Review of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006

Adult assisting student

It has been 10 years since the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 introduced Parent Councils to ensure parents can be fully involved in their children’s schooling. The National Parent Forum of Scotland is carrying out a review into the impact, successes and failings of the act the associated framework on involving and engaging parents.

There are separate online surveys for:

The surveys close on 31 October and provides an opportunity to give feedback to the Scottish Government on what we think of parental involvement, our experiences  and issues, and suggest ways of dealing with them.

Harvest Festival

Presnetation board

The S1 Gardening Group held a ‘Harvest Festival’ presentation for parents and staff at the end of last term. The presentations from the individual students were a highlight, as each demonstrated just how much they had learned of the science of horticulture during the year. Thos eattending also had a chance to take hom feed grown at the allotment and harvested on the night!

You can read about the Harvest Festival on the group’s website where there is also an essay written by Cleo about the benefits of pollinators and seed dispersers.

Well done to everyone involved and we look forward to next year’s harvest.

Edible education

The spread of cities over 6000 years

Using the results of a recent report by a team of Yale researchers, this visualization shows the growth of cities across the globe from 3700 BCE to the present day.

By 2030, 75 percent of the world’s population is expected to be living in cities. Today, about 54 percent of us do. In 1960, only 34 percent of the world lived in cities.

Anvients cities were far smaller than now and the researchers used the following sizes to define cities.

  1. Ancient (3500 BCE to 1000 BCE) ≥ 10,000 inhabitants
  2. Classical (1000 BCE to 1000 CE) ≥ 100,000 inhabitants
  3. Modern (1000 CE onward) ≥ 1,000,000 inhabitants

Harvest Festival

Parents and guests at the gardening group’s harvest festival enjoyed a fantastic presentation from the students and the University of Edinburgh’s Geosciences Outreach programme. This was followed with a tour of the allotment and a chance to take away some samples of really locally grown salad leaves and herbs.

Well done to everyone who took part — students and teachers.

Harest festival tour

Gathering the harvest

School gardening

Harvest Festival

Edible education

Trinity Academy Gardening Club are holding their Harvest Festival. It takes place Thursday 23rd June from 5:00 to 7:00pm in the Sports Hall and they are really keen to share their experience. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about the work they have been doing with S1.

If you are interested, please RSVP by email so they have an idea of how many to expect. It will be interesting to see how teaching is being taken out of the classroom and hopefully get some fresh vegetables from their allotment!

Brain Maze: Amaze Your Brain

MRC Festival of Medical Research open day on 24th June

(this opportunity is open to those aged 16 or over. Those under 16 to be accompanied by an adult)

Brain maze banner

Do you want to experience how scientists investigate the ageing of the human brain!

On Friday the 24th June the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE) and Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) are hosting an open day event as part of the MRC’s Festival of Medical Science 2016 called The Brain Maze: Amaze your brain.

When you come and take part in this exciting event you will navigate through twelve activity rooms that look at how the brain and body changes throughout our lifetime and how scientists measure those changes. You’ll need to keep your wits about you to navigate the brain maze. But don’t worry as we will give you a map. Along the way you’ll learn how and why some people’s brains and bodies fare better than others as they get older, and how research gives us clues to how we can age better.

You’ll descend into the basement of the University of Edinburgh’s Department of Psychology where you will discover how CCACE and CRM use the latest techniques in brain imaging, genetics, stem cells and psychology to investigate the brain and body from youth to old age. Along the way you’ll encounter some of the men and women who investigate the workings of the human brain and body, seeking to understand why some people’s brains and bodies fare better than others.

This is a free event which is open to all but you must book your two-hour slot in advance through Eventbrite.

Metaphor in the Curriculum

Glasgow University has launched a new online resource and apps called ‘Metaphor in the Curriculum’.

They say:

“This ‘Metaphor in the Curriculum’ (MetaphorIC) website contains teaching materials, metaphor quizzes and a version of the Metaphor Map, which gives an overview of metaphor across the whole of the English language. The website can be used alongside the MetaphorIC app, which is available for Android at Google Play and for Apple at the App Store. The app can be used offline and has all the features of the website other than the downloadable teaching materials”

We say:

The metaphor quizzes and teaching materials for students look particularly useful for those studying English. The visualisation tool is an entertaining overview of the metaphorical connections in English.