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Freshspace: Developing Animations to Engage Young Women in Nature

Health_Wellbeing Secondary SNH

The #GirlsGetOot project has engaged directly with young women seeking their solutions in identifying the barriers to participation, and their suggestions to inspire, in a fun, digital-led way, other young women to get out and enjoy through activity in our many greenspaces. Follow the link for the report (October 2018).

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Scotland’s Outdoor Play & Learning Coalition Position Statement

Interdisciplinary Any_Age, Early_Years, Primary SNH, FCS, HES

The statement asserts the health, wellbeing and educational benefits of playing and learning outdoors, and commits signatories to help widen access to natural spaces and to enriching urban spaces for children and families to play in.

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Women in Wellies – rural sector careers

Interdisciplinary Primary, Secondary CNP

The aim of Women in Wellies is to encourage young women to consider pursuing careers in the rural sector. This 2018 event held in Cairngorms National Park generated ideas and information including video of talks, available via the link below, presented by women who are making their living working in forestry, farming, gamekeeping, recreation, conservation and academia.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland Bulletin July - August 2018

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Read updates on national and local event news and resources, including ‘Activity of the Month’.

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Rural Career Guidance

Interdisciplinary Primary, Secondary Any

Resources with video exemplification of the range of careers linked to agriculture and rural career pathways are available on the National Improvement Hub.

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Going Out There - Scottish Framework for Safe Practice in Off-site Visits

Practicalities Any_Age Any

Practical advice and guidance provided by Scottish Government, HSE, ADES, SAPOE and Education Scotland, including Toolkits pages which provide generic risk assessments and generic visit plans that can be downloaded and edited, for a range of outdoor contexts.

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Historic Environment Scotland learning resources

Interdisciplinary, Social_Studies Primary, Secondary HES

Follow the link below to discover the wide range of resources available for teachers and group leaders, including background information, tour notes and preparatory activities, handling boxes, and Gaelic resources.

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John Muir Award Record e-book

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any, LL_TNP

This online VIDEO resource describes how you can keep track of your pictures, audio clips, videos and text/ stories.

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Scotland: our natural wealth

Sciences, Social_Studies Secondary SNH

This short film showcases the importance of Scotland's natural capital and the innovative work to protect and enhance our natural wealth, including how business is exploring sustainable development. This would be an excellent resource to introduce the topic of natural capital to environmental science students.

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My World Outdoors – best practice guidance for early years

Interdisciplinary Early_Years Any

The Care Inspectorate has developed this resource in recognition of the benefits of children being outdoors. This resource aims to make a positive contribution to the further development of outdoor play as part of early learning and childcare in Scotland.

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Insight ReRoute Recommendations Report

Interdisciplinary Secondary SNH

Since 2015, Young Scot and Scottish Natural Heritage have been working in partnership to create and support a strategic co-design panel of young people called ReRoute. The group of volunteers from across Scotland aged 13-24 years, explored ways of increasing young people’s engagement with Scotland’s biodiversity. Follow the link to view the report on their findings.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland Bulletin June/July 2018

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Find information on our exciting free Summer Networking Event, news of the winners of the Scotland's Finest Woods Awards for Schools, plus all the latest updates on training, resources and more!

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Learning for sustainability (LfS) - Self-evaluation and improvement framework

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

Outdoor Learning is a key component of Learning for Sustainability. This LfS self-evaluation and improvement framework is aligned with How Good Is Our School 4. It can be used to stimulate dialogue and action towards a whole school and community approach to learning for sustainability. Follow the link for further information and the downloadable document and summary document.

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Outdoor Learning & Wild Play Resources

Interdisciplinary, Expressive_Arts Any_Age SNH

A range of great resources from Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, including how to make and fly a kite, and a dorodango art work from earth, and Growing Up Wild resources. Follow the link for further information including places to visit in the Clyde and Avon Valley.

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Faclan Gàidhlig agus a’ mhuir / Gaelic words and the sea

Literacy_English, Modern_Languages Any_Age SNH

An SNH blog post by guest blogger Kate Langhorne (25th May 25, 2018) sharing some interesting and poetic Gaelic words linked with the sea. Provided in Gaelic with an English translation.

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Sharing Good Practice on working with young people

Interdisciplinary Primary, Secondary SNH

Follow the link below to see presentations from the Sharing Good Practice (SGP) event The Youth of Today (27 March 2018). Topics cover the John Muir Award, the Young Scot's Rewards , Scotland's Junior Rangers and Introduction to Scouting.

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Year of Young People 2018: Toolkit for schools and CLD groups

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

2018 is the Year of Young People (YoYP 2018). This toolkit provides ideas about how school or youth group can get involved. It provides information on the aims and themes of the YoYP plus some case study examples, with more to be added throughout 2018.

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Tree Measuring – Connecting Trees with Curriculum for Excellence

Maths_Numeracy Any_Age FCS

This new resource supersedes and builds on the previous Forestry Commission/ OWL Scotland Tree Measuring resources, and provides a progression of learning from Early/ First Level to Senior Phase. You can order it through the distributors on the OWL Scotland Resources Summary Flyer using stock code FCMS140, or download it via the link below.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland Bulletin April 2018

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Updates from across Scotland on events, training opportunities, new resources and more!

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How a river is brought back to life

Sciences, Technologies, Social_Studies Secondary SEPA

This SEPA YouTube video (7 November 2017) describes how the River Garry in Scotland was re-watered. Another video describes this experience from a SEPA Water Specialist’s (hydropower), perspective (30 October 2017).

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Collecting rainfall data in your school

Sciences, Technologies, Social_Studies Primary, Secondary SEPA

Scotland's environment website provides information and links to SEPA on how to go about this, including registration and how to record, share and analyse your rainfall observations.

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Plants and animals in Scotland’s environment

Sciences, Social_Studies Secondary SEPA

Scotland's environment website provides a very useful overview on the importance of plants and animals in our environment and how biological recording and data collection contributes to this knowledge. These resources could support Senior Phase and tertiary level students.

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Cho marbh ri sgadan? / As dead as a herring?

Literacy_English Any_Age SNH

This SNH Gaelic blog post describes a well-used Gaelic simile, showing how language is enriched by people’s relationship with nature.

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Learning in Local Greenspace - how do you get out?

Interdisciplinary Primary SNH

This short film from Grounds for Learning features Deshar Primary, a small Highland school comprising composite classes, which uses a woodland clearing a short walk from school on a weekly basis. School staff share the thinking, planning and practice used to take these learners outdoors and raise engagement and attainment.

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Learning in Local Greenspace - raising attainment in schools

Interdisciplinary Secondary SNH

This short film from Grounds for Learning highlights the benefits of Learning in Local Greenspace. We follow Shawlands Academy in Glasgow on one of their routine trips to Queens Park, where lessons include maths, science, geography, art and PE.

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Biodiversity resources for teachers

Interdisciplinary, Sciences Any_Age SNH

This Scottish Natural Heritage biodiversity website includes information on education and nature, class activity resources, the learning in local greenspace project, teaching and training, Teaching in Nature, citizen science, and managing your school building to improve biodiversity. Plus find information on Learning for sustainability, Eco-schools, and education on National Nature Reserves.

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Learning in local and wild places

Interdisciplinary Primary SNH

This case study describes how Bonhill Primary School, in West Dunbartonshire, used the John Muir Award to guide their outdoor learning progression from their school grounds to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

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Residential experiences and the John Muir Award

Interdisciplinary Primary, Secondary SNH

This case study describes how the Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre supports schools, youth and adult groups to take part in the John Muir Award and experience the outdoors around Lochgoilhead in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, using a two year cross-curricular model.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland 2016/17 Report

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

The report outlines the work of OWL Scotland and its outcomes for the period.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland Bulletin March 2018

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

This bulletin contains updates from across Scotland on events, training opportunities, new resources and more!

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Topics of interest to secondary students

Interdisciplinary Secondary SNH

SNH information and resources for secondary school teachers and students including about SNH, Habitats, Species, Biodiversity, Climate change, Renewable energy, National Nature Reserves, Enjoying the outdoors, School gardens and useful Publications.

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SNH Education resources

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

This webpage provides further information on Learning in Local Greenspace, Career-Long Professional Learning for Educators, Outdoor Learning at NNRs, Topics of Interest to Secondary Students, Schools Camera Trapping Project, Activities for your Class, and Grants for Outdoor Learning Visits.

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Adaptation to climate change

Sciences, Social_Studies Secondary SNH

This describes the eight Adaptation Principles developed by Scottish Natural Heritage, how these can be measured, provides example case studies from natural sites across Scotland, and additional useful links.

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SNH activities - Early Years

Interdisciplinary Early_Years SNH

Resources for early years practitioners including biodiversity and low cost activities.

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Woodland Play in Schools

Health_Wellbeing, Practicalities Primary FCS

This film published by Grounds for Learning on 21 February 2018 film tells the story of how 3 schools have started to provide regular child-led free play in woodlands that are either in or immediately adjacent to their school grounds. Find out how children are developing social skills, improving behaviour, exercising creativity and boosting physical exercise - and learn how teachers have overcome the practical challenges.

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Learning in Local Greenspace - raising attainment in schools

Maths_Numeracy, Sciences, Expressive_Arts, Social_Studies, Health_Wellbeing Secondary SNH

This short film published by Grounds for Learning on 21 February 2018 highlights the benefits of Learning in Local Greenspace. It follows Shawlands Academy in Glasgow on one of their routine trips to Queens Park, where lessons include maths, science, geography, art and PE.

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The Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland Bulletin January/February 2018

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

This includes details about new OWL Groups, new publications (including the OWL Scotland 2016-17 report) and lots of opportunities to get involved in your local OWL group.

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Grounds For Learning Curriculum For Excellence Links

Maths_Numeracy, Literacy_English, Sciences, Expressive_Arts, Technologies, Social_Studies, Religious_Moral Primary SNH

GfL have now linked their resources and extra ideas, generated by teachers, to the CfE Experiences and Outcomes, for each Curriculum Area. Follow the link below for access to curriculum area resources.

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The Lost Words

Literacy_English Any_Age SNH

Find free resources, available to download from the John Muir Award website, which support the ideas behind ‘The Lost Words’ - words from nature that are disappearing from children’s lives.

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OPAL science videos on data sampling, collection and recording

Sciences Primary, Secondary SEPA

A range of useful videos produced in partnership with Education Scotland and OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) on Scotland’s Environment web Get Learning pages. These include Recording earthworms, Measuring soil pH, Measuring tree height, Pitfall traps, Pond dipping, Sampling strategies, Small mammal trapping, Soil texture and Water clarity and pH.

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School resources and links to support planting for pollinators

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH, FCS

Online resources from the Planting for Pollinators along the John Muir Way project, from the Central Scotland Green Network Trust.

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John Muir Way Activity Guide

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

This activity guide is for anyone looking to use the John Muir Way and engage with the diverse places found along it. It brings together a sample of free resources developed by different groups and organisations. Teachers, youth workers, outdoor instructors, rangers, group leaders, volunteers, families and individuals can use this guide to connect with and enjoy the wild spaces along the Way.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland Bulletin November/ December 2017

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

This bulletin provides the latest updates from the local OWL Groups, new training opportunities and a warming Recipe of the Month.

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John Muir Award Literacy and Nature Resource Guide

Literacy_English Primary, Secondary SNH

A fantastic resource with many additional links to explore the links between literacy and nature with ideas to develop your own approach, including Gaelic opportunities and further reading.

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Biodiversity data

Sciences, Social_Studies Secondary SEPA

Scotland's environment website provides a very useful overview of Biodiversity data including a selection of key topics, plus mapping and recording resources. These could support Senior Phase and tertiary level students.

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Wildfowl fly over history at Caerlaverock

Sciences, Social_Studies Primary, Secondary SNH

This SNH blog post describes how this National Nature Reserve by the Nith estuary has witnessed human history and battles from the Romans onwards.

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Gaelic Foraging Guide

Literacy_English, Sciences, Social_Studies Any_Age SNH

Not only is this booklet a guide to the wide range of edible and delicious plants and seaweeds available on our doorsteps, it makes a great resource for learning, useful for teachers and parents and introducing children to the Gaelic names and cultural connections of many common species.

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Where have all the flowers gone? The impact of herbivores on woodlands in Scotland and Europe.

Sciences, Social_Studies Secondary SNH

This thought provoking blog post by Kate Holl, SNH’s woodland advisor, explores why the ground flora of Scottish woodland differs so markedly from those in other European countries, illustrated by visits to sites in France, Norway and Iceland. She reflects on how browsing pressure by herbivores differs between countries. This might make interesting reading for students of Science (Biodiversity & Interdependence), Environmental Science and similar disciplines.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland Bulletin September 2017

Interdisciplinary Any_Age

Find news of new resources, networking events, and training opportunities. Plus this month’s recipe of the month for the campfire – doughnuts!

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Beyond your Boundary:  easy steps to learning in local greenspace

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

Beyond your Boundary is a comprehensive online resource for educators in all schools, of any subject, working with pupils of all stages. It helps you to find, access and use your local greenspace for learning. It also offers support to help you improve your greenspace and spread and embed learning in local greenspace in your establishment.

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Biodiversity images

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

Scottish Natural Heritage have produced and watermarked these images to support a focus on biodiversity during August 2017. They are available for anyone who wishes to use them, and may be useful for educators exploring the variety of life in Scotland

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Responsible behaviour by teachers and outdoor educators

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

A useful note on what to consider when taking your groups outdoors for learning, linked to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

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Fire Guidance for outdoor and woodland learning

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Outdoor & Woodland Learning (OWL) Scotland summary guidance to support skills development, training and specialist guidance delivered by trained practitioners. This includes: introducing fire to groups, building & lighting a fire, using fire outdoors, benefits of fire activities, environmental considerations, and activity risk/ benefit assessment forms.

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Tool Use Guidance for outdoor and woodland learning

Technologies, Health_Wellbeing, Practicalities Any_Age FCS

Outdoor & Woodland Learning (OWL) Scotland summary guidance to support skills development, training and specialist guidance delivered by trained practitioners. This includes: introducing tools to groups, using tools outdoors, a safety checklist, guides on tools and when to use them, benefits of tool use activities, and activity risk/ benefit assessment forms.

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Science lessons outdoors

Sciences Early_Years, Primary SNH

Simple, short ideas for Science lesson ideas outdoors from Grounds for Learning.

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Literacy ideas outdoors

Literacy_English Early_Years, Primary SNH

Simple, short ideas for Literacy lesson ideas outdoors from Grounds for Learning.

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Numeracy and Maths Outdoors Ideas

Maths_Numeracy Early_Years, Primary SNH

Simple, short ideas for Numeracy lesson ideas outdoors from Grounds for Learning

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Five Ways to Wellbeing

Health_Wellbeing Any_Age SNH

This document, available to download from the John Muir Trust website, outlines the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing', developed by The Centre for Wellbeing at the New Economics Foundation. It illustrates how schools, mental health support groups, and outdoor centres have used the John Muir Award to help promote these themes.

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Buglife Scotland Resources – morphology lesson plan

Interdisciplinary Primary SNH

This helps pupils explore the shape and structure of invertebrates while asking how this structure relates to their environment and includes ideas for outdoor activities. (CfE Levels 1&2).

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Buglife Scotland Resources – life cycles lesson plan

Interdisciplinary Primary SNH

This helps pupils to understand the process of metamorphosis and how this process affects an organism’s life cycle, and includes ideas for outdoor activities. (CfE Levels 1&2).

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Buglife Scotland Resources – defence lesson plan

Interdisciplinary Primary SNH

This helps pupils to investigate the defensive strategies adopted by invertebrates, and how this affects their appearance, behaviour and habitat. Outdoor activities explore colour and camouflage (CfE Level 2).

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Buglife Scotland Resources – habitats lesson plan

Interdisciplinary Primary SNH

This lesson pack guides pupils through different groups of invertebrates and what functions they carry out within the habitats they live in that help the environment. It includes different activities for pupils to build artificial invertebrate habitats that will help encourage invertebrates into urban spaces. (CfE Levels 1&2).

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland June 2017 Bulletin

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Latest OWL Scotland news on resources, events and more.

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Avoiding bugs and germs outdoors

Health_Wellbeing Any_Age Any

This NHS resource offers simple precautions to help you avoid most bugs and germs, including ticks, whilst enjoying Scotland's outdoors.

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Check for ticks

Health_Wellbeing Any_Age FCS

This Forestry Commission Information webpage provides clear advice on how to identify ticks and how to remove them quickly. A simple diagram shows key points on the body to check, helpful for all including groups working outdoors with children.

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Scotland’s Native Woodlands A learning resource for Senior Phase Environmental Science

Sciences, Social_Studies Secondary FCS

This OWL Scotland website resource enables teachers and pupils to access and interpret the results of the Native Woodland Survey of Scotland, to support Environmental Science National 4 & National 5. It explores historical impacts, explains mapping and survey techniques and introduces skills required for data interpretation, tree identification and fieldwork.

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Outdoor Access Design Guide

Technologies, Social_Studies Secondary SNH, FCS

This resource is aimed at land managers, access professionals, rangers, planners, surveyors, and community and interest groups involved in the development and management of outdoor access in Scotland. It may also be of interest to outdoor learning practitioners and those supporting young people to develop practical outdoor skills. The Outdoor Access Design Guide gives consistent and clear advice on the selection and design of outdoor access furniture and structures.

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Scotland’s soils website

Sciences, Social_Studies Secondary SEPA, HES

Scotland’s soils website provides you with information about soils in Scotland. Find a range of maps, links to downloadable data, plus background information on the soils found in Scotland, what they do, why they are important, the threats they face and what is being done to protect them.

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Woodlands and forests: what are they for?

Social_Studies Secondary FCS, SEPA

SEPA’s resident blogger, Willie Towers, shares his changing relationship with trees throughout his career as a soil scientist and explores how the role of forests and woodlands has developed over time, in a thoughtful and personal blog post.

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The new Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan (2017-2022)

Interdisciplinary Any_Age CNP

The natural heritage of the Cairngorms creates ‘outstanding opportunities for outdoor learning’. In the plan, Priority Project 6 (pp. 38-41) describes opportunities for Learning and Inclusion. This identifies opportunities to expand outdoor learning to the wider community, sustain and expand programmes like the John Muir Award and Junior Ranger Programmes, and engage more with under-represented groups.

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Scotland’s Landscape

Social_Studies Secondary SNH

SNH describes how Scotland's Landscape Monitoring Programme will allow us to assess better how our landscapes are changing; and to identify key trends and their significance in terms of how people feel about them and respond to them. This information and associated links may be useful for Geography teachers and students.

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Resources celebrating International Day of Forests

Maths_Numeracy, Sciences, Technologies, Social_Studies Secondary SNH, FCS, SEPA

March 21st is International Day of Forests, to celebrate all types of forests across the world. Follow the link below for further information and learning resources on Scotland’s fabulous forests and wonderful woodlands from Scotland’s Environment partners.

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Counting on a Greener Scotland - a Learning Resource for Tutors

Maths_Numeracy, Sciences, Technologies, Social_Studies Secondary Any

This pack has been designed to be used primarily with adult learners but could be used in schools or other appropriate learning contexts, and has a strong numeracy focus. It covers weather and climate, climate change, energy and renewables, numeracy support, and places to visit in Scotland. Although it has few outdoor learning context examples it could support outdoor investigation in these topic areas.

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Outdoor Learning as a context and an approach for learning – a school case study

Interdisciplinary, Maths_Numeracy, Literacy_English Primary Any

This exemplar on the National Improvement Hub describes how Middleton Park School in Aberdeen has adopted whole school approach using outdoor learning to enrich their curriculum and raise attainment. It includes videos that demonstrate the class buddy approach and the range of literacy and numeracy activities used outdoors.

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Outdoor Learning - How good is our school?

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

This set of questions, with a focus on Outdoor Learning, has been extracted from the Education Scotland 'How Good is Our School?' (HGIOS) toolkit by Willie White, Education Officer for East Ayrshire Council, and shared as a resource on the Grounds for Learning website.

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Climate Ready Places Lesson Plans

Interdisciplinary, Social_Studies, Health_Wellbeing, Practicalities Primary, Secondary SNH

These Adaptation Scotland resources help students to think about their place and different environments, climate change impacts, aspects of their place and how they might improve it, plus consider their own place in the context of a changing climate. These resources could support place based learning outdoors.

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Progression in Outdoor Learning – Natural Steps Forwards

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

A presentation given by the ENFOR Outdoor Learning Project Officer at the OWL Scotland national network event February 2017, exploring what progression in outdoor learning might mean in terms of curriculum, time, and place.

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Support for Professional Development in Outdoor Learning

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

This resource supports teachers to identify, plan and apply learning in the outdoor context. It also sign posts practitioners to appropriate further professional development and support.

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ReRoute research on young people’s relationships and attitudes to nature

Social_Studies, Health_Wellbeing, Religious_Moral Secondary SNH

Scotland’s national youth biodiversity panel, ReRoute has carried out a new survey of young people in Scotland. This has revealed that nearly three quarters (74 per cent) enjoy spending time in nature and that one in nine (87 per cent) agree we need to protect the natural environment. Find out more via the link below.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland Bulletin February 2017

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Updates include exciting training opportunities, new resources including Scotland's Native Woodlands Learning Resource and details on how to apply for Scotland's Finest Woods Awards for Schools.

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Outdoor Archaeological Learning

Social_Studies Primary FCS

This collection of articles and activities is designed to encourage place-based learning. Through discovery, exploration and sharing, young people can develop their critical thinking skills, creativity, confidence and teamwork. This resource is intended for anyone taking groups of children to an archaeological site: teachers, youth group leaders and archaeological educators. Follow the link below to find out more details including how to request a free copy, or to download a copy.

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Outdoor Learning - Your Questions Answered!

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

A panel of teachers and practitioners answer the questions you may have about using outdoor learning as a context for learning in your establishment. NB: You will need a Glow login to access the Watch Again recordings.

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ReRoute – Scotland’s Youth Biodiversity Panel

Interdisciplinary Secondary SNH

ReRoute is a partnership between Young Scot (Scotland’s youth information and citizenship charity) and SNH. This blog post gives an update on Reroute’s progress so far, and describes their big plans for the future.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland January 2017 bulletin

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Out now! Don't miss information on OWL Scotland resources, training and local group events, plus news on Scottish Finest Woods Awards, and more.

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John Muir Award illustration - what do you do?

Interdisciplinary Any_Age Any

What do people do as part of their John Muir Award, and why do they use it? Responses to those questions were captured in an illustration by Tom Morgan-Jones. It’s free to download via the link below. Print it, share it, put it to good use - tell the JMA how and where.

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A’ Ghàidhlig air Aghaidh na Tìre /Gaelic in the Landscape

Literacy_English, Social_Studies Secondary SNH

SNH publications series about Gaelic placenames in selected areas of NW Scotland and the islands, to show the links between nature and culture through Gaelic. These are published as printed booklets, and available online as pdfs.

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The place names of Scotland

Literacy_English, Social_Studies Early_Years, Primary, Secondary Any

This resource combines geography and history and helps children and young people to make connections with their local environment. There are learner journeys for early to fourth level.This is aimed at practitioners working with children across the broad general education years, from early to fourth levels

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning November 2016 bulletin

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Includes new training opportunities, dates for your diary and new resources – from celtic rainforests to potato pancakes!

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Forest School Scotland Resource Pack

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

This resource is designed to support Forest School practitioners, but is not a substitute for Forest School training. Ideas and activities within the pack may also support outdoor and woodland learning approaches. It is available as a downloadable zipped file via the Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland website.

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The Nature of Scotland Autumn/Winter 2016

Sciences, Social_Studies, Health_Wellbeing Secondary SNH

Packed with information and updates about Scotland’s wildlife, land management issues, and projects, including ReReoute, the Youth Biodiversity Panel. A great resource for Social Subjects, Biology and Environmental Science teachers/ students or anyone interested in Scotland’s nature. Information on how to subscribe to this online publication is also provided.

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Ten Gaelic place name facts

Literacy_English, Social_Studies, Modern_Languages Primary, Secondary SNH

This article from Scotland's Nature describes how many of Scotland’s place names have Gaelic origins, some with fascinating stories and some very surprising.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland October 2016 Bulletin

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Seasonal update with news, courses, events, resources, ideas and activities from OWL Scotland.

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Explore for a day leaflets

Interdisciplinary Any_Age SNH

This series of free guides by SNH provide information on some of the best places to enjoy nature, landscapes and history, across many areas of Scotland. These may also help inform teachers when planning their outdoor learning and teaching. All leaflets are available for download via the link below or in hard copy from local tourist information centres and other tourism outlets.

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Rural Land Use – Case Studies on Conflict & Resolution

Interdisciplinary, Social_Studies Secondary LL_TNP

The Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park education pack supports the National 4/5 and Higher Geography curriculum, and provides 6 individual case studies on camping pressures, footpath erosion in the uplands, Loch Lomond byelaws, Balloch Charrette, impacts of hydroelectric power impacts, and the goldmine. These can be accessed by following the link below.

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Rural Land Use in the Park: Conflict & Resolution. National 4/5 and Higher Geography

Social_Studies Secondary LL_TNP

Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park combines an internationally important environment with a fragile rural economy and a renowned visitor destination. This new education pack explores how the National Park manages these conflicts and supports the National 4/5 and Higher Geography curriculum. To download the whole pack, follow the link

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Pearls in the Classroom

Literacy_English, Sciences, Social_Studies Primary SNH

Pearls in the Classroom aims to raise awareness of the freshwater pearl mussel in schools within key river catchments in Scotland, as well as highlighting the species’ important cultural history in Britain. Follow the link for a range of resources and local contacts for ‘Pearls in Peril’.

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BBC School Radio Scottish Wildcats (Early, 1st level pupils)

Interdisciplinary Early_Years, Primary SNH, FCS

Scottish Wildcat Action is a project that aims to protect the Scottish Wildcat from extinction, supported by SNH and Forestry Commission Scotland and other partners. This 20 minute programme joins a group of children as they visit a wildcat family at Edinburgh Zoo and talk to the keeper who looks after them. Join Wildlife officer Emma as she checks on a hidden camera in a forest where wildcats are known to live. The programme contains two interactive sections: a big cat quiz, and active section where children role play being a wildcat.

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BBC School Radio Scottish Wildcats (Level 2 pupils)

Sciences, Technologies Primary SNH, FCS

Scottish Wildcat Action is a project that aims to protect the Scottish Wildcat from extinction, supported by SNH and Forestry Commission Scotland and other partners. This 20 minute programme follows Wildlife officer Emma Rawling on her rounds to check for any live trapped feral cats, to help prevent interbreeding with the Scottish Wildcat. She also checks a hidden camera in a forest– will there be any feline photos on it this time?

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland September 2016 bulletin

Interdisciplinary Any_Age FCS

Out now! Don't miss new OWL Scotland resources and training information. This month you can also find out about leaf mazes and the fascinating world of crickets!

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Scotland’s Soils

Sciences, Technologies, Social_Studies Secondary SNH, FCS, SEPA

Follow the link below to access this website which provides comprehensive data and information on Scotland’s soils. You can look at a range of maps and download the data associated with these maps. Other useful sources of data and information are also signposted. You can find out about what soils do for us, how well they do it and what happens when they are damaged.

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Scotland’s Outdoor Learning Directory aims to provide a portal to services supporting outdoor learning which are provided by these Scottish organisations.

Forestry Commission Scotland Scottish Natural Heritage Lomond & Trossachs NP Natural Scotland Cairngorms National Park Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh SEPA Education Scotland Historic Environment Scotland