Ali Hammerton and I were in Dunkeld for a meeting earlier in this week at the Birnam Institute. On our way out of the building we spotted these brilliant booklets published by P7 pupils at the Royal School of Dunkeld. They are the result of some detailed research and inquiry into the local area and provide helpful maps, reviews and information for visiting children. These resourceful P7s have been able to put their communication and artistic skills to work to let other children know about the best places to visit, to eat and to find out more about local history. We were really impressed with their work (and lucky enough to be able to purchase several copies) and it was lovely to see how getting out and about in the outdoors can provide a real and relevant context for developing skills in literacy.
Schools in North East Scotland will receive a free of charge copy of a new book of stories from Scotland’s native woodlands by Alan Crawford. Funding to develop and publish Whispering Woods came from the Grampian Conservancy of Forestry Commission Scotland:
These beautifully illustrated stories evolved through a fortuitous,
accidental meeting between the author and a teacher searching for
original stories to read to children in the forest – stories that
would both capture their imagination and enhance their
understanding of, and respect for, the woodland environment.
They will bring much pleasure to all who love the natural world.
The book will be sold in various outlets by the author for £13 but he has given permission to offer it to schools, teachers and outdoor educators for a donation of at least £6 plus p&p of £1.50. For more information and details of how to obtain a copy, please contact Katy Leitch email@example.com.