Category Archives: Social Studies

Out to Play CPD Sessions – October 2019

“I hadn’t realised the power of imagination within outdoor learning”

Eco Drama is delivering 3 Out to Play CPD sessions for primary school teachers and education practitioners at venues in Glasgow and Paisley this October on the following dates/times:

  1. Monday 21st October, 3.30-5.30pm – Jordanhill School, Glasgow
  2. Tuesday 22nd October, 3.30-5.30pm – Kibble Education Centre, Paisley
  3. Thursday 24th October, 10-12noon – Glenburn Resource Centre, Paisley

The session will introduce the Out to Play project, supporting primary school teachers and education practitioners to engage further with outdoor learning and make imaginative use of school playgrounds using drama and storytelling. This 2 hour practical session costs £45 pp which includes a hard copy of Eco Drama’s latest resource ‘Let’s Go…Out to Play!‘.

There are a limited number of places left on each of the dates. To find out more information and book a place, please email

“Best CPD event I have been to in ages.” Catriona Brown, Battlefield Primary

“Fantastic workshop. Ben is inspirational.” Jane Johnston-Smith, Eaglesham Primary

Eco Drama Resource Pack ‘Let’s Go…Out to Play!’

Eco Drama have copies available of our brand new Resource Pack ‘Let’s Go…Out to Play!’, an invaluable 82 page document bursting with ideas, activities, stories and inspiration to develop a school’s ‘Out to Play’ journey.

Building on the first pack written by Eco Drama in 2015, this second edition draws on the experiences of the Drama Artists that delivered Out to Play residencies in school playgrounds across Glasgow during 2015-18. It contains an abundance of new ideas to support teachers to deliver imaginative outdoor learning sessions in school playgrounds, including inspiring environmental stories, nature connection exercises, session plans, drama activities and games, and is packed full of handy tips and insights for facilitating creative outdoor learning sessions.

The pack is suitable for teachers, early years practitioners or any practitioner working in an education setting, looking to explore more creative ways of delivering outdoor learning and sustainable development education.

“Teachers who have used this resource have found it well planned out, easy to follow and have found the activities to be very motivating for the children.” Andrea Gurd, Aultmore Park

Packs are available to purchase for £20 as a quality, ring-bound hard copy booklet. To order a copy pleased email View a sample copy or visit the Eco Drama website for more information:

Pages of the Sea – FREE – national project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One

Pages of the Sea is a Nationwide Project that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. Directed by Danny Boyle, you are invited to participate in a one off UK wide historical event.

Pages of the Sea



MY FRIEND SELMA – A play for schools about migration, friendship and hope P5-P7


Touring to schools as part of Theatre in Schools Scotland

TOUR EXTENDED: Performances in schools for P5 – P7 available to book now for Oct & Nov 2018. Scottish schools.


Curriculum areas: Health and Well Being, Religious and Moral Education, Social Studies


My Friend Selma presented by Terra Incognita Theatre Company is the remarkable real-life story of one girl’s journey from war in Bosnia to safety in the UK.  It is the tale of an incredible journey, a world turned upside down, loss, friendship, courage and conkers. The play deals with complex issues of war, refuge and integration in a way that is accessible to young audiences.


The story is told by one performer, who plays her own character aged eight. The story is her story. All of the characters are real people and what happened to them is also true.


My Friend Selma tells the real-life story of Selma Redzepagic, who fled war in Bosnia with her family when she was eight years old. The family went on a remarkable journey to get to safety in the UK, where they lived in a disused boarding school with fifty other refugees and one British family. The story follows each challenge of their journey, as well as the experience of settling into a new country and new way of life. It also shows the day-to-day joy of friendship and playfulness, through Selma’s experience of being welcomed to the UK, and her eventually finding a new best friend.

“I would give this show 280,000 out of 5.” Erin, aged 9

Resources are available to support this production and pupils will have the opportunity to talk to the performer at the end. There is a small exhibition accompanying the performance including photographs, newspaper articles, verbatim accounts from some of the refugees who lived in the disused boarding school, and artefacts from when these refugees first arrived in the UK.


Full details including costs, trailer and teachers resources at
or contact

A Day at the Museum RSNO Concerts for nursery and primary 1 pupils

Join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as we take a walk through our favourite museum. Discover new sound worlds as we tiptoe with dinosaurs, marvel at the breath-taking solar system and celebrate new inventions; all alongside the musicians of the RSNO.

RSNO Nursery Concerts 2018_Booking Form

DATES Glasgow Tuesday 27 March, 10.00, 11.15 & 13.30

Edinburgh Wednesday 28 March, 11.00 & 13.30

DURATION Approximately 45 minutes

VENUE Glasgow The Mitchell Theatre, 6 Granville Street, Glasgow G3 7DR

Edinburgh Music Hall, The Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2LR

PROGRAMME To include: Beethoven, Dvořak and Mendelssohn

COST Pupils: £4.00 per pupil Staff: FREE

The RSNO is committed to ensuring that every school has the opportunity to attend schools concert.

Financial assistance is available to a select group of schools. Please contact us as soon as possible to ensure availability.

For any queries please contact the RSNO Engage team


Filmhouse Edinburgh – Forthcoming Screenings & Events

A very Happy January to everyone! We still have availability to book places at several upcoming schools screenings and education events. We can also announce a special screening of the wonderful animated film Loving Vincent in March as part of Into Film’s spring screening programme celebrating women in animation.

To book tickets please email Flip Kulakiewicz at or call 0131 228 2688 and ask to speak to the Duty Manager.

Edinburgh and Lothians Schools Film Competition – Teachers’ Information Meeting

Tuesday 23 January 2018, 4.30-6pm OR Friday 2 February, 2.00-3.30pm, Filmhouse Guild Rooms, Free to attend

The Edinburgh & Lothians Schools Film Competition is an exciting opportunity to showcase your pupils’ talents and to inspire a new generation of filmmakers. All successful films are screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2018 and there are seven special awards up for grabs! We invite teachers to attend this free teachers’ event to learn more about the competition, including a short filmmaking workshop showing how simply you can make a film with your pupils – no equipment or prior filmmaking experience is required.

For more information and to book places please email Heather Law at

Inside Hana’s Suitcase

A special screening for Holocaust Memorial Day

Thursday 25 January, 10am •  1h28min, £3/free for teachers, English, Czech and Japanese with English subtitles, recommended cert PG, Suitable for P6-S3, Religious and Moral Education, History

Hana Brady was just a little girl when she and her brother George were singled out at Jews, and sent away from home by the Nazis. Seventy years later a class of Japanese children received a package from the Holocaust museum in Germany. It contained what appears to be Hana’s suitcase and from this starting point the children and their teacher begin to unravel her story. A moving film which deals with the difficult subject of the holocaust, and a wider theme of tolerance.

A website and online learning resource to support the film is available here.


Wednesday 31 January OR 7 February, 10am •  1h45min, £3/free for teachers, Certificate PG, suitable for P6 upwards, English, Literacy

Based on R.J. Palacio’s book, Wonder is the heart-warming story of August ‘Auggie’ Pullman, a young boy born with facial differences that have stopped him from being able to go to mainstream school – until now. Enrolled in fifth grade at Beecher Prep, he embarks on a journey of new friendships, battling prejudice and inspiring change. TRAILER

Loving Vincent

Thursday 8 March, 10am • FREE, 1h35min, Certificate 12A (recommended for ages 14+), Art & Design, History

Made up of 65,000 painted frames, this is the first fully oil painted feature film, that cleverly brings to life the work of the Dutch impressionist Vincent Van Gogh. Exploring the intriguing mystery surrounding his death, the film takes the form of a detective story reluctantly led by Armand, the son of a postman the artist was friends with. This is a truly unique animation that tells the story of one of the most celebrated artists in the world through his own work. TRAILER

Tickets must be booked via the Into Film eventbrite listing here.

Projection Tours

Come and learn how cinema works, with a tour of our projection box and a screening of entertaining and inspiring short animations from the London International Animation Festival. Tours cost £75 for a class of up to 33 pupils, and are suitable for P4-S2.

Please note that, although we strive to make Filmhouse as accessible as possible, this tour is of a non-public area of the building which is up two flights of stairs, with no lift.

Please pass this email on to any colleagues who might be interested. Thanks!


Talbot Rice Gallery in association with Document Human Rights Film Festival

Talbot Rice Gallery are collaborating with Document Human Rights Film Festival to present an exciting and timely workshop opportunity for schools. A day of discussion and creative workshop activity led by inspirational artist educator Juliana Capes will give pupils and teachers the chance to explore our next exhibition by acclaimed artist John Akomfrah.

What is the exhibition about?

Vertigo Sea is a poetic three-screen film installation which uses the metaphor of the sea to consider the significance of the ocean and man’s often troubling relationship with it. This installation explores migration, the history of slavery, war and conflict and current ecological concerns.

Who is the artist?

John Akomfrah is a multi-award-winning artist and documentary filmmaker who uses his work to explore questions around what it is to be a migrant – to live somewhere and be from somewhere else, ethnicity, identity and the environment.

John Akomfrah is a migrant himself, born in Ghana and moved to the UK when he was 4 years old.

 Themes we will explore


Please see the attachment below for the full details:

Vertigo Sea Workshop Opportunity – S1-6

To book or for further information please contact Clare McAllister on 0131 651 4540 or

P5-7 – New Theatre Show for Schools from Catherine Wheels

Announcing a brand new show by award-winning Catherine Wheels Theatre Company

who brought you Lost at Sea, Lifeboat, The Story of the Little Gentleman, Martha, The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk.

Spring term 2018 for school hall performances only.

Suitable for P5-7

Inspired by a Japanese folk tale, ‘How to Fix a Broken Wing’ is a new show for schools which makes us think about our responsibility to guests in our country. In a world where many people are forced to leave their homes and seek shelter elsewhere, what is our response? How can we best help those who have lost their sense of home?

Full information is on the attached PDF.

How to Fix a Broken Wing – Info for Schools

Booking is now open.

Costs are held at £365 / £500 + VAT for 1/2 performances on the same day.

Performed in your school hall

Please note Catherine Wheels Theatre Company are part of the Theatre in Schools Scotland project. A small number of dates are available for autumn term 2017 productions, more at


Out to Play Teacher CPD Opportunities & Resources this Autumn

Following on from a successful Out to Play pilot project in 2015, winner of the Glasgow City Council Environmental Initiative Award 2016, Eco Drama will run a series of 7 week creative outdoor learning residencies this autumn with 4 primary schools, marking the beginning of a 4 year project in 25 primary schools and nurseries across Greater Glasgow.

Out to Play is a creative learning project in which Drama Artists collaborate with partner Primary Schools and Nurseries to explore the role of Drama, Storytelling and Theatre in Outdoor Learning. The project seeks to facilitate interaction with the natural world through quality artistic experiences, re-thinking traditional views of nature and noticing and appreciating nature on our doorstep. Sessions are tailored to the unique surroundings of each school, and through imaginative play and adventurous learning, Out to Play aims to deepen young people’s connection to our natural world.

Out to Play Teacher CPD Opportunities 2017

As part of the project, Eco Drama are delivering Teacher CPD sessions, which were a popular element of the 2015 pilot project and which may be of interest in engaging teachers from your school in outdoor learning.

Eco Drama will be running an after school twilight CPD session on Wednesday 27th September at Dalmarnock Primary School, delivered by Ben Mali Macfadyen, the Drama Artist who delivered the Out to Play pilot project in 2015 and who led on the creation of the Eco Drama Out to Play Resource Pack. Additional CPD dates will likely be added on Tuesday 26th and/or 28th September.

During the session, teachers will explore how to integrate outdoor learning into the school curriculum and how to utilize creative learning methods such as drama, storytelling, song and movement in order to engage learners with the natural environment. Participating teachers will also leave with an Out to Play Outdoor Learning Resource Pack.

 Reviews: “I hadn’t realised the power of imagination within outdoor learning. Really informative session, lots of ideas to start with. Thank you.” Irene Boyle, Corpus Christi Primary

“Best CPD event I have been to in ages.” Catriona Brown, Battlefield Primary

“Excellent ideas and superb resource which I intend to use ASAP.” Ellie Henderson, Knightswood Primary

The cost is £45 per teacher, which includes the Out to Play Resource Pack (usual retail cost £16). Each CPD event is limited to 20 attendees and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

At the moment Eco Drama are gathering notes of interest from teachers who would like to attend this CPD event.  If this is of interest to your school, please email detailing how many teachers you would send and confirming if the 26th, 27th or 28th September would be suitable.

Alternatively, Eco Drama could visit your school with a dedicated CPD session for all of your teachers to attend. If this option is of interest, please get in touch with / 0141 552 9920 to discuss.

“A wonderful experience for the children and myself. A fresh look on how to develop Outdoor Learning in a more creative manner. Fantastic experience.” Tommy Hynes, Teacher, Corpus Christi Primary, participating school in pilot project 2015

Website:  Twitter: @EcoDrama1

Short film about Out to Play 2015:

Literacy and Attainment CPD/In-Service

Teaching Practice For Primary School Teachers for use everyday in classroom setting to link to and impact directly on Literacy Attainment.

Creative and Fun, Learning in this way motivates Learners to read and write without a second thought.

Easy interactive spelling and word games transfer to a child’s Literacy skills

Drama Studio Training Courses show teachers these games and exercises and how to  subtly embed reading and writing tasks within practical activity.

During our recent research teachers were surprised that such a high percentage of children chose to write about their experience after a Drama Lesson rather than to draw a picture.

For more information on Courses contact Julie McDonald