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International School Meals Day Competition

Why not take part in a competition for children and young people to enter to help decide the theme for next year’s International School Meals Day?

Your school or class could take part during Scottish School Meals Week 31st October – 4th November 2016.

The flyer/poster is attached, and it would be helpful if you could please distribute it as widely as possible within your school, learning centre and community.



There are three options to vote / choose:
• Food that reflects your heritage, culture or traditions
• Recipes that help make the most of the food you have at hand
• Completely open to suggestions!

There is a closing date of 7 November – and the chance to win an Amazon voucher!


Scots in Shawlands

By Adam Black


“We at Shawlands decided that it would be nice for our Primary Two classes to learn a little about Scots language. On discussing this with the children they seemed very upbeat and interested. We decided to start off our learning process by teaching some classic Scottish songs (Skyscraper Wean/Cannae Shove yer Grannie Aff a Bus etc) and by reading ‘The Gruffalo’ in Scots. This worked well and the children were hooked!

We decided to create Scots language dictionaries where the children copy down a Scots word and write what they think it means before writing down the true translation. This created lots of hilarity in the class.

We then thought it would be good to seek a talk form a professional. The children love receiving visitors and when I contacted the Education Scotland Scots language team they were prompt and pleasant in their reply. We very quickly set up a date for Bruce Eunson to come in and speak to the children. Bruce had a lovely manner with the children and they were captivated from start to finish. They really enjoyed his use of Scots and the game he played with the red balls was one they adored (I also liked it and will steal it for my own literacy work!).

Bruce also introduced us to the NLS Oor Wullie Scots website. This is a fantastic resource which we wouldn’t have found ourselves. It has interesting activities which are easy to use. It has also captured the children’s imagination as several children have come into school with Oor Wullie annuals.

Overall we are delighted that we chose to look at Scots. The children are really benefiting from learning a little about their cultural history and are enjoying throwing the occasional Scots word into lessons. They loved meeting Bruce and practising with Oor Wullie. A enjoyable experience for all and one we will use with our classes for years to come!”


Estimation and Rounding

Join us on the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub

What is the hub?

Easy to use, professional, online learning community for practitioners across Scotland, provided by the numeracy and mathematics team at Education Scotland.

What does the hub offer?

Innovative, rich CLPL in different aspects of numeracy and mathematics via dialogue, sharing resources, interactive Glow TV broadcasts and research

Please join us for the next instalment of our SSLN support  which focusses on estimation and rounding on 01/11/16.

Some questions to consider:

National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub

Join in the debate on our National Numeracy and Mathematics community.

Scottish School Meals Week 31st October – 4th November

Scottish School Meals Week

31st October – 4th November 2016


Each day will have a different food focus. Please see attached for further information.


Planning on joining in?

Share your story with @EducationScot @SchoolMeals using #scotmealsweek #FoodEdFriday

Catering colleagues in schools will also have details regarding the week long celebration.

Monday : Scottish School Cook of the Year 2016, Maria Millar’s menu; delicious chicken enchiladas & coleslaw, followed by strawberry cheesecake.

What can you do? Talk about the journey of food in Scotland, undertake taste tests, create and make your own recipes, keep a food diary.

Tuesday : Meat Free Day : school meals will include Quorn based recipes meeting school meal standards such as Quorn mince in a spicy tomato sauce or Quorn tikka masala.

What can you do?  Discuss nutritional needs through exploring different dietary requirements. Taste test the meat free option offered in the school dining hall.

Wednesday : The Great Scottish Bake Off. Does your school cook have what it takes to join the best in Scotland for a bake off? Information and nominations can be found here;

Make sure you nominate them no later than Friday 21st October!

What can you do?  Host your own class bake off with catering colleagues as your judges.

Thursday : Big Brakes Scot Pot Challenge.

What can you do? Can  learners  design a one pot meal containing locally sourced ingredients?

Friday : Charity Day:  Supporting Social Bite  or your own school nominated charity.

What can you do? Keep safe and hygienic when preparing food for a special school cafe event.


Field of Enquiry 2000m2

Whitmuir Farm invite you to join their field-of-enquiry-picField of Enquiry team to explore the food system through the 2000m2 lens. That is, when you divide all the arable land on our planet by the people, we each have 2000m2.

Over 10 Saturdays, topic by topic, they will examine the current state of affairs, make sense of the pressures on our sytem and as enquirer, we will frame questions we should ask scientists, farmers and politicians to answer if we are to do things differently.

The dates for the FREE sessions are as follows;

Saturday 8th October, 22nd October, 5th November, 19th November, 3rd December, 14th January, 28th January, 11th February, 25th February, 11th March

There is no obligation to attend all sessions.

Details of each of the sessions and how to sign up can be found here.


Grants of between £500 and £2,000 -Scotrail’s Community Grants

Scotrail’s Community Grants Fund
The ScotRail Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £2,000 to grass roots community groups and charities in Scotland.

Your PTA or parents’ group might qualify  as long as there is a wider benefit.  Applicants should read the guidelines before making an online application.
Applications must fit within at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for funding:
• Promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing
• Targeting improvements in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in primary schools
• Improving the community’s environmental impact at a local level, encourage recycling or upcycling, or run environmental information or outreach programmes.
The next deadline for applications is 30 September 2016. 
Contact: Foundation Scotland, Tel: 0131 524 0340 [ e-mail | website

Making connections: Numeracy & Mathematics and the world of work

The following materials will be of interest to anyone who would like to explore connections between numeracy/mathematics and the world of work. It includes an interactive financial education resource, Money Talks, an article on how mathematics is used in the workplace from the Mathematics Association of America and Citizen Maths, a site for people who want to become more confident in using maths at work and in life.     There are also links to the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub, a virtual learning environment for all practitioners and a copy of the latest Numeracy and Mathematics Resource Guide.


Food Education News September 2016

Please find attached up to date food education news that may be of interest to you .

Food Health news SEPTEMBER 2016food for thought pic

Got good news to share around food education?

Join our #foodedfriday campaign. Share your stories and pictures on a Friday linking in with @EducationScot and any of your business partners.


Join our **NEW** Health & Wellbeing Yammer on Glow group to discuss food education and        other HWB organisers. It couldn’t be easier to join in the conversation.

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  • Download YAMMER onto your mobile device.
  • Login using your Glow username and password.
  • Join the National Health & Wellbeing Community
  • Follow this easy guide to navigate around the conversation and share learning with national colleagues.

*NEW* Eatwell Guide

The Eatwell Guide

Food Standards Scotland has produced an information leaflet for teachers on the Eatwell Guide which includes an update about the NEW healthy eating guide, its key messaging, the changes made, whole school approaches as well as suggestions for classroom activities and links to further information and free classroom materials. 


Eatwell Guide
It  has been sent to the Head Teacher/Head of Health & Wellbeing in all schools in Scotland to arrive on Wednesday 17th August or Thursday 18th August.  The leaflet will be accompanied by a A1 poster of the Eatwell Guide. 

Further information on the Eatwell Guide and other education resources can be found on our website or by contacting


Healthier Routes to School

Sustrans / Go safe Scotland have produced a series of 11 short films to support school travel planning.Healtheir routes

The resource called ‘Healthier Routes’ be found on the GLOW launch pad.

It is aimed at 2nd level pupils and will compliment the work of Junior Road Safety Officers.

A helpful teacher’s guide is also avaiable to support the film resource.