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We have been developing some training videos which you can use, either just to watch on your own, or with your class in a kind of on-line team teaching situation.  As I write we have three weeks of lessons, with each week containing a video for days one to four.

There is also one training video for children in P6/7, which is a spelling investigation.  It comes with a pack of activities.  We will continue to add a few more to this group.

If you would like access to these, let me know, and I’ll add you to the shared drive.

Book Bug and Read, Write, Count Bags

It is nearly time for the Book Bug and Read, Write, Count Bags to be delivered to your school.

As you might be aware, we have organised two webinars, relevant for anyone involved in gifting the P1 bag. They are as follows:

Webinar: Making the most of the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag

This webinar is for P1 teachers and school literacy co-ordinators involved with the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag. Join us for a webinar which will introduce you to the contents of the bag, including the 3 shortlisted books, provide ideas for cross-curricular activities and explain how your pupils can vote for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize.

There are two available sessions:

  • Tuesday 29 September 2020: 4pm-5pm
  • Wednesday 7 October 2020: 4pm-5pm

For more info about this webinar, and registrations, please click here.

Webinar: Gifting the Bookbug P1 Family Bag and Read, Write, Count Bags

This webinar is for P1, P2 and P3 teachers and school literacy co-ordinators involved with gifting the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag and Read, Write, Count bags.

  • Wednesday 23 September 2020: 4pm-5:30pm

For registrations, please click here.

Literacy Leaders

We still have spaces for the Literacy Leaders’ Training for this year. This training is suitable for Class Teachers (or all subject areas), members of Senior Management Team, and Additional Support Teachers.

Year One begins next week with three available dates.

Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd September for Primary School Teachers and Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th for Secondary School Teachers. If you are interested, and are able to arrange a day out of class, we would be pleased to see you.

Year Two begins the following week with two available dates.

Tuesday 29th for Primary School Teachers and Wednesday 30th for Secondary School Teachers.

Each session runs from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Please let me know if you wish to attend, and I will give you the Google meet code required for taking part.

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is growing! This week we announced a new partnership with English Heritage, which will be offering a fabulous programme of poetry participation opportunities linked to the hidden stories of its sites, from October 1 and running through October in parallel with Black History Month. Stand by for more news shortly – the programme is led by poet Jacob Sam-La Rose who has brilliant writing and performing tips to share.

Meanwhile, tell us what you are planning! The National Poetry Day map gives you an idea of the range of events – big, small and micro – taking place. Add yours for the chance to win a set of three poetry books. And use our online resources: we have cleared copyright on loads of poems on the theme of Vision and you might like to print out ones you like and stick them in your window. And if you want to share the way you #ShareAPoem: take a picture for Twitter or Insta, tag #NationalPoetryDay.

Reading is Magic Festival

If you are promoting reading for enjoyment in your school, sign up to the ‘Reading is Magic’ digital festival to – Step into a world of creativity with the Reading is Magic Festival this autumn. Six days of free, inclusive and engaging digital events for schools and families. The festival takes place from 27th September until the 2nd of October. Enjoy!


Last Chance…Lockdown Unlocked! Covid Poetry and Prose Digital Book

As you may already know, Jenny Wilson (HC Literacy Development Officer) has collated examples of Poetry and Prose based on reflections on Covid-19 and lockdown to create a digital book titled ‘Lockdown Unlocked’. This digital book contains poems and prose from pupils, parents and staff of Highland Council.

Although schools have now returned, pupil/parent/staff poetry and prose is still welcome and will be added to the book. Pupils (and teachers!) may have reflected on their feelings following the end of lockdown and the return to school.

If you have pieces of written texts of any genre, which you wish to share, please send them to: jenny.wilson@highland.gov.uk by the end of September and these will be included in the book.

If you would like to view the book and/or share this with your class (which also includes music and illustrations), please drop Jenny an email and she will send the code to access the book via Book Creator.  Children and adult who have submitted can then do a voice over, if they wish.

Please edit the work before submitting it.

Pupil Support Assistant Literacy Training Info and Dates – Highland Council PSAs Only

This training is aimed at PSAs. The sessions will explore different areas of literacy and how you can best support pupils within these areas.

The sessions will be delivered via Google Meet. A link to the training will be sent out to you closer to the time along with the training PowerPoint.

Please sign up via the CPD website and more information will be sent out to you ahead of time.

Secondary School – Teaching the Literacy of Your Subject Training – Highland Council Teachers Only

Google Meet Link: meet.google.com/czr-xqsg-xip

This training is for Secondary Teachers of all subject areas.  It looks at how we can teach the literacy of our subject so that young people can become independent learners and are able to better show what they know.

We will reflect on the EEF Recommendations and look at practical ways in which we can put literacy into the heart of our learning and teaching.

Each content session will be followed by a network session for feedback, discussion and peer support.

Please sign up via the CPD website and the PowerPoint will be sent out to you ahead of time.