Book Week Scotland is here! 19th – 25th November 2018

The Scottish Book Trust have lots of ideas to support Scottish Book Week – why not have a reading lunch on Thursday or vote for your favourite rebellious book? Remember that P1,2 & 3s get free books this week and there are lots of resources to support the gifting of these and to engage parents in partnership for learning. For more details visit the Scottish Book Trust site at

Funding for author visits to your school

Why not invite an author into your school this session?

Applications for funding from the Scottish Book Trust for author visits taking place between 1 Jan and 31 March 2019 are now open. SBT pays the author’s fee, travel and accommodation expenses while you pay a set rate of £90. The deadline for funding applications is noon on Wednesday 19th September. For more information visit The Scottish Book Trust

Welcome back!

Welcome back and I hope everyone had a well-deserved rest over the summer holidays. Monday 13th August saw a really well attended in-service day for P1 practitioners in which the expectations for literacy and numeracy in P1 were explored. The current P1 literacy guidance, its accompanying teachers’ toolkit (almost completed) and resources to support all elements of the document can be found under the drop down menu, The early acquisition of literacy. Many thanks to everyone who came for the positive feedback and for your contributions on the day. I hope the start of term goes well for you all.

Tools for Writing progressions

Argyll and Bute hs created a document which shows the progressions within the tools for writing Benchmarks,  split into relevant areas such as spelling, punctuation and so on.  This is to support the evaluation of pupil work against a level as well as to help teachers understand what needs to be covered at which stages. The document can be found under staff/sharing good practice / Benchmarks as well as being accessed here.

National Library of Scotland resources

The National Library of Scotland has resources to support language and literature including a primary resource on fairytales, video interviews with 3 leading Scottish science fiction writers, resources on forgotten women writers and getting started with Shakespeare. These can be accessed through staff/sharing good practice / reading or by following this link:

World Cup writing resources

The National Literacy Trust have produced a series of free downloadable resources to support writing in the upper years of primary, focused around the 2018 FIFA world cup in Russia. There’s a challenge for pupils supported by a teaching resource, handouts for pupils, a poster for your classroom, bookmarks and a certificate to celebrate achievement. Follow this link to access more information and the resources:


Festival of the sea writing competition – win £90 Calmac vouchers!


Calling all budding writers! Festival of the Sea has a writing competition open to all ages, including school children and adults! The theme is “What will future archaeologists say about our time?”  Primary 1-4 are asked to write a poem, Primary 5-S2 the lyric of a song, S3-S6 and adults to write a short story on the theme of around 1,000 words.

Closing Date Friday 18th May.

 Prizes include:

•             £90 in Calmac vouchers!

•             Historic Environment Scotland family membership!

•             £30 voucher for Sealife Adventures Oban!

•             Books from Kilmartin House Museum!

•             Viking necklaces!

There will be readings and adjudications at the Festival itself which will be held on Saturday and Sunday 26/27th May at the Ocean Explorer Centre 11.30 – 16.30. Our family-friendly event will explore the impact of 21st century living on the marine environment and what this may mean for future human generations. Oban scientists will share the latest insights into human impacts on the marine ecosystem, locals and artists will exhibit their creative responses and entrepreneurs showcase latest technological solutions. And you can even visit the Historic Environment Scotland Viking Invasions event being held on the same weekend next door at Dunstaffnage Castle.