subject Skills included under the Curriculum Areas are particularly helpful for curriculum subject leaders who are looking to monitor progression and continuity across phases and year groups. They are a useful tool for assessing progress within their subject or...

Year Group Skills

March 3, 2011 8:53 pm

The Year Group Skills Ladder is organised into two parts:- The Early Years Foundation Stage section covers Nursery and Reception skills, using the EYFS headings within the six Areas of Learning which are:- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) Communication, Language...

Part Two: Skills Ladder

March 3, 2011 8:40 pm

The Dimensions Skills Ladder is an essential part of the Dimensions Creative Curriculum Toolkit. It can also be used as a stand-alone resource, assisting with curriculum design to ensure focus on permanent, transferable skills. The focus of teaching and learning...

Creative Curriculum Rationale

March 3, 2011 7:34 pm

It is vital that staff have a shared understanding of why your school is looking to change the curriculum in this way. Creative teaching and teaching for creative learning should be clearly understood and there must be a commitment to providing pupils with the opportunities...

Curriculum Aims

March 3, 2011 7:34 pm

Schools must be clear about what they are trying to achieve through implementing a new approach to the curriculum. Curriculum aims should be personal and related to individual schools’ areas for development. In line with the findings of the Cambridge...

Curriculum Organisation

March 3, 2011 7:34 pm

This can be the most daunting part of curriculum design and schools often struggle to find a starting point in the process. Curriculum organisation needs careful consideration, taking into account the many factors that make your school different to another. Mapping...

Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation

March 3, 2011 7:34 pm

Once your new curriculum is implemented it must be carefully assessed, monitored and evaluated. The Dimensions Assessment for Learning tools, included in the Dimensions Model, help to make the assessment process more manageable, employing simple yet effective methods that encourage...

CfE Assessment for Learning

March 3, 2011 7:34 pm

Assessment for Learning is central to the Dimensions Model. Using constructive, practical assessment methods is crucial to the whole dynamic of the creative curriculum. With practical tools such as the Assessment Wheel and Memory Box, coupled with a planned, progressive...

Creative Curriculum Development Consultancy

March 3, 2011 7:16 pm

What sets us apart is that we really care about each of our schools individually. At Dimensions, we provide a bespoke creative curriculum development consultancy service, tailored to meet the needs of your school. Our key to success is the...

Outstanding Curriculum Training in Primary Schools

March 3, 2011 7:15 pm

Training is designed and delivered in response to the needs of your staff. We offer practical CPD training sessions designed to engage, motivate and inspire! INSET training and twilight sessions NQT and RQT skills development Subject leader CPD Support Staff training...

Testimonials

March 3, 2011 6:24 pm

Dimensions has enabled our children to become owners of their own learning and has empowered our teachers to be far more creative, which has resulted in an enlivened learning environment and led to a much greater risk-taking culture. – Headteacher, Ashton...

The Story of Dimensions Primary Curriculum Innovation

March 3, 2011 6:24 pm

We had been working on curriculum development, providing consultancy and training to individual schools local to our base in NW England for over three years, when we began to realise that we had developed some very effective processes and principles...