Renowned Scottish meteorologist and former BBC weather presenter Heather Reid OBE was on hand at the Glasgow Science Centre on the 3rd of September to officially launch Learning and Teaching Scotland’s new online educational resource, Weather and Climate Change.
Eigg Primary school won “Best Community Production” for their video clip “Our Green Island” now included in the new LTS website. The pupils travelled down to Glasgow especially for the occasion along with other schools that have been involved in the project. Eigg Primary got presented the award by Heather Reid and then much to their delight the rest of the afternoon was spent going round the Science Centre which outwayed any award! Eigg Primary Schools video can be seen by clicking here.
The resource supports the teaching of weather and climate change from the early level onwards and contains essential background information about climate change as well as easy access to topical news and resources. It also features many high-quality videos that can be used directly with children and young people.
Heather was joined by pupils and teachers from schools across Scotland who all played an important part in creating the resource.
‘Climate change is an important and complex issue which is impacting on nature, biodiversity and people around the world,’ said Heather. ‘It is essential that our young people are aware of its importance from an early age and educational resources such as the Weather and Climate Change website go a long way to ensuring that the topic secures an important role in Scottish education.’
The Weather and Climate Change website contains essential background information about climate change as well as easy access to topical news and resources. It also features many high-quality videos that can be used directly with children and young people.
Professor Kay Livingston, Director, International, Research and Innovation at LTS, is confident that the new website will prove to be an important resource for teachers.
‘Developing our young people as global citizens is embedded within Curriculum for Excellence and understanding the worldwide impact of climate change is a key part of education,’ said Kay.
‘The Weather and Climate Change website can be readily used to support learning across a range of curriculum areas, especially within sciences, technologies and social studies.’
Hilda Ibrahim, Headteacher at Eigg Primary School, commented: ‘The children were delighted to be part of the new Weather and Climate Change website for LTS. On Eigg the children are very aware of the effect of weather conditions on how they lead their sustainable life.
‘This direct link, through their own personal experience, with the effects of strong contrasts in weather helps the children to develop a global understanding of the effect of climate change.
‘The new website will provide a valuable source of information and inspiration on an important topic for schools across Scotland.’