Category Archives: Social studies

Battle of the Somme

small-battle-of-the-sommeJoin us live on Tuesday 22nd November at 2pm from the Imperial War Museum to find out more about the Battle of the Somme which took place 100 years ago.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme- one of bloodiest conflicts of the First World War and subject of the world’s first full-length war documentary, filmed in 1916. In the first three months of its release the film was seen by around 20 million people in Britain and Ireland, informing and challenging the public with its images of warfare and changing the way both cinema and film was perceived. You can view this video on YouTube – OR contact Jennifer McKay – who can arrange for a copy of the original DVD to be sent to your school.

In the Glow TV event you can discuss the film with Dr Haggith of the Imperial War Museum and ask him questions about the battle and find out lots of additional information. This will help pupils prepare for Letters Home, this year’s competition run by Poppyscotland, which asks pupils to write a letter home as if from the trenches of The Somme.

Free-use images can be found at The Battle of the Somme

Register now to take part live – Battle of the Somme

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

What keeps you sharp? Over 40 this is for you


What Keeps You Sharp? survey launched

People often think of changes in their thinking skills with age in terms of decline. While some people do experience these changes, others do not.

What Keeps You Sharp? is a nationwide survey being led by researchers at Heriot-Watt University about your beliefs and attitudes to how thinking skills might change with age. They  also want to know if you think there are things we can do to maintain or improve thinking skills as we grow older.

If you’re aged 40 or over and living in the UK you can complete the survey online:

 Help  spread the word

They  want to reach as broad an audience as possible, so share within your own networks – email lists, Facebook and other social media.

Anyone on social media can share the links  from @TheAgeingLab and the hashtag #WhatKeepsYouSharp?

Please share the survey among your friends and family and any groups you might be associated with.

Poppy Scotland’s Letters Home Competition

small-poppy-scotlandThis year Poppy Scotland’s competition is called Letters Home, the competition asks you to write a letter back to your folks at home as though you were a soldier fighting at The Somme.

Reflecting on what you have learnt about World War 1 and the Battle of the Somme, think about how you would describe your experiences, your feelings about the battle and the difficulties of the environment you are living in. Consider the power your words would have in describing how the conflict affected you and those all around you, but bear in mind the impact your words would have on those receiving the letter.

Further information on the competition and how to enter can be found at:

The closing date is December 2nd and the winner will receive a tablet with seven runners-up receiving a £30 book token courtesy of National Book Tokens.

Poppyscotland Remembrance

small-poppy-scotlandJoin us live from Poppy Scotland on Tuesday 8th November at 11am to find out more about Remembrance and the significance of the poppy.

This year Poppyscotland have once again teamed up with Glow TV to bring you an event about Remembrance and the significance of the poppy. Take part in a live question and answer session with staff and veterans from Poppyscotland and Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh, where 5 million poppies are hand-made each year.

Register now to take part live in Glow TV – Poppyscotland Remembrance

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Young People’s Social and Political Participation Across the EU

 LSE pilot study ends 3rd July
CATCH-EyoU (Constructing Active Citizenship with European Youth: Policies, Practices, Challenges and Solutions) is a research and innovation action funded by the European Commission
CATCH-EyoU is trying to find out about young people’s social and political participation across the EU and want to understand why and how some young people decide to participate (or to not participate) in their communities, in politics, and in social life. They are especially interested in European active citizenship and what this might mean to young people.
The project is currently carrying out a survey which seeks the views of young people, in two separate age groups: between 16-18, and between 19–25 on their experiences and perspectives as young European citizens. The pilot survey will be open until 3 July.
For young people between the ages of 16-18 the link to the survey is here.
For young people between the ages of 19-25 the link to the survey is here.
Any young person completing the whole survey will be eligible to win one of ten £20 Amazon voucher prizes. These will be randomly allocated at the beginning of July, and will be sent via email to the winning participant.
Find out more here.
Contact: Dr Sam Mejias at London School of Economic and Political Science,

Save the Children Resilience Project



Save the Children are looking for two schools to take part in a resilience project that aims to strengthen children’s understanding of emergencies and the actions they can take to prepare themselves, their families and their communities.  Click here for more information on the project .  It is aimed at children aged 9 – 11 and participating schools will be given a £1000 budget.

You can also contact Graham Clark, Programmes Manager for more information.


Community Resilience and CfE flyer

CaptureOur climate is changing and communities across Scotland are becoming increasingly affected by extreme weather events and flooding which can block roads, destroy homes and lead to loss of power for thousands of people.

Ensure the children and young people in your class know  what to do if there is severe weather, utility failure, flooding or pandemics by reading this hot off the press Community Resilience and Curriculum for Excellence flyer!

Community resilience is about communities and individuals using their collective resources and skills to help themselves prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Discover ways to link learning to Scotland’s change in climate and how to embed community resilience within learning across different curriculum areas.

If you are already doing work in this area or are interested in finding out more, contact

Scottish local authorities, schools and partner organisations can request multiple hard copies of this guide for distribution to school clusters and networks.  Remember to include a postal address and state how many copies you wish to receive.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Community resilience networking event May 2016


Friday 13th, unlucky for some but not for us last month, when resilience professionals and education colleagues met to discuss how they could work together, to ensure our children and young people would be best prepared for the challenges they may face in the 21st Century as a result of a change in Scotland’s climate.  To find out what was discussed, click here Conference Report May 2016.  To have your say in future work we do, come along to our next networking event, to be held in Glasgow on Monday 31st October.  Email for more information or if you would like to showcase work your school, class or organisation are doing in this area.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Paul Murdoch Author Assignment to Bali

Paul Murdoch ImageLast year author Paul Murdoch embarked on an exciting trip to the East Bali jungle to work with the East Bali Poverty Project where he visited six newly constructed schools. He’d like you to follow his adventure!

During his time there he wrote a blog about what he did when he was there and what he learnt about the people, the country and the wildlife.

Join Paul as he re-lives his adventure and take a look through his window on another world with the eight video diaries he produced. Through the blog you can answer his challenges and ask him questions, first hand, about his adventure, the plight of the Balinese children and their writing with him! – Paul Murdoch Author Assignment to Bali