Category Archives: Health & Wellbeing

Third Level Across Learning Experiences & Outcomes

The Secondary NQTs attended a CfE induction session in September where they were set the challenging task of coming up with ideas for delivering all third level literacy, numeracy and health & well-being experiences and outcomes. Not only that, but for literacy and numeracy they were also asked to identify what evidence would arise from the learning and what the success criteria would be.

They did a fantastic job and covered the sheets in lots and lots of ideas (so many that it has taken me this long to process them all!). Below you can see the original powerpoint from the day, and then there is separate presentation for each of literacy, numeracy and health & well-being.

Research Round-Up November 2010

The November 2010 issue of Research Round-Up, Learning and Teaching Scotland’s educational research digest, is now available on the LTS website. Click here to download.

Some of the interesting titles include:

  • Achievement of Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile
  • Impact of School Gardening on Learning
  • The Determinants of Non-Cognitive and Cognitive Schooling Outcomes
  • Literature Review on Teacher Education in the 21st Century
  • Good Practice in Involving Employers in Work-Related Education and Training

Smoking Prevention Survey

NHS Lothian Health Promotion Service in partnership with Fast Forward and West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Service currently co-ordinates a range of smoking prevention activities aimed at reducing the uptake of smoking among young people ages 12-24 years.

Delivery of the work is undertaken by the YSTEP team in each of the 4 local authority areas.

To help us monitor progress and identify key issues arising for staff in agencies that work with young people, we would be grateful if you could complete a short questionnaire. This should take just a few minutes and can be accessed via the web-link below (you may have to use CTRL and click in order to follow the link)

The closing date for the survey is Friday 10th December.

All information provided is confidential and anonymous.

Paper copies of the questionnaire can be provided – please contact 

Colin Lumsdaine, Senior Health Promotion Specialist (Tobacco and Young People) Health Promotion Services, NHS Lothian – telephone 0131 536 3522  if you need these.

Many thanks for your help

Magic Spaghetti

“ A mouth watering comedy with cooking and live music”

In September, over 300 East Lothian children came along to see the Licketyspit Theatre Company’s production Magic Spaghetti at the Brunton Theatre.

The show tells the story of Strega Nona – Granny Witch – who has returned to her hometown of Plain in Scotaly after years of travelling and tasting food from all over the world. She is dismayed to find that the people of Plain now eat only very plain food, Mayor MacBerto’s pies, plain spaghetti and tatties out a tin, as they consider it to be the modern way.

With a few adventures on the way, one by one the townspeople succumb to Strega Nona’s tasty cooking, as they tuck into lovingly prepared dishes created from fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices, declaring it to be “deliciouso!”

Supported by a teacher’s resource pack, the show conveys healthy eating messages in an entertaining, fun, non-judgemental way and encourages youngsters to experiment with new foods and flavours.

To keep the themes highlighted, a Magic Spaghetti lunch was held at Prestonpans Infants and St Gabriel’s earlier this month to celebrate the joy of healthy eating as well as the cultural and social links between Prestonpans and Barga in the Tuscan hills.

On the menu was minestrone soup followed by Strega Nona’s special tomato sauce, spaghetti and meatballs, served with crusty bread and a mixed salad, provided by ELC suppliers, Total Produce. For dessert, the children enjoyed local producer Di Rollo’s ice cream and fruit salad.

Serenaded by Italian music and surrounded by Italian themed decorations, nearly 300 children – for some, their first experience of a school meal – tucked in with gusto.

Their verdict? – “Deliciouso!”

Many thanks go to kitchen supervisor, Lorna Cunningham and staff for their hard work and enthusiasm in making the event such a success.