Teachers welcome new education website

16 Jun 2008

Teachers have been quick to recognise the value of the new teaching resources now available on the Clyde Waterfront Education website.

Clare Harker, a primary teacher seconded as Employability and Enterprise Officer, at King's Park Secondary, Glasgow, said: "Contextual learning is very important and the Clyde is at the heart of Glasgow and its communities. What we are doing in this project is to give the Clyde back to the children. They know the river but they don't know anything about the emotion it evoked when people like my grandparents sailed away from the Broomielaw to start a new life in America or when the shipyards closed. Young children never experienced the noise of the shipyards so I wrote a lesson plan that uses percussion and dance to help the children understand and relate to the noise that was generated and the activity that went on in the shipyards. To me connecting children with that aspect of the river is a vital part of regeneration."

Hazel Ruxton, P6 teacher at East Fulton Primary, Linwood, Renfrewshire, said: "This is a fantastic resource for teachers that not only assists in bringing the history of the river to life for pupils but also the new developments that are underway. I used it as part of our Clyde Built topic which focuses on things like the shipyards and going "Doon the Watter" on holiday. One group were asked to imagine they worked in the shipyards 100 years ago and were given the task of planning a holiday at one of the Clyde resorts involving arrangements for travel, accommodation and food with a restricted budget in old currency. Another group were asked to design a leaflet to encourage people today to holiday locally which involved looking at options and attractions available. It also helped highlight the issue of global warming and the impact of flying."

Claire Gunn, a primary teacher on secondment as an Employability and Enterprise Officer with the St Roch's Learning Community, organised a lesson plan with bridge designers, Halcrow, where the engineers visited the classroom and explained the process, the pupils were taken to the Clyde Arc and visited the company's offices then set a bridge design challenge.

She said:  "The Clyde is an excellent resource for young people to learn from and it is right on their doorstep. The lesson plan I wrote provided an excellent opportunity to engage with business and they brought a level of expertise beyond anything a teacher can provide. It also highlighted the importance of the construction industry and the job opportunities it provides. The Clyde Waterfront project enhances the Curriculum for Excellence which aims to produce successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors to society and responsible citizens."

Lisa Hughes, an English teacher at Our Lady & St. Patrick's High, Dumbarton, said: "Pupils don't always see the relevance of English studies, such as poetry and language to the real world. This excellent resource helps to demonstrate in a very practical way the link between the skills they learn in class with the skills they will need in the workplace. The project we undertook was to use their writing and language skills to advertise the health and leisure facilities now available in the area. Other lessons plans I've developed for the curriculum resource website involve designing and promoting environmentally friendly homes and developing a website or blog to promote the use of the green spaces along the river."

The education website was developed by Innovation Digital, Glasgow.

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