Recent posts – Page 136

  • Claire Harris: Sharing a love of reading at Foulford Primary!

    In ‘ How to Create a Love of Reading in School ’, Yvonne Allan, head teacher at Foulford Primary reflected on the process which took her school from having a reading gap in terms of ‘reading for fun’ to a school enriched by a love of books and reading. Here, P7 class teacher Claire Harris shares...

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  • Why taking time to have a conversation with a child matters

    Children are increasingly passive recipients of speech. Throughout t he busyness of everyday life, taking the time to sit and chat to a child has become a rarity. As we spend more time on our mobile phones, browsing the internet and simply running around from one activity to the next, children are...

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  • Writers in Schools: mentoring and being mentored

    Liz Niven was a mentor for Stephanie Taylor as part of our Writers in Schools programme. Here she gives an interesting insight into her experience of mentoring an author through the nerve-wracking first few school events! This follows on from an earlier blog in which Stephanie gave her perspective...

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  • Stories Need to be Dug Up, Not Built Up

    When I first started to write long-form fiction, I recognised that something was missing. I knew the people I wanted to write about, the place and time, but when I got them all together, not much happened. My characters milled about, chatting, drinking coffee, making ineffectual and badly described...

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  • The Birth of a Word

    Have you ever stopped to consider how a child’s first word evolves? Maybe you’ve witnessed the process. As a parent, or a primary carer you may be able to hear the child practicing and manipulating sounds until one precious day a child utters its first words. I came across this TED Talk, The Birth...

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  • Crossing the Genre Divide

    The coverage of last month’s World Book Night on the BBC has sparked a row between the corporation and some of genre fiction’s best-known names. Writers of sci-fi, crime, fantasy and horror such as Iain M Banks and Neal Asher, and children’s authors Debi Gliori and Tamora Pierce, signed a letter to...

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