Read, Write, Count Gift Packs Announced

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New books, writing materials and counting games are to be included in this year’s Read, Write, Count bags gifted to all Primary 2 and Primary 3 pupils in Scotland.

More than 133,000 bags of books will be distributed later this year, during Book Week Scotland, to support learning in the crucial early years of primary school.

This year’s bags will contain books such as A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Robertson and the Children’s Picture Atlas published by Collins, along with storytelling cards and dice, numbers games and a guide for parents.

The Scottish Government initiative, in partnership with Education Scotland and Scottish Book Trust, aims to provide fun materials for parents and children to use together in support of learning at home.

Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary, John Swinney, said:

“We know that there is a direct link between a strong family learning environment and a child’s attainment at school.

“As a parent myself, I know how challenging it can be at times to keep the kids entertained and find fun things to do which help them with their reading, writing and counting skills.

“That is why the Read, Write, Count initiative is so important in giving all families of P2 and P3 children, no matter their background or circumstances, the tools to build their literacy and numeracy skills together in an easy and fun way.”

The bags will be delivered by the Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:

“This year’s Read, Write, Count bags are packed with specially selected materials designed to spark creativity and curiosity, and make learning fun. They come with information to support parents with ideas for games and discussions that complement and add to learning happening in school.”

 

Background

Primary 2 Read, Write, Count content:

  • Drawstring bag (yellow)
  • Book 1 – A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Robertson
  • Book 2 – Open Very Carefully by Nicola O’Byrne and Nick Bromley
  • Parent Guide – a perforated booklet containing information about getting involved in children’s learning. It contains all the instructions needed to use the bags for games and activities at home.
  • Storytelling cards – five beautifully illustrated finger puppet cards, to use as storytelling and writing inspiration
  • Notebook – an A5 half notebook with interactive instructions
  • Writing pencil
  • Double-sided board game and clock face – two fun and engaging sides with a Rockets and Meteors game and a blank clock face, it comes with two dice, six coloured counters and a dry wipe pen

 

Primary 3 Read, Write, Count content:

  • Drawstring bag (red)
  • Book 1 – There Is No Dragon In This Story by Lou Carter, illustrated by Deborah Allwright
  • Book 2 – Children’s Picture Atlas published by Collins, illustrated by Steve Evans
  • Parent Guide – a booklet containing information about getting involved in children’s learning. It contains all the instructions needed to use the bags for games and activities at home.
  • Notebook – an A5 notebook with interactive illustrations
  • Writing pencil
  • Storytelling dice – set of three dice with characters, objects and places to encourage and inspire storytelling
  • Ocean Commotion card game with reversible money cards – pack of 30 double-sided cards with underwater-animal-themed cards on one side and money cards on the other

66,000 P2 bags and 66,000 P3 bags, plus 800 P2 bags and 800 P3 bags in Gaelic will be produced to cater for all pupils in this age group in Scotland.

Read, Write, Count is part of Parent Club, which brings together existing Scottish Government support for parents. Parent Club offers tips and ideas from other parents who have done it all before, backed up by advice from trusted experts. http://parentclub.scot 

Parents can visit www.readwritecount.scot or join Read, Write, Count on Twitter (@ReadWriteCount ) and Facebook (Facebook.com/ReadWriteCount) for tips, activities and ideas that make reading, writing and counting with children an easy, fun and positive experience.