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April 14th, 2014

Game on Scotland – Social Studies Learning Zone

Jennifer McDougall
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The Queens Baton left Buckingham Palace on 9 October 2013 containing the royal message. Since then it has been through Asia, Oceania, Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

On Tuesday 29th April, it will be in Ottawa, Canada before making the final leg of its journey through Europe and back to Scotland to arrive here on 14 June. It will spend 40 days visiting communities in all 32 local authority areas. The 288 day relay will conclude on the 23 July when the baton is delivered back to Her Majesty the Queen and the royal message will be read at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Accompanying the baton to all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth has been Scottish adventurer and BBC broadcaster, Mark Beaumont. In conjunction with BBC Commonwealth Class, Mark will join us on Glow from Ottawa to tell us about this amazing journey and learners can ask him questions about his adventure at 2pm on Tuesday 29th April.

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April 8th, 2014

The Leaders Award for STEM

Jennifer McDougall
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Roma Agrawal , an Associate Structural Engineer at WSP, will be talking to students about her career and her role in designing bridges, skyscrapers and sculptures with signature architects over her eight year career. She will then take questions from the students in the studio and logged in on Glow TV. Roma Agrawal is being interviewed to encourage students to engage with The Leaders Award for STEM

Join us in Glow TV on Friday 25th April at 9.30am.

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April 7th, 2014

British Academy Schools Languages Award 2014

Jennifer McDougall
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Over £8000 to be won! BASLA Alert! Calling all secondary, supplementary and FE languages teachers!

£4000 will be awarded to TWO language learning projects in Scottish secondary, supplementary schools or FE colleges via the British Academy Schools Language Award (BASLA) this Autumn.

If your establishment has plans in place or is already involved in an imaginative language learning project which is improving uptake in languages in the Senior Phase and beyond, then you could be in with a chance of winning. British Academy Schools Language Awards

All winning projects are then considered in the UK category. The overall UK winner will double their money, walking away with £8000 and the title of British Academy Schools Languages Award Winner 2014.

The deadline for applications is 30th June 2014.

SCILT is hosting a Glow Meet to provide key information and helpful insights to BASLA success. Anne Breivik, one of the BASLA judging panel will explain how to write a dazzling submission. Gillian Campbell-Thow, Education Support Officer for Modern Languages at Glasgow City Council and co-leader of one of the two Scottish winning projects in BASLA 2013, will share details of the very successful ‘Parliamo Glasgow’ venture.

This Glow Meet takes place on Monday 12th May at 4pm and will be recorded and made available to view in Watch Again. Sign up and find out more.

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April 7th, 2014

Arable Farming

Jennifer McDougall
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Join us as we take an in depth look at how food is produced. This food journey will look at arable farming and the process that oats, barley and wheat take to get from the field to the plate. We will cover what grows where and why, what the grains look like, how they are collected and what they are made into.

We will also look at potatoes and how they get from the ground to the plate and provide an insight into the dairy industry.

This Glow TV event aimed at upper primary pupils will include background information on all the topic areas together with suggestions of some activities to be used in the classroom.

Sign up and join us on Monday 12th May at 1.30pm in Glow TV.

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April 7th, 2014

Spring into Scotland Sings

Jennifer McDougall
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Following on from our highly successful Scotland Sings on Burns Day we are back – with more songs for you to learn and join in with!!

This time we will be joined in the Glow TV Studio by Dumfriesshire singer Jen Butterworth.

So get your best singing voices ready and join us for another fun event on Friday 2nd May at 9.45am!

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April 7th, 2014

Divided City by Theresa Breslin: New Musical Version for Primary Schools

Jennifer McDougall
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Join Theresa Breslin and Elly Goodman of the Citizens Theatre as they offer a unique insight into the history of bringing this iconic book to the stage. Pupils and teachers will get the chance to ask Theresa and Elly questions about the play and the book and to find out more about this ground-breaking project.

The Citizens Theatre has now staged three large scale musical theatre productions of Theresa Breslin’s Divided City, adapted for the stage by Martin Travers with an original score and songs by Claire McKenzie.

Featuring a cast of 45 secondary pupils this show was staged twice at the Citizens Theatre in 2011 and 2012, in South Lanarkshire in 2013 and Derry as part of the City of Culture 2013.

A new abridged (50 minutes) version of Divided City has since been developed specifically for upper primary school pupils.

In 2014/ 2015 the Citizens Theatre will be working in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council with 22 casts from 44 primary schools (one denominational and one non-denominational primary 7 class working together each time) across North Lanarkshire. Over 1200 children will take part in the productions.

Theresa Breslin is the critically acclaimed author of over thirty books for children and young adults whose work has appeared on television and radio and is read world-wide in many languages. She won the Carnegie Medal, the UK’s most prestigious award for children’s literature, for Whispers in the Graveyard, her compelling novel about a dyslexic boy. Other bestsellers include Spy for the Queen of Scots and Remembrance, a tale of youth in WW1. Ghost Soldier, a story set in the Borders during WW1 and suitable for mid-range readers, is to be published in August 2014.

Divided City, one of her most popular books, tells of two boys, one Celtic fan, one Rangers fan, and how they are brought together by an attack on a young asylum seeker. The fast-paced story explores themes of racism and sectarianism and shows, in a positive and humorous way, the power of friendship to overcome these prejudices.

Divided City has been shortlisted for 10 different children’s book awards winning two outright.

Sign up and join us in Glow TV on Monday 28th April at 11am.

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April 3rd, 2014

The Athletes are coming…Are you?

Jennifer McDougall
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Join us for an exciting Glow TV event with some Scotland’s most successful athletes on Thursday, 15 May. Detailed information coming soon!

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March 26th, 2014

The Beavers are Back – Again!!

Jennifer McDougall
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Tune in to speak to a group of young filmmakers who are eager to share their experiences of filming the habits and habitat of their newest neighbour—the Beaver!

Beavers became extinct in the UK 400 years ago, but now they are back in Scotland as part of a trial reintroduction, being co-ordinated by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust in partnership.

Your class can watch the short film (made by the pupils) and then ask lots of questions related to beavers and their habitat to the school pupils, who are in P5 to P7.

They will be able to show you what beaver signs to look out for, just in case you want to go to Knapdale and find them for yourself!

This event is aimed at primary aged learners and takes place on Monday 31st March at 9.30am. Sign up and join us in Glow TV!

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March 26th, 2014

SCHOLAR – Mathematics – National 5 Maths – Unit 1, Revision Topic 3, Algebra

Jennifer McDougall
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Glow TV is delighted to offer pupils the opportunity to join a homework revision session on National 5 Mathematics provided by SCHOLAR.
The session on Unit 1, Revision Topic 3, Algebra will be presented by Margaret Ferguson, SCHOLAR Online Tutor for Maths. This event will take place on Tuesday 1st April at 7pm. Sign up and join us in Glow TV!

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March 26th, 2014

Game on Scotland – Social Studies

Jennifer McDougall
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This Professional Learning Game on Scotland Glow TV event will give Social Studies staff the opportunity to find out about international partnerships.

A representative from the British Council will take practitioners though all the benefits a school can get from a partnership and explain the basics of how to get started.

Sign up and join us for this Professional Learning opportunity on Tuesday 1st April at 4pm. – GOS – Social Studies

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