Today, Seonaid McGillivray (Headteacher at Stoneyhill Primary School) and I attended a meeting at the Scottish Government Offices in Leith. We have been working in collaboration with the Scottish Government Education and Training Department and Learning and Teaching Scotland on a project to explore enriched enquiry in more detail. The full title of the project is Enriched Assessment for an Enriched Curriculum or EAEC.
An ‘enriched enquiry’ is one which supports pupils to develop their
understanding of the world and broad skills and attributes for learning, life
and work, through carrying out a structured investigation. Enriched enquiry is fully consistent with the principles and
purposes of Curriculum for Excellence. The
original model has been developed from successful projects in New Zealand.
The broad aims of enriched enquiry is to allow children to:
- access different sources of information and media to explore the chosen topic in some depth, over a sustained period of time
- plan the enquiry and exchange and develop ideas about the topic with others of the same age, and with relevant adults in the school and local community
- bring together and build on learning and skills from different disciplines, school subjects and other areas of their lives
- build working relationships and contribute effectively as part of a team
- explore important principles and issues, such as human rights or moral, ethical, social, scientific, economic, or environmental issues, allowing them to reflect on and clarify their own attitudes and values
- comment and reflect on their findings, as part of a group and as an individual – how things are in the chosen aspect of their community, and why
- provide a personal view on what might be done locally to improve their lives, making a case for how things might be changed for the better, and what needs to happen to enable those changes, reflecting challenges faced in the real world
- bring together their findings and views in a written final report for local ‘publication’
- present a summary of their findings and recommendations for local action to members of the school and community
Working in collaboration with Stoneyhill Primary Primary School last years P7 teachers used the enriched enquiry approach while delivering our Guitar Hero Transition Project. I think that the model that we are developing for assessment is really exciting and hope that we can expand on this further as we continue to develop the project in session 2008 / 2009.
As a result of today’s meeting we have been asked to contribute to the Enriched assessment for enriched enquiry: inter/cross-disciplinary studies to develop skills and attributes for learning, life and work in the UK, Queensland and New Zealand session at the SLF next Thursday. (Yes, I know it’s not a catchy title!)
During our 15 minute slot of the presentation we will talk about how you can go about gathering, evaluating and reporting achievement in the context of an enriched enquiry and the assessment, and recognition of pupils’ achievements.