All posts in the ‘health and wellbeing’ Category
- March 6th, 2014
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: community resilience, health and wellbeing, outdoor learning, sciences, social subjects, technologies
: Categories citizenship, community, curriculum areas, early years, health and wellbeing, outdoor learning, primary schools, sciences, scottish culture, secondary schools, sharing practice, social studies, sustainable development, technologies
Time: 09:30 (for 10:00 start) – 15:00
Venue: Glasgow Hilton Hotel, William Street, Glasgow, G3 8HT
Education Scotland is excited to be hosting its first community resilience conversation and networking event with a view to developing a shared, partnership approach to provide 3-18 resilience education opportunities.
The day aims to bring together members of the Scottish Government, emergency planning and civil contingencies teams from local councils, representatives from local education authorities, and members of other key organisations to consider community resilience as a rich and exciting context for teaching and learning focusing on a range of contexts such as flooding and other forms of extreme weather and their impact on our lives.
Conversation activities will provide delegates with opportunities to network with one another and engage in professional dialogue in relation to preparing for emergencies and developing resilient communities. Selected examples of good practice will also be shared through engaging presentations delivered by government, local council and school representatives.
We would like to invite you to take part in the event at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel on the 17th March 2014 to explore how we might take forward resilience education and consider important developments in teaching and learning. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is no cost to attend.
We would be grateful if you could register online at http://svy.mk/Mb8ZM7 by Monday 10th March 2014 to confirm your attendance and inform us of any special dietary or access requirements you may have.
- February 17th, 2014
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: community resilience, global citizenship, sciences, social subjects, technologies, weather
: Categories citizenship, community, creativity, early years, health and wellbeing, ICT, learner voice, outdoor learning, primary schools, sciences, secondary schools, social studies, sustainable development, technologies
A 14 year old school boy has produced Lego animations to promote the British Red Cross’ resilience campaign. Using a basic webcam and laptop, the interactive film was crafted in his tiny bedroom-cum studio, bringing together an interest in amateur film-making and a life-long enthusiasm for Lego.
The ‘Disaster Island’ film has now gone live on the British Red Cross website with the aim of helping the organisation to demonstrate the importance of resilience – the ability to withstand and recover from disasters at home and abroad.
To see the animation go to: http://bit.ly/1e0tIsc
For further teaching and learning ideas and free resources go to Education Scotland’s ‘Ready for Emergencies’ Website:http://bit.ly/1gmTEmlMore
- February 10th, 2014
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: Fairtrade
: Categories health and wellbeing, international, social studies, sustainable development
Fair Trade Fortnight is an annual opportunity to make a special effort at promoting trade justice and sustainable agriculture, and many schools get heavily involved each year. Its a great way to get students to consider issues of equity and international development, and to boost their understanding of themselves as active global citizens who can make a positive difference to the world around them. In 2014 Fair Trade Fortnight will take place from 24th February to 9th March, and the Fairtrade Foundation is running a special campaign about the trade in Bananas. The Foundation’s website has a range of resources to assist the work of local campaigners and activists.
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is the key promoter of Fair Trade approaches in Scotland, and active throughout the whole year. Its website includes a section for schools which would be useful for any teacher starting to get involved in this issue. Students can be powerful forces for change, both in their own actions and in persuading others to change habits of consumption. Schools can work towards achievement of their own Fair Trade School Award.
In 2014 the SFTF is encouraging the roll-out of Fair Trade Nurseries, already piloted in East Dunbartonshire with great success. Interest is high, with many Early Years staff inspired by the learning opportunities created by the programme and the enthusiasm with which it has been met.
Last year Scotland was declared a Fair Trade Nation, a status achieved by meeting demanding criteria. Now each year Fair Trade Fortnight provides a chance to demonstrate continuing progress.
- January 8th, 2014
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: citizenship, climate change, community resilience, health and wellbeing, outdoor learning, sciences, social subjects, sustainability, weather
: Categories citizenship, community, early years, health and wellbeing, international, outdoor learning, primary schools, renewables and climate change, sciences, scottish culture, secondary schools, social studies, sustainable development
It’s time to start planning for Climate Week – eight weeks from now on 3-9 March 2014. It is Britain’s largest climate change campaign, with half a million people attending over 3,000 events each year.
Enter the Climate Week Challenge, a competition for small teams in schools and workplaces. It needs no preparation, is free and helps develop innovation and teamwork. There are one-hour and one-day versions – register here.
Enter the Climate Week Awards for professional achievement that is helping to create a more sustainable society – click here to find out more. Deadline – Friday 14th February 2014
Run a Climate Week Swap event at which people can exchange clothes, books or children’s toys they don’t want any more – find out more here.
Please remember to register your events and activities with Climate Week – they will then be listed as an official part of Climate Week, encouraging others to take part and so growing the movement for environmental change.
- January 6th, 2014
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: climate change, community resilience, health and wellbeing, science, social subjects, weather
: Categories citizenship, community, early years, health and wellbeing, outdoor learning, primary schools, sciences, secondary schools, social studies, sustainable development, technologies
Over the festive period, persistent rain across Scotland has taken its toll on communities throughout the country. Areas such as Ayrshire, Borders and Dumfries and Galloway have been hit particularly hard, requiring people having to be evacuated from properties or rescued from areas where rising river levels have placed people in immediate danger.
A number of emergency meetings were been held by the Scottish Government resilience team before the new year – many involving ministers. Local multi-agency response arrangements have since been initiated in a number of places across Scotland to support those worst affected and to mitigate the impact.
The Scottish Government newsroom has released several articles in relation to the extreme weather. The following links can be used to access more information:
Flooding response continues: http://bit.ly/197P775
Latest Weather warnings: http://bit.ly/JDuPGX
Vigilance urged as flood threat continues: http://bit.ly/1dIDnqW
Flood Threat Continues: http://bit.ly/KvSCcF
Weather – Scotland’s Response: http://bit.ly/1cT46AY
More information can also be found from BBC news footage:
UK weather report – Sever warnings: http://bbc.in/1lvUobr
High tide in Ardrossan: http://bbc.in/KsWnim
Dumfries and Galloway flooding: http://bbc.in/1klRzeY
A full account of 2013’s global weather and links to climate change can be also be found at: http://bbc.in/KsNC81
Also be sure to sign up for free flood warning in your local area through the SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) website: http://bit.ly/1cCJ2uBMore
- December 19th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: climate change, community resilience, global citizenship, outdoor learning, sciences, social subjects, weather
: Categories citizenship, community, early years, health and wellbeing, outdoor learning, primary schools, renewables and climate change, sciences, scottish culture, secondary schools, social studies, sustainable development, technologies
Severe weather has caused disruption through utility failures and signifiant flooding in various areas throughout Scotland.
Winds of up to 90 mph hit parts of the country last night causing power cuts, rough seas and heavy swells. Those regions partcularly badly affected include Glasgow, Aberdeen, the Western Isles, Shetland, Orkney and Dumfries and Galloway among others.
For further details go to: http://bbc.in/1klW9Yb
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has been issuing regular flood warnings urging the public to take immediate action against the predicted flooding.
The ‘Ready for Emergencies’ website contains free teaching resources to help young people and their local commuitites to prepare and cope in extreme weather situations like these. For severe weather learning journeys go to: http://bit.ly/1gmTEml
Make sure you are signed up for SEPA’s free flood alert service. Register at: http://bit.ly/1cCJ2uB
- November 27th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: community resilience, outdoor learning, safety, sciences, Scotland, weather
: Categories community, early years, health and wellbeing, outdoor learning, primary schools, sciences, scottish culture, secondary schools, social studies, sustainable development
In recent years Scotland has witnessed some of the coldest winters for generations, so there’s no telling what the coming weeks may bring. Scottish Water is advising customers that they should remain vigilant and should not take any risks around freezing cold watercourses.
While it’s important that youngsters enjoy their school holidays and that people across Scotland take pleasure in the country’s beautiful lochs, rivers and reservoirs, it is also vital that they stay safe. Latest figures show 22 people died accidentally or from natural causes around water in Scotland last winter, but there are easy ways to prevent tragedies, and equipping yourself with the knowledge of what to do in an emergency can save a life.
For further details of Scottish Water’s recent release and advice on how to stay safe around water this winter, go to: http://bit.ly/1b4agsGMore
- November 25th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: climate change, community resilience, global warming, sciences, social subjects, weather
: Categories citizenship, community, early years, health and wellbeing, outdoor learning, primary schools, renewables and climate change, sciences, secondary schools, social studies, sustainable development
At a recent conference at the Royal Society in central London, the Prince of Wales claimed that the typhoon is a ‘direct result’ of climate change and that ‘the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events has increased, and is set to increase even further’.
In the face of global warming and it’s possible impact closer to home, Scotland has set world-leading greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and has plans in place for how to reduce further by 42% by 2020.
Adaptation Scotland provides advice and support to help ensure that Scotland is prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of climate change. Find details of key messages, climate information and adaptation suggestions in light of climate change in Scotland.More
- November 18th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: community resilience, outdoor learning, science, social subjects, sustainable development, technology
: Categories community, early years, health and wellbeing, outdoor learning, primary schools, renewables and climate change, sciences, secondary schools, social studies, sustainable development, technologies, Uncategorized
Not to be missed! Heriot Watt University still have availability for schools interested in receiving a visit from the interactive flood model and flood experts.
For a flavour of what you can expect, see the flood model in action at: http://bit.ly/1dNfNIa
What is it?
An interactive, free workshop has been developed to explain the processes involved with urban flooding and flood prevention. It also introduces the concept of community resilience and the role that individuals can play in protecting themselves and their neighbours.
The main element of the workshop is an interactive physical model, representing a typical town with a river, houses, shops, industrial units, roads and parks. The model simulates rainfall, with water being fed to sprinklers and the river via a system of pumps. Workshop participants are able to change certain elements of the urban fabric to help reduce the severity of flooding.
Is it any good?
Since 2009, over 5000 people have participated in the workshop, most of whom were young people. Independent evaluation of the workshop “…yielded strong evidence for the learning that took place during audiences’ interaction with the project”.
Work with the Scottish Government and SEPA has supported on-going flood risk awareness raising, and again the feedback has been very positive.
Can it come to my school?
Sure. The Scottish Government have commissioned Heriot-Watt University to take the workshop to Scottish schools in 2013/14.
We can visit you to run our interactive workshop for your pupils for free; all you have to do is provide us with some space to run the workshop and some interested children. We will also leave you with a follow up lesson plan to reinforce some of the key workshop messages
Contact Grant Wright to arrange a visit (Tel: 0131 4518261, Email: g.b.wright@Hw.ac.uk)
For more information go to http://urbanfloodmodel.wordpress.com/
- November 14th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: community resilience, flooding, weather
: Categories citizenship, community, early years, health and wellbeing, outdoor learning, primary schools, renewables and climate change, sciences, secondary schools, sustainable development
SEPA can provide free flood alerts to your home or school.
To sign up to the Floodline direct warning service you will need to have the postcode for the property that you wish to receive flood messages for.
SEPA can provide two different types of warning messages depending on your property location. When you enter your postcode, the system will check and confirm which warning service is available for your area.
- If your school/property is within an area covered by a SEPA flood monitoring system, you will be able to sign up to receive a targeted Flood Warning message for your local area;
- If your school/property is not within a Warning target area, you can sign up to receive a more general Flood Alert message for the wider geographical area, usually representing Local Authority boundaries.
For more information on Flood Alert and Flood Warning areas please click here.
To register your post code for flood alerts go to: http://bit.ly/1hIkOHK
If you would like to register more than one property address, or you require any further assistance in registering, please call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for more information.More