Literacy and English

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.

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 won the Scottish Teenage Book Prize last year. 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.

Vlogging is a fantastic way to develop communication skills as well as proficiency in filming and editing. In this second video of three, Jean Menzies explains the basics of filming and editing your vlog.

Vlogging is a fantastic way to develop communication skills as well as proficiency in filming and editing. In this first video of three, Jean Menzies takes you through the basics, including how to decide your topic and format.

Vlogging is an exciting way to build communication and writing skills. It involves the creation of short informative videos about a chosen topic. In this video series, vlogger Jean Menzies takes you through the process of filming and editing vlogs, choosing a topic, structuring a vlog, and building an audience if that's your aim!

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