• Living Links

    Living Links

    Welcome to our 'Living Links' learning programme!

    This bespoke learning programme of interactive, interdisciplinary and online sessions developed by the 'Living Links' collaboration between the University of St Andrews and RZSS aims to deepen learners' connections with nature, increase awareness of how our minds affect our health and wellbeing, and promote an understanding of the role of research in scientific development.

    Look out for the 'Information for teachers and educators' drop down in each section for our learning intentions, success criteria, and links to the curriculum for excellence.

    Mind-Warm Up

    Learning intention:

    We are learning to explore the role of a researcher.

    Success criteria:
    • I know what the Living Links project is;
    • I can define Living Links team roles including psychologist and philosopher;
    • I can access information from a webpage.
    Curriculum for Excellence

    I can identify and classify examples of living things, past and present, to help me appreciate their diversity. I can relate physical and behavioural characteristics to their survival or extinction (SCN 2-01a)

    Through research and discussion, I have an appreciation of the contribution that individuals are making to scientific discovery and invention and the impact this has made on society (SCN 2-20a)

    I can report and comment on current scientific news items to develop my knowledge and understanding of topical science (SCN 2-20b)


    I can extend and enhance my knowledge of digital technologies to collect, analyse ideas, relevant information and organise these in an apprpriate way (TCH 2-01a)

    Health and wellbeing across learning:

    Opportunities to carry out different activities and roles in a variety of settings have enabled me to identify my achievements, skills and areas for development. This will prepare me for the next stage in my life and learning (HWB 2-19a)


    To show my understanding across different areads of learning, I can identify and consider the purpose and main ideas of a text and supporting detail (LIT 2-16a)

  • What's on your mind?

    A gibbon looking thoughtful

  • Meet your family

    A capuchin looking at a baby capuchin

  • Puzzling and Problem Solving

    A chimp looking at something in its hand
  • Creature communication

    two squirrel monkeys playing on a rope
  • Learning through play

    A lemur playing on a rope
  • Animal minds, our minds

    Two capuchins studying some berries held by one of them