Category Archives: Social Studies

Poppy Poetry – competition for primary and secondary – Glow Meet

31 October 11.00 – 12.00

Poppyscotland, in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library have launched their annual Poetry competition for Primary and Secondary schools. This interactive session invites staff from both Poppyscotland and the Poetry Library together to discuss the competition, with tips on how to write poetry from a professional poet as well.

For full details of these and other events, please log in to Glow and view the current schedule:

(Glow log-in and password required).

FREE Twilight CPD sessions for primary teachers: A Scottish Christmas

Scottish Screen Archive

Filmhouse, Edinburgh (27 October); Glasgow Film Theatre (29 October); Dundee Contemporary Arts (19 November); Callendar House, Falkirk (27 November).

This CPD will help you use archive films in the classroom for interdisciplinary learning. Learn how to access the online learning resource Scotland on Screen to watch and discuss archive films, use them as the starting point for building projects and download them for use in moving image presentations.

The Scottish Screen Archive will present a new learning resource that explores amateur films and Christmas customs. The resource is tailored for use in primary education (CfE levels 1 & 2: literacy, technologies, social studies, RME, health and wellbeing, sciences).

For bookings in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, please contact the venues. For bookings in Falkirk, please book using Falkirk CPD Manager (course code YMc22)

Schools workshop: A Very Scottish Christmas

Dundee Contemporary Arts (2 December); Bo’ness Hippodrome (3 December); Glasgow Film Theatre (8 December); Filmhouse, Edinburgh (9 December)

Polish up your party shoes and bring your favourite toy to this special Christmas-themed screening and workshop created by the Scottish Screen Archive and theatre-maker Geraldine Heaney.

Mrs Claus has forgotten what Christmas in Scotland is like but she has some home movies from the past to help her remember. Can you help her understand the Christmas traditions and write a letter for her to take back to Santa?

Recommended for Primary 4 & 5 (suitable for ages 7+)

CfE levels 1 & 2: literacy, technologies, social studies, RME

Film content: suitable for all. Running time approximately 1 hour.

Colour and black & white footage from 1930s – 1960s.

To book please contact the venues directly.

Take One Film Festival – screenings on social and environmental change and concern

Take One Action Film Festival celebrates the people and movies that are changing the world. These world-class films focus on issues of social and environmental change and concern.

Inequality for All

Edinburgh Filmhouse / 23 September

Glasgow Film Theatre / Wednesday 1 October, 10am

Does inequality matter? Arguments against its corrosive effects rarely come as cogently and powerfully expressed as in this rousing exposé. Robert Reich, who served Presidents Ford, Carter and Clinton, charts the history of America’s rich/poor divide and argues that the status quo is not sustainable. But this is not just an American story: the UK is one of the most unequal countries in the developed world; in Scotland, the 3 richest families own more wealth than 20% of the population (source: Oxfam report). What are the root causes of inequality and what can we do about it? This topical film allows us to explore the issue in a refreshingly entertaining and accessible way.

Recommended for S4 – S6. Social studies / Health and wellbeing / Mathematics / Economics. 120mins

Click here to access learning resources to go with the film.

The Revolutionary Optimist (NC 12+)

Glasgow Film Theatre / Tuesday 23 September, 10am

Edinburgh Filmhouse Thursday 2 October, 10am

This uplifting documentary shows Kolkata slum children not as victims, but as empowered agents of change. Despite being dealt a difficult hand (with limited access to education and poor health prospects) the young people refuse to give in to resignation. They are supported by Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer turned community educator who faces down child labour, early marriage and endemic poverty with the unfailing belief that children must meaningfully participate in the decisions and factors that affect them.

Recommended for S1 – S6. Social studies / Health and wellbeing / Religious and moral education / Global development. 120mins

Click here to access The Revolutionary Optimists’ online interactive resource.

These films are FREE for Glasgow City Council schools and £3 per pupil for all other schools. Accompanying teachers go free.

To reserve Glasgow tickets Click here. To reserve Edinburgh tickets please email or call 0131 228 6382.

Photo 14 National School Student Competition

Scran is heading to its 20th year. Periodically, it has run a national photography competition. We thought that, as this is a momentous year for Scotland, it would be a stoatin’ idea to run another National School Student Photography Competition.
Competitions mean prizes.  And there are braw prizes.  There are three sections: Primary, Secondary and ASN and each section winner will win one of Apple’s latest iPads.  In addition, there will be an overall winner who will win a set of 10 iPads for his or her school. The runner up will win 5.

There will be a range of further runner up prizes which will include photo books.


Competitions need themes and this year’s theme will be “What Scotland means to me.” So think widely and creatively.  In past years the overall winner had a pawky eye, a gallus vision and a canny control of the shutter.

Remember we are Scran – we like odds and ends and bits and pieces and stuff.

The Society of William Wallace – competition for Glasgow schools

Calling all schools in Glasgow City Council! The Society of William Wallace has been successful in securing a new Wallace Monument at the esplanade of Glasgow Cathedral. The monument will be erected in June of this year. We would like to invite pupils to write a short poem which will be inscribed on the monument. The poem must be 20 words or less and should consider the contribution of William Wallace.

This competition will run from 1 May to 14 June for all schools in Glasgow City Council. We are encouraging all schools to run their own competition and send the winning entry from each school to this address: by no later than 14 June.

Entries will be judged by a prestigious panel and the winner announced on 30 June.

Shape the Future competition – creative change

Schools should be aware of the upcoming second Shape the Future competition which will be launched on the 28 April 2014 across the UK. The competition will be open to all UK schools and will ask young people (aged 11-16) to outline and present on their priorities for improving the lives of women and girls worldwide. Following a judging panel, the winning pupils will be invited to attend and present their ideas at a global summit hosted by the Prime Minister in July.

The themes of this short group project fit into subjects across the curriculum, including Modern Studies, RME, Geography, History, English and PSE as well as lending itself to a context for inter-disciplinary learning.  A dedicated ‘Shape the Future’ website will provide teachers with a range of resources to guide pupils through the competition.

Education Scotland has provided a Learning Journey considering aspects of gender equality which will be a helpful resource to schools.  Last year Promoting  Diversity and Equality: Developing Responsible Citizens in 20th century brought to the fore exemplars of good practice and resources to assist in taking forward approaches to diversity and equality.

On 7 May Game On Scotland and Education Scotland  have organised a conference for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: Promoting Equality and Diversity it will reflect on the three core values of the Commonwealth Games Federation, humanity, equality and destiny.  The conference will provide delegates with a speakers and workshops focused on values education in a global context as well as the inclusion of all.

My Place Photography Competition – you have until Friday 31st to submit entries

My Place Photography Competition is open to all school age children in Scotland; it is FREE to take part in and is a great way of getting out and about with young people, getting into your local cities, towns and villages and exploring your very own built environments through photography.

Click HERE for more information on the My Place Photography Competition

The competition closes on Friday 31 January so make sure to register and upload images as soon as they are ready.

BBC Commonwealth Film making competition

School story competition – promoting your school, community and Commonwealth values (extended deadline: 21 February 2014).

The BBC are looking for 3 schools – 1 in the UK and 2 from other Commonwealth countries who will make a film with the help of a TV crew, which best reflects the Commonwealth values and shares what it means to be a global citizen.

Winning schools will have their films featured on the BBC Commonwealth Class website

Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014

The Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest and largest international writing competition.

Run by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, the competition is open to all young people who come from or live in a Commonwealth country or territory.

Entries for 2014 should be on the theme ‘Team Commonwealth’ and will be judged in two categories – junior (under 14 years old) and senior (14-18 years old).

All pieces of writing must be in English but can be submitted in a variety of formats, for example a poem, letter, script or essay.

Suggested titles include: You’re one of us now; What makes a good team?; and How can sport build peace in troubled communities?

Full details are available on the Royal Commonwealth Society website.

The deadline for entries is 1 May 2014.

My Place Photography Competition and new website

Happy New Year! Happy new website!

The Scottish Civic Trust enters 2014 with a fresh new look on our website with a dedicated area for the My Place Photography Competition click HERE to view now.

The My Place Photography microsite has lots of new features for all of your My Place Photography Competition entries.

There is a new member’s area for schools and teachers with a multiple image upload facility that automatically resizes your photographs, so no need to crop or cut before you submit.

Click HERE to register as a new member

Our resources section has lots of hints tips and help sheets on how to use the site and on how take make great photography.

Click HERE to view our competition resources

My Place Photography Competition is open to all school age children in Scotland; it is FREE to take part in and is a great way of getting out and about with young people, getting into your local cities, towns and villages and exploring your very own built environments through photography.

Click HERE for more information on the My Place Photography Competition

The competition closes on Friday 31 January so make sure to register and upload images as soon as they are ready.
Happy snapping from all at Scottish Civic Trust