Category Archives: Languages and Literacy

Literacy and Attainment CPD/In-Service

Teaching Practice For Primary School Teachers for use everyday in classroom setting to link to and impact directly on Literacy Attainment.

Creative and Fun, Learning in this way motivates Learners to read and write without a second thought.

Easy interactive spelling and word games transfer to a child’s Literacy skills

Drama Studio Training Courses show teachers these games and exercises and how to  subtly embed reading and writing tasks within practical activity.

During our recent research teachers were surprised that such a high percentage of children chose to write about their experience after a Drama Lesson rather than to draw a picture.

For more information on Courses contact Julie McDonald -info@thedramastudio.com

0131-453-3284

http://www.thedramastudio.com/drama-teaching/teacher-training-in-service-courses

Creative Writing Competition: inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson – S4 to S6

S4-S6 learners can enter a creative writing competition based upon the works of Robert Louis Stevenson.

Prizes for the competition

The entries will be judged by acclaimed author Louise Welsh, who will also lead a writing workshop for the best entrants, with up to twelve places on offer. All those selected will receive a certificate and a year’s free membership of the Edinburgh Robert Louis Stevenson Club.

In addition, four individual awards of £100 are available for Fiction, Reflective Writing, Poetry and Writing in Scots (in any of these three forms). There will also a trophy for the overall winner’s school.

Fiction, Reflective Writing, Poetry

The piece submitted should be directly inspired by Stevenson’s writing or some aspect of his life. Candidates should write a brief paragraph describing this stimulus and how it has influenced them to write.

We encourage entries written in

Scots or in English.

Creative writing produced for SQA folio work may be submitted.

Prose items should be no more than

1500 words, poetry no more than 40 lines.

Download the flyers and poster below:

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Interactive Learning In A Classroom Setting- Training Course

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No need to wait for a slot in the school hall, this course will focus on practical, interactive learning in a classroom setting enriching class work and bringing topics to life.

Aimed at Primary 3-7  (although all Primary Teachers welcome), techniques shown will be applied across curriculum areas enabling teachers to use them regularly, gaining confidence while motivating pupils and raising attainment.

Date – Tuesday 15th November

Time – 4.15-6.15pm  (Arrival from 4pm)

Venue – Fairmilehead Church Centre 1A Frogston Road West EH10 7AA

Cost – £60

5 extensive lessons included, handouts and access to training video for hand down training to colleagues if required.

For full details and to register go to

http://www.thedramastudio.com/drama-teaching/teacher-training-in-service-courses

Education opportunities with exciting new theatre piece

Sleeping Warrior Theatre Company and Macrobert Arts Centre in association with Showroom are currently touring a new production, The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Lucas Petit, a fast and furious new comedy.

There’s only one remarkable thing about Lucas Petit, and that is how unremarkable he is. The most exciting thing in his life is his weekly trip to the B&Q cafe – and that’s just the way he likes it. But, one day, a chance encounter with a tramp that may or not be God throws his whole world into disarray as he is cast headfirst into the murky world of organised crime and disorganised religion.

As part of the tour the company are running a selection of education workshops that are available for lower and higher secondary students, university and college and adult community groups. These workshops will be focusing on how different theatrical elements such as physicality, text deliverance, set and prop design can work together as well as in contrast to contribute towards creating the fast pace and surreal world of Lucas Petit. The workshop will also look beneath the comic happenings and question the larger themes and motives that throw Lucas into a series of situations he wasn’t expecting to be in. They are also offering participants the opportunity to utilize these practical and playful workshops to develop skills that will contribute to creating a “curtain raiser” that will feature before the performance at the venue closest to where the workshop takes place.

For any further information  please contact:

Jackstancliffe@gmail.com  (Education and Outreach Co-ordinator)

Callum@callumsmith.me.com (Showroom Theatre Producer)

The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Lucas Petit will be performed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh on Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th of September – find tickets here.

August and September 2016 with GFT – including FREE screenings

This year the TAKE 1 ACTION Film Festival Screenings of SHORTS FOR PRIMARIES and SONITA for Secondaries will be hosted by our wonderful partners at PLATFORM. Take a look below for more details and to make a booking.  Bookings are still made via the GFT Website, just select the film that you want to see and visit our School Booking Page to make your booking, as normal.

We also have some fantastic out-of-school-time learning offers for your children and young people.

 

http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2f5e81f209058ceab1da2a3f8&id=77824e9ec5&e=13db8157b5

 

#DareToDream: Invitation to All Schools

We  invite all schools to be a part of our storytelling festival local campaign this year, #DaretoDream. The campaign is an outreach initiative running from September to November, book-ending and running alongside our Scottish International Storytelling Festival (a ten day festival running from Friday 21st—Monday 31st October).

By taking part, your school will be contributing to a Scotland-wide initiative inviting and creating space for children to imagine their personal and collective futures, which in turn will build confidence to begin to make these aspirations and ambitions a reality.

We hope that this initiative is an easy way to progress creative learning in your school community with maximum impact, at the same time creating a positive and inclusive experience for pupils.

“Discover the stories of the past and dream the stories of the future. What are the stories of your local place? What stories would you tell to the world today, from the future of your dreams? Everything created must first be imagined: explore the possible and Dare to Dream!”

The principles of creative learning, active learning and inclusion are embedded in this project. Through dreaming, the liberating power of the imagination is open to everyone – neither language nor disability are barriers to participation. The campaign is relevant to the entire school and to every subject area. Activities will also help meet outcomes in both Literacy and Health and Wellbeing.

Download our Storytelling and creative learning booklet here

In an ever-changing world, we believe that it is vital that children are educated about their role and the value they have in shaping a vibrant and sustainable future. By setting learning in the context of your local school and focusing on issues relevant to your pupils, our #DareToDream campaign provides a great opportunity for you to encourage children to think about their right to participate, empowering and enabling them to become active citizens, both locally and globally. We provide the context for learning and suggest tasks and activities, but there is no limit on where this engaging topic could be taken in the classroom.

We will run a #DareToDream social media campaign during the main Scottish International Storytelling Festival. During this period we will make visible all contributions via our online platform. This is an opportunity to showcase your own school’s contribution with the wider community should you so wish in the form of a blog, video, photographs or otherwise.

As part of our social media campaign, we will have a special #DareToDream Day on Thursday 27th October.  On this day, we will encourage every creative citizen in Scotland to share a dream for the future on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the campaign hashtags. Our aim is to make visible Scotland’s collective imagination for all to see!

#DareToDream   #CuirBrighRiBruadar   #DaurTaeDream

HOW TO TAKE PART:

We have made it as simple as possible for teachers to take part, with the options for engaging in more depth should the individual teacher so wish. In a secondary school context, we have suggested a simple activity that could take place in registration class.

Register your school here

Download our #DareToDream Schools Toolkit here

We have also worked in partnership with  heritage organisations, mental health organisations, artists and storytellers to create simple resources for you to use. All additional learning resources will be available on our website before the end of August.

www.daretodream.scot

Please contact Mairi mairi@scottishstorytellingcentre.com if you have any questions.

Glow Meet – The Horrible Science Show – Monday 22nd August @ 1.30pm

Join us at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to learn some mind-blowing facts about chaotic chemistry, bloody biology, and frightful physics as the Horrible Science books are brought to life. With Nick Arnold’s scary stories and explosive experiments and Tony De Saulles’ crazy cartoons (volunteers may be required…!). Expect a lot of laughs, a feast of foul facts and some seriously squishy science.

The Horrible Science Show – Monday 22nd August @ 1.30pm

Dare to Dream

For the Attention of Headteachers, Faculty Heads and All Teachers:

We are aware that creativity is high on the agenda and is part of many School Improvement Plans for the upcoming academic year. For the first time creativity is embedded in HGIOS 4 quality indicators. We hope that this initiative is an easy way to progress creative learning in your school community with maximum impact, at the same time creating a positive and inclusive experience for pupils.

Invitation to All Schools:

We invite all schools in Scotland to be a part of our  Dare to Dream  campaign 2016.  The campaign  is an outreach initiative from this year’s  Scottish International Storytelling Festival and will run from September to November.

“Discover the stories of the past and dream the stories of the future. What are the stories of your local place? What stories would you tell to the world today, from the future of your dreams? Everything created must first be imagined: explore the possible and Dare to Dream!”

By taking part, your school will be contributing to a Scotland-wide initiative inviting and creating space for children to imagine their personal and collective futures, which in turn will build confidence to begin to make these aspirations and ambitions a reality.

The principles of creative learningactive learning and inclusion are embedded in this project. Through dreaming, the liberating power of the imagination is open to everyone – neither language nor disability are barriers to participation. The campaign is relevant to the entire school and to every subject area. Activities will also help meet outcomes in both Literacy and Health and Wellbeing.

In an ever-changing world, we believe that it is vital that children are educated about their role and the value they have in shaping a vibrant and sustainable future. By setting learning in the context of your local school and focusing on issues relevant to your pupils, our #DareToDream campaign provides a great opportunity for you to encourage children to think about their right to participate, empowering and enabling them to become active citizens, both locally and globally. We provide the context for learning and suggest tasks and activities, but there is no limit on where this engaging topic could be taken in the classroom.

How to Take Part:

We have made it as simple as possible for teachers to take part, with the options for engaging in more depth should the individual teacher so wish. In a secondary school context, we have suggested a simple activity that could take place in registration class.

Our info for teachers can be found on our website under the tab ‘For Teachers.’ This includes a schools’ toolkit and information about how to book a storyteller if you wish.

We have also worked in partnership with  heritage organisationsmental health organisationsartists and storytellers  to create simple resources for you to use. All additional learning resources will be available on our website when we launch our campaign to the public, the week beginning *Monday 22nd Aug.* Resources will also be available on GLOW.

If you are interested, please register your name, contact, school and postcode by clicking the link below. We will send you an update with links to all resources and materials.

Register your school here

Showcase your school online:

We will run a #DareToDream social media campaign for the duration of the main International Festival, from the 21st – 31st November. During this period we will make visible all contributions via our online platform. This is an opportunity to showcase your own school’s contribution with the wider community should you so wish in the form of a blog, video, photographs or otherwise.

As part of our social media campaign, we will have a special #DareToDream Day on Thursday 28th October. On this day, we will encourage every creative citizen in Scotland to share a dream for the future on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the campaign hashtag. Our aim is to make visible Scotland’s collective imagination for all to see!

www.daretodream.scot

#DareToDream

#CuirBrighRiBruadar

#DaurTaeDream

 

Nursery/primary teachers – £400 funding available for a creative project

Scottish Book Trust are offering £400 funding plus support for nursery and primary teachers who’d like to develop a fun, creative book-based project!

We’re looking for creative practitioners who’d like to use our free digital Authors Live event with author Ed Vere as a springboard for an inspiring project. Find out more on our website!

You can also sign up to watch this event, which takes place on May 19. It’s going to be a fun-filled 45 mins filled with stories and drawing! You’ll be entered into a prize draw simply for signing up. We hope you enjoy the event, and if you can’t catch it on the day, it’ll be available to watch in our Watch on Demand section soon after.

Peer Reviewers sought to review artistic and creative work for Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland has developed an Artistic and Creative Review Framework to create an open dialogue with our Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) around the artistic and creative quality of their work.

The Framework is designed to help Creative Scotland, the sector and stakeholders to support a culture of continuous improvement and to better understand how we consider quality and excellence across the wide range of work that we fund. We will do this through a process enabling 3 perspectives on the work of the 118 RFOs:

  1. Self Review (by the RFO)
  2. Creative Scotland Review (by Creative Scotland’s Lead Officer for the RFO)
  3. Peer Review (by independent, relevant expertise from the sector)

We are now seeking a diverse pool of Peer Reviewers from the arts, screen and creative industries sector with professional expertise and knowledge of the following art forms/areas:

  • Craft
  • Dance
  • Digital (creative technology projects in any art form or medium)
  • Film
  • Literature, Publishing and Languages
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

 

For more information on this opportunity and how to get involved, visit Creative Scotland’s website.