Knowledge Of Language


With the expectation that all staff have a responsibility for literacy development, are you looking for some support for your own understanding of language? LTS have launched a new ‘Knowledge of Language’ site for this very purpose:

Curriculum for Excellence has made explicit the expectation that all staff have a responsibility to contribute to the literacy development of learners. However, not all education professionals are fully confident in their own understanding of how language works. The Knowledge of Language modules provide staff with a way of accessing further information about some of the common features of our language.


March 23, 2010. Tags: . 1. Leave a comment.

LTS Working With You


LTS have published a newsletter entitled ‘Working with you’. This outlines Learning & Teaching Scotland’s recent contribution to Scottish education and highlights their current priorities.

There are three featured sections of the newsletter of particular interest:

  • The National Assessment Resource (NAR)
  • Building your Curriculum
  • Support for Staff

March 23, 2010. Tags: . 1. Leave a comment.

Spelling Web Site

The Times and Microsoft have teamed up to form a website called Spelling  There is a section called Mini Bees that is suitable for primary aged children to use. There are a range of activities and games to play to help children improve their spelling. Why not let parents know about this resource or even link to it from your school website.

Thanks to Kent ICT Blog for link.

March 16, 2010. Tags: , . 1. Leave a comment.

World Maths Day

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World Maths Day is off and running! Can we unite to break the world record?

This year features an exciting new format with multi-levels for all age groups

Teachers, parents and media are invited to participate for the first time

With over 2 million students from 37,000 schools in 200 countries registered, surely we can beat last year’s world record of correctly answering 452,681,681 questions?

March 4, 2010. 1. Leave a comment.

A History of the World


A History of the World is a partnership between the BBC and the British Museum that focuses on world history, involving collaborations between teams across the BBC, and schools, museums and audiences across the UK. The project focuses on the things we have made, from flint to mobile phone.

CBBC’s new specially-commissioned 13-part series, Relic: Guardians Of The Museum, will follow a group of children visiting the Museum at night to unlock the mysteries behind 13 of the objects featured in the Radio 4 series. They will be accompanied on their journey by Agatha, a mysterious and ghostly tour guide.

Schools can work with the project in a number of ways – by using the lesson plans that focus on a selection of objects from the British Museum; by suggesting and researching the students’ or teacher’s objects that tell ‘a history of the world’; and by uploading these on to the site.

The British Museum has chosen 100 objects from its collection, hundreds of museums across the UK are adding theirs – and now you can join in too. Help to build a digital museum by adding an object that you own to this website.

Just take a photo of something you own that you think tells about a time, a place or a community. What part does your object play in a history of the world?

Information taken from the BBC History of the World website

February 23, 2010. Tags: , . 1. Leave a comment.

Free i-board Resources

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Times Education Supplement TES has teamed up with i-board to offer all of their great online interactive resources for Early Years and and early primary for FREE.iboard2.tiff

February 22, 2010. Tags: . 1. Leave a comment.

21st Century Teacher


As a 21st century teacher you are a learner yourself – adapting your previous technology skills and knowledge as new technologies emerge.

Research now shows that technology can help to:

• motivate learners and keep them engaged in learning

• improve attainment levels and raise standards

• personalise learning and give learners a voice

• make difficult and abstract concepts easier to explore

• save you time and be more efficient

• open up dialogue with parents and extend learning

• make learners partners in their formal learning

• reach the hard-to-reach.

This booklet helps teachers address the challenge of using technology in daily school life. It provides case studies and practical hints and tips including a checklist and web links.

February 22, 2010. Tags: . 1. Leave a comment.


Welcome back and a very Happy New Year!

This year we will aim to continue with our high profile work on Internet Safety and Responsible Use in Highland, with the aim of creating safer online communities. We have many more training courses available on the Education CPD Calendar and new guidance has been issued to help schools manage incidents of Cyberbullying.

Last year many schools participated in ‘Safer Internet Day’, 2009 was the first year we had promoted this in Highland and many schools held their own events using some of the ideas on our Highland E-Safety Site we have continued to add to the list of ideas.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center (CEOP) have also sent us the following information to distribute to yourselves to promote their resources for Safer Internet Day 2010.


We are asking all schools and TUK ambassadors and trainers to get Tuesday 9th of February in their diaries and plan a Safer Internet Day event in your community. It doesn’t have to be exactly on the day, we are giving over the whole week to the events.

We’ve launched our micro site which can guide you through resources that are on offer for you to use, get inspired with a number of suggestions and ideas and a feedback area for you to tell us what you are up to.

As the UK representative for the European-wide Safer Internet Day, CEOP are looking to coordinate everyone’s efforts to put Safer Internet Day on the map and raise awareness of the issues, the risks and the things that children and young people (and their parents on their behalf) to keep themselves safe online.

So, what’s new for Safer Internet Day 2010?

Think before you post competition.

This is a competition that is open for 8-16 year olds to create a short film (1-3 minutes long) under the banner of Think Before You Post – what does it mean to them, how would they explain this sentiment to other young people and we are throwing down the gauntlet to young people to be as creative as they like to get this message across to their peers – and the opportunity to win some exciting prizes. Entries can be made by individuals, small groups of up to 5 people or as a whole class – a great end of term project perhaps!

For further details click here

New resources for Key Stage 1

CEOP have developed a new animation for children between 5-7 with activities for pre-school children to teach them about personal information, playing safely on the computer and behaving nicely to others online. You can download the free resources the end of January 2010.

Other resources available

· A NEW cyber-bullying episode for Hector’s World

· Two assembly programmes for primary and secondary schools

· Online banners and SID badges to download for your website

Tell us all about it

We will have an interactive map which you can upload the details of your initiatives which we can make available to local, regional and national media outlets to generate local press coverage in your area.

Visit the Safer Internet Day micro-site at to get more ideas and suggestions about how to raise the issue of online safety in your community.

If you do hold any sessions, events or activities please do remember to let us know and where possible keep evidence of the impact your activities have made in enabling pupils to become safer digital citizens.

If you need any further information please contact Jim Henderson or Louise Jones.

January 13, 2010. 1. Leave a comment.

Seasonal Activities


More seasonal activities for primary pupils.

December 7, 2009. Tags: . 1. Leave a comment.

BBC Pinball


BBC Pinball is back and working: PINBALL is here to help you kick start new ideas, to get your thoughts flowing freely, and to develop your creative talents. Bounce your ideas around by using these fun and simple tools, and who knows what ideas might pop up.

December 7, 2009. Tags: . 1. Leave a comment.

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