Over sixty schools and a thousand Nursery and P1 pupils joined us in a Glow meet in the Early Years National Glow group and the National Parks and Outdoor Learning National Glow group , from across Scotland on Wednesday morning. They came to see and hear a story about Percy the Puffin.
This Glow meet took place live from The Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick where Education Officer and author of the story, Emily Dodd, told of how Percy the Puffin returns to Craigleith Island every Spring.. landing with a bang and a crash, before setting up home on dry land.
Our youngest school learners took part in activities which describe how Puffins return to nest and feed on islands in the Firth of Forth. How Percy meets his mate, digs a burrow and feeds his family. The story contained opportunities for learning across the curriculum: for literacy, numeracy, expressive arts and outdoor learning. The children were enouraged to act out the story by pretending to be a puffin.
The Seabird Centre also used their own webcams and video footage of real Puffins, live from the Islands of the Firth of Forth, to enance this experience. For most of the children and teachers, this was their first experience of learning with Glow. They were eager to take part and they wanted to ask lots of questions about Percy: why is a Puffin called a Puffin and what does Percy drink? One colourful character even asked if Percy likes eating Pizza!
It was a great event which has started a conversation about Puffins in Nursery schools across Scotland. You can follow this conversation and see a video clip of Emily telling the story of Percy the Puffin in the National Site: in the National Parks and Outdoor Learning National Glow group and the Early Years National Glow group. You can also find a list with details of those schools which took part in this event. Some of them also signed the Glow meet register on the day:
Jessie Porter Nursery School
Knock Primary (IoL)
St Andrews Primary
St James Primary
St Josephs Primary
St.Lukes and St. Matthews
St Mark’s Nursery
St Ninian’s Primary
Woodlea Children’s Centre