Lead Teacher in Outdoor Learning

Grounds for Learning CPD…

This is a long term outdoor learning training programme that will equip you with many resources and activity ideas to take learning outdoors. An alternative to Forest School Leader training for many teachers, this programme is flexible and cost effective, using curricular led, whole class activities in school grounds and local greenspace. Book a place now



Edible Playgrounds Film Competition
The Edible Playgrounds team at Trees for Cities would like to invite you to take part in a film competition which is open to all schools that grow food in their school grounds. Win amazing prizes for your school! The deadline for submissions is Monday 1st October 2018. Click here for further information.

New Funding for Outdoor Learning Announced
Scotland’s New Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment recently announced more than £600,000 of funding for Outdoor Learning. Mairi Gougeon MSP made the announcement during a visit with school children to Jupiter Artland Foundation – a sculpture park in woodland near Edinburgh. All of the projects involve working with schools and nurseries to help children from deprived areas spend time in nature.

Cycle Friendly Secondary School Development Fund 
The Cycle Friendly Secondary School development fund opens August/September for schools to apply for grants of up to £3,000 to encourage pupils to cycle more often and overcome barriers to cycling. All schools not funded within the last year are eligible. For more information, contact Matt Wilberton.

Using the POD for literacy and numeracy

the pod

Have fun practising phonics, spelling and maths with 4-7 year olds in our new Power Puzzles game!

Children help Zingy turn off all the lights and appliances left on in the house – to save energy – by solving a series of literacy and numeracy challenges.

Play the game!

There are four puzzles to complete in each level: Spell the word, Rhyme time, Solve the sum and Find the hidden words – plus a bonus round in which players pop as many balloons as they can!

The puzzles help children familiarise themselves with key literacy and numeracy learning objectives – while having fun. There’s also a homework sheet to accompany the game and reinforce what children have learnt.


Share Your News

It is great to hear from schools across Highland about the Learning for Sustainability activities that are going on.

If you want to share something about what your class or school is working on/learning about, then please get in touch.  Last session we had pupil reports on projects, photos of beach cleans, sharing of resources, department project planners, write ups on Outdoor Classroom Day and so much more.

While you may not think you are doing very much or anything different to what other schools are doing, we still want to hear about your developments.  We can all learn from each other and it also provides an opportunity for schools to link up, whether this be on a joint project, as a support network, sharing of resources or just a person to bounce ideas off.

You can email all items (photographs, video links, pupil work, a paragraph about what you’ve been doing, a planner, etc) to be shared on the blog and/or through the newsletter to suzanne.dunbar@highland.gov.uk

Water Explorers Resources for Schools

Water Explorers Resources for Schools
Could you use the Water Explorer programme to help you achieve your John Muir Award? Water Explorer is an online schools programme that encourages students to take bold action to save our precious water. With 16 activities to choose from, ranging from exploring local water sources and investigating their health to taking practical action to conserve water in schools and communities, there are plenty of opportunities to take part and share your experiences.  All the resources are freely available online – all you have to do is register your team.