Outdoor Classroom Day

outdoor classroom day

Many of our Highland schools embraced the weather and took their learning outdoors on Thursday for Outdoor Classroom Day.

For the May newsletter, I would love to have a focus on Outdoor Classroom Day so if you have any photos or comments about the day, please get in touch.

Please send any photos to suzanne.dunbar@highland.gov.uk

Here is one of my own favourite snaps:




On Monday 14th May, pupils from Crown Primary headed to Edinburgh on the first train of the day, to take part in the final of the Euroquiz.

euroquiz train

Crown fought hard on home territory in March and just saw off the other Highland schools to win this place at the final.  The team continued to practise hard after the Highland heat, trying to get every last bit of information crammed in.

The boys from Crown Primary represented Highland well and came an admirable sixth out of thirty one local authorities.  A fantastic result for them and Highland!  Well done boys!

euroquiz final

You can watch the quiz again here:

Review of Race Equality Resources

BEMIS, the national body supporting the development of ethnic minorities voluntary sector in Scotland is working with Education Scotland and other partners to review existing resources used to deliver race equality education across the curriculum.

They are looking for practitioners to take part in an online survey to help them identify existing resources that are helpful in promoting race equality or tackling racism.

You can access the questionnaire at https://forms.education.gov.scot/s/5210W/

Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day is happening around the country on Thursday this week.  It would be great to hear about all the learning that is happening outdoors across Highland to celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day.

Please leave a comment on the blog or email me directly at suzanne.dunbar@highland.gov.uk with any information and/or photos so that we can share our learning.

Grounds for Learning Update

Our Advisory Visits offer a day of consultation, advice and ideas for your school or nursery to develop their space.


Our training has a reputation for being engaging and challenging – supporting teachers and educators to lead quality, curricular led outdoor learning themselves. Click on the course titles for more information or see all courses here.


Early Years

My World Outdoors

Meaningful Maths

Nurturing in Nature


Maths Outdoors

Literacy Outdoors

Playtime Revolution


Learning in Local Greenspace / Teaching in Nature

Lead Teacher in Outdoor Learning

Developing a Whole School Approach to Outdoor Learning and Sustainability

Leadership and Professional Accreditation

Leading for Outdoor Learning (Scotland)

Managing Risk and Challenge

Professional Accreditation in Outdoor Learning, Play or School Grounds Design


News from Eco Schools Scotland

May – Biodiversity is Everything

eco school may

Welcome to May! The soil is warming up and plants are beginning to grow. Birds have returned from their winter away, lambs are bouncing around the fields and it will soon be summer!

Our focus for May is Biodiversity and how every living thing on our planet is interconnected – take a look at Goal 14 and 15.  Our survival depends on our relationships with other living things and the health of our environment. This makes issues like ocean plastics particularly relevant, as we hear how plastic has entered the food chain

Want some free seeds to make your school grounds attractive to butterflies? Give us a shout, we have about 80 packs left.

If you’re annoyed by litter, think of a caption and you could win a prize. Or maybe you’d like to win a behind the scenes trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park?.

Our Roadside Litter Week of Action is also this month with new classroom materials.

This month, we’re chatting about Environmental Reviews and Action Plans on Glow, delivering a training session to our Local Authority Network, and at the Edinburgh Learning for Sustainability Conference talking about the Global Goals.

Here are some of the other things we’re liking this month:

Greggs will give you treats for Cleaning Up

100% of sea turtle species mistake plastic for food

BugLife Scotland need help to breed endangered snails

Miss Daigle’s class have been working hard!

Over 15,000 marine species are found in UK seas

Let’s Clean Up Europe!

Turn the tide on ocean plastic

Happy world penguin day!

Trees are biodiversity too.

Wild for Life science and social studies lesson plan 

90% of all sea birds have plastic in their stomachs

Biodiversity begins with a B

Not sure what kind of butterfly that is?

Remember we’re always here if you have questions – get in touch!
Eco-Schools Scotland.