Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2020

Back to school – imagining and exploring change – secondary

What is this?

In this activity, young people will consider what ‘change’ means to Scotland. They will show appreciation of different people’s views, and apply imagination and critical thinking skills to two very different contexts.

For young people at S1/S2/S3

Look at change in Scotland’s past and present, and think about how it might continue to change in the future. Think about how these changes affect Scotland’s people and culture, its place in the world, and our wealth and economy.

Context 1 - change in the past – refugees arrive in Scotland

Just 3 years ago, 2000 refugees from Syria started new lives here in Scotland as part of a planned Syrian Resettlement Programme. The word “refugee” means someone needing shelter – refuge – to protect them from threats and dangers. You could compare the situation with what you think your family would do, to protect you from threats or dangers.

  • What do you think this change felt like to the refugees? How do you think the people of Scotland felt?
  • What might this change have meant to the way people around the world think of Scotland?
  • What might this change have meant to Scotland’s economy and wealth in the short term, and the long term?

If you have access to the internet you can research this event and other times when refugees have been welcomed to Scotland.

It might help you to clarify your thoughts if you write short notes to respond to the questions above. Then, why not express your ideas and feelings through a short story about a refugee situation? You could write it from the perspective of the refugee, or someone in the area they arrive in. As an option, show your thoughts through artwork, perhaps showing the anxiety in the faces of refugee children, or the relief in the faces of their parents to be arriving somewhere safe.

Context 2 - change in the future – Scotland’s Spaceport

Within the next 5 years Scotland will have the UK’s first Spaceport, on its Northern coast. In the near future it could be quicker to take a space plane from Scotland to Australia, than to fly from Scotland to France. There is no friction to overcome in space, meaning flight speeds are far higher.

  • What do you think the introduction of a spaceport will feel like to the people of Scotland?
  • What might this change mean to the way Scotland is viewed around the world?
  • What might the spaceport mean to Scotland’s economy and wealth in the short term, and the long term?

If you have access to the internet you can research Scotland’s spaceport and the UK space industry. You might be surprised to find how much Scotland is involved in space industries.

If you enjoy this topic, why not develop your work further? You could use drawings, emoticons and any information from the research you have found for an infographic poster – a way of communicating information through a combination of words and images. If you have access to the internet you could use a free online infographic design tool.