500 words competition

BBC Radio 2’s 500 words competition is back!

To launch it, there will be a live lesson screened at 11am on Thursday 7th February, where Charlie Higson and Frank Cottrell-Boyce will share tips, answer questions & create their own story. For more info and to find the link go to https://www.bbc.com/teach/live-lessons/500-words-2019-live-lesson/z6ydscw

The free resource pack with posters, writing tips and activities can be found at https://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/oxed/secondary/english/2019_500Words_ResourcePack.pdf

You can order short story writing notebooks for kids for £1 with the offer code ‘500 words’ at checkout from https://global.oup.com/education/product/9780192771513/?region=uk



Writing opportunities for pupils!

Following the meeting of the literacy forum yesterday I thought I’d share with you a couple of useful websites that were suggested to support children’s writing through competitions.

The Scottish Book Trust have an ongoing 50 word fiction competition, where they provide a monthly prompt on a different topic – it’s then up to pupils to decide where to take it. There are categories for all-age Gaelic writers, young writers 5-11, young writers 12-18 and adult writers with prizes in each category. The current topic is fireworks with a deadline of Tuesday 29th January. For more details visit: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading/the-50-word-fiction-competition


Young Writers is a website which gives links to a wide range of competitions for primary and secondary pupils. There are also book reviews, activities and games as well as supportive lesson plans. This site can be accessed at: https://youngwriters.co.uk/index



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 http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-week-scotland

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.