Rationale Poster


Learning with a Happy Heart and Happy Relationships


Respectful, Responsible, Resilient


Towards myself, and others


For my learning, for my actions and for the wider world


To be able to deal with the ups and downs of life

Our Key Drivers

Learning for Sustainability, Excellence and Equity

  • Rights and values-based education
  • Local identity and heritage v global citizenship
  • Improving attainment and achievement of all
  • Health and well-being
  • Critical thinking and political literacy
  • Biodiversity and tackling climate change
  • Social justice and Fair Trade
  • Outdoor learning and contact with nature
  • Peace and conflict
  • Developing and learning skills for life and work

Principles for Curriculum Design:

  • challenge and enjoyment
  • breadth
  • progression
  • depth
  • personalisation and choice
  • coherence
  • relevance

Ideal Learning in Duns PS happens when:

    • Children lead their own learning
  • Children are actively involved
  • Opportunities are given to work independently and collaboratively
  • Children are engaged and purposeful
  • Learning is experiential and active
  • We use the natural environment and outdoors whenever possible
  • Learning provides challenge and is differentiated
  • We nurture the whole child

We promote a โ€˜growth mindsetโ€™ through our Learning Powers

Direct your attention and concentrate

Use your imagination

Notice and be curious

Success through error

Persevere-donโ€™t give up

Strive to improve