Teachers & Librarians

Ruth Kirkpatrick with a nursery child

Creating a storytelling classroom

If you could bring a writer in to inspire you and your pupils, who would it be? What type of writer could help your pupils the most? Langholm Day Care Centre decided to use our funding to bring in a professional storyteller: read on and find out how this experience enriched teaching and learning...

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We want your book recommendations!

School book cupboards are full of well-loved staples like Of Mice and Men and the Catcher in the Rye. But have you got something new and different in your classroom library? Find out how to share your recommendations and win great prizes below! The stock in most primary and secondary schools will...

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Christmas Tree image by wolfsavard on Flickr

10 gift-wrapped teaching links!

As the Christmas holidays approach, Scottish Book Trust's Schools team takes a look at some great teaching resources we've discovered this year. As a teacher approaching Christmas, there were usually two questions in my mind. One, how can I keep things nice and light for the pupils at this time of...

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A ' wicked' way to use Live Literature Funding

Through Scottish Book Trust, schools and other organisations can apply for funding to bring writers, storytellers and illustrators in to work with their learners. Have a look and see what St. Mary's Primary in Largs did with the funding! In January St. Mary's Parent Council applied to Scottish Book...

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Protect school libraries with the #ShoutAbout campaign

M ake your voice heard and shout about school libraries! This week, the School Library Association explains the driving principles behind their new campaign to protect school library services. SHOUT ABOUT School Libraries is a national campaign uniting groups working to promote school library...

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Win a class set of Jonathan Meres' new book

This week, Scottish Book Trust are giving away 20 copies of The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts by Jonathan Meres. The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts features Norm, a boy for whom life is consistently unfair. His parents' decision to move house has left him confused, angry and unable to remember...

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Art and writing come together at Bowmore

James Mayhew's Authors Live event is guaranteed to entertain your pupils. But what to do after you've watched it? Have a look at what pupils in Bowmore Primary were inspired to create! 4 and 5 year olds at Bowmore Primary School were so engrossed in James Mayhew’s stories and his ability to draw...

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Pupils in James Young High School library

Helping autistic pupils to use the library

This week, school librarian Kateri Wilson describes how she helped autistic pupils to engage with the library at James Young High School, West Lothian. How do you encourage autistic pupils to use the library and gain information handling skills when they can’t yet cope with mainstream lessons? At...

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Bringing picture books to life for Visually Impaired children

Find out about how pupils from an enterprising secondary school are working with award-winning charity, Living Paintings, on a curriculum-based project to help blind and partially sighted children. Living Paintings brings pictures to life for blind and partially sighted children. In 2009 they began...

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Part 2 - Crime scene investigations at the library

Linlithgow librarian Chris Morrison follows up last week's blog with a fantastic idea to develop information literacy skills. Murder most horrid has occurred again, and the pupils will need a whole range of skills to nab the killer! The French Blue Mystery is an information literacy program run in...

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