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Bring inspirational author and zoologist Nicola Davies to your school!

The Scottish Book Trust are delighted to be taking Nicola Davies on the road in May to visit schools in Highlands for a wonderful week of school events as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour 20th Anniversary celebrations!

In this exciting event, Nicola will take you on a whistle-stop tour around the globe and guide you through the wondrous, weird and whacky world of animals. Did you know that blue whales have hearts the size of smart cars? Or that elephants hear through their feet? Nicola will inspire your pupils to take a renewed interested in nature and their local environment.

This is a fantastic opportunity for your pupils to meet one of the UK’s most exciting and inspiring children’s authors and to ask her BIG questions about wildlife and life on Earth. These events are FULLY FUNDED and all primary schools in Highland are invited to apply.


The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 5 March 2018

If you have any questions about applying or what’s involved, please email Hannah Sycamore:

P2 and P3 Teachers (and Families) – Read, Write, Count needs YOU!

P2 & P3 Teachers – The Scottish Book Trust need YOUR help to shape the future of the Primary 2 and Primary 3 ‘Read, Write, Count’ packs!

P2 & P3 Teachers – Help shape the Read, Write, Count Bag!

Scottish Book Trust is asking Primary 2 & Primary 3 teachers for their help in developing the Read, Write, Count pack by completing a short online survey. Please click here to take part in the survey, which shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete. By taking part, you’ll be supporting the important work of the Read, Write, Count programme and you could win a ‘superbox’ of Read, Write, Count games, books and resources!

CLICK HERE – P2 & P3 Teacher Bookbug Survey

Scottish Book Trust is also looking for feedback from families who have children in Primary 2 and Primary 3. We would be grateful if you could share the information below with the families of P2 and P3 children in your school.

P2 & P3 Families – Scottish Book Trust needs your help!

Every November, Scottish Book Trust gifts a free bag of books and games to every P2 and P3 child in Scotland to help support their literacy and numeracy skills. Scottish Book Trust is asking families of children in P2 and P3 to complete a short online survey about the P2 and P3 Read, Write, Count packs. Please click here to take part in the survey, which shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete. Your feedback will help us to improve the P2 and P3 Read, Write, Count bags in the future and you could win a goodie-bag with games, books and activities! 

CLICK HERE – P2 & P3 Read, Write, Count Family Survey

Happy Valentines Day from #FMReadingChallenge

To celebrate a love for reading, the First Minister’s Reading Challenge is encouraging schools today, on Valentines Day, to share the literacy love.

They want to hear what your pupils love about reading; simply tweet @FMReadChallenge today to enter. You could send a photo, a video, a quote from your pupils or a display – it’s up to you. There’s a bundle of books up for grabs for their winning entry.

Raising Literacy Attainment Through Film

Into Film are hosting a session for practitioners on ‘Raising Literacy Attainment Through Film’ on Thursday 22nd February 2018, 4pm – 6pm, in Eden Court, Inverness. Into Film have a number of classroom resources available to support the teaching of literacy through film.

Participants will be introduced to a series of tools including the 3Cs (character, colour, camera) and 3Ss (story, setting, sound), which build teachers’ ability to help their learners contextualise and decode film, learning key literacy skills such as inference, deduction and analysis which can be applied to film and other texts. The session includes practical activities such as Sound on/Vision off, Role on the Wall and predictive writing. Each activity is designed to help build on a learner’s comprehension, analytical and writing skills and includes an opportunity for curriculum-focused filmmaking and extended writing.

CLICK HERE – INTO FILM: Raising Attainment in Literacy Through Film

Pen Fifty Words – February 2018

February’s ’50 Word Fiction’ from the Scottish Book Trust encourages us to go on an adventure.

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

The deadline is Tuesday 27th February 2018. The Young Writers category is open to all children and young people under 18.

CLICK HERE – ’50 Word Fiction’

John Muir Trust – The Lost Words

Vocabulary Matters and The John Muir Trust invite us to work with those words from nature, such as ‘dandelion’ and ‘acorn’, that are rapidly moving to the margins of children’s lives and stories.  Working with Robert MacFarlane’s book ‘The Lost Words’, the trust provide free literacy resources available to schools on their website, including an Lost Words Explorer’s Guide, focussed on studying and thinking about this disappearing vocabulary.  All of the material is beautifully illustrated by Jackie Morris and can be found at the John Muir Website.

Check out the approach to pre-teaching vocabulary to support the teaching of vocabuarly.

Inspiring Classrooms – Further Funding

Further funding has been announced to support, Inspiring Classrooms, a project created by the First Minister’s Reading Challenge to help schools build and sustain a reading culture.

Schools have until Friday 16th February 2018 to apply a small grant for a project of their choice which includes an author visit and books for Primary 1 – 7 children taking part.

CLICK HERE – Inspiring Classrooms