A SSERC Meet is an online twilight session for multiple practitioners, at no cost to your setting.  Successful applicants will receive a resource kit to support the professional learning, as well as access to supportive online materials.  You and your colleagues will join us live on Teams to take part in a range of activities using the resource kit provided, and will be able to ask questions and share ideas during the session. 

Please note that from August 2023, SSERC Meets have an earlier start time of 15:30. 

Get ready for the spring growing season with this hands-on interactive SSERC Meet.

Join us as we explore techniques for collecting, sowing and growing a variety of seeds.

Using mainly recycled materials we will construct paper pots and re-use a range of containers to sow seeds and take cuttings. Whether you are new to gardening or have an established school garden we will share some top tips and techniques. This twilight professional learning event comes at no cost to the setting and resources will be provided to enable hands on participation.

Curriculum for Excellence links:​

  • 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 distinguish between living and non-living things. I can sort living things into groups and explain my decisions. SCN 1-01a
  • I have helped to grow plants and can name their basic parts. I can talk about how they grow and what I need to do to look after them. SCN 0-03a
  • I can help to design experiments to find out what plants need in order to grow and develop. I can observe and record my findings and from what I have learned I can grow healthy plants in school. SCN 1-03a
  • I have collaborated in the design of an investigation into the effects of fertilisers on the growth of plants. I can express an informed view of the risks and benefits of their use. SCN 2-03a


Date: 19th March 2024  15:30 – 17:00

Closing Date: 8th February 2024

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online booking then please email us atβ€―primary@sserc.scot 


This course is designed for Early Years Practitioners and Primary Teachers.


This exciting remote professional learning course provides the opportunity for you to try out a wide range of engaging STEM practical activities and to consider how they can be transferred to your own setting.

Course Leader

The Early Years and Primary Team



This is a live, online session on Microsoft Teams.  You and your colleagues will join us from your own setting – it is useful for practitioners to take part in the activities together. 

A Teams link will be sent in advance to successful applicants, on acceptance of an offer of a place. 


This SSERC Meet comes at no cost to your setting.  All we ask is that you and your colleagues attend on the day and complete the register and evaluations, in order that we can improve our professional learning offer. 


SSERC have a long-standing strategic partnership with the Edina Trust. The Edina Trust are currently supporting all open SSERC Meet activity run by the Early Years and Primary team. The support from the Edina Trust has allowed us to increase the number of items in your resource kit. 

Please tag @EdinaTrust in any social media posts to share the impact their support has had on you, your colleagues and learners through practical STEM activities. 

The Edina Trust also support selected Local Authorities on a rolling 3 year programme.  To find out more, please see https://www.edinatrust.org.uk/science-grant-scheme 

Why Should You Attend?

SSERC staff will guide you through the activities which are designed to promote knowledge and understanding as well as providing great ideas for practical STEM.


To attend one twilight session delivered through Microsoft Teams. 

To complete the register and evaluations.