Scandinavian pupils pop into local school

On February 1, 31 Norwegians visited Woodburn Primary School spent the whole day observing in classes and joined a Primary 4-7 Citizenship Gathering.
On February 1, 31 Norwegians visited Woodburn Primary School spent the whole day observing in classes and joined a Primary 4-7 Citizenship Gathering.

Woodburn Primary School recently welcomed groups of pupils from Denmark and Sweden to observe how pupils here go about their day.

Over the past few years the school has supported and developed children’s understanding of learning dispositions though creating its own ‘learning skills’ focusing on ‘learning how to learn’.

In 2016 James Nottingham from Challenging Learning visited Woodburn Primary to lead and record a ‘philosophy for children’ lesson with pupils. He then asked the school to host a series of study tours. To date, Woodburn has welcomed visitors from Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Most recently, in January a group of Swedish visitors visited both Woodburn and Dalkeith High School. And in February 31 Norwegians visited Woodburn Primary, spending the day observing classes and joining a primary 4-7 citizenship gathering.

Susan Welsh, depute head teacher at Woodburn, said: “The visits have enabled us to share our improvement journey and the impact this has had on learners.

“Through collaboration they have also gained a valuable international perspective on school improvement.”