Blog Posts tagged: P4-7

Ruth Kirkpatrick with a nursery child

Creating a storytelling classroom

If you could bring a writer in to inspire you and your pupils, who would it be? What type of writer could help your pupils the most? Langholm Day Care Centre decided to use our funding to bring in a professional storyteller: read on and find out how this experience enriched teaching and learning...

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Take Creative Writing Outdoors!

"I can't think of an ything to write!" If you've ever heard this from a pupil, and wondered how to spur them on, Juniper Green Primary took an approach that might solve the problem. Chris Leslie from our Learning team recently visited Juniper Green to find out more. Creative writing is inspired by...

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Travelling into paintings with St. Columba's

Our Authors Live video with James Mayhew spurred Natalie Young's class at St. Columba's Primary into some fabulous work in writing and art! The class reveals more in this blog. James Mayhew was an author none of us knew. We did not do any work to learn about him. We decided to just watch him live...

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Invigorate teaching and learning with graphic novels!

Want to try a new text? Engage reluctant readers? Promote active learning? Graphic novels might be your answer. In our new video resource, writers John and Sandra from Metaphrog discuss how graphic novels are composed, and examine the rich worlds contained within these texts. Educators are...

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Have fun bringing fairy stories to life!

By making a fairytale character come alive, primary teacher Liz Wyroslawska created a whole imaginary world for her pupils to engage with. Read on to discover an approach which can be used for just about any book! Once upon a time there was a school in Bathgate, West Lothian where the teachers were...

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How do you get boys to write?

Get them to write in their own dialect! This is the approach Gillian Bell explores this week, as she tells us more about her Scots-based classroom activities. At Dundonald we have been operating a one day whole school approach to teaching Scots language for the last 3 years which has instilled an...

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How Storyline immerses learners in a topic

CFE urges the creation of successful learners , who take ownership of their learning. This week, Emily Tall might just have the answer, in the form of the Storyline approach to teaching a topic. Over the past few years I have taught numerous topics by using a storyline approach through various...

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Brian McLaren: How classroom blogging enables learning narratives

Brian McLaren is Depute Head Teacher at Clackmannan Primary School in Clackmannanshire. In this blog post he describes how classroom blogging has enabled pupils to develop their own personal and collaborative blogs while developing technical skills and demonstrating reading and writing skills...

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Claire Harris: Sharing a love of reading at Foulford Primary!

In ‘ How to Create a Love of Reading in School ’, Yvonne Allan, head teacher at Foulford Primary reflected on the process which took her school from having a reading gap in terms of ‘reading for fun’ to a school enriched by a love of books and reading. Here, P7 class teacher Claire Harris shares...

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Writers in Schools: mentoring and being mentored

Liz Niven was a mentor for Stephanie Taylor as part of our Writers in Schools programme. Here she gives an interesting insight into her experience of mentoring an author through the nerve-wracking first few school events! This follows on from an earlier blog in which Stephanie gave her perspective...

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