'Marks on the Landscape' is an interdisciplinary learning resource. The context for learning and teaching for this resource is Fife Earth, an ambitious land regeneration project.
'Marks on the Landscape' demonstrates how this simple starting point can open up possibilities for creative learning and teaching across the curriculum.
From the essay 'How big are your dreams?' by David Cameron, education consultant
Fife Earth is a surface coal mine, three miles squared, being reclaimed as a huge project, but this is much more. Fife Earth is reclaiming and transforming this huge site into a celebration of art, creativity and of Scotland, its history, its achievements and its place in the world. It is art created by bulldozers. It is a vision driven by ambition, conceived by one man and being realised by many.
Read the full essay by David Cameron about the Fife Earth project.PDF file: Fife Earth: How big are your dreams? (75 KB)
A context for learning
'Marks on the Landscape' raises questions, encourages investigation and promotes challenges that will help young people to understand their capacity for creativity in all aspects of their lives, now and in the future.
Although the Fife Earth project, provides the initial context for learning, there is no need to visit the site and learners from all over Scotland will be motivated by this resource. By learning about Fife Earth young people will also be able to question their relationships with their own environments.
Who is it for?
The resource is designed for primary and secondary teachers. It provides background information on the project's key themes and ideas and suggests how they can be incorporated into curriculum planning in Art and design, Social studies, Sciences, Religious and moral education, Technologies and Mathematics.
Learners from second to fourth levels will gain most benefit, although the content can be modified for young people from other settings. Some of materials, such as the design briefs and PowerPoints, can be used directly with young people or they can be adapted for purpose.