Oct 112018
 

The PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC is an exciting and unique opportunity for schools to participate in a dedicated primary science conference. The event will take place on Friday 7th June 2019 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre as part of the international Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC).

The theme of the conference is Climate Change, Sustainable Living and Environmental Science. Schools will be encouraged to develop their own projects focused on finding a local issue and developing solutions for it and then share their work: either by attending the Conference or submitting a poster/film of their activity.

Schools can register their Interest at https://www.primaryscienceconference.org/childrens-conference and download the free Climate Change Teachers’ Project Pack. The pack has ideas for projects in ten different areas; as well as advice on developing partnerships, planning projects and a Climate Change Special Topical Science Update.

Look out for more information in late 2018 when schools will be able to apply to present their projects at the PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC in June 2019.

Keep up to date with what’s going on:

Follow @pstt_whyhow on Twitter

#PSECchildrensconf

Join our ‘PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC’ Facebook group

Aug 102016
 

PandaThe RZSS Beyond the Panda education programme aims to provide children with an understanding of China, its language, geography, habitats, flora and fauna and in particular learn about the giant panda and the RZSS China/UK research.

Beyond the Panda travels to schools across Scotland in our new vehicle kindly donated by Arnold Clark. We provide a combination of outreach sessions, teacher training and ‘panda boxes’ for loan. The boxes are filled with games, jigsaws and other fun activities which stimulate learning and classroom discussions. The learning resources enable students to investigate, study and explore a variety of topics within the overall context of giant pandas and China; linking with CfE experiences and outcomes in science, topical science, social studies, language and literacy. With the generous funding from the Confucius Institute for Scotland at the University of Edinburgh our programmes also provide an introduction to the learning of Mandarin Chinese.

Sandie Robb, RZSS Senior Education Officer, said: “The RZSS Beyond the Panda is a fantastic and truly unique outreach learning experience. Through the China Mobile Library, students are able to learn about Chinese history, geography, culture and language as well as about giant pandas and the conservation work of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The children really enjoy the educational games, whilst learning at the same time. The RZSS Beyond the Panda allows us to inspire the next generation of nature conservationists.”

Miss MacDonald, St. Peter’s RC Primary, said: “After doing the panda box activities with three classes, I can really see the positive impact it had on children’s learning. All classes were engaged and enthusiastic throughout and when speaking with the children after they completed the tasks, they could tell me lots of things that they had learned.”

In addition, classes who wish to progress further in the Beyond the Panda programme are able to work towards a Pambassador Class Award at bronze, silver and gold levels.

See Beyond the Panda in action –

On the road with Beyond the Panda

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdxcO0ohbZE

RZSS China Mobile Library

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60DmB8Yk5yQ

 

Contact Sandie Robb for further information:

srobb@rzss.org.uk

@Sandie_Robb #BeyondthePanda

Feb 052016
 

SAC LogoApplications have opened for the £1.5 million Innovation Fund to help schools close the attainment gap.

Schools can choose whether to apply quickly for funds to run projects that are ready to start in March 2016, or to consider bids for the 2016/17 financial year. The Fund is open to all publicly funded primary, secondary and special schools in Scotland which are not already benefitting from the Attainment Scotland Fund.

SAC Innovation Fund

Funds of £3,000-£10,000 (per school) are available for projects that will help children and young people experiencing socio economic disadvantage. Applications are encouraged from partnerships of schools working collaboratively or individual schools.

Under the twin track application scheme, schools can apply:

  • Fast track: by 21 February 2016 for projects that will start in March. Notification will be given between 1 and 4 March.
  • Standard track: by 31 March 2016 for projects that will start in the year from April 2016. Notification will be given by the end of April.

Proposals should have a particular focus on literacy, numeracy or health and wellbeing. They can be new ideas, or a project with a specific focus, building on what has had the greatest impact within a school, cluster or group of schools. This may include projects involving parental / family engagement and career long professional development or those that help develop and realise aspirations for children and young people.

The guidance and application form are available:

Information is also on the #SAC Scottish Attainment Challenge Glow site (login required), where practitioners can seek advice and collaborate on applications.

Get help with accessing #SAC Glow site

Feb 012016
 
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LEGO® is more than a toy. It makes architects, sculptors and storytellers of us all.

This spring, renowned brick artist, Warren Elsmore and his team display some of their most beautiful and intricate mini-buildings and models in our Grand Gallery. To add to the set, they will also be on-site, building a special three metre model of our very own museum.

But don’t let them have all the fun. Join us for some hands-on LEGO® brick activities from February till April. Get creative in the Builders’ Yard, help us make a special sculpture of one of our most-loved museum objects, or build your own masterpiece.

Follow our #BUILDIT updates on social media.

  • Join us for our free LEGO® brick activities from January to April.
  • Look out for more BUILD IT! activities at the museum during Edinburgh International Science Festival (26 Mar to 10 Apr 2016).

 

For information about events at the National Museum of Scotland click here.

For information about events at the National Museum of Flight click here.

For information about events at the National Museum of Rural Life click here.

For information about events at the National War Museum click here.

Jan 282016
 

Teaching is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, careers you can choose.

In September, the Scottish Government launched a campaign to encourage more teachers to enter the profession. The recruitment campaign will focus on attracting teachers to STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – in particular to teach Physics, Maths and Computing. The ‘Inspiring Teachers’ campaign will feature figureheads from Scottish business, industry, media and science, sharing their memories of the teachers who inspired them and helped them get where they are today.

The #inspiringteachers campaign seeks to attract more high-quality, passionate teachers into the profession, particularly in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths where there is a demand.

Watch some films about #inspiringteachers at

·         Katie https://youtu.be/2ituLmzA9tY

·         Tiam https://youtu.be/r2AwVuI02oY

·         Leith Panel https://youtu.be/ENIX0ewyQTA  

·         Gillespie Panel https://youtu.be/XybLNDPlzus

More information on the #inspiringteachers campaign and teaching in Scotland can be found here.

 

 

 

Nov 152015
 

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Numeracy and mathematics

  • Sign up for the mathematics senior phase hub sessions
  • Online course to help adult learning in maths
  • Preparing students for STEM at university
  • Numeracy and mathematics resource guide
  • The NNPF now includes exemplification for number and number processes

 Professional learning

Register for ‘Teaching Air Quality’ with Citizen Science event on 25th November

Video Inspiration

New food science videos to support Higher Chemistry

STEM to STEAM

The Halo Harp Project – how to make a musical instrument from lasers

We’ve got loads more news to share! See our STEM blog for the latest updates.

Education Scotland News autumn edition now available

We are pleased to inform you that the autumn edition of Education Scotland News is now available, providing the latest information on some of our key activities across the sectors, from the early years to adult learning.

This edition has a particular focus on Developing the Young Workforce and contains some useful articles on the Scottish Attainment Challenge, How good is our school? (4th EDITION) and the National Improvement Framework.

Visit the Education Scotland website today to view and download the latest Education Scotland News.

 

Oct 292015
 

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National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub

The National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub is a virtual learning environment for all practitioners. The Hub provides an innovative approach to career-long professional learning for all practitioners in all sectors. It is an interactive, virtual learning environment which offers practitioners:

  • Professional learning in different aspects of numeracy with a focus on progression, numeracy and mathematics skills, numeracy across learning, assessment and moderation and teaching.
  • Career-long professional learning opportunities of various types such as broadcasts, professional reading and action research.
  • An easy to use environment where you can share and work with colleagues from across Scotland as well as those from your own school or authority​.

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STEM e-bulletin   http://bit.ly/STEMeBulletin

(Up to date news, information, resources and professional learning)

 STEM Central website http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/stemcentral/

(high quality resources, teaching ideas, videos etc to develop learning experiences relating to sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics

Education Scotland website:

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningandteaching/curriculumareas/mathematics/index.asp

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningandteaching/learningacrossthecurriculum/responsibilityofall/numeracy/index.asp

Provides practitioners with excellent resources and guidance to help develop learning and teaching in Numeracy and Mathematics including;

National Numeracy Progression Framework – This resource has been created to deepen practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of progression within the experiences and outcomes for numeracy and mathematics. It included progression pathways with key milestones and building blocks for each of the numeracy organisers. Mathematics pathways coming soon, along with previous knowledge and understanding and exemplification.

Professional Learning Resources – These professional learning resources provide guidance and advice to help inform learning and teaching practices in line with the main objectives of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN). There are PLR’s for;

Number and Number Processes

Time

Numeracy and Mathematics Skills

Fractions, decimal fractions and percentages – Ideas of chance and uncertainty

Pupil performance in estimating and rounding

 

Higher Order Thinking Skills in Maths

Numeracy in Social Studies

There is also information on Assessing progress and achievement available which includes professional learning activities and key documents on significant aspects of learning and making good assessment decisions.

Other key links and websites to support the development of Numeracy and Mathematics;

The Journey to Excellence: Examples of innovative and interesting practice. Search ‘mathematics’ or ‘numeracy’ in to the search facility.

TWIG Film list for National 4 and National 5 Qualifications

TWIG Films from website

 

Main Contact for Numeracy and Mathematics Team at Education Scotland:

Lorna Harvey, Senior Education Officer

Optima Building, 58 Robertson Street

Glasgow

G2 8DU

Tel: 0141 282 5119             lorna.harvey@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

Oct 212015
 

The Halo Harp project comprises the construction of a unique interactive laser based musical instrument exhibit. This is a Laser Harp which uses a circular ring containing 8-16 eye safe red laser pointers with photodiode detectors to monitor “plucking” of laser “strings”. Unlike traditional laser harps, it employs the novel concept of crossed laser beams, permitting great versatility for configuring output sounds, via an on-board Raspberry Pi microcontroller to synthesise sound. A prototype harp has been constructed (footage viewable at https://youtu.be/URPzP2IZZvc) as part of International Year of Light (IYOL) 2015. A second harp is currently being built, funded by Institute of Physics Scotland, which will be located in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. The harp will be a permanent exhibit for general display as part of the museum’s new Science & Technology Gallery, due to open 2016. This will immensely broaden the audience who will be able to interact with the exhibit (the museum attracts over 1.6 million visits per annum).

The harp is also available as an open source project to allow schools to engage with the different subject areas including;

Physics: how lasers can be used with photodiodes as on/off sensors or strings

Engineering: Mechanical design of the harp structure

Design & Technology: Fabrication of the harp in wood or an alternative material

Art: utilising the possibility to pluck strings and play “colours”

Music: composition on the harp and studying the different musical tunings available

Computing Science: using a Raspberry Pi microcontroller to interface with the harp strings and sound system

 

For further information please contact:

Giles Hammond

Institute for Gravitational Research

School of Physics and Astronomy

University of Glasgow

Glasgow, g12 8QQ

giles.hammond@glasgow.ac.uk

 

Sep 302015
 

At this year’s Scottish Learning Festival Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science, and Scotland’s Languages, MSP launched a consultation on the development of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland.

Digital technology has rich potential to support education in Scotland’s schools in a wide variety of ways. I that our children and young people are equipped with the essential digital skills they will need to flourish in the 21st century. A strategy will help to make sure that digital technology is embedded in learning and teaching across the curriculum.

You can access the consultation document and find details on how to respond on the Scottish Government – Consultation Hub. The consultation period ends on 17 Dec 2015.  

Aug 262015
 

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Careers in Food & Drink Teach Meet Tuesday 8th September 4pm – 7pm

National Library of Scotland

Aimed at upper primary / secondary teachers with a focus on food education and science.

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/newsandevents/events/2015/eventgeneral_tcm4865416.asp

Network and hear from organisations including Scottish Food & Drink Federation, College Development Network, Queen Margaret University, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Education Scotland and industry partners regarding careers in food and drink in Scotland. There will also be an opportunity at the end to visit the Lifting the Lid exhibition currently on at the venue.

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