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Dreich weather and a sonnet: Argyll Weather⤴

from @ blethers

I haven't written a sonnet for 37 years. At that time, I thought I might be halfway through my allotted life span and wrote my first attempt at a sonnet about being at "life's watershed". You can hear the iambic feet, can't you? This afternoon, it being utterly miserable outside, and dark by 3.30pm, I thought I'd make my Christmas puddings and then - maybe - write some cards. Then I got a message from a good friend that he'd been shown a poem of mine on a window of St Andrew's bus station. In St Andrews. There was a photo - it's there, right enough, in black letters on the glass. Extraordinary.

In the comment thread that followed, others joined in. One of them threw down a challenge. "Write a sonnet about Argyll weather. Walking in the rain". This wasn't an entirely random challenge - I'd pointed out that I didn't participate as much as I might in the poetry scene because I was always walking about in the rain in Argyll.

Reader, I tried. Once the puddings were burbling and the (extensive) washing up done, I sat down with my preferred poetry-writing tools (the back of an envelope and a biro) and a copy of Edwin Morgan's Glasgow Sonnets for inspiration.

This is the result. I've dedicated it to my friend Jim Gordon, whose fault it was.




Argyll Weather

A Sonnet for Jim

The rain drifts in grey curtains from the hills
and turns the loch’s black surface into lace
before a random wind takes up the chase
that now obliterates the day it kills.
The burn beside me gurgles as it fills
and overflows. There’s water on my face,
the path I followed gone without a trace,
enthusiasm drowned in sudden chills.

But as I turn to make my sodden way
to shelter, warmth …dry feet … a sudden gleam
appears. It’s like another day.
The wet rock all around me starts to steam
and birdsong cuts the air as if to say
This is Argyll. Things are not what they seem.

C.M.M. 12/17

Community resilience resources for schools⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Want to find out how to prepare for emergencies and keep yourself and other safe? Keep reading and find out how this key message can be used as an exciting approach to teaching and learning.

Download this flyer for exciting ways to integrate flooding, severe weather and other resilience issues into CfE.

CaptureRead these case studies to see what this looks like in practice.

 

 

See at a glance how you can take this forward in the classroom:

Health and Wellbeing – responsibility of all

Are you ready for severe weather, utility failure, flooding or pandemics? Make sure you know whatwhin-park-flooding-sepa to do.  Stay informed, pack a kit, make a plan.

Literacy

Our climate is changing and communities across Scotland are becoming increasingly affected by extreme weather events and flooding which can block roads, destroy homes and lead to loss of power for thousands of people. This can be used as an exciting context for:

  • report writing on the impact of severe weather on daily life in Scotland
  • talk/presentation at assembly and to the whole class
  • debating local issues like flood protection schemes and staying safe in emergencies
  • creating new written texts like an information leaflet or a safety brochure.

Social studies/geography

Are you doing work around natural disasters, weather, land use, map work?

Use community resilience as an exciting approach to cover these topics. By working with local authority resilience professionals you could gain access to information about flood plains, flood protection schemes and other areas of interest in the local area. Local authorities can share data and images from sensors, such as from traffic monitoring, to bring the learning to life in the classroom.  Contact your local authority to discover what may be available to help your school learn about community resilience.

Science

Scotland’s climate is changing as a result of climate change, so we are getting colder and wetter winters and hotter and wetter summers. Use community resilience as an exciting context to explore these issues.

  • explain some of the processes which contribute to climate change
  • consider how climate change influences changes in the atmosphere and then how this impacts on living things
  • investigate how severe weather can affect daily life in short, medium and long term, considering impact on social, economic and cultural life
  • create and use rain gauges as part of a project monitoring and analysing the weather in the local area
  • create anemometers to measure wind speed.

Technology

Use community resilience as an exciting context to:

  • design rain gardens, green roofs, identify ways to harvest rainwater
  • identify the impact, contribution, and relationship of technologies on the environment through flood protection schemes14677863_678528988971564_410767113_o-1
  • design and construct models to illustrate how sustainable urban drainage systems work
  • explore uses of materials
  • create and present weather forecasts based on personal research
  • investigate the impact of severe weather on people, place and the economy, on a local, national or international level.

 Numeracy and mathematics

Community resilience can be used as an exciting context to solve problems using a range of methods, sharing approaches and solutions with others e.g. money, measurement, data and analysis, chance and uncertainty:

  • use digital mapping and other information sources to work out how much salt is required to help clear a surface covered with snow
  • compare and contrast the contracts and cost plans offered by a range of utility companies, and consider how this may be affected by an emergency
  • use outcomes linked to chance and uncertainty to consider the likelihood of another utilities failure happening
  • consider how this may affect insurance premiums.

Feedback from 31st October community resilience networking event⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Approximately 70 delegates joined us at Celtic Park on Monday 31st October to identify networkingeventways resilience to natural disasters like flooding/severe weather/utility failure could be integrated into Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).

There were speakers from the Met Office, SSEN, Edinburgh City Council, Education Scotland, Highland Council and Glasgow Resilient Cities and a busy market place with around 15 stallholdemarket-placers representing organisations like Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Scottish Flood Forum, SEPA, Youthlink Scotland and Eco-Schools Scotland.

Some of the ideas discussed during the day included:

    • Introduce the UN stop disasters game
    • Set up a weather station
    • Digi maps to compare past/present areas
    • World of Work – contact outside agencies and ask them to share their knowledge and understanding and investigate practically
    • Pupils to work cooperatively to solve a given scenario – flood prevention; Royal Academy of Engineering; STEM Ambassadors

Click here for the full report 31st-oct-mini-conference-report

Ready Scotland Photography Competition 2016⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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Be prepared for bad weather and win prizes for your school!

What is it?

Ready Scotland Photo and Caption Competition for P6 pupils. Take part in this competition to ensure you and your family are ready for winter!s4x4r-arran-130325-scords-2371

Before you start read this!

Radio can be really helpful in communicating information in an emergency.  Watch this youtube clip to find out how useful people in Chile found the radio during an emergency. Visit Ready Scotland website for more advice on staying safe in Scotland and  complete a family action plan. Visit Ready for Emergencies website for more ideas on staying safe this winter. cwfrn0gxeaajtlu

Action!

Now you’ve done your research we’d like you to communicate to others the importance of staying informed, having a grab-bag and looking out for neighbours through a photography and caption competition. In no more than 20 words provide a caption for your image that gets your message across clearly.

The prize!

The 3 winning schools will receive a wind-up radio for their own grab bags and a behind the scenes experience at their local Bauer network radio station.

The 3 winning schools will receive a wind-up radio for their own grab bags and a behind the scenes experience at their local Bauer network radio station. The Bauer network reaches over 25 million consumers and includes stations like heat, KISS, Magic and Absolute Radio. Each school will be able to send 6 pupils to their local station to see what is involved  in creating a radio show and will have the opportunity to try a few of the tricks of the trade.

Each school will be able to send 6 pupils to their local station to see what is involved  in creating a radio show and will have the opportunity to try a few of the tricks of the trade.

So have a go!  Win yourself and 5 of your classmates this exciting opportunity!

How to enter:

Each school should attach their top 5 entries as jpg’s to an email and send them to: info@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

In the text box add:

  • Name of school
  • Full name of pupil
  • Full name of class teacher
  • Caption describing the photo in no more than 20 words

Deadline for entries:

5pm on Thursday 17th November 2016

 

Become a River Monitoring Volunteer⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog


 

For more information click on the links below:

Photo guide for volunteers

Recording sheet

 

Save the Children Resilience Project⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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Save the Children are looking for two schools to take part in a resilience project that aims to strengthen children’s understanding of emergencies and the actions they can take to prepare themselves, their families and their communities.  Click here for more information on the project .  It is aimed at children aged 9 – 11 and participating schools will be given a £1000 budget.

You can also contact Graham Clark, Programmes Manager g.clark@savethechildren.org.uk for more information.

 

Community resilience briefing paper⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

iStock_2835272_LARGEwaterambulance_800_tcm4-723177Hot off the press! Read this briefing paper to get an overview of community resilience and the curriculum.  Find out why it is an exciting context for learning and how this can be applied to your own setting.  If you are already doing work in this area or are interested in finding out more, contact Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Getting Ready for Winter Glow Meet⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Ready-for-Winter-WestieDon’t get caught out with bad weather this winter! Doing small things now can save a lot of trouble later. Tune in with your class to Education Scotland’s Glow meet to hear from the MET office and other experts on why you need to get ready and what you can do. Our experts will answer your questions as well. This is a great opportunity to get ready for winter!  If you are not a teacher pass this on to your education contacts, it will be worth watching!

This glow meet is suitable for upper primary and lower secondary and will be in November.  Date and time coming soon!

In the meantime, visit the Ready for Emergencies Ready for Winter page to get ideas to use with your class. You’ll find a power point, short video and learning journeys packed full of ideas to get you started.  Keep safe this winter!

 

Launch of SEPA kids⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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New website launch!  Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have just launched a new website for children.  It gives information on how to prepare for flooding, how to make a flood kit and it has games and handy hints to help get the message across.

If this is a topic you are covering in the classroom you can also visit Education Scotland’s website Ready for Emergencies as it has learning journeys and resources to support delivery of this subject.

Get ready for winter!⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Ready-for-Winter-WestieAre you ready for winter?

On Sunday 25th October the clocks go back – instead of having an extra hour in bed, use the time to prepare for winter!

Visit the Ready for Emergencies website for ideas to use in the classroom to help children and young people prepare for winter as well as the Ready Scotland site.

Ideas include preparing an emergency kit and mapping your community to identify vulnerable people. The Ready Scotland site includes a ready for Winter video clip and quiz.

Visit the web pages now for more ideas!