Literacy and English

In September 2017, author and screen-writer Ciaran Murtagh visited primary schools in Renfrewshire, East Aryshire and Falkirk on the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour.

Grumpy Frog is a funny and touching book about friendship from best-loved, award-winning author Ed Vere. Find learning activities to explore the book in this resource!

Sky Dancer by Gill Lewis is a beautiful story which celebrates animal rights, and is the perfect opportunity to introduce your pupils to questions about our relationship with nature. Check out our resource for some great cross-curricular learning activity suggestions.

Debi Gliori's book Night Shift is a sensitive and evocative portrayal of the experience of mental illness. This resource from school librarian Bill Plain outlines how you can use the book to open up discussion around mental health in a classroom or library.

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize can help you inspire pupils to read for pleasure, and this resource will help you plan fun, cross-curricular activities based on the books. Whether you're looking for activities to do in library book groups or in the classroom, we hope there's something for you here!

Danny Weston's chilling ghostly tale The Haunting of Jessop Rise has been shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018. Watch this video to find out more about how Danny came up with the book and pick some top writing tips.

Elizabeth Laird's novel Welcome to Nowhere is a sensitive and gripping portrayal of the Syrian conflict, and has been shortlisted for the 2018 Scottish Teenage Book Prize. Watch this video to find out more about how Elizabeth wrote the book and hear her read from a chapter.

Caighlan Smith's dystopian fantasy novel Children of Icarus has been shortlisted for the 2018 Scottish Teenage Book Prize. Watch this video to hear Caighlan reading from the book and find out more about how she wrote the story, as well as picking up some of her top writing tips.

This resource from primary teacher Susannah Jeffries will provide plenty of inspiration to get your pupils writing. The resource encourages pupils to use the work of authors as their inspiration, finding out about their work and going on to create their own stories. Happy writing!

Vlogging is a fantastic way to develop communication skills as well as proficiency in filming and editing. In this final video of the series, Jean Menzies outlines some great ways to start building an audience for your vlog and networking with other vloggers.