Authors Live: Tracey Corderoy and Steven Linton

Teach children between P1 and P3? Join the Scottish Book Trust on Authors Live, Thursday 27th October 2016 – 11am – 11.40am, as they dive into their hilarious picture book series, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam!


CLICK HERE – Tracey Corderoy and Steven Linton Authors Live

This is particularly great for P2 pupils as Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam is one of the books within the P2 Read, Write, Count Pack.



CLICK HERE – Read, Write, Count information for schools


Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairytales


Futurelearn are offering free six week online CPD on Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairytales beginning Monday 24th October 2016.

Having completed the online CPD course when it was offered last year, this is a great CPD opportunity for practitioners. The course analyses popular fairytales and looks at fairytale structures. This professional learning can then be taken back into the classroom, introducing the fairytales through both reading and writing workshops.

CLICK HERE for the fairytales which are used.

CLICK HERE – Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairytales

P1 Bookbug Pack

The Primary 1 Bookbug packs are on their way to schools in preparation for Book Week Scotland on Monday 21st – Sunday 27th November. Look at the great books inside P1 Bookbug Family Pack this year. Gaelic editions will be sent to schools with Gaelic Medium pupils.


As well as the sessions that have been offered by Highland Libraries there are a number of resources available on the Scottish Book Trust’s website:


We recommend that the Learning Resource is a good place to start. Click on the image below to access the Bookbug Picture Book Prize Learning Resource.


CLICK HERE – P1 Bookbug Family Pack Information

Highland Literacy Toolkit – CLPL for practitioners and schools

toolkitHave you got Literacy as part of your School Improvement Plan? Have you got an interest in developing your own practice in Literacy and English?

The Highland Literacy Toolkit is a suite of Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL) resources that can be used by individuals, groups of practitioners or whole staff groups. Each PowerPoint includes facilitator’s notes to support delivery, resources to use during collegiate sessions and follow-up links. Each PowerPoint is linked to the Quality Indicators within How Good Is Our School 4 (HGIOS4).

Click on the links below to access each of the Highland Literacy Toolkit PowerPoints, or check out the Literacy Toolkit tab. Individuals, groups and schools can select the aspects which are relevant to them.

  1. Asking the Right Questions at the Right Time
  2. Building Vocabulary for Better Literacy
  3. Developing Thinking
  4. Group Talk – A Focus on the Individual
  5. Handwriting vs. Keyboard Skills
  6. Learning and Teaching – A Focus on Writing
  7. Literacy Across Learning
  8. Literacy through Exploration
  9. Reading Between the Lines
  10. Read With Confidence
  11. Spelling and Beyond
  12. Talk With Confidence
  13. Writing Feedback – Technical vs. Content
  14. Write With Confidence

CLICK HERE – Highland Literacy Toolkit Update 2016

Zoom Game

Do your learners ‘warm up’ their hands before a writing task? Check out the video below from John Murray, Occupational Therapist, who demonstrates the Zoom Game.

The Zoom Game is a one minute hand warm up which develops hand/eye co-ordination and motor control.

Let us know how your learners get on with the Zoom Game by leaving a comment. This is a warm up game which could also be done at home prior to writing tasks.

Bookbug and Read, Write, Count CPD – P1-P3

Following the success of our library events last year, we are again working alongside the Library service to deliver CPD to teachers. Book Week Scotland takes place between Monday 21st and Sunday 27th of November 2016.

Primary 1 ‘Bookbug’ packs will arrive in schools late October/ early November. The Primary 2 and Primary 3 ‘Read, Write, Count’ packs started arriving in schools earlier this month and will be delivered to schools by the end of October.

The Scottish Book Trust’s aim is that P1 – P3 teachers will use the Bookbug and Read, Write, Count resources in the classroom in the run-up to Book Week Scotland and gift the packs during Book Week Scotland.

To support schools in doing so the Highland Library service are putting on a series of CPD events for P1 – P3 teachers across the Authority. Please find information below – each event can be applied for through the CPD Calendar. To apply before Friday 7th October 2016.


No Pens Day Wednesday – 5th October 2016

npdwNo Pens Day Wednesday encourages schools and settings to put down their pens and to run a day of speaking and listening activities.

This year’s No Pens Day Wednesday will take place on Wednesday 5th October 2016.

Why don’t you try putting away the pens and pencils for a day, and looking at ways to develop your pupils’ oral language?


Click the image above for the No Pens Day Wednesday 2016 Activity Pack. The pack is full of information and ideas how Early Years, Primary and Secondary settings can support this. The official date is Wednesdy 5th October 2015.

See a video from The Communication Trust on the impact of No Pens Day Wednesday

Check out the Building Vocabulary for Better Literacy PowerPoint from The Literacy Toolkit to look at strategies for pre-teaching vocabulary – a great resource to support schools in Closing the Vocabulary Gap.