Blog Posts tagged: P4-7

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5 School Subjects That Can Help You Become an Astronaut

This week Tim Peake will become the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station as a member of the European Space Agency. His trip is certain to inspire school children up and down the country to become the next generation of space explorers. Luckily, Louie Stowell, author of The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook, knows exactly which school subjects all future astronauts need to get full marks in – including some surprising ones.

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5 Things we Learned from Danny Wallace at Authors Live

Catch up with our special Authors Live broadcast with Danny Wallace for Book Week Scotland 2015!

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Five Reasons to Get Kids (and Parents) Coding

To celebrate the recent release of Usborne's coding titles, Coding for Beginners Using Scratch and Lift The Flap Computers And Coding, author Rosie Dickins talks about why it's great to get your pupils interested in coding from a young age.

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5 Cracking Christmas Activities for Schools and Libraries

Looking for some Christmassy inspiration for your end of term activities? Here are some gift-wrapped ideas from our Schools team, including a thinly-veiled attempt to eradicate Shakin' Stevens from the nation's collective consciousness

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SCBA: Six Reasons Why You Should Make a Book Trailer

Find out why you and your pupils should create trailers for the Scottish Children's Book Awards shortlisted titles - including the chance to win £250 of Waterstones vouchers!

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How Can Stories Help Children Explore Difficult Subjects?

To mark the upcoming release of his book, The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, author Christopher Edge celebrates the ability of children's fiction to broach challenging subjects, and gives some of his own recommendations.

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Children's Books to Read During Book Week Scotland

Right in the thick of the Book Week Scotland action, our Schools team have put their heads together to give you some fantastic book recommendations for children. These books are absolutely, 100% guaranteed to make children not want an Xbox for Christmas (note: no they're not).

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Eoin Colfer on Imaginary Fred and Picture Books

We're terribly excited that Eoin Colfer, author of the stupendous Artemis Fowl series, has teamed up with beloved illustrator Oliver Jeffers to produce Imaginary Fred, a picture book about companionship. We caught up with Eoin to ask him more about the book and his opinions on the power of picture books.

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Christopher William Hill: Using Your Senses to Inspire Creative Writing

Christopher Willliam Hill, author of the gothic and gruesome 'Tales from Schwartzgarten' series, describes how you can use all of your senses to inspire fantastic stories.

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The Strange Disappearance of Mr Hyde: Pamela Butchart at Yewdale Primary School

Primary teacher Alison Birkett tells us about a fantastic creative writing project involving detectives, jelly and alien abduction!

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