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  • David Gilmour 12:55 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink  

    Early Learning & Getting Ready for School – early years’ practitioners’ event 

    Boy and girl playing with puzzles at a nursery table

    Photo by MKJ Photography

    Early Learning & Getting Ready for School – early years’ practitioners’ event – last chance to book your place!

    • Friday 7 November 2014
    • 1pm – 3.30pm
    • Fisherrow Community Centre

    This event is part of a festival of learning and sharing about how we achieve the best possible start for all children. The Early Development Instrument (EDI) results show that 40% of pre-school children in the Musselburgh cluster are vulnerable in terms to being ready to learn when they start school. We look at what’s been put in place to address this and where we go next. Join Darrin Nightingale, Eileen Scott, Kate Woodman, Rosemary Geddes and other early years’ specialists for inputs and discussions.

    Book your place now! Email supportfromthestart@eastlothian.gov.uk or phone 01620 829 947.

    Booking closes on 3 November 2014

  • David Gilmour 7:30 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink  

    The Futures Fair: Thursday 6th November 

    ffThe Futures Fair:  Thursday 6th November, drop in between 2pm and 5pm, The Brunton Hall, Musselburgh

     You are invited to The Futures Fair 2014.

    The Futures Fair is an information fair to help you to plan for adult life.  It’s for young people with additional support needs and their families.

    We’ll have approximately 50 organisations who can tell you about what they offer and how they can help with:

    • Education
    • Work and training
    • Money advice
    • Social work and health
    • Social life and leisure    ….and much more!

    The fair can help you to think about what you want to do with your future. You can meet people who can advise and support you, and your family.

    Hundreds of people have come to the fair in the last few years.

    We will also have young people there who can talk to you about what they did when they left school, and you can watch a film about their experiences.

    The fair is free – there will be refreshments and a space to relax and chill-out.

    Come along and find out what’s out there for you in East Lothian and beyond – looking forward to seeing you there!


    The Futures Fair Team


  • David Gilmour 12:53 pm on October 10, 2014 Permalink
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    Free CPD Opportunity – Wiki*edia Projects in Schools 

    Wikimedia-logo.svgThere’s much more to Wikimedia than just using Wikipedia for research. Find out how you can engage with the world of Wikimedia to create a whole new range of real-world learning opportunities.

    This “free walk-in” workshop for teachers only is part of the all-day EduWiki Conference, details below.

    EduWiki Conference 2014 Friday 31 October 2014 at Edinburgh First’s St Leonard Hall (University of Edinburgh)


    The EduWiki Conference 2014 is the third annual conference organised by Wikimedia UK focusing on Education projects

    The organisers are providing a ‘free walk in’ for Scottish teacher to the afternoon session:

    Workshop C: Wiki*edia Projects in Schools (for students under 18)

    There is also a proposed TeachMeet in the evening, where wikimedians and teachers can exchange ideas. 7pm location tbc


  • David Gilmour 2:27 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink

    Ormiston Grows Hallowe’en Event, Sunday 26th October 

    ormiston-halloweenOrmiston Grows are having a spooktacular Halloween celebration at station garden…………..
    Sunday 26th October 3.30 – 6pM

    Full details on the poster: halloween poster final (PDF, 120KB)

  • David Gilmour 5:58 pm on September 10, 2014 Permalink  

    Animation15 Competition Launches on Monday 15 September 2014! 

    logoCalling all school & college students aged 7-19 ! Make a 1-minute animated film on your computer, enter our competition, and you could win great prizes! (read the rules & FAQ).

    The competition launch date is Monday 15 September 2014.

    The deadline for submitting entries will be midnight on Friday 10 March 2015.

    Animation14 web site is here.

  • David Gilmour 12:12 pm on August 25, 2014 Permalink
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    East Lothian Numeracy Academy 


    A new Numeracy Academy website has been developed to support staff using SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) to teach numeracy.

    The website contains videos and materials, including flipcharts, to support the approach.

    The link for the site is: http://numeracyacademy.edubuzz.org

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

    Email admin@ormistongrows.co.uk
    or phone 01875 898189.

    Details:  Summer Activities


  • 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: http://www.nms.ac.uk/learning/scho 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,


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