Early Years & Primary

As part of their study of World War 1, Middleton Park School in Aberdeen developed a collaborative learning experience for Primary 4 and 5 on the subject of the 1914 Christmas Truce. Familiar ground? Maybe, but what makes this example stand out is: The key role played by a Christian Schools Worker in facilitating and co-ordinating the whole project The number of partners involved: a school chaplain, a local artist, football coaches and the school vocal instructor. The final product of the learning was a film made by the pupils themselves: https://vimeo.com/114475809 By creating this film, the pupils were able…
More information soon on this exciting collaborative project. See the video at: https://vimeo.com/114475809
  All primary teachers have to teach aspects of Christianity as part of their school’s RME provision. For a teacher who has no background in Christian knowledge or belief, this can be a daunting prospect. A Schools Worker can offer much-valued support in a number of ways, not least by tapping into the various educational programmes which introduce children to the Bible. These include the Bibleworld Experience based at the Scottish Bible Society’s Headquarters in Edinburgh and their touring interactive exhibition: Bibleworld SBS Studios. For further details of these and all the resources developed by the Scottish Bible Society for…
Residential experiences and various forms of Outdoor Experience are strongly encouraged as part of every young person’s entitlement under Curriculum for Excellence. If a school is considering such an activity, a schools worker can provide invaluable support, both by assisting with some of the advance organisation and by being an extra adult helper at the event. Many of the Outdoor Centres in Scotland are run by Christian organisations. Residential experiences can have a range of (often entirely complementary) educational purposes which can include developing confidence and social skills (Health & Wellbeing), environmental studies field work (Social Subjects, Science) or workshops…
  Schools very frequently welcome partnership with organisations involved with charity and community service. Most teachers are keen to encourage their pupils to develop attitudes that will encourage lifelong service to others, and to learn about initiatives, groups of people, and areas of society or of the world that may otherwise be unfamiliar. However, it is important for anyone involved with a charity or service project to understand that the school’s over-riding priority is looking for contexts that support pupils’ learning. Through involvement in the sort of real-life contexts that can be provided by national/international charities and local church projects,…

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