Apr 172015

It’s an early bee count!great-british-bee-count-logo-waitrose

Find out about bees and why they are important. Encourage them into your school grounds and local environment and learn about the role they play in local ecosystems.

Different bees fly at different times. This year the Great British Bee Count will be looking at bees that appear earlier in the year.

So on Friday 1st May get ready to download the new bee spotting app and let them know what bees you see. The Great British Bee Count will run for the whole month of May.

educators_313Here are some ideas of things you can do with your class to get ready and encourage those bees into your school grounds!




Apr 172015

track a tree Track a Tree is a new project that will record the progress of spring in woodlands across the UK.

Phenology is the study of recurring seasonal events in plants and animals, and the timing of these events in relation to weather and climate. In spring, phenological events include trees coming into leaf, the flowering of plants, nesting of birds and emergence of caterpillars. Track a Tree is a citizen ecology scheme that will record the spring phenology of individual woodland trees and the flowering plants that make up the ground flora beneath them.BirchBudburst_Med

Use this project with your class as a way of connecting with the outdoors, giving young people ownership of their school grounds, or why not track a tree in the local community? This could also be used as a homework challenge with learners tracking a tree on their street or garden!ROS_CP_B1a

Visit Education Scotland’s ‘Panda Reporter‘ blog to find out about more of the citizen science activities schools across Scotland are taking part in! Plus Patrick the Panda will be tracking a tree in his local area and learning more about the environment.borestone panda

Apr 132015

scotdec-logoThe national recommendations on learning for sustainability (LfS) require all practitioners to embed LfS in their everyday values and practice. SCOTDEC is hosting a free one day conference on Thursday 14th May, entitled ‘Global Citizenship Matters’. It is aimed at primary practitioners and leaders, providing a space to share, reflect and network. Practical workshops including storytelling, numeracy, health, sustainable living and rights and participation will provide an opportunity to explore a range of global contexts and LfS themes and approaches.

Click here for further details and booking information.

Mar 312015

Stirling HS John Muir Award Group Survey image 1 (2)The ‘Our Environment Competition’ is a great way of engaging young people with their local environment and conservation issues.

Children identify and collect information about an issue in their local environment, collate the information and propose a solution.

Submit your entry as a presentation, poster, leaflet, video or photo storyboard – or maybe you can think of another creative way.

Have you already been working on an environmental project? You can use what you have found out and produced for this competition!

The winning entry will get £1000!

Find out more here.


After much interest the closing date has been extended to Friday April 10th

Mar 312015

pasPlace, Work, Folk is a 13 month Heritage Lottery Funded project developed by Planning Aid Scotland. The project has examined how the experience of older people who have been active in their communities can be shared with the next generation. The aim has been for young people to cultivate interest and inspiration to become ‘active citizens’ working for a sustainable community and engaging with the cultural heritage of their region.

In the four target areas – West Lothian, Fife, Renfrewshire and Glasgow – PAS has provided a series of workshops, in schools that have explored some of the forces that have helped shape places and communities. With reference throughout to Patrick Geddes’ (the founder of modern day town planning) and his interest of placemaking for people’s needs, pupils have been introduced to the idea that they too can contribute to the decisions that help determine how their area is developed.

pas2School sessions have taken place in a diverse range of classes. In West Lothian a geography class explored specific examples of restoration projects by the Bathgate Historic Conservation Society in addition to broader issues of heritage in West Lothian. In Fife an English Class, contributing their work to the new cross-curriculum Scottish Studies certificate, focused on the ramifications on place of the past mining heritage and the subsequent decline of mining. In Renfrewshire, a personal development class looked at the decline of the motor industry and its effect on place in relation to Linwood but also recent community efforts to improve the Linwood area. In Glasgow, sessions are underway with a citizens development group who considering the legacy effect of national and international events, particularly in the East End where the 2014 Commonwealth Games were held.

PASlogoStan_rgb-w1The PAS workshops, as well as exploring local heritage issues, have equipped pupils with knowledge on how they can engage with shaping their place and community: the essence of active citizenship. Skills have been developed which have enabled them to successfully prepare for, carry out, record and share the oral history stories of the older generation which are available to view on Youtube and Soundcloud in interview format.

View digital findings from the Place Work Folk project on  YouTube and SoundCloud.

For more information about the project and to view an exhibtion of the young people’s stories contact the PAS Place, Work, Folk Co-ordinator, Russell Moran: Russell@PAS.ORG.UK


Mar 262015

LfS CoverEducation Scotland has published the second paper in its Opening Up Great Learning series. This paper examines what great learning for sustainability (LfS) looks like.

It demonstrates how meeting national LfS recommendations can enable schools, early learning and childcare settings to achieve great outcomes.

The paper also provides a range of Career-long Professional Learning activities to support whole school dialogue and strategic development of LfS.

Click here for further information and support on learning for sustainability.

Mar 242015

Stirling HS John Muir Award Group Survey image 2 (2)There’s still time to get your competition entries in for the Our Environment Competition!








It’s easy to enter and you can win £1000!

Identify an environmental issues in your local area/school grounds.

Collect data about the issue (these easy-to-use surveys might help you!)

Young people can present their ideas for solving the problem (via presentation, leaflet, poster, video, photostory – or something else!)

You have until March 31st!




Mar 242015

Earth Hour 2015 takes place this Saturday (March 28) when people around the world are encouraged to switch off their lights for one hour from 20:30 to 21:30 as a symbolic gesture of support for global action on climate change.

Organised by WWF, Earth Hour is an annual international event involving hundreds of millions of people who care about our planet.

In 2014, Earth Hour in Scotland included landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Rail Bridge, the Falkirk Wheel, Stirling Castle, Scottish Parliament and the Glasgow Emirates. Internationally 162 countries took part and included iconic buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building.

All local authority areas in Scotland took part, as did 21 other public bodies and national organisations. Many of these agencies, including the Scottish Government, have signed up to show their support again this year.

Earth Hour presents an excellent opportunity to connect the curriculum to events going on beyond the classroom. It provides a reminder of how concerted local action can have far reaching global consequences. Learners may be aware of stories in the national media about the environmental impact of climate change and the measures society puts in place to try and address it. These issues lend themselves to exploration through many curricular areas. They provide rich, real world contexts that allow learners to make meaningful connections between their everyday choices and the long term sustainability of our world. These types of learning experiences are at the very heart of great learning for sustainability.

Click here for further support and resources linked to Earth Hour and the wider subject of sustainability.

Mar 162015

WOSDEC and the Global Learning Programme Scotland have organised a free professional learning event for primary teachers entitled Global Citizenship Matters: Rights, Global Citizenship and Learning for Sustainability.

Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, and Ellen Doherty, General Teaching Council Scotland, will deliver keynote speeches.

When: 15 May 2015

Where: TouchBase, Sense Scotland, 43 Middlesex Street, Glasgow G41 1EE

The conference aims to support teachers in making the links between rights, global citizenship and learning for sustainability by providing:

  • an opportunity to develop professional understanding of and confidence around learning for sustainability
  • practical classroom tools to enhance learning & teaching for global citizenship
  • space to share and reflect with colleagues

Practical workshops will cover:

  • Children’s rights and participation
  • Assessing global citizenship
  • Values
  • Planning for learning for sustainability (LfS)

To reserve a place contact: wosdec@btconnect.com

Mar 092015

Tcard-285a74b567ef58656ffa05c4f560b9cehere’s a new project from the team at the Zooniverse – Science Gossip

In the Victorian period, just like today, scientists and members of the public worked together to further scientific discovery. Before computers and cameras they had to draw what they saw. Their drawings are locked away in the pages of Victorian periodicals and books, such as Science GossipRecreative Science and The Intellectual Observer.

The ultimate goal of this new project is to understand the roots of citizen science. This is the first Zooniverse project where citizen scientists are both the researchers and the subject of the research. Help us to classify scientific drawings, and map the origins of citizen science.

Get involved in the project now at www.sciencegossip.org

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