The Literacy curriculum for Primary 7 pupils in the Millburn Area School Group (ASG) has looked a little bit different this term. They have been developing oral and written communication skills, research skills, critical thinking skills, the skill of making connections, presentation skills and comparing and contrasting sources. The skills themselves have been no different than the skill set that has traditionally been developed within the Literacy curriculum in Primary 7; however, this year they have been driven through the context of Career Education.
Following the work that Lochardil Primary School developed on Career Education through their Literacy and Health and Wellbeing programme, the Millburn ASG have developed this within their school’s curriculum. The children have been researching local industries on My World of Work, comparing the values of businesses to the values of their school, communicating directly with businesses, developing dynamic presentation skills to present to their families and businesses, making the connections between their own skills within the curriculum and the skills across learning, life and work with a focus on industry.
These core Literacy and Communication skills have been reflected in the direct work that the Millburn ASG has done with Skills Development Scotland, Barnardo’s Works and with local businesses across hospitality, finance, the consumer chain, construction and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries. Across industries, these skills have been valued as crucial to the work place. This is showing learners in Primary 7 the purpose for developing these skills and the transferable nature of these skills through the rest of their time in education and beyond!