Primary

Cross Curriculum

Expressive Arts

Expressive Arts

Including art and design, dance, drama and music.  Find the full list of resources here.

Health and Wellbeing

Languages

Languages

Listening and talking, reading and writing in literacy and English and modern languages, plus classical languages and literacy and Gaelic learners (where available).  Find the full list of resources here.

Mathematics

Outdoor Play

Religious and Moral Education

Religious and Moral Education

(Denominational and non-denominational) - learning about Christianity, other world religions, and developing values and beliefs.

Sciences

Sciences

Understanding important scientific concepts across planet earth, forces, electricity and waves, biological systems, materials and topical science.  Find the full list of resources here.

Social Studies

Technologies

Ancrum Outdoor Centre

Ancrum Outdoor Centre

Ancrum Outdoor Centre act as technical advisers to Dundee City Council and Leisure & culture Dundee and manage licensing and approval for all school off-site adventurous visits.

All Dundee schools receive core targeted alternative curriculum block sessions with the Centre throughout the year. Schools may also buy-in additional sessions / programmes through the year (using PEF or other funding) that can help support children and young people to develop their personal and social skills as well as taking part in direct curriculum related field studies.

Ancrum Outdoor Team offer trainning for Primary school teachers in the 'Outdoor Learning Card' pack resource and other courses for school staff which can be delivered in twilight sessions and other in-house training as advertised in 'Mylearn'.

School staff can also book onto NGB courses being run from the Centre including Lowland Leader Award Training and Assessment, 2 day REC Outdoor First Aid, Sailing, Mountain Biking, Bikeability Cycle Training Assistant courses.

For more information download our Dundee Outdoor Learning School Activity and Training Packages programme.

Countryside Learning Scotland

Countryside Learning Scotland

Countryside Learning Scotland is a unique Scottish charity helping people to learn about the countryside. With a particular concern for young people and those living in urban areas, Countryside Learning Scotland provides an adaptable programme of education, co-ordinating classroom speakers, offering resources on countryside topics and organising school visits into the countryside.

Creative STAR Learning Company

Creative STAR Learning Company

Creative STAR Learning Ltd has an award-winning "must visit" website for inspirational ideas for learning and play outdoors. With free downloads and over 600 blog posts covering many aspects of learning outside, it is a useful resource for primary teachers and early years educators particularly for literacy, maths and other curriculum and whole school matters. In addition, the founder, Juliet Robertson and her team of teachers work with schools to empower staff to lead their teaching and learning outside. This support can include training, modelling lessons, team teaching, audits and school improvement work. It's a cost effective approach that dovetails with the Attainment Challenge and Learning for Sustainability recommendations.

Earth Restoration Service

Earth Restoration Service

The Earth Restoriation Service School Tree Nurseries Programme and the School Flutter Flower Programme are providing a service to both the community and the environment by helping children in schools to learn about the environment and to plant trees and create wildflower meadows in order to restore their local degraded habitats.

Grounds for Learning

Grounds for Learning

What do we do? We enrich the lives of Scotland’s children by helping them to connect with nature, become more active, learn outdoors, develop social skills and have fun.

Where possible we encourage young people to have a say in  the way their grounds are used and improved. As a result they learn to create  and look after something valuable; their self-esteem grows and their behaviour  improves, along with their potential to learn and achieve.

Open Air Laboratories (OPAL)

Open Air Laboratories (OPAL)

The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is a UK-wide citizen science initiative that allows you to get hands-on with nature, whatever your age, background or level of ability.

OPAL aims to make more than a million people more aware of the open spaces and conservation sites around them, and more knowledgeable about the contribution individuals can make to protect them.

Royal Highland Education Trust

Royal Highland Education Trust

Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) works in partnership with teachers to enable real-life learning opportunities.

Our free resources are used by schools across Scotland and experiences gained through RHET can be harnessed by teachers in their programmes to help deliver Curriculum for Excellence.

A highly trained network of Project Coordinators working in rural communities maintain a network of farmers to deliver surpervised and structured on-farm programmes. Classroom speakers are also utilised in order to supplement these visits or to reach classes that are unable to make it out onto working farms.

RSPB

RSPB

Loch Leven is a wildlife haven - and a great place to learn about nature.

In spring and summer, experience the sights and sounds of swooping swallows, sky-dancing lapwings and darting dragonflies. Autumn and winter see the return of thousands of migrating geese and the spectacular white-tailed eagle.

Bring your class and find out more about their life cycles and adaptations for survival through our range of habitats and conservation programmes.  

Facilities include a varied outdoor learning space with woodlands and wetlands, an indoor classroom, toilets, pond dipping areas, birdwatching hides, and woodland and wetland trails.
 

Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education

Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education

The Scottish Advisory Panel is the forum for representatives from Local Authorities across Scotland to consider and debate best practice in the development and safe delivery of Outdoor Learning.

Wild Sparks

Wild Sparks

Wild Sparks can offer schools and groups a variety of enrichment days at our site on Bamff Estate, Alyth. Experienced Wild Sparks leaders will take your class on an adventure in outdoor learning, with activitiy programmes for all levels.

  • Wee Wild Sparks (Nursery to P1)
  • Wild Sparks Adventurers (P2+)
  • Wild Sparks Survivors (P5+)

Woodland Trust Planting in your Community or School

Woodland Trust Planting in your Community or School

Our tree packs for schools and communities offer the perfect opportunity to bring people together to plant trees - encouraging local wildlife, protecting our landscape against tree disease and creating beautiful wooded areas that people can enjoy for years to come.

Creative Star Learning Company

Creative Star Learning Company

This list of grants has been compiled by Creative STAR Learning Company to aid schools, youth groups, the environmental, outdoor and play sectors with finding funding for a range of ourdoor ventures and initiatives.

Funding Scotland

Funding Scotland

Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using our free online search engine. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, we can help you track down the funding you need to make a difference in your community.

Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland

Free visits let groups unlock Scotland’s heritage and experience history where it actually happened. Plan a free education visit to one of our properties for learners of any age.

Our free education visits scheme is open to schools, colleges, universities and other qualifying groups. Visits must have a genuine educational purpose and be booked at least 10 working days in advance. The teacher or group leader generally leads the free visit.

There are plenty of inspiring places to choose from. Our 300+ historic sites and properties stretch from Shetland to Stranraer, and together bring to life more than 5,000 years of history.

Innovation Fund

Innovation Fund

Funding of £4 million to improve educational attainment in schools across Scotland has been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.  The First Minister announced a new £1.5 million Innovation Fund to help schools across Scotland come up with innovative ways to improve attainment.

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Travelling can be expensive. To help schools and groups experience the great outdoors in the National Park we are offering an Educational Travel Grant, covering up to 75% of total transport costs, up to a maximum award of £200, based on the number of funding criteria met.  Due to limited funds grant payments will be limited to one grant award per school/group in any one financial year. Payments will be capped depending on overall funding availability.

National Trust for Scotland

National Trust for Scotland

Thanks to generous support from the Scottish Government we are able to offer a transport subsidy to schools wishing to visit one of these 4 sites: Bannockburn, Culloden, David Livingstone Centre or Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

Schools can claim 75% of their transport costs up to a maximum of £250.

New Lanark Learning and Outreach

New Lanark Learning and Outreach

The Scottish Government’s heritage education travel subsidy is offered to schools throughout Scotland to encourage visits to heritage sites of national importance in support of Curriculum for Excellence and outdoor learning. This includes New Lanark.

Primary Education Grants Scotland

Primary Education Grants Scotland

Many primary schools often struggle with sourcing funds to help them improve things like sports, activity and technology for their pupils.

Scottish Government

Scottish Government

There are a variety of Scottish Government funding sources available for individuals and community groups who are engaged in or are thinking about getting involved in environmental projects.

Sportscotland

Sportscotland

sportscotland is the national agency for sport in Scotland. We see a Scotland where sport is a way of life, where sport is at the heart of society, making a positive impact on people and communities.

Youthlink Scotland

Youthlink Scotland

Looking for funding to support your youth work project? We can help.

Our Funding Directory has hundreds of opportunities for youth groups, voluntary organisations and community projects. You'll find information on everything from small local grants to national funding schemes.

Going Out There

Going Out There

Going Out There - Scottish Framework for Safe Practice in Off-site Visits

This framework has been developed in partnership by the Scottish Government, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education (SAPOE), Education Scotland and the Association of Directors of Education, with input from other partners including voluntary organisations and providers.

Brilliant Residentials Learning Away

Brilliant Residentials Learning Away

Learning Away aims to demonstrate the positive impact that high-quality residential learning can have for students and teachers, and to engage increasing numbers of primary and secondary schools across the UK in the development of their residential practice.

Local green spaces in Dundee

Local green spaces in Dundee

There are lots of parks and green spaces in Dundee just a stones throw from your school.  View our map of outdoor greenspaces near your school.

Outdoor Learning Centres

Scottish Natural Heritage National Greenspaces

Scottish Natural Heritage National Greenspaces

Discover more about the places that make the Tayside and Grampian area so special.

ASDAN Awards and Certificates

ASDAN Awards and Certificates

Aim:  To offer young people a wide range of curriculum programmes and qualifications, developed and managed by practitioners, suitable for all abilities.

Boys' Brigade Queen's Badge

Boys' Brigade Queen's Badge

Aim:  To recognise young people’s achievements during their time in the Boys' Brigade, developing skills in leadership, communication, outdoor expeditions,  working with people and volunteering in the wider community.

Cadet Organisations Awards

Cadet Organisations Awards

Aim:  To encourage and inspire young people to achieve success in life, foster their spirit of adventure and qualities of leadership and citizenship.

Climbing

Climbing

The National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes are UK wide schemes designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. It can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering. The schemes are open to all candidates aged 7 and upwards.

Dynamic Youth Awards

Dynamic Youth Awards

Dynamic Youth Awards are peer assessed awards recognising the contributions and achievements of young people in the 10+ age group.

The awards are easy to use and can be incorporated into existing youth work and school programmes.  Young people are encouraged to self assess and then peer assess each other's achievements, and can use the awards as an access route to the Youth Achievement Awards.

Girlguiding Scotland Queen's Guide Award

Girlguiding Scotland Queen's Guide Award

Aim:  To provide a series of challenges that allows a member of the Senior Section within Girlguiding to develop her own skills whilst contributing to Guiding and her local community.

Girls' Brigade Queen's Award

Girls' Brigade Queen's Award

Aim:  To encourage girls and young women to make a personal commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ while respecting other faiths, and inspire them to make a contribution to the Girls’ Brigade and to service in the wider community.

John Muir Award

John Muir Award

Our engagement initiative encourages people to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places.  It’s an environmental award scheme for people of all backgrounds – groups, families, individuals. It’s non-competitive, inclusive and accessible.

Junior Award Scheme for Schools

Junior Award Scheme for Schools

Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) is a progressive learning programme for 10 - 13 year olds which has been designed to recognise wider achievement.  A key aim has been to meet the challenges of the transition from primary to secondary but in practice it can be used at either level and is also used with wider age groups in special education settings.

Outward Bound Classic Award

Outward Bound Classic Award

Aim:  To offer young people a life-changing residential experience combining friendship and adventure with physical and mental challenges.

Paddlesports

Paddlesports

We have a range of courses and training opportunities available across all disciplines of our sport and for beginners through to experienced paddlers. 

Helping other people to enjoy canoeing or kayaking can be extremely rewarding. Whether you are already a coach, want to become a coach or are a paddler and looking for coaching, find out more about becoming a coach in these pages. The Scottish Canoe Association forms one of the four British Canoe Union home nations associations and delivers the British Canoeing Coaching Awards and training.

Sailing and Boating

Sailing and Boating

The certificates within our Youth Sailing Scheme are a significant achievement. Instructors sign off each skill as you complete it and, once completed, your certificate can be of use in other areas of your study or activities such as PE at school, or the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

The RYA runs a programme called Onboard, which enables children to start sailing and windsurfing through their school's PE activities.

Scout Association Queen's Scout Award

Scout Association Queen's Scout Award

Aim: To recognise the ultimate achievements of young people across the spectrum of Scouting challenges and value-based programmes.

Sports Leaders UK Awards

Sports Leaders UK Awards

Aim: To teach young people leadership skills, increase self-confidence and self-esteem and encourage personal development.

Young Quality Scot Award

Young Quality Scot Award

Aim: To recognise and reward young people in the 15-19 age group, who are actively involved in voluntary work that improves the quality of life in their local communities through individual initiative, with friends or an organisation.

Young Scot Awards

Young Scot Awards

Aim: To recognise the achievements of young people who are outstanding, inspirational or benefit their community, helping to promote a more positive perception of young people in Scotland.

Youth Achievement Awards

Youth Achievement Awards

Aim: To recognise and accredit the achievements and contributions of young people aged 14 plus.