Blog Posts tagged: P4-7

Students working on their books

Creating Non-Fiction Pop-up Books

In March 2016 author and environmentalist Christiane Dorion visited schools in Inverclyde, West Lothian and Dundee. At St Mary's Primary School in Inverclyde, Christiane's visit inspired a brilliant cross-curricular project involving puppets, pop-up books and fascinating facts about our planet.

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Children's Book of the Month: Super Gran

Check out this month's children's book recommendation: a laugh-out-loud adventure story from Forrest Wilson. We have 5 copies to give away!

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Matt Dickinson

Cliffhanger! Keeping Your Reader On The Edge Of Their Seat

Matt Dickinson, author of the teen titles ‘Mortal Chaos’ and ‘The Everest Files’ gives us his tips for raising the tension of your story to fever pitch!

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Author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre with a class from Drakies Primary School

The Value of Illustration at Drakies Primary School

Illustration can be a powerful tool to help pupils understand how a narrative is composed, particularly if they struggle with writing. In this blog post, Drakies Primary School describe how they set up a host of illustration activities, in the lead up to a visit from acclaimed illustrator Sarah McIntyre.

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Pupils from Trinity Primary School posing for a photograph

Having a Reading Riot in Edinburgh Primary Schools

The Reading Riot initiative has been hugely successful at enthusing pupils about reading. In this blog post, Wardie Primary teacher Aurelie Norman tells us more about all the different elements of this fantastic project.

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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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The Best Teen and Children's Fiction We've Read This Summer

Want to find some great new additions to your must-read list? Our Schools team is on hand with some fantastic recommendations!

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Nesting Primary School pupils with Renita

Six Steps to a Successful Schools Writer Residency

Developing a sustained project with a writer in your school or library can be a hugely fruitful experience, lending you the skills and perspective of someone who can help unlock children's creativity. In this blog post, author and poet Renita Boyle describes her series of mini residencies on Shetland, and outlines six steps to help you host a worthwhile residency.

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Our Top Five Resources for Reluctant Writers

Writing can be a challenge in the classroom, but as these resources show, there are lots of different approaches to the creation of a narrative. Featuring our brand new Getting Pupils Writing resource, this list will give you some great ideas to help the most reluctant of writers.

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Lynne Rickards in a classroom asking children questions

The Patron of Reading scheme - a Patron's view

The Patron of Reading scheme is a fantastic opportunity for a writer to create a sustained relationship with a school and help them achieve their goals. It's also a great chance to inspire children to develop a love of reading! In this blog post, author Lynne Rickards tells us more about her Patron of Reading post at Comely Park primary school, and gives her advice for a successful relationship with a school.

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