Newhailes National Trust – Storyline for P4 to P7 learners, 14th Dec

scotlandlogowww2Newhailes NTS near Musselburgh is currently working with learning professional Carol Omand to develop a new Storyline offering for P4-P7 pupils which will help to bring our fascinating property alive to children, and to link it closely to the requirements of the Curriculum for Excellence. 

We would like to invite up to two members of teaching staff from your school to attend a free CPD session led by Carol at Newhailes on Wednesday 14 December at 4pm to explore what Newhailes and Storyline can offer your classes and how we can help make visits here relevant, engaging and fun.  Continue reading Newhailes National Trust – Storyline for P4 to P7 learners, 14th Dec



Veginvasion—coming to a classroom near you!

Health and Wellbeing is one area of Curriculum for Excellence that no-one can ignore, especially as Scotland has one of the worst records of obesity in the developed world. Helping children gain the knowledge they need to make good food choices is important and by working together we can promote healthier lifestyles now as well as better health in the future.

Veginvasion is a resource pack, aimed at Upper Nursery and P1 pupils, full of activities that complement the vegetable theme is a fun, practical way. It is designed to help pupils, teachers, parents and others who influence food choices by encouraging youngsters to experiment with different tastes as well as learn about vegetables, where they come from and why they are important in our diet.

It can also help children to overcome their perceived dislike and mistrust of unfamiliar foods and learn to enjoy new textures and flavours in a relaxed social setting.

What you said about Veginvasion ……..

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the veg. We made a display and had a touching table, the interest was enormous.”

“We made soup, had raw vegetable for snack and talked about where the food came from. There were endless opportunities for development of knowledge.”

“The whole learning experience was great for the children and is very easily adapted for cross curricular work.”

 Veginvasion—an extra pair of helping hands!

We appreciate that not all school staff are comfortable working in this area, especially if they aren’t familiar with current healthy eating advice. For this reason we have been talking to nutrition experts at Queen Margaret University about utilizing 4th year students to come into the classroom and support school staff deliver Veginvasion.

Not only will you benefit from the student’s up to date knowledge and enthusiasm as well as an extra pair of hands to help chop, peel and slice, the student gains valuable practical experience in a school setting, a win/win situation! For more info on Veginvasion, email or phone 01620 827236



Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS)


The Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) was set up by Friends of the Award (FOTA) in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council.  JASS is a personal achievement award, initially designed for pupils in P6 to S2 to support the transition from primary school to senior school.

JASS is designed to fit with the objectives of the Curriculum for Excellence and has four sections – Get Active, Stay Active, Me and My World, My Interests and Adventure.  The aim of JASS is to encourage children to develop new skills and interests, recognise their achievements and build their self confidence and self-esteem.  The award is flexible and can be tailored to the interests and abilities of individuals.

The take up of JASS in Edinburgh schools has been excellent and we are now in a position to deliver JASS outwith Edinburgh.  The latest newsletter has been attached for your information JASS Newsletter winter pdf  and you can also access further information, including case studies, on their website at




SSERC Residential Science Courses – Places Available

The new term is about to begin and SSERC are once again offering a suite of CLPL courses.  Places are still available on the 2-part residential courses for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  These courses support CfE  up to Nat 4 and 5.  These practical hands-on courses have been very well received in the past.

 The SSERC “Leading for Excellence in Science” course also has some vacancies.  This course is supported by the National  Science Learning Centre.  Delegates from Local Authority schools will be granted an ENTHUSE Award, which covers the cost of the course.

 Full details and application forms can be found in the flyers below.  More information is available from the SSERC website.




Leading Excellence in Science

Forth Replacement Crossing Schools Visits







The Forth Replacement Crossing is the largest engineering project in Scotland in a generation and as such we have a purpose built facility available for educational visits throughout the construction period.


The Centre provides visitors with an opportunity to find out more about the project, view the works and get involved in engineering and construction related activities.


The Centre is available to be booked by schools, colleges and groups of 12 or more people for educational visits. Construction based activities to suit all ages



For more information please click on the attached flyer:  130613 CEC BOOKINGS SCHOOLS LETTER

  •  The Centre provides spectacular views of the existing bridges and the construction of the new bridge


  •  Multiple bookings can be made by each school and we will tailor the visit to suit your needs



 To make a booking please visit our website:




phone: 0800 078 6910




Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served
basis with priority given to educational groups.


Technology Workshops with ComputerXplorers

ComputerXplorers is all about having fun with technology.  As part of our schools programme we offer a wide range of technology related workshops in everything from video games design and programming to 3D animation and lego robotics.

ComputerXplorers’ programmes help you to meet the Curriculum for Excellence standards not only in ICT but also in science, engineering, language and literacy.  We do this by providing structured lessons using leading educational technology programs to develop skills, knowledge and critical thinking.

Examples of some of the Workshops on offer:

Video Game Design and Coding

Students will learn how to program their own Video Game using Scratch. Scratch was designed to engage the imagination – encouraging children to imagine new types of stories and games and new ways of using computers.  Students learn to code and program and to select, create and manage multiple forms of media, including text, images, animation and audio recordings.

Curriculum Topics Covered:

  • Technology: programming; using software media; designing and creating a working model
  • Multimedia; working with digital artifacts; pictures; text, video and sound

Robotics and Engineering with LEGO WeDO

Using the latest Lego robotics technology to build and program amazing creatures that can move using motors, gears and wheels.  Students will learn how to program sensors to make the robot react to its surroundings.  Program robot birds to chirp, crocodiles to snap and plane engines to rev! The workshop is great fun and ideal for nurturing skills in technology, maths and engineering.

Curriculum Topics Covered:

  • Science: Working with simple machines, gears, levers, pulleys; transmission of motion
  • Technology: Programming; using software media; designing and creating a working model

For further information on our Schools Programme please see our website at or email Lynne at


Scottish Youth Theatre: CfE-based Workshops for Your Nursery

Curriculum for Excellence – Nursery

Scottish Youth Theatre’s house style of highly interactive, exciting, young person centred theatre activities are enjoyed nationally throughout Scotland.

The workshops encourage a motivation for learning, instil openness to new thinking and ideas by promoting independent thinking. All participants will develop and communicate their own beliefs and views of the world; work in partnership and teams; develop their own ideas; and solve problems creatively.

Nursery Storytime (1hr)

Descriptor: Choose from one of the classic tales and let your class experience the story through lively, fast paced games, action rhymes and role play.

Sleeping Beauty, The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and The Pea, Little Red Riding Hood , The Frog Prince and The Enormous Turnip

Curriculum level: Early

Experience: ‘Inspired by a range of stimuli , I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through drama’


Friendship (1hr)

Descriptor: What is an ideal friend? What do you do when you fall out with your friend? Let’s think about how to solve friendship problems.

Curriculum level: Early

Experience: ‘I use drama to explore real and imaginary situations, helping me to understand my world’.


The Magic Key (1hr)

Descriptor: Look at the key?, look at the message and join in the story adventure. Celebrating the power of young peoples imagination the pupils will prepare for an exciting adventure in which they need to be problem solvers along the way. Who will they meet?, Where will they go?, How can they help make a happily ever after?

Curriculum level: Early

Experience: ‘I have the freedom to choose and explore how I can use my voice, movement and expression in role play and drama’

‘It was excellent…the tutor was fantastic – really loved the experience had a great time’ – Teacher, Broomloan Nursery, Glasgow

‘Thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, felt enthusiastic about using ideas in the nursery’ – Teacher, Milton Community Nursery, Glasgow

To enquire or book a Curriculum for Excellence workshop please call 0141 5523988 or email

More information:


Scran twilight training session, 7th September, Knox Academy

Hello East Lothian classroom teachers, probationers, librarians & education staff,

Scran has arranged a twilight training session this term in Haddington. Hopefully you’ll be able to join us for some enlightening and enjoyable CPD. is the perfect accompanyment to CfE, providing many creative possibilities for the classroom and on Glow.

Wednesday 7th September 2011

Knox Academy, Haddington EH41 4DT


Bookings for the session can be made through your usual CPD route. Please feel free to pass this email message & attached poster onto others who may be interested. There is a course descriptor and leaflet attached for reference too. Even if you’ve been to a Scran session in the past, it’s worth coming along to see what’s new.

Scran Leaflet

Scran CPD Flyer – East Lothian Sept. 2011

Scran CPD Course Descriptor & Tasks

For example, our brand new exhibition called “Making Waves”, the story of Scotland’s swimming pools. East Lothian features highly in this rich collection of resources and is well worth exploring.

If you have any booking problems or further queries, feel free to contact me & finally, our training sessions are completely free of charge.




Jackie Sangster

Scran Education Officer

Direct Dial: +44 (0)131 651 6817


Scran is a service of the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)