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Puffin Detectives: A Climate Mystery

In this interactive storytelling-style workshop, learners will investigate the effects of climate change on Scottish wildlife via the investigations of two young ‘Pufflings’ living on the Isle of May. They will discover more about these iconic birds and their way of life, fitting them into the wider picture of life on and around the island. Through a series of fun activities, they will find out how variations in weather affect butterfly populations, seal pups and ultimately the food which the puffins depend on. This workshop is also available as a live presenter-led online experience. For more information, please see our Online Live Workshop pages. 


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Curriculum for Excellence Links


Sciences | Planet Earth | Biodiversity and Interdependence

  • I have observed living things in the environment over time and am becoming aware of how they depend on each other. SCN 0-01a
  • I can explore examples of food chains and show an appreciation of how animals and plants depend on each other for food. SCN 1-02a
  • I can identify and classify examples of living things, past and present, to help me appreciate their diversity.
  • I can relate physical and behavioral characteristics to their survival or extinction. SCN 2-01a

Sciences | Topical Science

  • I can talk about science stories to develop my understanding of science and the world around me. SCN 0-20a
  • I have contributed to discussions of current scientific news items to help develop my awareness of science. SCN 1-20a

Social Studies | People, Place and Environment

  • I explore and discover the interesting features of my local environment to develop an awareness of the world around me. SOC 0-07a
  • I can describe and recreate the characteristics of my local environment by exploring the features of the landscape. SOC 1-07a
  • By exploring climate zones around the world, I can compare and describe how climate affects living things. SOC 1-12b
  • I can discuss the environmental impact of human activity and suggest ways in which we can live in a more environmentally-responsible way. SOC 2-08a
  • By comparing my local area with a contrasting area outwith Britain, I can investigate the main features of weather and climate, discussing the impact on living things. SOC 2-12a

Social Studies | People in Society, Economy and Business

  • I am aware that different types of evidence can help me to find out about the world around me. SOC 0-15a

Literacy and English | Listening and Talking | Tools for Listening and Talking

  • As I listen and talk in different situations, I am learning to take turns and am developing my awareness of when to talk and when to listen. LIT 0-02a / ENG 0-03a
  • When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond with respect. LIT 1-02a
  • When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others' contributions and use these to build on thinking. LIT 2-02a

Literacy and English | Understanding, Analysing and Evaluating

  • To help me understand stories and other texts, I ask questions and link what I am learning with what I already know. LIT 0-07a / LIT 0-16a / ENG 0-17a
  • I can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to and asking different kinds of questions. LIT 1-07a
  • I can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to literal, inferential, evaluative and other types of questions, and by asking different kinds of questions of my own. LIT 2-07a
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