Get inspired

This resource has been designed to give you activity ideas which are transferrable to just about any fiction text in a primary setting. The activities will help your pupils get to grips with aspects like plot, character and setting, and also provide opportunities for them to share their opinions about what they've read.

Find out how Kirstin Armstrong, art teacher at Greenfaulds High School, used Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord, a graphic novel about a young man's desperate journey from Northern Africa to Europe, as inspiration for a cross-curricular project exploring the stories of refugees through art and drama.

Find out how Rosemary Richey, lecturer at Fife College, used Matthew Fitt's Scots language Authors Live event as the starting point for a Scots storytelling project with young adult learners.

In September 2016 author, illustrator and Children's Laureate Chris Riddell visited primary schools in East Renfrewshire, Stirling, Perth, Aberdeen and Abderdeenshire on the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour.

In May 2016 children's author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre visited primary schools in the Highlands on the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour.

Find out how teachers at Elgin Academy used Juno Dawson's Authors Live event as the starting point for an interdisciplinary project tackling mental health stigma.

In May 2016 the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour took author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre to the Highlands.

At Woodburn Primary School in Midlothian, Primary 6 pupils have been taking part in a brilliant project inspired by Chris Hoy and Joanna Nadin's Authors Live. Judith Little, P6 class teacher, shares the brilliant activities which she ran in her classroom linking sport, literacy and practical skills.

In March 2016 children's author and environmentalist Christiane Dorion visited primary schools in Inverclyde, West Lothian and Dundee as part of the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour.

Find out how Christiane's visit inspired P5 pupils at St Mary's Primary School in Inverclyde to create their own non-fiction pop-up books as part of a a brilliant cross-curricular project.

Joy Cameron, Primary 1/2 teacher at Lochnell Primary School in Argyll, took part in our Authors Live Champions Programme in 2016. Joy took Ed Vere's Authors Live event as inspiration for a fantastic transition project involving all pre-five, P1 and P2 pupils.

Read Joy's blog about the brilliant activities which she ran in her classroom to welcome the new P1 pupils into the school, watch Ed vere's Authors Live event on-demand and take a look at the learning resources with lots of brilliant cross-curricluar activity ideas inspired by Ed Vere's wonderful picture books.

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