This is a collection of resources about Great Scots both historical and contemporary. The materials provide learning and teaching suggestions as to how the life and work of these people might be both instructional and inspirational for Scottish learners.
Sets of materials assist practitioners in delivering a variety of themes from innovation and invention to entrepreneurship and philanthropy. There are engaging video interviews which have been edited into useful clips for children and young people to hear directly from some of the contributors.
How to use this resource
This resource is designed to provide inspiration and example to children and young people who are learning about a variety of themes through famous and noteworthy contributors to Scottish life and society, many of whom have had an international influence.
These noteworthy Scots come from all over the country and can help children and young people to see how those from their own society or background have succeeded in their lives.
Regardless of the interest of the learner there is a Great Scot for them to research, and these materials make an excellent starting point for a project about how Scots have influenced their country and further afield.
There are clear links across different subject areas within each of the lives of people featured. In addition to Social Studies, there are strong links to Science, Sport, Business, Literature, Art, and many others.
These materials with up-to-date video clips and interesting interviews have a great variety of applications. For example, watch Sir Tom Farmer talking about how he developed his career to become one of the most successful businessmen in Scotland.
Theresa Breslin is an award-winning Scottish author who specialises in young adult fiction.
Robert The Bruce
Robert the Bruce was King of Scots from 1306 to 1329 who was a leading figure in the Wars of Independence against England.
Sir Thomas 'Tom' Farmer is a famous Scottish entrepreneur who founded the Kwik-Fit chain of garages. He went on to become a successful businessman and philanthropist, supporting charities such as Mary's Meals.
Tom Farmer video
Tom farmer learning journey documents
Jane Haining was a Scottish missionary for the Church of Scotland in Budapest who was recognized in Israel as Righteous Among the Nations for having risked her life to help Jews during the Holocaust.
Jane Haining Queen's Park Church and Hungary video
Jane Haining Star of David video
Jane Haining Growing up in Dunscore video
Jane Haining Learning Journey documents
Paul Stewart Lawrie OBE is a professional golfer, who won the Open Championship, has played in two Ryder Cups and has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Magnus Macfarlane Barrow
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow is the founder and CEO of Mary's Meals, a registered charity, that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world's poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer.
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