Blog Posts tagged: Reading Activities

A newspaper report inspired by the novel Grass, on display in the classroom

Using an author visit to inspire cross-curricular fun

Inviting a writer in to visit your pupils can be a hugely motivating experience. In this blog post, teacher Leanne Barclay describes how a visit from Cathy MacPhail led to a wide range of cross-curricular activities in the school, including graffiti art, musical compositions, and newspaper reports.

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Authors Live from the Archives: Lower Primary

Our Authors Live broadcasts feature some of the greatest names in children's writing, illustration and poetry – and they're all available to watch for free on our website. To celebrate reaching 60 broadcasts, we've put together some of our highlights for nurseries and P1-3 classes to enjoy!

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How to use #ScotTeenBookPrize to enthuse a class about reading - Elgin Academy

In the second of our blog posts about taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize with a class, school librarian Shelagh Toonen and teacher Joanne Havinden explain how they helped a larger amount of pupils take part in the reading and voting.

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Great Teaching Activities from our #ScotTeenBookPrize Resource

Taking part in the reading and voting for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize can be a hugely rewarding experience for you and your pupils. The Prize affords a great opportunity to develop cross-curricular learning opportunities - find out more about how our learning resource can help you do that!

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10 Fascinating Books for Teachers and Librarians About Reading

The market is saturated with books telling you how to teach - but in this blog post, literacy consultant Bill Boyd gives you something a bit different! Rooted in the belief that all teachers can reap rewards from a love of reading, Bill suggests ten books to help you think more deeply about the world of story and humans' interaction with it.

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Our Top Five Secondary Resources for the New Term

Our website is packed full of resources to inspire you this term! Check out some of our most popular reading and writing resources in this blog post, including some great stuff for reluctant and less confident pupils.

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Our Top 5 Primary Resources for the New Term

Our teaching resource packs, case studies and videos are all free, and there's a vast range available to help you plan for the new term. In this blog post we take a look at some of our latest resources, as well as the most popular ones from years gone by.

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Bookish Activities for the Summer Holidays

Keep your little ones entertained this summer with these wonderful book-related activities

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Inspiring Confidence in Reading at Kirkcaldy High School

Looking for a way to inspire your reluctant and less confident readers? Teacher Kirsten Hume from Kirkcaldy High School decided that the best approach was to connect reading to a practical purpose, and challenged her S2s to visit primary schools and read aloud to Primary 1s. Find out more about how the project benefited everyone.

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Jump Into Reading - A Fantastic Early Years Reading Project

Aiming to get more pupils reading at home, a group of nurseries in Renfrewshire teamed up to devise a fantastic 5 week reading challenge! In this blog post you can find out more about how the challenge worked, including how the nurseries capitalised on the children's new-found enthusiasm for books, and how they partnered with the local mobile library service.

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