Many thanks to Juliet Robertson of Creative Star learning for this round up of useful information.




Some important information about the 112 emergency service number when using a mobile phone which many of us will not have heard about before. Please take the time to watch this wee film as it may save a life.



Register your schools for this great scheme provided by WWF to educate a generation on sustainability in schools and how to look after our planet. A short film can be viewed on the website giving more information and introducing the fun characters that will guide the children along their journey learning about topics such as recycling, water, food and greener travel. Also, WWF’s President HRH The Prince of Wales, has announced the new Green Ambassadors Awards through a short message to schools. In this film HRH tells of meeting members of the scheme and how inspired he has been by their ideas, hence creating an award for pupils and teachers who have made remarkable effort to protect the environment and embrace sustainability. For your chance to win some fantastic prizes you can apply online.





Interested in Butterflies? Want to know more about the species? Then take a look at this website. Full of facts and beautiful photos of many multi coloured butterflies , the website also provides details of the species you may find in your area. And provides you with a great New Years Resolution of making your own wildlife garden




Satrosphere have a list of Teacher guides and Classroom Activities via their website which can be downloaded. Some of the topics on offer are: Renewable Energy Workshop, Bug Show and Tell and a Volcano workshop, which are all aimed at specific ages from Early years through to 4th.


‘Trees and the Scottish Enlightenment’ is an outline of the story of the Enlightenment and the beginnings of modern forestry and is intended as a brief introduction to a complex subject, which is complemented by the more detailed stories told in ‘Trees, People and the Country Estate’
(available online). This great learning resource has been developed by Sally York, Bonnie Maggio and Nicholas Shepherd.

There will be a printed version of the shorter resource ‘Trees and the Scottish Enlightenment’ available in the New Year. The resource, plus the longer version ‘Trees, People and the Country Estate’ developed by Christopher and Jackie Lee,  are now online at

And remember the equally fantastic ‘Wolf Brother’s Wildwoods’ resource, which blends learning about the Scottish Mesolithic with learning about our Native Woodlands, is also available online at

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New Teaching resource from FEI

New resource available on the FEI website


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FREE Course: exploring the learning possibilities of a place near you

FREE: exploring the learning possibilities of a place near you (East Scotland)

Building on Education Scotland’s successful ‘3-18 Places Project’, this FREE half day event will prepare you to build the curriculum around the possibilities of an outdoor place near your school. We aim to give you an inspiring and enjoyable day that will open your eyes to the many possibilities of teaching outdoors in a local space, and leave you with practical ideas for how to get started.


Apri. 15th 2013 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Hermitage of Braid, Edinburgh. EH10, UK



15 April 2013

Click On this link to Grounds for Learning website for more info


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Funding opportunity for schools, nursery and early years providers

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Learning Outdoors Fund 2012 was launched in September. The fund is available to all educational establishments within the CSGN area to help them improve their grounds and local greenspaces to enable more children to participate in learning outdoors and natural play.,YM4F,5IOKFJ,2W9M3,1

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Forest School May Gathering

Great chance to meet people involved in forest school and nature play and nurture at a ‘Gathering’ on 18th May. The day is designed to add skills to your ‘toolbag’. See enclosed for details
Adding to toolkit invite May 18th

Also Read an account of overcoming miserable weather for a productive forest school session from Lindy Linn

Head Teacher’s Blog 14th May

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John Muir Award & Curriculum for Excellence

Great resource from John Muir Trust

Steven Wray

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News update

Juliet Robertson provided this email update and I thought it was well worth reproducing here as it is packed with lots of useful info.


Steven Wray

Hello Everyone

Outdoor learning continues to be “in”. Here’s some up-dates…

1) Consultation about developing a safety system for Adventure Activities in Scotland. See info below for weblinks, etc. Responses can be submitted until 30th March.

2) Booking is now open for the 7th European Forest Pedagogics Congress to be held in Dunkeld, Scotland 2-5th October 2012

3) Outdoor Learning Resource Packs available to pre-order from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

4) GrowFORTH local food summit 25th Feb – hosted by Low Carbon Stirling. See attachments as well as blurb below.

5) SEED Survey for UNESCO decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

6) Photos to show how water works from the James Hutton Institute – see attachment as well as blurb below. It’s a competition.

Ultra-quick snippets…
Mission Explore Food – This upbeat series of books from the Geography Collective are looking to crowd source their next book about food. The website and video clip are well worth a look and donations can be made from £1 to £1000. Please share and support this cause.

Outdoor Learning Past & Present – by Rosaleen Joyce. This book has just been published and is a good account of the perceptions and practice around outdoor play and learning – mostly in the Early Years. Best of all is a chapter about Gosta Frohm and the Swedish Skogsmulle movement that culminated in the opening of over 200 “Rain or Shine” outdoor nurseries and primary schools in Sweden.

There are some new blogs on the go which have an outdoor learning/play focus…

Jan White Natural Play – Jan is an outdoor play consultant specialising in the Early Years especially 0-3 age group. Lots of useful articles and information.
Play Learning Life – Julie Mountain who works for Learning through Landscapes writes this
Find Us Outside – is a blog by P7 teacher, Judy Duncan who works in an Aberdeen City School.
Exploring the Outdoor Classroom – is an Early Years blog by Kirsten, a Californian teacher about her demonstration outdoor EY centre
Karin’s Blog – Work in the Community – from Karin Chipulina, artist and Forest School practitioner

Finally, congratulations to Moray Wildlife Watch – for the second year running has been recognised as one of the best groups in the UK . Fantastic news!

Best wishes

Creative STAR Learning Company
12 Esslemont Drive
AB51 3UP

Tel: 07802 800167

Visit the Creative STAR website for downloadable resources and to book an outdoor learning course.




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Butterdean Woods video

It was a lovely sunny Friday morning for this Forest Schools event – have a look to see the activities that were on offer…[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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Celebration time – 28th October 2011

Support from the Start – East & Midlothian’s Equally Well test site has supported the development of forest school and nature play and nurture over the last two years. Staff and volunteers have been trained through different levels of training, and equipment has been purchased. Lots of children have had time in the woodlands of East Lothian as part of their learning at school or nursery.

Its time to celebrate the hard work of everybody that has been involved, and to tell the stories of its impact on children.

Sanderson’s Wynd have kindly agreed to host a celebration on Friday 28th October – a programme is being developed for circulation at the start of the new term – but put this date in your diary.

If you have been involved if forest school or nature play in East or Midlothian and want to tell your story then you can do that at this event. I am very keen to get people to display children’s work connected to forest school, and to hear from teachers / rangers and volunteers if their are particular stories abut the impact of a forest school.

For more information – contact myself or Tina Misselbrook


Steven Wray

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NEWS RELEASE – 14th March 2011
Bushcraft and Survival expert Ray Mears has joined the fight against Lyme disease by lending his support to tick-borne disease charity BADA-UK (Borreliosis and Associated Diseases Awareness-UK).
Tick Bite Prevention Week, which runs from 11-17th April 2011, is an annual programme which helps promote awareness of tick-borne diseases and effective tick bite prevention for at-risk groups.
According to the Health Protection Agency, up to 3,000 people contract Lyme disease (Borreliosis) from the bite of an infected tick each year in the UK. As a victim of Lyme disease himself, Ray understands the importance of being aware of ticks and the diseases they carry, and of the preventative measures that can be taken to help prevent ticks from biting people and pets.
“I feel that there is not enough awareness of Lyme disease in this country, given the fact that in rare cases it may become chronic”, Ray said.
A dedicated website has been launched offering advice on what to do if bitter and how to stay protected in the warmer months at

Primary schools and youth groups are being invited to take part in Tick Bite Prevention Week with a range of material which are available to download to help schools highlight the dangers of tick bites to pupils in a fun and engaging way. These include:
• Ray Mears’ ‘Top Tick Survival Tips’ on how to stay safe outdoors in the warmer months,
• child-friendly viral presentation, complete with gruesome images of ticks and scary screams,
• fact sheets,
• activity sheets,
• information leaflets.
The charity is also producing a free book for schools: “Jack, Scruffy and the ticks” teaches children what ticks are, where they are likely to be found and what should be done if someone is bitten. It also shows them how to protect their pets against ticks.

Schools can also win £250 in gardening vouchers, towards the creation of a wildlife garden, by entering our poster design competition. The winning design will feature on the Tick Bite Prevention Week awareness poster.
Further details and how to get involved can be found at

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