Take part in SCDI’s flooding emergency project I’m an engineer I can help here, aimed at primary schools. There are prizes of up to £300 available. To enter return the entry-form-2017 by 30 April 2017. Shortlisted schools will then be invited to present their project at the Celebration of engineering and Science at Glasgow Science Centre on 9 June.
Date: Friday 10th March 2017
Time: 09.20 (for a 9.45 start) – 15.00
Venue: Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Exhibition Ave, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8BL
This one day event, organised by Aberdeenshire council with support from Education Scotland, Moray and Aberdeen councils aims to explore opportunities for schools and resilience professionals to work together to help build more resilient communities.
Using recent experiences with flooding as a context for developing resilience, this event will provide support for health and wellbeing outcomes in the curriculum as well as those in social subjects and science.
Primary and secondary schools from the three local authorities will outline their experiences with developing resilience through the curriculum and there will be opportunities for discussion and reflection during the day. A number of external agencies will be present at the event to take part in discussion and to offer their support with resources to help teachers in schools.
This event is open to teachers and resilience professionals across Scotland and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in signing up for this event please contact Gavin.Penman@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
Click here to view the draft-programme of the day
Want to find out how to prepare for emergencies and keep yourself and other safe? Keep reading and find out how this key message can be used as an exciting approach to teaching and learning.
Download this flyer for exciting ways to integrate flooding, severe weather and other resilience issues into CfE.
Read these case studies to see what this looks like in practice.
See at a glance how you can take this forward in the classroom:
Health and Wellbeing – responsibility of all
Our 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. This can be used as an exciting context for:
- report writing on the impact of severe weather on daily life in Scotland
- talk/presentation at assembly and to the whole class
- debating local issues like flood protection schemes and staying safe in emergencies
- creating new written texts like an information leaflet or a safety brochure.
Are you doing work around natural disasters, weather, land use, map work?
Use community resilience as an exciting approach to cover these topics. By working with local authority resilience professionals you could gain access to information about flood plains, flood protection schemes and other areas of interest in the local area. Local authorities can share data and images from sensors, such as from traffic monitoring, to bring the learning to life in the classroom. Contact your local authority to discover what may be available to help your school learn about community resilience.
Scotland’s climate is changing as a result of climate change, so we are getting colder and wetter winters and hotter and wetter summers. Use community resilience as an exciting context to explore these issues.
- explain some of the processes which contribute to climate change
- consider how climate change influences changes in the atmosphere and then how this impacts on living things
- investigate how severe weather can affect daily life in short, medium and long term, considering impact on social, economic and cultural life
- create and use rain gauges as part of a project monitoring and analysing the weather in the local area
- create anemometers to measure wind speed.
Use community resilience as an exciting context to:
- design rain gardens, green roofs, identify ways to harvest rainwater
- identify the impact, contribution, and relationship of technologies on the environment through flood protection schemes
- design and construct models to illustrate how sustainable urban drainage systems work
- explore uses of materials
- create and present weather forecasts based on personal research
- investigate the impact of severe weather on people, place and the economy, on a local, national or international level.
Numeracy and mathematics
Community resilience can be used as an exciting context to solve problems using a range of methods, sharing approaches and solutions with others e.g. money, measurement, data and analysis, chance and uncertainty:
- use digital mapping and other information sources to work out how much salt is required to help clear a surface covered with snow
- compare and contrast the contracts and cost plans offered by a range of utility companies, and consider how this may be affected by an emergency
- use outcomes linked to chance and uncertainty to consider the likelihood of another utilities failure happening
- consider how this may affect insurance premiums.
Approximately 70 delegates joined us at Celtic Park on Monday 31st October to identify ways resilience to natural disasters like flooding/severe weather/utility failure could be integrated into Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).
There were speakers from the Met Office, SSEN, Edinburgh City Council, Education Scotland, Highland Council and Glasgow Resilient Cities and a busy market place with around 15 stallholders representing organisations like Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Scottish Flood Forum, SEPA, Youthlink Scotland and Eco-Schools Scotland.
Some of the ideas discussed during the day included:
- Introduce the UN stop disasters game
- Set up a weather station
- Digi maps to compare past/present areas
- World of Work – contact outside agencies and ask them to share their knowledge and understanding and investigate practically
- Pupils to work cooperatively to solve a given scenario – flood prevention; Royal Academy of Engineering; STEM Ambassadors
Click here for the full report 31st-oct-mini-conference-report
Be prepared for bad weather and win prizes for your school!
What is it?
Ready Scotland Photo and Caption Competition for P6 pupils. Take part in this competition to ensure you and your family are ready for winter!
We want P6 pupils across Scotland to take a photo which captures how Scotland is ready for winter. Examples can include:
In no more than 20 words, please also provide a caption for your image that tells us why it’s important to be prepared for bad weather.
Before you start read this!
Radio can be really helpful in communicating information in an emergency. Watch this youtube clip to find out how useful people in Chile found the radio during an emergency. Visit Ready Scotland website for more advice on staying safe in Scotland and complete a family action plan. Visit Ready for Emergencies website for more ideas on staying safe this winter.
The 3 winning schools will receive a wind-up radio for their own grab bags and a behind the scenes experience at their local Bauer network radio station. The Bauer network reaches over 25 million consumers and includes stations like heat, KISS, Magic, Absolute Radio, Forth 1, Clyde 1, Moray Firth, Northsound, Radio Tay, West FM and West Sound. Each school will be able to send 6 pupils to their local station to see what is involved in creating a radio show and will have the opportunity to try a few of the tricks of the trade.
So have a go! Win yourself and 5 of your classmates this exciting opportunity!
How to enter:
Each school should attach their top 5 entries as jpg’s to an email and send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the text box add:
- Name of school
- Full name of pupil
- Full name of class teacher
- Caption describing the photo in no more than 20 words
Deadline for entries:
5pm on Thursday 17th November 2016
How resilient are you and your family? What about your class? Your colleagues? Are you ready for snow, ice, wind, flooding, rain? Don’t worry, there are simple steps you can take, some have been listed below. If you do any of them tweet using #ReadyScotland and encourage others to be resilient too! For learning journeys and other resources to help deliver lessons in this area you can also visit bit.ly/RfEScot
Snow – keep a blanket, food and water in your car
Ice – identify the stop valve and know how to turn off water
Wind – secure loose objects like garden furniture, trampolines or anything that could get blown around
Flooding – move important documents and valuables to a higher place
Rain – avoid walking or driving through flood water
Visit the http://ReadyScotland.org/ for more advice on being resilient this winter
Contact Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk if you or your school are being resilient or for more information
Date: Monday 31st October 2016
Time: 09:00 (for 09:25 start) – 15:00
Venue: Celtic Park, London Road, Glasgow, G40 3RE
Target audience: P4 – 7 and secondary teachers with an interest in geography/social studies/health and wellbeing/science and resilience professionals who are looking to engage schools in activities relating to flooding, extreme weather, climate change and other community resilience issues.
This is a unique opportunity that will encourage meaningful employer involvement, supporting the work of the Developing the Young Workforce agenda. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to engage learners with their local environment supporting work around learning for sustainability.
We would be delighted if you were able to join us on the day.
To find out what was discussed at the last event click here
There are Men’s Sheds in 22 regions across Scotland – there could be one near you. A men’s shed is a meeting place where men come together and take part in a variety of mutually agreed activities. Lots of learning, rediscovering former skills, picking up new ones and camaraderie.
If your school is updating technical equipment perhaps you would be able to gift older items to your local Men’s Shed. It’s a recycle/ re-use story. Actions like this promote inter-generational activities and lifelong learning.
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 email@example.com for more information.