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


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





The Ecover Schools Blue Mile


The national focus day will this year take place on 6th June where schools across the country will join our nationwide campaign and do something amazing for our seas, shores and wildlife.

It is a great opportunity to teach outdoor learning and a wide range of curriculum subjects, and get local communities involved. There are several ideas of how schools can join in in our information booklet and schools webpage.



SCRAN – Innovative Good Practice!



Education Scotland, one of Scran‘s funders, would like to highlight innovative good practice and look at how Scran is used in schools. As East Lothian Council are frequent users of the Scran website, we wanted to enquire about how you are using Scran?

For example, we have case study underway with a school in E.Renfrewshire who use Scran resources in conjunction with the software “Comic Life” and the University of Aberdeen, School of Education embed a Scran activity into their programme of study too. If you were in a position to provide further information and some exemplars of the Scran related outcomes, we would be delighted to hear about it.

Please contact:

Jackie Sangster

Scran Education Officer




Project Ability – ‘Celebrate’ Commonwealth Visual Arts Opportunity


Project Ability is one of Scotland’s leading visual arts organisations, supporting people of all ages with disabilities and mental health issues to explore their creative potential.

As part of our celebrations for Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games, we are offering ten Scottish schools the opportunity to work with our experienced visual artists to help create a large scale fabric banner, which will be displayed in Glasgow City Centre later this year.

Exploring ‘Flowers of the Commonwealth’ pupils will have the opportunity to create a fantastic flower patch through a one day, school based workshop. Our online resource pack will enable children and young people from across Scotland and the Commonwealth to explore Commonwealth culture through the investigation of national flowers, and contribute their own flower patch to our final banner.

Workshops will take place in school from April-June 2014. There is no cost involved for participation in this programme and all specialist tuition and materials are included. We are looking to work with ASN schools from across the country as well as specialist support units and children and young people with additional support needs who are supported in mainstream education.

Workshops will be allocated on a first come first served basis, we predict there will be a high demand and interested schools who are not within the first ten to respond will be placed on a waiting list.

To register your schools interest in this programme please email with the name of your school and a named contact for this project.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or need additional information at this stage. Further information on Project Ability can be found on our website –

Project Ability’s ‘Flowers of the Commonwealth’ is funded by the National Lottery through the Celebrate programme.


‘Best in Show’ –

CPD workshop for Primary and Secondary teachers with an interest in Art & Design.

A half-day workshop on canine-inspired multi-disciplinary drawing for primary and secondary teachers with an interest in Art and Design.  No drawing skills necessary.

All techniques can be transferred into a multitude of themes suitable for classroom teaching. Examples of classroom ideas suitable for primary and secondary will be exhibited.


Participants will;

> learn easy hands-on techniques that can be developed back in the classroom;

> experience drawing from life;

> take away further ideas for developing Art themes with young people of all ages

Please click on the link for more information: bestinshowCPD-MAY2014 flyer




Dunbar Molecule Hunt 2014


Dunbar SciFest 2014 and the Dunbar Traders Association are delighted to announce that the 2014 Dunbar Molecule Hunt has begun. 17 mystery molecules are now on display within 17 Dunbar businesses. Pupils will have brought their own copy of the Dunbar Molecule Hunt 2014 leaflet home last week in their school bags.  

We hope that you can find time within the next 4 weeks to visit each participating business, find their model and work out which molecule it is. Rise to the Molecular Challenge – find what molecules are made off. 

Please hand in your completed entry form by 5pm Saturday 22 March to Dunbar PS and Belhaven Smokehouse OR on Saturday 22 at Dunbar SciFest. The winning entries will be drawn at 4.30pm on Sunday 23 March at Dunbar SciFest. 

The 3 winners will receive:

  •          A MolyMod Kit, donated by Philip Spring of MolyMod and
  •          A Dunbar Traders Association Hamper, containing goodies from the 17 participating businesses. Each hamper will contain a mix of goodies, such as a bike computer; ‘breathable shoes’; a swim fin; a water clock, or T-shirts.

 Get going, get hunting…. get molecular! 

Good luck for the Dunbar SciFest Voluntary Organising Team and the Dunbar Traders Association 

Dunbar Saturday Science Club Co-ordinator