Perthshire school awarded Erasmus+ grant for outdoor learning & sustainability project with Norway
Robert Douglas Memorial School, a 500-pupil primary in Scone, Perthshire, has been successful in an Erasmus+ grant application for a two-year project with their partner school in Steigen, northern Norway. The project will focus on sharing best practice in outdoor learning between the two schools and will seek to improve both staff’s understanding and embedding of learning for sustainability in all aspects of the curriculum. Research will take place into the two schools’ children’s existing levels of engagement with nature and local culture. Through creating guides for visiting pupils during the two exchanges the schools hope to increase families’ involvement with local natural spaces and species. The two schools have had informal links and sharing of learning since a joint project through the RSPB in 2012/13 focusing on the reintroduction of Sea Eagles around the North Sea. This project will see both staff and pupils travel to one another’s schools in 2021/22 to experience and compare the outdoor-based curricula and to share in professional development around Norway’s use of ‘The Sustainable Backpack’ programme in schools across the country.
For more details please get in touch with teacher and Learning for Sustainability Scotland member Fraser Boyd.