Blog Posts tagged: talking and listening

CALL Scotland symbol sheets and the Bookbug Picture Book Prize shortlist

Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2019: Accessible books and symbol resources

Taking part in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize is a great opportunity to build a love of reading from an early age. We provide a lot of resources to help children with communication difficulties explore the books - find out more in this blog post.

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An older primary pupil reading to P1 children

Our Top Five Resources for World Storytelling Day

Tomorrow is World Storytelling Day, the ideal time for you and your pupils to take some time to enjoy reading and listening to stories. Check out our top resources to help you do just that!

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One of the symbol sheet resources being used with a GoTalk 9+ communication device

Help Pupils with Additional Support Needs Take Part in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize

Taking part in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize and/or the Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a fantastic way to encourage your pupils to become lifelong readers! To help pupils with ASN read and discuss the shortlisted books, CALL Scotland produce fabulous resources every year. Find out more about these resources in this blog post.

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Image of three young children sitting beside Bookbug and holding up the three shortlisted books

Bookbug Picture Book Prize: Time to Vote!

It's nearly time for pupils aged 3-7 to vote in the 2017 Bookbug Picture Book Prize! Here's a quick and handy guide to voting, plus three possibly avenues of discussion opened up by the voting process.

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A secondary pupil from Kincorth Academy reading a book aloud to a P1 pupil

How Shared Reading Can Improve Behaviour and Confidence

Sharing books and talking about them can have a marked impact on behaviour and confidence in reading. The potential to lead to increased attainment is clear! We have a lots of resources and case studies to help you run a shared reading project for the 2017 Bookbug Picture Book Prize. In this blog post, our Schools Resource Developer Chris Leslie tells you more about what shared reading is, how to go about it and what the impact can be.

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A secondary pupil reading a book aloud to P1 pupils

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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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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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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Primary 1 children re-telling What the Ladybird Heard

Wardie Tells a Story: Building Storytelling Skills

Wardie Primary School discovered the power of storytelling to help even struggling writers come up with quirky and fun tales. Teacher Aurelie Norman tells us more about the innovative practice going on during the school's fortnight-long storytelling focus!

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5 Scots Activities for Beginners

Teacher Katrina Lucas gives some great suggestions for introducing Scots to the classroom.

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