Category Archives: Social Studies

2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design – events

2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design (YIAD). Events forming part of a year-long programme will use our stunning architecture, thriving creative industries and spirit of invention to show visitors that Scotland stands shoulder to shoulder with the very best in the world when it comes to cutting edge, contemporary design and technological knowhow.

As part of this VisitScotland have launched the new Spirit of Scotland campaign. It focusses on seven traits that best describe the people and landscapes of Scotland: warmth, humour, guts, spark, soul, determination and fun.


With 28 funded events and an increasing array of partner events, the programme for the Year is fuller and more exciting than ever.


Details about all events are available on the VisitScotland website.


Upcoming events include:


Spaces Available for Recycling Heroes Workshops









Recycling Heroes is touring again from Jan 2016 and we still a a few spaces left for schools within Scotland!

Lead by Eco Drama’s very own Recycling Superhero (Bag Girl), the workshop will explore waste minimisation and the principles of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Bag Girl will be ZIP, ZAP and BOINGING into primary schools, nurseries and venues throughout Scotland.

The workshop is a fantastic creative learning experience that engages children emotionally and intellectually with current Eco School’s topics and assist schools towards attaining Green Flags. Suitable for nursery and P1-5, it also makes an excellent choice for school Eco Days or Community Events. 

There are still a few slots available on this tour so please contact Eco Drama for more information and prices.

0141 552 9920

07 982 159 071

Career-long Professional Learning Opportunities for Primary School teachers

Dance for Primary Children


Tuesday 26 April 2016

9.30am – 4pm

£75 (+ VAT)

Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre, 13 Whitevale Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G31 1 QW.


Come and explore what dance could be in your classroom.  Using simple games, tasks and sequences your YDance tutor will help you achieve the Curriculum for Excellece experiences and outcomes required for planning your dance session for early – upper primary.


World War 1


Friday 3 February 2016

9.30am – 4pm

£75 (+ VAT)

Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre, 13 Whitevale Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G31 1 QW.


This session is for primary school teachers and will cover What it Was Like in the Trenches, Training to be a Soldier, Life at Home and Armistice Day.


Discovering the Olympics


Thursday 16 March 2016

9.30am – 4pm

£75 (+ VAT)

Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre, 13 Whitevale Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G31 1 QW.


This session will be for primary school teachers and will cover the Olympic Motto, Olympic Sports, Olympic Rings and Exploring Cultures such as Rio and Japan.


All courses can be booked via our website or by contacting for more information.



My Journey to 2025 – S1 to S6 competition to imagine the world in a decade

A competition for young people to consider your world in a decade – and what you might be doing in it. The aim is to consider your journey – whatever ‘pathway’ you might follow – and how education, training and your wider experience will help you in realising this ambition.

We are asking you to be creative – allowing for written essays, blogs, You Tube-style videos, music, drama or visual art submissions. This collection of voices will provide a powerful insight into how you and other young people are viewing your experience within the changed educational landscape.

We want to know:


  • Where do you see yourself in 2025?
  • How will you be contributing to a successful Scotland? Or do you see yourself further afield?
  • How do you see your learner journey, training and wider experiences getting you there?
  • How could education or opportunities best support you in realising such ambition?
  • How might the choices you make now affect your future?


When it comes to submissions there are no specific rules, you can be as imaginative as you want:

  • A blog/vlog
  • You Tube videos
  • Piece of writing
  • Art work (Just photo your piece(s) of work to share electronically)
  • You can work alone or in a team

To name but a few, all ideas are welcome!


There will be two categories:

  • S1 to S3
  • S4 to S6


Deadline for submissions is 1 July 2015.


We have provided a poster for you to use and more information can be found on our website at If you require anything further please contact

Traidcraft invites your class to take part in its annual innovation competition – Snack Attack!

Have your class design and market a new fair trade snack and win £100 of prizes for your school. At Traidcraft, we want to encourage the next generation of decision makers to be creative and pioneering in their approach to enterprise, so Snack Attack not only promotes team work and communication skills, but it also ticks boxes for curriculum subjects such as art, English, design & technology, and citizenship.

The deadline for entries is 27 March, so it’s not too late to get involved! Read more and download your information pack here:

Jacobites – free workshops for P5-P7

Jacobites: Ghosts from the past with Alex Nye

Free workshops for P5-P7 at National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

Wednesday 25 February; Tuesday 24 March; Thursday 26 March or Thursday 30 April, 10.30 am -12, or 1-2.30 pm

Friday 8 May, 10 am – 11.30 am


Join author Alex Nye as she explores the Jacobite ghosts of the past, using her award-winning novel CHILL as inspiration. Explore and investigate the Jacobite Rising of 1715; and create your own historical fragments and eye-witness accounts of the Battle of Sheriffmuir in this interactive and inspirational workshop. For more information, or to book a place, please contact Beverley Casebow at or 0131 623 3745. Workshops will be offered on first come, first served basis. Maximum of one class per workshop.

Show Racism the Red Card – Creative Competition 2015

The Creative Competition is an exciting highlight of Show Racism the Red Card’s calendar and reaches out to schools all over Scotland.  With almost 1 in 5 schools having participated in the competition, the Creative Competition is getting bigger and better every year. Entries are welcome from both individuals as well as class groups and the closing date for all entries is Friday 30th January 2015. 

To enter, students of any age, must develop a piece of creative work that gets across loud and clear the important message that racism and/or sectarianism does not have a place in Scotland. Instead, it should show how Scotland can celebrate its diverse and multicultural population.

For further information on how to enter, please visit the website –

Education Scotland showcases creativity in schools on the Journey to Excellence

Education Scotland has published new case study films highlighting examples of good practice in creativity, health and wellbeing and religious and moral education from establishments in Scotland. The films, available on the Journey to Excellence (JtE) website, are helping schools across the country learn from those leading the way in innovative practice.

The aim of these films is to support and inspire practitioners. They are designed to complement Education Scotland’s 3-18 thematic reviews of creativity, health and wellbeing and religious and moral education, which were published last year.

It’s Our World – mass participation arts project

It’s Our World is a mass participation arts project that aims to create the UK’s largest online collection of artwork celebrating the environment, as seen through the eyes of its future custodians, aged 4–19 years. The purpose is to inspire children and young people to speak out for positive environmental action by creating artworks to bring their local landscape, coastline or neighbourhood to life. Participants are also encouraged to consider their environmental impact and to take the lead in living more sustainably, with online resources available from

View the full Education Scotland Learning Blog post here:

Social Studies in the National Galleries of Scotland

National Galleries of Scotland would like to invite enquiries from school groups interested in visiting or developing projects in response to the exhibition…

Ponte City:

Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse

6 Dec 2014 – 26 April 2015

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen St Edinburgh EH2 1JD

This photographic exhibition documents the Ponte City tower block building in Johannesburg, South Africa from 2007 to 2012.

To book for the teachers private view, a school tour, school workshop, to join our schools mailing list or for further enquiries contact