So far this week Law Primary School have thrown themselves into their research & investigation using Scran.
Yesterday, P5 used their digital detective skills to look at local heroes. The class then applied impressive, creative writing skills to produce some brilliant biopoems – all about local father & son, John & Freddy Marr. Here’s a sample of their hard work…
John or Daddy
Friendly, Brave, Jolly, Caring
Father of Alfred, Grandad of Chris
Who loved gannets, coastal nature and communicating with local people
Who felt happy, free and calm
Who feared damage of nature, hate and sharks
Who wanted to see dolphins jumping and red sunsets
Who lived in North Berwick
Written by Rosie P5
Image © Portrait of John Marr, East Lothian Museums Service. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk
Recently we’ve been getting to grips with the kite aerial photography kits provided by Dr. John Wells of the Scottish National Aerial Photography Scheme (SNAPS). As you can see we visited Tantallon Castle for a practice flight. We were quite pleased with our results & the potential for learning.
We are planning on piloting this activity with schools over 2015/16, so if you are interested please contact us & lets’s go fly a kite!
We believe exploring the aerial photography collections on Scran, in combination with the active learning involved in kite aerial photography, could lead to all sorts of creative learning.
For example, studying aerial photography can support the following Curriculum for Excellence experiences & outcomes within Social Studies.
- describe the major characteristic features of Scotland’s landscape and explain how these were formed (SOC 2-07a)
- discuss the environmental impact of human activity (SOC 2-08a)
- explain how the physical environment influences the ways in which people use land by comparing the local area with a contrasting area (SOC 2-13a)
- use knowledge of a historical period to interpret the evidence and present an informed view (SOC 3-01a)
- compare settlement and economic activity in two contrasting landscapes (SOC 3-13a)
- explain the impact of processes which form and shape landscapes on selected landscapes in Scotland, Europe and beyond (SOC 3-07a)
- evaluate the changes which have taken place in an industry and debate their impact (SOC 4-05b)
- discuss the sustainability of key natural resources (SOC 4-08a)
Salisbury Crags Holyrood Park
- assess the impact of developments in transport infrastructure in a selected area (SOC 4-09b)
- describe and assess the impact of human activity on an area (SOC 4-10a)
- explain the development of the main features of an urban area and evaluate the implications for the society involved (SOC 4-10b)
Hot off the press, the Scranalogue has arrived. We are delighted to share what’s happening at Scran via our brand new blog. Keep up to date with new content arriving in our many collections, for example we’ve some great new oral histories about Falkirk during World War One.
See what we’re up to in the field trialling Kite Aerial Photography thanks to Scottish National Aerial Photography Scheme, SNAPS
Meet us in person, we’ll be busy exhibiting and supporting events throughout autumn 2015, starting with the Scottish Learning Festival quickly followed by Doors Open Day in Edinburgh.
Image © Scottish Maritime Museum. Wireless News from SS Athenia, 1933. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk