Blog Posts tagged: P4-7

A book case in the library at Craigentinny Primary School

9 Children's and Teen Books You Need to Read, as Chosen by Craigentinny Pupils

In the latest blog post in our Pupils Recommend series, young readers at Craigentinny Primary School tell us about the titles that have gone down a storm in their school.

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A group of secondary pupils gathered around author David Almond

How Boys and Girls Differ as Readers

Do boys and girls differ in their reading skills, reading motivation and reading activities? And to what extent can we draw broad conclusions about a complex and nuanced subject such as gender differences in reading? Literacy researcher Dr Sarah McGeown reveals some interesting research findings.

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Lari Don: How to create riddles with children

Acclaimed children's author Lari Don is back with the second book in her Spellchasers trilogy, The Shapeshifter's Guide to Running Away. The books are full of brain-bending riddles, so we asked Lari for her top tips to help you and your pupils come up with your own riddles.

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Cover of The Little Mermaid

Metaphrog Interview: On Graphic Novels and The Little Mermaid

Comic creators Metaphrog are back with a critically acclaimed retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale The Little Mermaid. We caught up with them for a chat about the book, fairy tales, illustration, and what makes a good story.

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A group of upper primary boys crowding round some comic books

How to Motivate Pupils to Read for Pleasure

Encouraging pupils to read can be challenging, but Dr Sarah McGeown has researched children's reading motivation and engagement extensively and is on hand to share some top tips for inspiring pupils to pick up a book.

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Anna Grant with six P7 librarians

Appointing P7 Librarians at Craigentinny Primary School

Giving pupils ownership and a voice is one of the most powerful ways to create a reading culture in school. In this blog post, trainee teacher Anna Grant describes how Craigentinny Primary School turned around their ailing library by appointing P7 librarians.

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Andrew Beasley

Andrew Beasley: Burning Questions About Reading for Pleasure in Schools

How much influence can a school have in a child's reading choices? How do you persuade children to read more widely? And why do pupils who don't like reading still enjoy hearing a story? Andrew Beasley, primary teacher and author of the fantastic new S.C.R.E.A.M series, answers these questions and more in our interview.

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Author David Almond working with a group of pupils

Why I Love Collaborative Writing

Collaborative writing can help boost the confidence and skills of pupils of all ages. In this blog post, Bev Humphrey explains how collaborative writing can be used in a number of ways, including as an aid to understanding Shakespeare.

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Spoken word artist Steven Camden takes a selfie with pupils

Tips to encourage writing in school

Library assistant Chris Kelso has a fantastic track record of getting pupils to engage with creative writing, paying close attention to their individual needs and coming up with strategies to motivate writers of all abilities. Check out this blog post for some top tips from Chris!

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Harry Potter Book Night: Our Favorite Hogwarts Professors

Bloomsbury publishing are once again running Harry Potter Book Night on 2 February 2017. This year's theme is 'The Professors of Hogwarts', so we thought we'd nominate a few of our favourite professors, as well as telling you all about the fantastic resources and opportunities offered by Bloomsbury to help you celebrate! Plus, we've got a chance for you to win some fabulous Harry Potter goodies...

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