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A crowd funding web site recently raised more than two million US dollars to fund solar roadways. These roads, claim the developers, will remain snow-free, and, at the click of a switch, can be transformed into car parks or even sports pitches. In this activity students consider whether solar roadways are worth funding. They critique claims using reasoning and evidence, and apply what they know about generating electricity in solar cells, to make a decision.

Curriculum links include energy transfers, renewable energy sources, wave motion: waves transferring energy

Jun 162015
 

Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) have launched a nationalyreCircleImageWeb journalism programme for young people. Young Reporters Scotland (YRS) is a sustainable development initiative which offers young people the opportunity to build their skills and experience in journalism and be part of an international group producing creative solutions to issues within their communities.

Schools and community groups running relevant clubs and activities are invited to enter the 2015 national competition by submitting entries which investigate an environmental problem or sustainability issue. A range of suggested themes are designed to support entrants to identify topics. Creativity is encouraged so entries can be in a range of different media; articles, blogs, videos, animations and photographs are all eligible.

Find out more, register to take part and access support materials at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/yrs or email enquiries to lyndsay.sutton@keepscotlandbeautiful.org.

Jun 102015
 

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Register today for the Bank of Scotland £5 design challenge, a unique art and design competition for budding designers aged 4-14.

The Bank of Scotland £5 design challenge celebrates Bank of Scotland’s partnership with BBC Children in Need. The challenge asks pupils to design a banknote that depicts “What BBC Children in Need means to you”. 

The first prize winner will see their design produced as a limited edition £5 Bank of Scotland banknote. 

Exclusive access to resources

Schools that register will get exclusive access to downloadable classroom resources including; Teacher Notes, an introductory PowerPoint taking you through how to run the challenge, a classroom poster and competition entry leaflet. The resources have been developed to make the delivery of this competition fun and simple in the lead up to the end of term.

The first 200 schools to register will receive a printed pack including 130 competition leaflets and a poster for your school.

Benefits include

  • Curriculum links to Art and Design, Health and Wellbeing and Literacy
  • Easy to use and adaptable resources that can be used in class for a quick fun activity or set as a homework task.

In addition to seeing their design produced as a limited edition £5 Bank of Scotland banknote the winner will also receive:

  • visit to De La Rue, Basingstoke, for the winning pupil (with a parent or guardian) to meet the banknote designer and learn how banknotes are prepared for production
  • a framed digital print of the banknote for the winning pupil
  • a framed digital print banknote for their school
  • a visit from Pudsey Bear for your school

Two lucky age group category winners will receive great prizes too.

Don’t miss out, register now to give your pupils the chance to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a real banknote featuring their very own design

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Tel:020 7198 8374

Web:www.nationalschoolspartnership.com

Email: info@nationalschoolspartnership.com

Jun 022015
 

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/readyforemergencies/index.asp for topical, relevant learning! Has anyone seen the weather warnings and flood warnings that have been issued?

Why does it always rain on me (100 x 100)

Education Scotland’s go-to website for lesson ideas on severe weather and flooding.

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/weatherandclimatechange/climatechange/index.asp for ideas on taking climate change issues further with your class.

 

 

May 282015
 

IS Tech at Work Special cover May 15Every aspect of the curriculum has a part to play in helping children and young people understand the world of work, the parts which they might play, and the contributions they might make to business, employment and the economy in their careers beyond school. Within that overall framework it is possible to see a unique role for the technologies, and the particular logic and clarity of a special relationship which the technologies can share with creative, productive working life in the 21st century.

Over a number of years, and through many different programmes and initiatives, national and local governments have recognised the importance of the technologies in supporting young people’s expanding awareness of careers and working life. For example, the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative (TVEI) invested £1bn in schools across the UK over a span of 10 years or so; and more recently the Scottish Government’s Determined to Succeed programme focused a further £100m on developing young people’s readiness for work, much of it supporting technological skills and knowledge.

Building Society: Young people’s experiences and outcomes in the technologies was launched on 9 March 2015.  It’s vision for leanign in, through and about the technologies, makes clear the improtance of cultivating strong links and associations with the progress being achieved in Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, in the wake of the Wood Commision report an dthe Scottish Government’s response.

Technologies at Work highlights ideas, issues, projects and resources from across the learning and skills landscape.  It aims to help business and schools identify and make the most of the common objectives and synergies of the technologies and young workforce initiatives.  It makes connections between subject areas, between education and business sectors, and between the economy and learning.

Education Scotland, who commissioned this Informed Scotland Special, encourages partners on business and across education establishments to use the resource, recognising the important bridge th technologies provides between the communities of school and work.

Find the full version here

 

 

 

 

 

May 182015
 

Bookbug Week: 18 – 24 May 2015

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As Bookbug Week 2015 begins, a recent YouGov poll has found that 72% of Scottish parents surveyed had introduced their child to books within the first 12 months of their lives.

The online poll, conducted in April 2015, asked 659 parents from a cross-section of Scotland when they had first introduced books to their child. 29% of parents said they started reading to their children between birth and 3 months old, 23% said they had started reading to their child between 4-6 months, 11% said 7-9 months and 9% said 10-12 months.

Marc Lambert, Director of Scottish Book Trust, said:
“Sharing a book with your child on a regular basis, from as early an age as possible, is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to make a real difference to their future. You might feel silly reading to a tiny newborn, or even to your bump, but your baby will listen closely to the rhythm of your voice and the speech patterns, laying strong foundations for later language development. It’s never too late to get started though – at any age your child will soon realise that books equal cuddles, helping to inspire a love of reading which will last a lifetime.

“Bookbug Week is the perfect time to celebrate the joy that books can bring with your little ones – with hundreds of free events across the country we hope as many parents and children as possible will join us for some songs, rhymes and stories.”

Acting Minister for Children and Young People Fiona McLeod added:

“As a former librarian, I know the importance of introducing children to books at the earliest possible age. It helps develop a love of books and improve their literacy skills. I’m delighted that more than 70 per cent of Scottish parents are already reading to their children in the first year and it would be fantastic to see this increase even further. Bookbug Week and other initiatives like our PlayTalkRead campaign are great opportunities to have fun reading and I’d encourage families to get involved in the activities across the country. I’m excited to be attending a world record attempt in Fife this week where hundreds of parents will read to their children at the same time.”

The theme for this year’s Bookbug Week is Bookbug’s Big Bedtime Story. Thousands of young children will take part in over 400 free, bedtime-themed events across Scotland that will feature appearances from some of the UK’s best loved children’s authors and illustrators. Families can find details of events happening in their area by visiting Bookbug Week or asking for more information at their local library.

This year’s Bookbug Week flagship event will take place at Rozelle House and Maclaurin Art Gallery in South Ayrshire on Tuesday 19 May. Hundreds of families with young children will celebrate the Bookbug programme, getting creative with arts and crafts and bedtime stories. Special activities on the day will include a Magic Garden sensory area, a Book Trail and a Snuggle Village.

Elsewhere, author Chae Strathie will deliver a fun-filled Authors Live event that will be streamed to schools, nurseries and homes across the country on Thursday 21 May and a host of fantastic Bookbug prizes will be up for grabs via Bookbug’s Facebook page throughout the week.

The Bookbug programme provides every child in Scotland with four free bags of books, gifting 720,000 books every year. Over 240,000 children in Scotland benefitted last year, with even more set to receive free books in 2015. Bookbug also runs regular free story, song and rhyme events in libraries, shopping centres and other community venues which attracted audiences of over half a million parents and children last year.

Bookbug Week is the perfect chance to find out more about the Bookbug programme, get involved, meet other families and get ideas on how to make sharing books, songs and rhymes with children a fun part of each day. Introducing children to books at an early age has many wonderful benefits, including building up their confidence and social skills, and giving their speech and language development a real boost.

May 052015
 

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Scottish Book Trust is pleased to announce that the books chosen for the 2015/16 Bookbug bags, to be distributed free to every baby, toddler, 3 year old and P1 child in Scotland between Spring 2015 and Spring 2016, are as follows:

Bookbug Baby Bag
• Baby’s Very First Black and White Book: Babies by Stella Baggott (Usborne)
• Peekaboo Jungle by Emily Bolam (Campbell Books)
• Mouse is Small by Mary Murphy (Walker Books Ltd)

Bookbug Toddler Bag
• Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (Puffin)
• Splosh by David Melling (Hodder Children’s Books)
• Feeling Great Just Like Me! by Jess Stockham (Child’s Play)

Bookbug Pirate Bag
• Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty Orchard (Hachette Children’s Books)
• Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
• Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose by Lynne Rickards and Eilidh Muldoon (Scottish Book Trust)

Catriona Wallace, Head of Early Years at Scottish Book Trust said:
“We are very excited to announce the new titles for this year’s Bookbug bags. Our expert panel has carefully selected books by fantastic authors and illustrators and we hope that mums, dads and carers will enjoy sharing these stories with their children. Bookbug bags are a fun way to introduce your babies and toddlers to stories, songs and rhymes, and boost their language and listening skills.”

The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag for 2015/16 will include free copies of the three shortlisted books from the Bookbug category of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016, which will be announced on 2 September 2015. These bags will be distributed to Primary 1 children during Book Week Scotland (23 November – 29 November 2015).

Bookbug is Scotland’s national book gifting programme, encouraging parents and children to share books together from birth. We gift books to every baby, toddler, 3 and 5-year-old in Scotland in four free Bookbug bags:

– Baby bag (gifted by a health visitor to every baby
– Toddler bag (gifted by a health visitor to every toddler
– Pirate bag (gifted at nursery to every 3-year-old)
– Primary 1 Family bag (gifted at school to every P1 pupil)
– Dolly Parton Imagination Library (free books delivered monthly to every Looked After Child aged 0-5 in Scotland)

May 052015
 

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A new picture book highlighting the importance of healthy eating for children was launched today (5 May) at Methil Community Education Centre, marking the completion of a two year writer in residency project run by Scottish Book Trust and Home-Start Levenmouth Family Group.

Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose was written by author Lynne Rickards and was developed in workshops with 11 parents from the Levenmouth Family Group to raise awareness about the importance of healthy eating for children in their early years. 60,000 copies of the finished book have been published by Scottish Book Trust to include in the 2015 Bookbug Pirate pack which will be given to every 3-year-old in Scotland this year.

Lynne facilitated weekly creative writing classes with the group that explored foods and healthy eating, with support from NHS Health Scotland. The resulting book, featuring the fantastic illustrations of Eilidh Muldoon, is a fun-filled tale written in rollicking rhyme that encourages children to try eating tasty, healthy foods including carrots and bananas.

Paula Martin, a parent who participated in the classes said:
“The experience of working with Lynne was great and we all gained new skills and felt that we were a part of a great opportunity. I know we will all treasure our experience of the project “

To celebrate the launch of Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose Lynne will be reading from the book at Methil Community Education Centre this afternoon. An exhibition of Eilidh Muldoon’s illustrations will also be unveiled at the Centre, which will tour libraries in Fife throughout the rest of the year in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust.

Commenting on the project Lynne Rickards said:
“I was thrilled to be chosen as an Early Years Writer-in-Residence for Scottish Book Trust and had a brilliant time working with a great group of mums to produce our healthy eating story. Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Team and the lovely people at Home-Start Levenmouth provided excellent support throughout the project, and I’m very proud of the finished book which is beautifully illustrated by Eilidh Muldoon.”

Kay Mcleary, Senior Coordinator at Home-Start Leven mouth added:
“The parents involved in the project were delighted to have an opportunity to work with Lynne and contribute their ideas about what kind of book they would enjoy reading to their children to emphasise the importance of healthy eating in a fun and engaging way”.An exhibition of Eilidh

Muldoon’s illustrations from Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose, annotated with selected text from the book, will be on display at the following libraries:

• Methil Library, 5 – 15 May
• Leven Library, 18 – 29 May
• Kennoway Library, 1 – 12 June
• St Andrews Library, 15 – 26 June
• Burntisland Library, 29 June – 24 July
• Cowdenbeath Library, 27 July – 14 August
• Tayport Library, 17 August – 28

August
• Cupar Library, 31 August – 11 September
• Rothes Halls, 14 September – 25 September
• Kirkcaldy Galleries, 28 September – 9 October
• Benarty Library, 12 October – 23 October
• Jennie Lee Library, 26 October – 6 November
• Dalgety Bay Library, 9 November – 20 November
• Duloch Library, 23 November – 4 December
• Kincardine, 7 December – 18 December

Apr 242015
 

The strategy provides an updated and informed context for the provision of publicly funded ESOL in Scotland.  It places ESOL in the broad context of learning in Scotland and sets out the strategic direction for ESOL for the next five years.

The aims of the strategy are to build on successes to date and to continue to improve the quality, co-ordination and delivery of ESOL provision for all residents in Scotland for whom English is not a first language.

In helping to progress the direction of this refreshed strategy, Education Scotland will work with learners, key partners and providers to draw up an implementation plan to work towards achieving the outcomes of the strategy.  In doing so, Education Scotland will seek commitment from learners, key partners and providers to support and progress actions within the implementation plan.

The strategy is available online now.

Apr 202015
 

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“Pride: Uplifting British comedy about an unlikely moment in recent history.” filmclub.org

Into Film, invite you to attend a special screening event, exploring political issues within film.

SIGN UP HERE: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/your-voice-developing-political-literacy-in-scotland-pride-screening-registration-16349938105?aff=es2

This event, follow up Q&A, and activity encourages young people to think about:

  • how film can be used as a platform for discussing political themes and young people’s rights
  • how individuals can make their voices heard today
  • how young people can collaborate and participate in decision making
  • what issues are important to young people and how they could address these issues

Pride, a powerful true-life tale, was chosen to help young people to explore the different ways ordinary people can bring about political change. Set in the summer of 1984 a group of gay and lesbian activists decide to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.

After the screening there will be a question and answer session with Jonathan Blake, an activist featured in the film. This will give the young people a unique opportunity to speak to someone who helped shape LGBT rights and laws.

From this event and from the following Q&A we would like young people to reflect on how far LGBT rights have changed since 1984 and what they care about in their own community. Is there anything they feel passionate about changing in society? How can they participate and make their voices heard?

We would ask that all young people come with at least one prepared question relating to either the film or political processes within the UK.

Please see below Education Scotland’s Political Literacy page for further information on how to develop political literacy within class:

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/politicalliteracy/index.asp

For a look at what’s ahead and to encourage discussion, here is the Pride trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsFY0wHpR5o

Please note that Pride is a 15 certificate.

If you have any questions about this event please contact katie.hamilton@intofilm.org or jo.spence@intofilm.org

 

 

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