Author Archives: Mr Cook

What’s Your Story?

Work with young people aged 13 – 19? If so, the ‘What’s Your Story?’ partnership provides support for creative writers.

CLICK HERE – ‘What’s Your Story’? Information

The ‘What’s Your Story?’ initiative is looking for young people aged 14 – 17 to support through an all expenses paid programme. Find out more…

CLICK HERE – This Year’s Application (Due 16th October 2017)

Ness Book Fest – 5th – 8th October 2017

Have you checked out the programme for Ness Book Fest?

Ness Book Fest is back for another year following the success of last year. Between Thursday 5th October and Sunday 8th October there are a number of book themed events for children, young people and adults. There are an array of events over the four days which promote a love for positive story reading and writing behaviours. Check out the programme below to see the events which are taking place between 05/10/17 and 08/10/2017, including a number of published authors.

As part of the programme, Ness Book Fest are encouraging as many schools as possible to take part in the Big Read-In. On Thursday 5th October, between 9.20am – 9.35am, provide a space for children and young people to read and send a picture to Ness Book Fest via @NessBookFest on Twitter.

CLICK HERE – Ness Book Fest 2017 PROGRAMME

No Pens Day Wednesday – Wednesday 4th October 2017

No 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 4th October 2017.

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 2017 Activity Pack. The pack is full of information and ideas how Early Years, Primary and Secondary settings can support this.

Pen Fifty Words – September 2017

In classrooms across the country we’re sure that there’s been discussions about the opening of the Queensferry Crossing. Use this as a stimulus as part of the Scottish Book Trust’s ’50 Word Fiction

This month’s ’50 Word Fiction’ from the Scottish Book Trust asks you to ‘Write a story that features a bridge.’

The deadline is Saturday 30th September 2017. The Young Writers category is open to all children and young people under 18.

CLICK HERE – ’50 Word Fiction’

FM Reading Challenge – 2017/2018

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge is back for 2017/2018!

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge is back for 2017/2018 and now includes children from P1 – P7. Is your school registered to take part in this year’s challenge?

Whether your P4-P7s took part last year, or you are completely new to the Reading Challenge, you will need to register your school for this year. Each school will need to nominate a key contact who will input details for the whole school, order Reading Passports (along with our new Class Passport for P1-3) and submit entries for the school-wide challenges. They will receive a link to send on to class teachers so they can sign up, access the resources and submit entries for the pupil challenges.

CLICK HERE – FM Reading Challenge Learning Resources

There are still spaces on the First Minister’s Challenge Outreach event for teachers and librarians on Monday 25th September 2017, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, in Eden Court, Inverness.

CLICK HERE – FM Reading Challenge Event, INVERNESS

Primary 2 and Primary 3 – Read, Write, Count Family Packs 2017

Primary 2 and Primary 3 children across Scotland will receive a Read, Write, Count Family Pack in preparation for Book Week Scotland.

Tthe P2 and P3 Read, Write, Count Family Packs includes books and resources to support family learning. The packs will be delivered to schools between September and November with the intention for the packs to be shared with families through family learning events during Book Week Scotland 2017: Monday 27th November – Sunday 3rd December 2017.

Please see the information below for teachers which includes links to classroom resources which support learning and teaching using the Read, Write, Count Family Learning Packs.

CLICK HERE: P2/P3 Read, Write, Count Family Packs – School Information_Sep17

To support schools in developing Bookbug/ Read, Write, Count gifting events using the packs, the Highland Library service are putting on a series of Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL) events for P1 – P3 teachers across the Authority. Please find information below – each event can be applied for through the CPD Calendar (put ‘Bookbug’ into the Keyword search). Please apply before Friday 6th October 2017.