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: 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,


National Records of Scotland – Schools Programme, 2013-2014

We are very pleased with the growing success of Scottish Archives for Schools and we look forward to welcoming more teachers and pupils to General Register House in Edinburgh to take part in our free workshops. This year’s programme, designed to support Curriculum for Excellence and National Qualifications in Scottish history, includes the following new topics:

St Kilda: Living on the Edge

St Kilda: Planning the Evacuation

The Impact of the Great War, 1914-1915

This year we are also offering a short genealogy course to senior pupils where they are required to plan and complete a research project to produce a simple family tree. This may be of interest to pupils studying National 4 History: Value Added Unit, Scottish Studies or the Scottish Baccalaureate in Social Sciences.        

If you are too far away to visit us for a workshop, book a web conferencing session instead.

Full details of the Programme and booking forms are available on our education website. Places are allocated on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis.



*TODAY* Early Years Glow Meet – Building the Curriculum 4: skills in the early years

Wednesday 29th February

4.00pm – 4.30pm

This Glow Meet is appropriate for all early years practitioners.

Building the Curriculum 4 supports the planning, design and delivery of the curriculum in early years establishments, schools and colleges. It sets out skills for learning, life and work demonstrating how they are embedded in the experiences and outcomes.

Can we build employability skills in the early years? Should we be thinking about these within the early level? During the session we will speak to a practitioner who, in partnership with her colleagues, helps children develop the skills they need for their life now and in the future.

A key aim of this Glow Meet will be to promote discussion and to inspire practitioners to explore different approaches to skills development in the early years. Participants will have the chance to ask the panel questions and share ideas.

Hope to see you there!

Find out more on the Education Scotland Learning Blog:

I’m late already! Just take me straight to the Glow Meet web conferencing room “Early Years” (Glow login required):

Forgot your Glow login? Email

Enter Glow User Survey 2011 – and maybe win a prize!

It’s time for the annual Glow user survey, run by RM for LTS. You’ll find it on the national Glow site here (Glow login required). Here’s their invitation:

We would like to know what you think about Glow, how you are using it and any suggestions for improvement. Your responses will help shape the user experience within Glow. Anything you say in the survey will not be attributable to you in any way. The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete. Three lucky winners will be drawn from the collated responses and will win an RM slate or one of two Flip video cameras.

New “Building Glow Communities” Event

You’re keen to learn more about how Glow can support your practice, and what others are doing with it.  Maybe you’ve got some ideas you’d like to explore. You don’t mind rolling up your sleeves and going “under the bonnet” of Glow Groups and Web Parts. (Ideally, you’ve already had a play with customising Glow with web parts.) But you know this will take time, and there wouldn’t be enough staff in your school interested to justify taking up in-service time in your school. Sound familiar?

This event, just announced by the Glow Team, could be just what you need. We’ve found before that, by allowing staff to immerse themselves in Glow for 2 days, it has enabled them to quickly get much further up the learning curve than is normally possible in school. It’s also a good way to find out what’s being done elsewhere, and make some new contacts.

A new Building Glow Communities Event is being held at Stirling Management Centre on the 30 and 31 March.

We would appreciate it if you could pass on this information to anyone who you think would be interested in attending.

Building Glow Community Event 30 & 31 March – An opportunity to create and develop resources, in Glow, to support learning and teaching.

This event will look at the potential of Glow to support a variety of classroom initiatives e.g. transition, interdisciplinary learning, recording achievement and sharing success, etc. This will be a practical event with support from the National Glow team and the opportunity to work with colleagues across local authorities and sectors.

The course is residential at Stirling University Management Centre. All accommodation costs and travelling expenses to Stirling will be met by Learning and Teaching Scotland. Supply cover will be the responsibility of attendee’s school.


  • Open to all teaching staff
  • All sectors
  • Glow user

To sign up visit the Building Glow Communities Glow group: