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  • David Gilmour 3:58 pm on July 7, 2014 Permalink
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    SCRAN: Photo 14 National School Student Competition 


    What’s this aboot?

    Scran is heading to its 20th year. Periodically, it has run a national photography competition. They thought that, as this is a momentous year for Scotland, it would be a stoatin’ idea to run another National School Student Photography Competition.

    Full details are here.

    Good luck!

  • Jennifer Sked 2:48 pm on July 2, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: education, french, modern language,   

    Tour de France Resources for your Primary School 


    Headstart Languages are providing free Tour de France resources to all UK primary school.

    The resources are completely free and follow our main character Camembear, a French speaking teddy bear at the Tour de France and give children the opportunity to learn about French culture and language as they follow the route with him. They are power-point based and include many learning games, activities, songs and downloadable resources that give children a headstart in learning French. The resources are aimed at EYFS and KS1 but will also be enjoyed by children in KS2. Please find attached a PDF file outlining the resources.

    With languages becoming statutory on the primary curriculum this year and with the arrival of the Tour de France in Yorkshire – this provides an ideal opportunity to kick start learning French in school from a young age.  The learning programme has been endorsed by Welcome to Yorkshire who are keen for young children to be learning French from an early age.

    To register your school for these resources please click on the CLICK HERE on page 2 which will take you to a form to register your details.

    Alternatively you can register your school by completing the online registration form on the Grand Départ page of our website : . Once you have registered your details you will be sent a “taster” game testing your colours with Camembear at the Tour de France. The complete TdF resource pack will then be sent to your school .

    We would really appreciate it if you are able to share the link to these fabulous Tour de France resources with your schools.

    For more information about our Learning French with Camembear programme, please visit our website at

    Looking forward to hearing from you


  • David Gilmour 4:39 pm on June 25, 2014 Permalink
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    National Trust for Scotland Learning Survey 

    nts-logoThe National Trust for Scotland is looking to build its formal learning programme and has commissioned a research project that explores the motivations of teachers and administrators planning a visit to a historic site.

    They would like to understand how the NTS can proactively connect with schools, encourage them to use their resources and what support (if any) is needed to help schools access their sites).

    You can use the link below to participate in this research.

  • cpdshare 12:32 pm on June 25, 2014 Permalink  

    Scottish Sensory Centre (SSC) – Introduction to Visual Impairment and Autism in children and young people 

    An introduction to visual impairment and autism in children and young people: Tuesday, 7th October 2014

    The course will provide another unique opportunity to learn about the nature of autism; the research concerning the co-occurrence of visual impairment and autism; and developmental setback in visually impaired infants.

    This course would be of interest to practitioners working with children and young people who are blind or partially sighted, including teachers, teaching assistants, care workers, habilitation/mobility officers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, and educational psychologists.

    This course should also be valuable to those working with adults who have both visual impairment and autism. There will be a demonstration of the guidance for practitioners developed by the Visual Impairment and Autism Project and discussion of the areas covered: underlying principles, learning, the environment, communication, sensory needs, wellbeing, mobility and independence, and music. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the children and young people course participants work with. Quotes from last year’s course: “…After reflection and referring to website I anticipate today’s input will enhance my performance in field of visual impairment (and autism). Have deeper appreciation of behaviour issues and reasons behind.” “Completely change the way I work with visually impaired/autistic 8 year old boy in mainstream. Pages of ideas to put into action.” “Tips on how to adapt environment. How to change language for autistic children/people.” “More understanding on how to take into account difficulties individuals will be personally experiencing when learning tasks in mobility and independent living skills.” Application forms are available from the website:


  • David Gilmour 4:41 pm on June 24, 2014 Permalink  

    Ormiston Grows: Summer Activities at Station Garden 

    We have received the attached flyer from Ormiston Grows:

    Summer Activities at Station Garden Limited

    The Ormiston Grows Green team are running a
    programme of fun activities and events at Station
    Garden every Thursday throughout the summer
    holidays 10.30am to 1.30pm suitable for ages 5+.

    Sessions will cost £5 for the first child
    and £2.50 for each additional child,
    including lunch, get a free space for
    your child by staying on as an adult

    or phone 01875 898189.

    Details:  Summer Activities


  • Jennifer Sked 4:23 pm on June 11, 2014 Permalink
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    Young Carers Awareness Day 

    The 13th June is young carers awareness day.

    One of the main aims of young carers awareness day is to raise awareness of young carers within schools and the support provided by East Lothian Young Carers.  We hope that by providing information to pupils and their parents it may encourage young carers and their families to seek support at an earlier stage and reduce the negative impact of caring in the long run.

    Please click on this link for more information: East Lothian Young Carers flyer





  • ComputerXplorers 11:49 am on June 9, 2014 Permalink  

    ComputerXplorers Summer Workshops 

    Be creative and have fun this summer.  We are running a number of workshops this summer as part of East Lothian Summer Activity Programme.  To book any of the workshops below call East Lothian Council on 01620 820123 or register via their website.

    Cartoon Creation

    Create your own world of monsters and aliens in this great new animation workshop. Find out how easy it is to cfreate your own unique characters, use speech bubbles or record your own audio track to tell their story. Family and friends will then be able to view your completed cartoon on our Video Gallery. This programme has bags of “smile factor” – come and join the fun!

    Dunbar Bleachingfield – 21st July – 1 – 5pm – Age 6 – 9

    3D Modelling

    Learn how to build amazing 3D models of your own design from mansions and castles to race tracks and skate parks,,,even your very own primary school! Using Google Earth transport your own house or school into the software to add your own special features.  How about a swimming pool in your back garden?

    Dunbar Bleachingfield – 22nd July 1- 5pm – Age 9 – 13

    Talking Heads – Facial Animation

    Imagine being able to animate James Bond or Simon Cowell, make a monkey..even a potato talk or transform a photograph of yourself into a talking puppet! Well now you can with ComputerXplorers.  We will teach you the techniques you need to make any image come alive and produce your very own animation which can then be viewed by family and friends

     Haddington Town Hall – 28th July 1 – 5pm – Age 9 – 13

    Lego Animation

    Stop-motion animation is one of the simplest and most fun animation techniques.  Combine this with LEGO and you have a winning combination for young film-makers.  A fantastic way to bring your favourite LEGO creations to life.

    We will teach you the techniques you need to become a magical movie producers and produce your very own animation which can be viewed by family and friends.  Watch out Wallace and Gromit here comes ComputerXplorers!

     Haddington Town Hall – 29th July 10 – 4pm – Age 6 – 9 

    Musselburgh Brunton – 5th August 9 – 3pm – Age 9 – 13 

    Minecraft Workshop

    Minecraft is a game that allows you to manipulate the immersive 3D world around you and create anything that your imagination can conjure.  Explore Minecraft with our specially designed Minecraft resoure as we follow the story of a castaway washed up on the shores of a strange land.  Players must “mine”, “craft” and “create” their way from castaway to king. Children must have some knowledge of Minecraft

    Musselburgh Brunton – 4th August 1 – 5pm – Age 9 – 13 - SOLD OUT

    Additional Workshop due to demand

    Musselburgh Brunton – 6th August 1 – 5pm – Age 9 – 13 

    Parent and Child Sessions for PreSchoolers – Under the Microscope

    Become a modern day explorer as we discover some really cool objects under the microscope! From bugs and beasties to snake skin and animal hair! Take photographs and then add your own touches using special effects programs on the computer in this fun packed workshop for preschoolers and parents.

    Haddington Town Hall – 28th July 11.15 – 12am – Age 3 – 5

    Musselburgh Brunton – 4th August 11.15 – 12am – Age 3 – 5

  • David Gilmour 5:27 pm on June 6, 2014 Permalink
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    National Museums Scotland Primary Schools Programme & CPD 

    nat-mus-progOur new Nursery and Primary Schools Programme 2014-15 is out now!

    National Museums Primary Programme 2014-15

    Highlights include:
    • A new Dinosaurs session for nurseries-P1 on our Magic Carpet
    • An action-packed Space Explorers workshop for Nursery-P2
    • Our Inventors: The Power of Steam workshop full of hands-on experiments for P3-4
    • Our events on the First World War: Stories from around the Commonwealth to help you start the topic with your P6-7 classes
    Plus, lots more, including handling boxes to use free of charge during your visit, and we have a range of Glow events throughout the year!

    Paper copies of the programme will be arriving in schools in late June. If you’d like a paper copy mailed directly to your home address, please let me know.

    We also have 2 CPD days taking place over the summer to help your plan your visit to us next year. The days will gave you a taster of our different workshops, walk you through the practicalities & give you some new art ideas for social studies subjects too! To find out more, see our CPD pages online: ols/cpd_for_teachers.aspx

    If you have any questions, do get in touch. Please share with others.


    Sarah Cowie
    Learning Officer (Schools)
    Telephone: 0131 247 4046

    National Museums Scotland
    Chambers Street
    Edinburgh EH1 1JF

    Discover our CPD programme for primary and secondary teachers running from June-August:

    Discover the treasures of China?s Ming dynasty at the National Museum of Scotland.
    Ming: The Golden Empire, 27 June-19 October 2014,


  • David Gilmour 12:23 pm on June 5, 2014 Permalink
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    Win an MP4 Player With New Bolinda e-Audiobook Service 

    lhs_bolinda-logoEast Lothian Libraries are pleased to announce that members now have access to another fantastic e-audiobook service, courtesy of Bolinda.

    Working in the same way as the service from OneClick Digital, borrowers can download 4 books to enjoy at home or on the go. To find out more, including how to download the App and to view the collection, please visit the e-audiobook homepage.

    To celebrate the launch of Bolinda, we have a competition for you!

    To have a chance to win an amazing personal MP4 player all you have to do is sign up to Bolinda and borrow any book of your choosing before the closing date of Friday 27 June.

    Then just send us an email to to tell us you want to enter!

  • David Gilmour 3:34 pm on May 21, 2014 Permalink  

    ‘Music Schools for All’: A FREE week-long Music School! 

    Lamphouse-logoNews from Lamp House Music, Haddington:

    Funded by Creative Scotland, we are delighted to offer three FREE Music Schools during the summer holidays.

    Weeks available: 7-11 July / 21-25 July / 4-8 August 2014
    Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 3.00pm each day.

    Be in a Band!: Write, rehearse and record your own track.
    Master Classes in guitar, drums and song-writing.
    Professional and friendly rehearsal and recording studios.
    Finished song on CD to take away plus hear it played on East Coast FM.

    Open to anyone age 10-14 years, living in East Lothian.
    No music experience required.
    Travel Expenses also available.

    Complete the online application form or call 01620 825630.

    Deadline for applications – 9pm, Sunday 15th June 2014.
    Notification of places – week beg 16th June 2014.

    We encourage applications completed by the young person themselves,
    or with assistance from an adult.
    Please ensure that your child is available to attend every day
    of the Music School(s) applied for.



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