Apply for a fully-funded Live Literature school residency

The Scottish Book Trust Live Literature School Residencies programme is a fully-funded opportunity for 10 schools, education and early years settings a year to work with an author-in-residence.

Do you work with young people? Would those young people love working with an author-in-residence to tell stories through creative writing, illustrations or storytelling? Are you keen to work with a professional to enhance your own confidence and skills when teaching creative writing?

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 15 May at noon.


The Importance of Rhyme and Rhythm

In taking a developmental approach to literacy, language and communication, we have explored the importance in developing rhythm and rhyme in early learning and childcare settings and schools. CLICK HERE to read a blog post from The Imagination Tree that discusses this further and includes some great ideas to develop rhythm and rhyme in your setting.

As part of their work across the Early Level in taking a developmental approach to Emerging Literacy, Merkinch nursery and primary have been developing Rhyme Time through “Rhyme of the Week”. CLICK HERE – Rhyme of the Week guidance.

We’ve written a number of posts previously on supporting children’s literacy language and communication development through rhyme and rhythm. CLICK HERE – Highland Literacy Rhyme posts.

Bookbug Week – Monday 13th – Sunday 19th May 2019

Scottish Book Trust have announced that Bookbug Week 2019 is happening between Monday 13th and Sunday 19th May and will celebrate ‘Bookbug’s Big Picnic’.

Scottish Book Trust are encouraging everyone to take part in singing, rhyming and sharing stories together over the whole week. A whole host of fun story, song and rhyme activities for children will be taking place in local libraries and community venues.

Families can sign up for the Scottish Book Trust Bookbug for parents e-newsletter through the following link, as well as accessing information on the Scottish Book Trust Bookbug Facebook page:

CLICK HERE – Sign-up to SBT Bookbug for Parents

Developing Communication Skills in Early Learning and Childcare

Speech and Language Therapists across Highland work in collaboration with practitioners in Early Learning and Childcare settings and schools to support adult/ child interactions through the Words Up Early and Words Up Primary Key Messages.

Last session, working with Early Learning and Childcare practitioners in Scottish Attainment Challenge schools, Speech and Language Therapy Assistants supported adult/ child interaction through ongoing coaching, modelling and evaluation.

The report below details the impact of the collaboration on supporting children’s language and communication, a key predictor of children’s later attainment and achievement. As schools consider their Pupil Equity Fund interventions, they may wish to consider the partnership with our local speech and language therapy team in supporting children’s speech, language and communication.

CLICK HERE – Developing Communication Skills in Early Years