Inquiry Based Learning
The Smith Schools’ Series aims to provide and take primary seven pupils and their teachers on an Inquiry Learning Path where we create meaningful learning from wonder to debating big thoughts.
We have created a programme of learning available based on the Inquiry Learning model. This flow of lesson plans allows students to lead their learning about the Scottish Enlightenment and build their critical thinking skills towards debating and beyond. These skills are transferable to other subject matter. Our core units are (1) trade, (2) Adam Smith and his ideas and (3) the Scottish Enlightenment.
Each lesson is a gateway to the next and as students progress, their learning will deepen and they will acquire the skills to be confident debaters just like the world-changing figures from the Enlightenment.
The flow of lessons is suitable for any direction of learning the students decide to take stemming from Panmure House’s educational content hosted on the microsite.
This programme is designed to inspire and educate school pupils about the life, work and times of Adam Smith and the profound influence of the Scottish Enlightenment across the world.
Our key objective is to develop debating and critical thinking skills.
We provide lesson plans, lesson handouts, classroom materials, lesson presentations and a bespoke website. The website allows students to explore Adam Smith’s Edinburgh in a number of engaging ways: from an interactive map, to a portrait gallery, debate and discussion technique explainers, to an Escape Room, Mentor Quiz and timeline of Adam Smith’s life. The website is full of small quizzes and opportunities to learn more at their own pace and in whatever direction they prefer.
A memorable, enriching experience for pupils
We aim to inspire students to continue to study, to question the world around them and to find ways to bring about a more just society, just as Smith did 250 years ago.
If you are a primary 7 school teacher in Scotland, please contact us to find out more about the programme.
Join Adam Smith and his friends on a journey to discover and explore Edinburgh, to learn about what they started so that you can continue to enlighten our world with your ideas, discussions and debates.
Together, we can take on the challenge of making our world a better place for all.
The Smith Schools' Series is an enlightening adventure through Edinburgh in the 1700s. Along with Adam Smith and your Enlightenment mentor, you will have the unique opportunity to be transported out of the classroom, to learn more about Scotland’s history and to develop debating skills which will help you to become more persuasive. You will learn about Adam Smith, his ideas, Edinburgh and the Scottish Enlightenment and as we progress together, we will teach you how to debate and ask critical questions.
You might have the rare opportunity to visit Panmure House in person. Join us for a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills and be inspired by the work of one of Scotland's greatest thinkers.
There are hidden quizzes and interesting facts to discover. It’s up to you how to explore Edinburgh. Earn as many coins as you can while learning and building up the skills to communicate your ideas and solutions.
The programme provides an enriching and memorable experience for students and is carefully developed with critical thinking as a key outcome. Our intention is to upskill and inspire students for further education. Through our ties to Heriot-Watt University, this is a memorable way to introduce students to tertiary education. The programme includes digital content, a variety of quality videos and the opportunity to travel to Panmure House.