Subjects in Brief
- The Dundee Science Festival has started and will run until 18 November, with a city-wide schools programme for primary and secondary pupils. Children are making their own computer games, creating a dancing robot and exploring science careers in a variety of venues.
- Winners of a competition inviting children to share examples of Curriculum for Excellence have been announced. The BeXcellent nursery and primary winners were: Bonnybroom Nursery, Glasgow; St Mary's Primary, Edinburgh; Hampden School, Glasgow; St. Mary's Nursery, Edinburgh; Tingwall Primary, Shetland; and Bright Horizons Nursery, Edinburgh. The secondary winners were: Donaldson's School, Linlithgow, and St Kentigern's Academy, Blackburn, both West Lothian.
- A "pop-up" books and reading festival in Glasgow will cater for all ages. The Scottish Book Trust event runs on Saturday 1 December at the Mitchell Library. Under-5s can listen to stories from Vivian French and join Celeste's Circus. Older pupils can meet authors Mairi Hedderwick, Steve Cole and Frank Cottrell Boyce, and help illustrator John Fardell with a mural.
- P3 pupil Zoe Brownlie, from Millersneuk Primary in Lenzie, raised over #163;400 for the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland by reading seven books in seven days at half-term. Zoe was fundraising for books in audio, Braille or large print, as part of an RNIB campaign.
- Music and Me, an East Lothian project, is using music to foster emotional literacy, while fine-tuning listening skills and supporting early literacy. The Support from the Start and Youth Music initiatives have produced materials to enable children to experience singing, playing instruments in groups and creating sound stories.