The majority of pupils in the first year of primary school are now learning a foreign language, new figures show. By the end of this school year, 21 out of 32 Scottish councils will have taught P1 pupils a language additional to English, the government has said. Under the 1+2 languages policy, it is hoped that every pupil will learn two languages by the end of primary school. All councils are expected to achieve the goal by 2020.
Childhood obesity has fallen in the past year, according to new statistics published this week. The proportion of P1 children classed as being a healthy weight has increased from 76.4 per cent in 2013-14 to 77.1 per cent in 2014-15. The proportion of P1 children at risk of being overweight has fallen from 12.5 per cent to 12 per cent over the same period, and the proportion at risk of obesity has dropped from 10.1 per cent to 9.8 per cent.
A story of how 28,000 rubber ducks lost at sea helped scientists to map ocean currents will be the subject of a new children’s show. Lost at Sea, which features at this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival, is a play based on the 1992 true story of a shipping container shedding its freight of thousands of plastic bath ducks. This year’s festival, entitled Building Better Worlds, runs from 26 March to 10 April and will involve a total of 272 events held in venues across the city. For details, visit sciencefestival.co.uk
A shop selling so-called “legal highs” just metres from an Aberdeen primary school has shut down after the landlord decided not to renew the lease. The closure of the Happy Haze shop near Skene Primary School follows the discovery of discarded packets of the drugs – officially known as “new psychoactive substances” – in the playground of the school. Ross Thomson, a Conservative councillor, told the Evening Express that he welcomed the closure.