Category Archives: Literacy

Read Aloud 2020

This week kicks off Read Aloud 2020- a celebration of children’s reading.

This years theme ‘Get Caught Reading’ will see the pupils at St. Mark’s trying to get caught 20 times over the week to complete a special bookmark and earn house points!

We will be on the lookout in school and need your help at home too! If you catch reading, tick off the bookmark or even better- get a picture caught in the act! Don’t forget to post it on twitter and tag @StMarksPrimary1 as well using the hashtag #getcaughtreading!

We look forward to lots of catching this week!

Read Aloud Launch

Read Aloud is a month of events to increase awareness of Reading Recovery and allow all those children who have been participating an opportunity to celebrate their achievements in literacy and become role models for others.

To celebrate the launch of Read Aloud, St. Mark’s pupils attended  a very special event at the Barrhead Foundry Library today with important guests and lots of children from across East Renfrewshire schools.


The children’s challenge this week is to read at least 20 book as ….


This was kicked off by the children reading their favourite books to each other!

Next week we will  attend the Barrhead Foundry Library again on Wednesday 20th of February, 9.30am to read to David Currie from the BBC.

On Thursday 21st of February, we will read to the children of Arthurlie Family Centre at 10am

And to close our week, we would like to invite any parents/carers into our family room on Friday 22nd February at 2.45pm for tea, biscuit and a good read!


Read, Write, Count

Has your child received a P2 or P3 Read Write Count bag this autumn/winter?

Please let us know what you thought by filling out the Parent survey:

The prize draw for parents is a personal Read Write Count GOODIE BAG filled with books, games and activities for all the family to enjoy.


The deadline to complete this is Monday 4 March 2019.


Author Event


St Mark’s Primary was very excited to receive an invitation to attend an author event with award-winning illustrator and current Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell at Springhill Primary as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour.  We can’t wait!

A brief description of the event:

As Children’s Laureate, Chris is tasked with promoting children’s literature and inspiring children to read. His distinctive illustrations have won wide acclaim and he has collaborated with a wide range of authors. Chris is also an award-winning author in his own right! His well-loved book Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children’s Book Award in 2013.

Chris’ event will focus on the importance of illustration, creativity and imagination. He will introduce his laureateship and share pictures from his laureate log, before picking out questions from the audience, illustrating the answers. This is a fantastic opportunity for your pupils to meet and ask the laureate questions and each child whose question is picked will be presented with the illustrated answer!


Monday 25th January

On Monday 25th January at 1.45pm St Mark’s will be celebrating the birthday of our national hero, Robert Burns. On this day, school uniform should be worn however pupils are invited to wear something tartan eg. kilt, tie, scarf etc.

Classes will be performing a selection of Scottish poems for your entertainment and light refreshments will be provided. So come share a wee dram of our other national drink and enjoy our wee shindig.

And in the words of the great man himself – “Dare to be honest and fear no labour”.


Natalie Fitzsimmons

Acting Head Teacher

BBC- The L.A.B Scotland

This week P7a created 4 short films to be shown as part of the BBC’s LABvent calendar. The first animation will be shown today, the second on the 14th December and on the 24th December. The BBC clips have had an average of 50 000 views online so the children are very excited to see each of their videos added over the coming weeks. You can view the first film by following the link below.

Snowflake Saves Christmas


Bookbug Primary 1 Bag Surveys – prizes on offer!

We would really like your help in gathering feedback about this year’s Primary 1 Family Bags. Scottish Booktrust have compiled a survey for Parents.   There are bundles of books to be won on the survey. The deadline is Friday 18th December.

The link for the survey is:

For Parents

Reading Book Amnesty

Dear Parents and Carers,

Here in St Mark’s, we encourage, promote and value our children’s reading skills and spend large amounts on our reading schemes. We would like to ask for your help now, as many of our books are missing and we suspect they may have been kept at home by mistake.

Please check around the house/in your children’s bedrooms and return any books you find during this Book Amnesty Week. We will have a daily collection and every book returned will earn your child a house point.

With Thanks

Summer Reading Challenge

The Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge has been going really well in the community Libraries this Summer.

There is still time for any children who have yet to complete to do so. The challenge finishes on Saturday 29th August with medal and certificate presentations taking place in September.

Mary T.Dickie

Library Development Officer

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Limited