Scotland’s BIG Nature Festival 2015

Scotland’s BIG nature festival is back 23-24 May, Levenhall Links, Musselburgh! There’s loads to keep wildlife lovers and families entertained all weekend. This  award-winning festival has gone from strength to strength – boasting a packed programme covering everything from specialist wildlife talks, walks and demos,  loads of children’s activities like storytelling, puppet shows, bug bioblitz, pond dipping, willow weaving and loads more ways to give your intrepid wildlife explorers a really wild day out!   

This year RSPB has teamed up with East Lothian Council and have a fantastic new venue, renown for its open spaces and wildlife, overlooking the Firth of Forth and part of the John Muir Way. Over 100 exhibitors offer something for everybody, from the latest wildlife technology, fantastic science, art, books, and much more.   

Visitors can enjoy great locally sourced artisan food and drink, and a farmers market in association with Scotland Year of Food and Drink, and live entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets please visit www.bignaturefestival.org.uk  (adults £12 Children £2 under 5’s free).

For more information about the festival click here…….RSPB Families leaflet_HR

Celtic Connections Free School Concerts

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Free concerts for schools and home educators

Since 1998, The Celtic Connections Education Programme has brought the best Scottish and international traditional musicians to the School Concerts Series at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and this year is no exception.

During January we will be presenting 5 school concerts, featuring artists from Canada, Spain, New Zealand and Scotland.

As well as the headline bands, some of the concerts will feature a mix of special guests and young local performers.

All concerts start at 1100 and end by 1220, with the exception of the concerts for nursery – P3, which will end by 1210.

An application is included with this information. The preferred method of applying would be to fill in the form as a word document, then e-mail it as an attachment to schoolconcerts@glasgowlife.org.uk

Please do not send enquiries to this address, as there will be a delay in getting back to you.

If you have any enquiries regarding the concert programme, please e-mail schoolinfo@glasgowlife.org.uk

Information for the Celtic Connections Festival can be found on www.celticconnections.com

Please click on this link to see more information about each concert:- 2015 School Concert Information

BOOKING FORM: – 2015 Education Programme school concert booking form

 

20th UK Chess Challenge

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The UK Chess Challenge the largest chess tournament in the world!

The UK Chess Challenge is now in its 20th year and has brought chess to hundreds of thousands of children throughout the UK.  It ranks as one of the cheapest activities available to schools.  For a little over £1 a pupil, plus the allocation of less than one hour a week of a teacher’s time, chess can be introduced into each school and the most successful children can then go on to match their skills with the best players in their boroughs and nationally.  The aim of the UK Chess Challenge has always been to promote maximum involvement, with complete beginners starting in their schools, and maximum quality, with international stars emerging from the later stages of the competition.

See the attached flyer for more information on how to book your place….20th UK Chess Challenge

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Veginvasion

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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 mshepherd@eastlothian.gov.uk or phone 01620 827236

 

 

Smoke Free Homes

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NHS Lothian, in collaboration with youthwork charity Fast Forward, would like to offer all primary schools in Edinburgh, East Lothian or Midlothian a completely free workshop for their pupils on second hand smoke, tobacco and health.

 NHS Lothian and Fast Forward have developed a highly successful ‘Smoke Free Homes’ project which gives primary schools the opportunity to address second hand smoke in line with many of the Curriculum for Excellence’s E’s and O’s. The project also supports accreditation towards the Rights Respecting Schools Award. Over 60 primary schools have so far completed the project. Participation and workshops are free and the project can be tailored to the needs of individual primary schools. In addition, many schools have received positive media interest as a result of the project.

 We also offer:

•             information about how the project links to CfE E’s and Os

•             trained staff delivering a workshop on second hand smoke to pupils

•             links to further information about second hand smoke for teachers to use

•             publicity materials for parents

•             a framed certificate for your school

•             opportunities to attend training and networking events on tobacco issues

 

NHS Lothian and Fast Forward would be delighted to work with your school during the 2014/15 session. If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact Chris Read at Fast Forward 0131 554 4300 chris@fastforward.org.uk.

web  www.fastforward.org.uk

 

Greenpower Education Trust Event

greenpower-picThe Greenpower Education Trust’s objective is to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people.

Their mission is…….

  • To change current views about engineering, presenting it as a fascinating, relevant and dynamic career choice for any young person.
  • To demonstrate the importance of engineering, and associated STEM subjects, to solve the problems faced by societies today particularly in the areas of sustainability.
  • To link education, industry and community through inspirational engineering projects.
  • To promote social inclusion through engaging with vulnerable and economically disadvantaged young people.

Hence Greenpower Education Trust created a number of practical, educational engineering challenges which fulfil our mission and encompass all of our values.

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Greenpower are hosing an event at East Fortune on 31 August – to find out more about this and even more about Greenpower please click on the web link  http://www.greenpower.co.uk/events/events/east-fortune-2014

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Tour de France Resources for your Primary School

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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 : www.headstartlanguages.co.uk . 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 www.headstartlanguages.co.uk.

Looking forward to hearing from you

 

The Ecover Schools Blue Mile

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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.