Category Archives: Religious and Moral Education

Seasonal Stimuli – Education Scotland’s calendar of events to inspire learning

Resource Calendar

Find topical teaching resources for December in our calendar of events including Hanukkah, Human Rights Day, Christmas.

The events in this calendar are celebrations, awareness days and action weeks all covering topical issues relevant to schools. Each of the events includes details of websites and support materials to help plan activities for learners.

As well as accessing the resources online, you can also download the Global Citizenship Calendar as a PDF, with links to resources for each event.

All Subject Inter-disciplinary project brings Chinese Orchestra of Peking University to Kilmarnock

Silk Road from Peking… to Kilmarnock

Grange Academy reverberated to the unearthly sounds of the erhu recently, as the world-renowned Chinese Orchestra of Peking University delighted youngsters with its first ever performance outside China.

Eminent composer Professor Nigel Osborne – who has shared a stage with Barack Obama in his time – said hearing the orchestra perform a Chinese song written by Annanhill pupils was “one of the most exciting moments of my career” – and a “world first”.

Professor Osborne was visiting Grange Campus to see youngsters work with the Chinese musicians.

The 70 players of traditional instruments such as Chinese bamboo flutes, erhu (a two-stringed Chinese violin), pipa (lute) and yangqin (Chinese dulcimer) played music from all regions and traditions of China, as well as new compositions in Chinese classical style.

The musicians themselves are the elite of a new generation of young people at China’s leading university, studying a wide range of subjects from the sciences and humanities to new technologies, law and medicine.

Professor Osborne said they were “the smartest of a country of hundreds of millions, to get into this high-flying group at Peking University” – the future top politicians, business leaders and scientists of China.

Their performance thrilled pupils from Annanhill Primary, Park School and Grange Academy, who joined the orchestra to play melodies on metallophones and to sing in Mandarin Chinese.

The prestigious cultural visit was designed to boost Grange Academy’s huge Silk Road project, an innovative educational programme relating to pathways of commerce, thought and knowledge stretching from China to Scotland.

The project involves all school subject areas in studying the historical trade routes that criss-crossed Eurasia for 2,000 years. Silk travelled from China to Scotland, but so also did cultural, scientific, mathematical and religious ideas.

By following the silk route, the school touches on many areas of interest, using music as an entry point to learning in the arts, sciences and social subjects.

The orchestra’s visit celebrates strong emerging links between China and Scotland.

Professor Osborne said: “Grange Campus has made a fantastic contribution to learning and teaching. These young Scottish pupils have composed authentic Chinese songs which have been played by a top Chinese orchestra – a world first!”

Grange Academy Headteacher Fred Wildridge said: “This was the elite orchestra’s first major visit abroad and we were proud that they chose to come to Scotland and indeed Kilmarnock.

“The stunning performance fitted well with our Chinese language programme in school and linked also to our Silk Road project”.

Councillor Stephanie Primrose, Spokesperson for Lifelong Learning, said: “The spectacular show was a real treat for the young people, bringing vividly to life the culture and language of China.

“The visit to Grange Academy – where global citizenship is high on the agenda – also provided a wonderful opportunity for pupils to meet the young Chinese performers face to face”.

As part of the Silk Road project, 1,000 pupils from Grange and two other schools in the project are due to perform in a mass concert in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall in November 2012.

Glow Meet: using small, everyday actions to change perceptions of refugees

Simple Acts – Spirit Project, Wednesday 9 May, 11 am,

Simple Acts is about inspiring individuals to use small, everyday actions to change perceptions of refugees. Through Glow TV you can join weekly events that highlight individual acts such as learning about a refugee experience, cooking a dish from another country and finding out about the new Spirit Project. The series is on every Wednesday morning at 11 am.

Marks on the Landscape

Education Scotland’s online interdisciplinary learning resource, Marks on the Landscape <> , is being used by schools throughout the country to help develop creative learning and teaching experiences across the curriculum.

One of the most popular areas of the resource is the Design Challenge section <>  which provides a set of interdisciplinary challenges intended to inspire learners to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situations.

We would like to find out more about some of the innovative ways the design challenges are being used in schools and would appreciate you letting us know how your learners are using them. Please email details to <> .,OG31,3GU5HR,1Z1WU,1,OG31,3GU5HR,1Z1WU,1

Creativity in the Classroom – a call out to share what works

Consider yourself creative?

The Creativity Portal is looking for examples of simple, short creative exercises that teachers and youth workers like yourself have used in the classroom and youth group settings.

It could be:

  • A creative chemistry experiment
  • The school’s fastest paper aeroplane contest
  • The imaginative alphabet
  • A 30 second dramatic warm-up

We would love to hear what’s worked for you. Get a mention on the national Creativity Portal and an invitation to future creative CPD. A wee bit of text is all it takes.

Add to the Creativity Archive here within Glow.

Or email

Education Scotland Learning Blog

Education Scotland’s development officers share good practice and current events as they work with practitioners across Scotland. This blog includes the latest news from all the teams, with links to our website, Glow Groups and good practice.

Midlothian young people win Best Film Award – ‘Anti-social behaviour: what’s the big deal?’

Film award for Midlothian youth

Midlothian Youth Platform are celebrating their success after their documentary on anti-social behaviour won the prestigious ‘best film’ award at the Scottish Parliament’s Young People’s Day. Their documentary, entitled ‘Anti-social behaviour: what’s the big deal?’, was released earlier this year.

Schools short film competition – Glasgow’s Coat of Arms

Wee Movies: Competition 2 – TREE

Make a short film inspired by Glasgow’s Coat of Arms and your school’s movie could be shown during the Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2012!

We’re looking for 5-minute short films based on the legend behind the Glasgow city crest – the second theme is Tree, so get creative and get cracking!
Competition 2:
TREE – Deadline Monday 5 September

Curious exhibition reveals more about Glasgow museum collection

A new exhibition at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art is set to reveal more about Glasgow’s museum collection. ‘Curious’ is a collaboration between Glasgow Museums and a wide range of groups and individuals from across the city which led to over a thousand conversations about objects in the city’s collections and the exhibition is a celebration of some of these exchanges.