A Moray primary school has been praised for raising children who are proud of their classroom achievements and community.
Officials from Education Scotland visited Dallas Primary School to talk to parents, pupils and staff about their experiences
Yesterday an inspection report was published which graded the quality of learning, teaching and assessment as “good” and the quality of raising attainment and achievement as “satisfactory”.
Inspector Elizabeth Montgomery praised efforts from staff to use the local outdoor environment including nearby woods and the school garden as ways for pupils to apply context to their learning.
Pupils were found to be making “good progress” in listening and talking while reading and writing were graded as “satisfactory”.
Daily numerical lessons have been re-established by teachers in an effort to improve mental agility.
Mrs Montgomery added: “Children’s knowledge and understanding of shape, position and movement is too variable across the school. Although they recognise 2D shapes and 3D objects, they are less proficient in describing their properties.
“Teachers increasingly using learning outdoors as a useful and relevant context to explore concepts such as direction and the compass points. As a result, children have a sound understanding of these concepts.”
The school has been recommended to develop consistency in learning while continuing to raise attainment by monitoring and tracking the progress of pupils. No follow-up visit has been deemed necessary by inspectors.