Science, Art & Writing (SAW) Workshop, 20 April 2016

Calling all primary school science teachers!

Would you like to help bring art together with some cutting-edge science to create an exciting workshop for your pupils?

Then you are very welcome to come to the first SAW Training Workshop

Where: School of Biological Sciences, King’s Buildings, University of Edinburgh

When: Wednesday 20th April, 9.30 am – 3.30pm

Interested teachers can come along for the entire day or just at the end to have a chat and see what ideas have been generated. It is therefore most suited to teachers in Edinburgh City and the Lothians.

Most importantly, the teacher must be happy to run the activity in their school when it is fully developed.

Edinburgh University will pay for materials and the costs of the artists and writers.

This is the first time that this event has been run at the University and they would love you to help get it off to a good start.

Since 2005, the Science Art and Writing (SAW) Trust has been bringing people together from science and the arts to work collaboratively designing and delivering high quality outreach projects, which have been particularly well received in schools (see ). It also builds interdisciplinary understanding, synergies and innovation for the individuals that participate. SAW offers a range of training packages to enable use of the initiative through higher education institutes and their communities, creating a national network of SAW practitioners.

A SAW Training workshop gives a hands-on introduction to the SAW philosophy and extends learning into practice by creating teams of participants to work together in their own time to design a novel Science Art and Writing project that communicates scientific research. Course materials and a project checklist will help teams through the process and ensure they maximise the impacts of their achievements.  Participation in a SAW initiative builds on a range of transferable skills, including communication, project design and team management.  It also provides first-hand experience of designing and delivering workshops in schools.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Liz Fletcher on 0131 650 7292 or for further information.

SAW Teachers Flyer



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



John Muir Festival – sketch competition


John Muir was not only an inventor, conservationist and author he was also a very accomplished artist who sketched the great outdoors.

To celebrate the John Muir Festival and opening of the John Muir Way we are giving schools the opportunity to win a John Muir—themed class visit at the Scottish Seabird Centre on 22 April 2014 (transport costs included).

To enter the competition: draw a picture using just one pencil on the theme of nature and write one sentence to accompany it. The picture that most captures how it feels to experience and enjoy nature will win the prize.

Terms and Conditions apply, see attached pdf for further details and template.

Closing date: 28 Feb 2014

John Muir Festival Competition

Library Services Homework Club

Volunteers needed for Homework Clubs

Homework clubs are a new service from East Lothian Libraries, which will be launched in January 2013. They consist of a 1.5 to 2-hour drop-in session, run by a Volunteer Homework Club Leader with the assistance of a Volunteer Homework Club Helper. Primary School Children can come and do their homework at their local library where they would benefit from space to study, access to a wide selection of books, online resources, word processing and supervised internet access. 

The volunteers would supervise children, support them in completing their homework, assist them with using the range of research tools available in the library, and encourage them to search the library shelves for books that might be relevant to their needs. They will also be asked to complete a small amount of administration and paperwork involved in the running of the club.

Homework Club Leaders need to be members of the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme.

The majority of club members will be aged 8-12 (P4-7), but, depending on the Homework Club Leader, some clubs may accept children from P1. The aim of the homework clubs is to provide a safe friendly environment for children within the library where they can come together and work on their homework. Volunteers offer support but do not teach the children.

 Homework Club – Application Form1

Job Outline – Homework Club Volunteer

Homework Club task description

If you are interested in volunteering with a Homework club, either as a Homework Club Leader or Helper please or contact Agnès Guyon or your local library for further information:

Agnès Guyon – Senior Librarian – Young People’s Services
Library and Museum Headquarters – Dunbar Road – Haddington – EH41 3PJ

Tel: 01620 820 612  –





Primary Outdoor Learning Days 2012/13 …last few places available…





The Primary Outdoor Learning days so far have been well subscribed. These additional days on top of outdoor school provision already provided by the service are designed to encourage schools to get pupils involved in outdoor learning. So far a very successful year ;

  • 440 pupils have attended the Paddlesport Sessions and  taken part in Paddlepoower Start Awards
  • 125 Pupils attending the Climbing/Indoor Climbing sessions
  • 700 Pupils attending Orienteering sessions around East Lothian

These free sessions, staffed by ELC Outdoor Learning Service Teachers build pupils skills in these activities as well as the generic skills and benefits from engaging in experiential and outdoor learning . The sessions also benefit pupils and schools by providing further opportunities to enhance delivery of the core capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning.

There are only a few spaces left for the Orienteering sessions and Indoor Climbing – get in touch to book a session & you can check availability here.  0131 653 5217.

Glow Meet: The Beavers are Back! 27/04/2012 10:45

Programme Title:
The Beavers are Back!
Here’s your chance to speak to Beaver Expert Robert Needham, Field Officer for the Scottish Beaver Trial.

Beavers became extinct in the UK 400 years ago, but now they are back in Scotland as part of a trial reintroduction, being co-ordinated by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust in partnership.

Since May 2009, four beaver families have been reintroduced to Knapdale, near Lochgilphead in Argyll and they have been busy since then making lodges, a dam and producing kits (baby beavers). This is your chance to ask lots of questions related to beavers and their habitat and to find out the latest news from the Trial.

Roisin will be showing interesting photo footage of the beavers as well as showing you what beaver signs to look out for, just in case you want to go to Knapdale and find them for yourself.

This Glow meet is aimed at Primary and lower secondary learners.

Date and time:
27/04/2012 10:45
Programme Duration:
Up to 1 hour
Supporting materials:
Beaver Education Pack
Programme tags:
sciences; pupil interest; industry expert
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Scottish Storytelling Centre – Storyrich – Storytelling and Creative Teaching: P1-P7

Storyrich – Storytelling and Creative Teaching: P1-P7
Mon 25 October, 9.15am-3.30pm

In this practical and inspiring day, we will explore imaginative use of storytelling in the classroom and across the school, bringing to life the Curriculum for Excellence. Led by storyteller Ruth Kirkpatrick and storytelling teacher Fergus McNicol, participants will develop storytelling skills and explore different approaches to cross-curricular learning including Japanese story theatre (Kamishibai). Geeta Ramanujam, Festival guest and founder of the Kathalaya Trust, Bangalore and Scots storyteller, Stuart McHardy will also provide valuable input during the day.
£32 (£26 network members)

Box office 0131 556 9579 or

Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR T 0131 556 9579 F 0131 557 5224

Euroquiz 2011 in now open to all primary…

Euroquiz 2011 is now open to all primary schools.

“The Euroquiz is a wonderful way to learn about Europe and its rich history. It opens minds to other cultures and other ways of thinking which is of huge benefit in our multicultural society. Euroquiz fits well with our Scottish Curriculum for Excellence” Mike Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

“The Euroquiz is an excellent event which allows the children to develop their knowledge of Europe in a fun way. It encourages independent and collaborative learning and encourages team work.” – Irene Williams, Pinkie Peters Primary School, East Lothian

Contact your International Co-ordinator ASAP. Details also available from Barbara MacLeod at SEET 0131 557 9886/07903 693106 Further info also at

Download poster (pdf, 1 page, 300KB) Publicity poster for LTS