Tag Archives: Geography

Millport Geography Weekend

IMG_6200There are still 10 places up for grabs at the Millport Geography Fieldwork weekend.

DATE: Friday 4th September (evening) to Sunday 6th September

Complete the Survey Monkey form to book a place. Attendance will be confirmed by email: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFZC5ZY

Funded by Education Scotland, this FREE residential course is held at the Field Studies Council site on Millport. http://field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/millport.aspx 

View a full programme of the weekend here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxVoIjf7S3-XblVuOFN3SnNmYVk/view?usp=sharing

This is an excellent oportunity for secondary geography teachers who wish to develop their skills and confidence keadng fieldwork activities.

IMG_6194Field Studies Council Scotland delivers Environmental, Biology, Adventurous Activity and Geography courses for over 5000 students a year. This course builds on this expertise and aims to introduce participants to a range of different fieldwork activities which can be used with secondary school students. Attendees will consider how to structure ‘traditional’ observational fieldwork, geographical investigations and sensory fieldwork aiming to engage students more effectively with the places they are studying and interacting with. The course will also explore how to incorporate the effectiev use of formative assessment and technology into fieldwork.

year-of-fieldwork-logo-gradient_187x398September 2015 to August 2016 is the Year of Fieldwork. http://www.field-studies-council.org/outdoorclassroom/yearoffieldwork.aspx

The principal purposes of the Year of Fieldwork is to:

  • Highlight examples of good practice and the support that we, and others, provide to support schools to enhance the fieldwork that they provide.
  • Encourage more schools to undertake geographical fieldwork at all phase of the curriculum, and examination classes.
  • Raise awareness of the value of fieldwork to geographical education and the benefits that it provides to young people.
  • Promote the benefits of fieldwork as a valuable and transferable skill across a range of subject areas.

Primary Social Studies Skills: Loch Lomond 20th June

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Registration is now live for a place on the Social Studies skills day at Luss and Loch Lomond Shores

To register, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/LomondJune2015

Education Scotland has teamed up with Loch Lomond National Park to offer a second day of professional learning for Primary practitioners, to help improve confidence using Social Studies Skills in the outdoors.   

The day is for primary teachers only and there are 14 free places. A packed lunch will also be provided free of charge, but participants will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from Loch Lomond National Park.

You will receive an email to confirm your places once all places have been filled.

The day on the 20th of June will involve visits to ‎Luss and Lomond Shores to look at how the area can be used to explore local history and geography.

Social_studiesTo find out about more upcoming Social Studies skills weekends look here: http://bit.ly/1Eybdin

Sign up for the Social Studies e-bulletinhttp://bit.ly/e-Bulletin

Join the Social Studies Network on Glowhttp://bit.ly/socialstudiesnetwork

 

Loch Lomond National Parkhttp://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/

Citizen Science workshops for East Ayrshire Council practitioners

Citizen Science workshops for East Ayrshire Council practitioners:

St. Joseph’s Academy, Kilmarnock 5th May 3:45pm

Mauchline Primary, Mauchline 6th May 3:45pm

Citizen science is an exciting way of engaging learners with real-life science in the world around them. Schools across Scotland are undertaking important scientific work, collecting data and using that data to improve their own environment or passing the data to the scientific community. Some great examples of this can be see with the RSPB Birdwatch and the Great British Bee Count.

The workshop will be an opportunity to learn about more of the projects happening around Scotland, learn how to set up your own project and find out more about the OPAL environmental surveys and other organisations and support they offer.

Practitioners will learn about how citizen science activities can be incorporated into the curriculum, how they can be planned across stages and how the Sciences Progression Framework can be used when planning progression of citizen science activities. The session will then focus on air quality, pulling together the data that is available on Scotland’s Environment web with knowledge and understanding from other resources and linking it to real-life air quality data that learners can collect and analyse.

Resources will be available for practitioners to try out. Survey Packs will be made available to look at and request copies.

There will also be time to share practice and discuss ideas with each other.

For further information/to request a place please contact East Ayshire STEM Co-ordinator Martyn Hendry.

Citizen Science workshops for Highland Council practitioners

Citizen Science workshops for Highland Council practitioners:

Lochaber High School, Fort William 12th May 4:30pm

Millburn Academy, Inverness 13th May 4:30pm

Wick High School, Wick 19th May 4:30pm

Citizen science is an exciting way of engaging learners with real-life science in the world around them. Schools across Scotland are undertaking important scientific work, collecting data and using that data to improve their own environment or passing the data to the scientific community. Some great examples of this can be see with the RSPB Birdwatch and the Great British Bee Count.

The workshop will be an opportunity to learn about more of the projects happening around Scotland, learn how to set up your own project and find out more about the OPAL environmental surveys and other organisations and support they offer.

Practitioners will learn about how citizen science activities can be incorporated into the curriculum, how they can be planned across stages and how the Sciences Progression Framework can be used when planning progression of citizen science activities. The session will then focus on air quality, pulling together the data that is available on Scotland’s Environment web with knowledge and understanding from other resources and linking it to real-life air quality data that learners can collect and analyse.

Resources will be available for practitioners to try out. Survey Packs will be made available to look at and request copies.

There will also be time to share practice and discuss ideas with each other.

For further information/to request a place please use the Highland Council CPD site.

Loch Lomond: Social Studies Skills Day

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Registration is now live for a place on the Social Studies skills day on Inchcailloch Island.

To register, please sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/99VJQGQ

Education Scotland has teamed up with Loch Lomond National Park to offer two days for Primary practitioners, to help improve confidence using Social Studies Skills in the outdoors.

The first of these days will take place on the 16th of May. The day will start with a visit to the LLNO centre at Balmaha, then a trip to the island of Inchcailloch. On the island there will be opportunity to take two walks with the Park rangers to find out about what the park can offer for learners but also to improve skills for working with learners in the outdoors.    

The day is for primary teachers only and there are 14 free places. A packed lunch will also be provided free of charge, but participants will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from Loch Lomond National Park.

The second day on the 20th of June will be booked separately and will involve visits to ‎Luss and Lomond Shores to look at some History and Geography in the area.

Social_studiesTo find out about more upcoming Social Studies skills weekends look here: http://bit.ly/1Eybdin

Sign up for the Social Studies e-bulletin: http://bit.ly/e-Bulletin

Join the Social Studies Network on Glow: http://bit.ly/socialstudiesnetwork

 

Loch Lomond National Park: http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/

 

SAVE THE DATE – Social Studies Weekends

Mountainkids540_tcm4-615496The Social Studies team at Education Scotland have organised a series of FREE CLPL weekends and Saturdays to help develop fieldwork and outdoor learning skills in Social Studies.

This follows two very successful Social Studies skills weekends at the Field Studies Council in 2014. You can read more about the primary weekend here: http://bit.ly/PrimaryMillport2014

Please save the following dates to your diary if you are interested in attending.

Information about registration will follow separately for each event.

 

For up-to-date information sign up to the Social Studies e-bulletin: http://bit.ly/e-Bulletin

And join the Social Studies Network on Glow: http://bit.ly/socialstudiesnetwork

(click on the Community Members box and add yourself to the community)

 

addtocalendarSaturday 16th May: 09:30 – 15:30

Loch Lomond National Park (Inchcailloch Island)

http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/

Social Studies skills

*Primary teachers only*

 

addtocalendarFriday 29th May – Sunday 31st May

Field Studies Council, Millport

http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/millport.aspx

Fieldwork skills for primary teachers

*residential course – accomodation and food provided for free – attendees must make their own travel arrangements*

 

addtocalendarSaturday 20th June: 09:30 – 15:30

Loch Lomond National Park

http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/

Social Studies skills

*Primary teachers only*

 

addtocalendarFriday 4th September – Sunday 6th September

Field Studies Council, Millport

http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/millport.aspx

Fieldwork skills for secondary geography teachers

*residential course – accomodation and food provided for free – attendees must make their own travel arrangements*

 

addtocalendarFriday 6th November – Sunday 8th November

Field Studies Council, Kindrogan

http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/kindrogan.aspx

Fieldwork skills for secondary geography teachers

*residential course – accomodation and food provided for free – attendees must make their own travel arrangements*

 

addtocalendarFriday 13th November – Sunday 22nd November

Field Studies Council, Kindrogan

http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/kindrogan.aspx

Fieldwork skills for primary teachers

*residential course – accomodation and food provided for free – attendees must make their own travel arrangements*

Ask Scotland: exciting new search engine!

logoHeaderAsk Scotland is an online information service provided by Scotland’s libraries that lets you get real answers from real people, without leaving your computer. Have a go yourself here: http://askscotland.org.uk

Your question will be sent to a librarian who will use their rich library collections to research your query and send back a personal response. We aim to provide you with reliable information that you can trust, whether for study, research or just plain curiosity.

Ask Scotland is coordinated by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), the advisory body to the Scottish Government on libraries, and is staffed by librarians and library assistants in Scotland’s libraries. It is a non-profit service, jointly funded by the Scottish Government through the Public Library Quality Improvement Matrix and the participating libraries.

Also, a wee reminder of Education Scotland’s excellent Studying Scotland site full of resources to support deep and rich learning about Scotland’s history, culture and landscape.

And if it is Scottish History you are interested in then delve in to the past through Education Scotland’s Scotland’s History website.

Scottish Learning Festival 2015 – Social Studies

SLF_2015logoThe Scottish Learning Festival is Scotland’s largest annual professional learning event, offering education practitioners a great opportunity to increase their knowledge, discover new work, and improve their practice. Delegates can take part in a range of Conference sessions (Keynotes, seminars, discussions and more) and meet Exhibitors from organisations with products and services which benefit learners.

Scottish Learning Festival 2015 will take place at the SECC in Glasgow on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th September 2015.

The theme of this year’s event is “Raising attainment and achievement for all”, with a focus on maximising educational outcomes through local partnerships and collaboration; self-evaluation; and work-related learning.

Education Scotland is inviting organisations to submit proposals for seminars that will become part of this year’s programme. Full details of the themes and the online submission form are available on the SLF website. The closing date for submitting proposals is Friday 27th February 2015.

In the Social Studies team we are keen that the final programme includes great examples of effective and stimulating practice from schools, including creative projects and fresh approaches to learning. We are interested in all the subject areas within Social Studies, and in any sector. If you would like to showcase some of the work that your school or class is undertaking, or an activity that supports the professional development of teachers, please do consider submitting a seminar proposal.

Save The Date: Social Studies and Digital Technologies Day


Social Studies and Digital Technologies Day
organised by Education Scotland

Date: 21st March 2015

Time: 9:30 – 3:00

Venue: Stirling Management Centre, Stirling

Places: 40 – open to all primary and secondary practitioners

This is an excellent CLPL opportunity to refresh and learn new approaches to integrating ICT and Technologies through Social Studies.
There will be three exciting keynote speakers in the morning, followed by an afternoon session with a choice of three interactive workshops.
A complete programme for the day and the opportunity to book a place will be published in early February.

5 must-see apps for primary #outdoorlearning

Check out these apps and websites to support your outdoor learning journey!

imageUK Ladybird survey: get counting and finding out about different types of ladybirds. What do your findings tell you about the biodiversity of your school grounds/local area? http://www.ladybird-survey.org

 

iRecord butterfly app: find out about butterflies in your area and why they are important. Record your findings on the app or website and become a citizen scientist! http://www.ladybird-survey.org/recording.aspx

 

 

imageOPAL Tree health: Use the information and photographs in this guide to help you identify pests and diseases on Oak, Ash and Horse Chestnut trees and six of the Most Unwanted.  www.opalexplorenature.org/treesurvey

 

Air Quality in Scotland: find out about air quality in your area www.scottishairquality.co.uk

And why not compare it with your own findings using the OPAL air quality lichen survey? www.opalexplorenature.org/surveys/air

iSpot: http://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland

Found a plant or animal and not sure what it is? Post a picture to the iSpot community and find out! Great for thinking about identification and classification.

 

Found another app or site that is useful for science and outdoor learning? Why not let us know?

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