Scottish first for Dundee primary school at Abertay event18 March 2016
Blackness Primary School today became the first in Scotland to have its membership of the Children’s University formally recognised.
Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University, presented a plaque of membership to Primary 6 pupils from the school.
Abertay University hosts the Dundee branch of the Children’s University, which is a partnership of Abertay University, Dundee University and Dundee & Angus College designed to support school pupils in extra-curricular activities as part of their lifelong learning.
The Children’s University project was launched in late 2014, but formal membership plaques for participating schools have only just been introduced.
Professor Seaton said: “I am delighted to present this plaque to Blackness Primary School on behalf of the Dundee Children’s University. Playing an active role in our local community is an important part of our life at Abertay, and the Children’s University is a great project that we’re proud to be involved in.”
Today’s presentation took place during a visit to Abertay by pupils from Blackness Primary School and St Vincent’s Primary School as part of British Science Week.
Abertay students hosted the event and gave presentations to Primary 6 and 7 pupils from both schools, including hands-on activities exploring:
• Equilibrium, using hairdryers and ping-pong balls
• Surface Tension, using soap-boat races
• Pressure, using falling towers of books
• Force, using balloon rockets, and
• Mind-reading, studying facial expressions and emotions.
The P6 pupils from Blackness have just joined the Children’s University scheme this year, with the P7s in the second year of membership. They are in the early stages of earning credits towards certificates showing they have taken part in a range of fun, interactive activities through the Children’s University.
Notes to Editors
The Children’s University Scotland’s mission is to inspire and encourage learning; to help children between five and 14 realise their full potential regardless of social, economic or cultural background.
Each pupil gets a ‘Passport to Learning’ in which they record their participation in activities at learning destinations such as an after-school club, museum or leisure centre.
The children build up credits as they engage in learning activities and work towards bronze, silver and gold certificates. There are no exams, but achievements are celebrated at graduation ceremonies where children receive their awards.
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