Read, Write, Count case study: How to create a great bag gifting event

Ainslie McCabe is a class teacher at Neilston Primary School. Last year she was responsible for planning the schools Read, Write, Count bag gifting event. In this case study, she gives hints and tips for how to create a buzz around a Read, Write, Count gifting event in your school.

Teachers are busy. We are under pressure with the day to day planning for different abilities, marking jotters, updating wall displays, all while attending after school meetings and trying to ensure our lessons are varied and stimulating. So, when new initiatives come along its no wonder we sometimes sigh and mutter ‘not another thing!?’

This is how I felt at first when I was given a box of bags for my Primary 2 pupils and told to do something with them. Once I had a look in the bag however, I realised this was something I didn’t want to send home to be lost under a bed. In the resource below, I wanted to outline some ideas for how these bags can be used to enhance what we were are already doing in school as part of our day to day practice and tick off some wee CfE extras too. At the end of the project, we had a great video to help parents and carers make the most of the resources in the bags.

You should use the resource below to gain ideas for planning your own event with the Read, Write, Count, Primary 2 and Primary 3 bags. The advice offered by Ainslie will give direction as well as enthuse you to get creative and make the most out of these fantastic resources!

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