Category Archives: Literacy and English

New Road Safety Resources

Road Safety Scotland have developed a suite of free road safety learning resources for specific age groups from 3-18 years, with a view to developing responsible road use among young people. All their resources link to Curriculum for Excellence, incorporating experiences and outcomes in health and wellbeing; literacy and English; maths and numeracy, and many other subject areas.

The resources offer different learning styles to engage teachers and learners, and make the learning appropriate, relevant and challenging at every level, and may also help maintain the important link between school and home, allowing key road safety messages to be shared throughout the wider community. You can now access the online resources through the App Library available in Glow.

Fife’s BIG Book Brains Quiz Final 2017

small-bbbq-2017Join nearly 130 primary schools in Fife on Tuesday 21st February at 10am for the final of the amazing BIG Book Brains Quiz, organised for the ninth year running by Fife Cultural Trust Libraries.

Reading Challenges and Quiz Heats have been taking place across Fife since last August and now we have 129 school teams who will come together to compete for the title of BIG Book Brains 2017. As well as winning some fabulous prizes, our champions have the chance to be ‘Librarians for a Day’ and select £500 worth of books for their school library sponsored by Scotia and Chameleon Books in Kilsyth.

You are all invited to tune in and rise to the challenge as you pit your book knowledge against the teams who have won through to the final in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes. Compered by Jonathan Meres, hilarious author of The World of Norm books, all schools joining us on Glow will have the chance to send a shout out to wish our teams good luck and the chance to win some great spot prizes. Don’t miss it!

Sign up to join in live – Fife’s BIG Book Brains Quiz Final 2017

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Drawing Cartoons

small-drawing-cartoonsHave you ever wanted to create cartoons like the professionals? This is your chance!
On Thursday 2nd March at 10.45am meet Jim Glen, who has spent many years bringing some much loved characters to life in the pages of the Beano. Have your clipboards ready so that you can draw along as Jim shows you how to create cartoons.

He’ll also offer top tips on making your stories and characters leap off the page and will answer any questions you have to help you become a top class cartoonist. The session will be suitable for P4-P7 pupils and will cover aspects of the Expressive Arts and Literacy and English curriculum.

Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – Drawing Cartoons

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Santa Visits Glow TV

small-image-santaYes it’s that time of year again when we welcome Santa back to Glow TV! This year he will be visiting us on Friday 16th December at 10.45am.

Santa will be taking a break from making all the toys at the North Pole to come to a school in Scotland to answer all the questions that you might have about Christmas and Santa. How does he make all the toys? How does he deliver them all on time? What does he feed his reindeer? How does Rudolph help him with his red nose? These and many many more questions will be answered in this very special Glow TV event.

Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – Santa Visits Glow TV.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

St Andrew’s Celebrations Sing-along

small-st-andrews-singalongGlow TV is excited to be celebrating St Andrew’s Day with a series of events starting with this singalong session with Maeve MacKinnon.

Maeve will be singing a great Scots song called Bear in the Woods, by the Singing Kettle and a Gaelic song entitled Orra Bhonna Bhonnagan. The words for both songs will be available on screen for everyone to join in in their classrooms!

Join us on Friday 25th November at 11am. Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – St Andrew’s Celebrations Sing-along.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

St Andrews Celebrations – Scots Storytelling in Shetlandic

small-scots-storytellingJoin us on Tuesday 29th November at 2pm as part of our St Andrew’s Day celebrations for an opportunity to hear Edinburgh’s Makar read from two translated books.

Christine De Luca currently holds the post of Edinburgh’s Makar (poet laureate). She grew up in Walls, Shetland, but has long been resident in Edinburgh. She writes in both English and Shetlandic, her native tongue. She has published six collections of poetry and one novel, and has been the recipient of many awards and prizes for her work. She is one of the founders of Hansel Co-operative Press which was established to promote literary and artistic work in Shetland and Orkney. In 2008 She has translated Roald Dahl’s novel George’s Marvellous Medicine into Shetlandic as Dodie’s Phenomenal Pheesic.

Join us live in Glow TV to her Christina reading ‘The Gruffalo’s Bairn’ and ‘Da Trow’.
Sign up and register to take part live – St Andrew’s Celebrations – Scots Storytelling.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Poppy Scotland’s Letters Home Competition

small-poppy-scotlandThis year Poppy Scotland’s competition is called Letters Home, the competition asks you to write a letter back to your folks at home as though you were a soldier fighting at The Somme.

Reflecting on what you have learnt about World War 1 and the Battle of the Somme, think about how you would describe your experiences, your feelings about the battle and the difficulties of the environment you are living in. Consider the power your words would have in describing how the conflict affected you and those all around you, but bear in mind the impact your words would have on those receiving the letter.

Further information on the competition and how to enter can be found at: http://learning.poppyscotland.org.uk/competition/

The closing date is December 2nd and the winner will receive a tablet with seven runners-up receiving a £30 book token courtesy of National Book Tokens.

Glow TV at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

EIBF.JPEG ImageGlow TV will once again be at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and you can join us too!
We will be broadcasting two events this year and you can sign up now to take part:

The Horrible Science Show – Monday 22nd August at 1.30pm
Join us for this exciting session 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. Register to take part now – The Horrible Science Show

In Those We Trust – Wednesday 26th August 12.15pm
Join authors Keren David and Alex Wheatle for a discussion about diversity and keeping it real in Young Adult fiction. Alex’s latest novel Crongton Knights is about a boy growing up on a tough south London estate, while Keren’s Cuckoo is about a child star who has fallen on hard times and becomes homeless. Find out what inspired these two hard-hitting, but ultimately moving, novels. Register to take part now – <a href="http://“>In Those We Trust

If you unable to join us for the live events you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Also check out the Edinburgh International Book Festival Learning Blog for lots of information, ideas and resources.

Learning Families – Intergenerational Approaches to Literacy Teaching and Learning

“All of the programmes featured in this publication by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning  share valuable experiences and lessons. They reflect a view of effective learning families whereby each child is a member of a family, and within a learning family every member is a lifelong learner. Among disadvantaged families and communities in particular, a family literacy and learning approach is more likely to break the intergenerational cycle of low education and literacy skills..” (Elfert and Hanermann 2014)

http://uil.unesco.org/fileadmin/keydocuments/Literacy/en/learning-families.pdf

https://familylearningscot.wordpress.com/

Family Learning Research

This report presents findings from a study of family literacy programmes in England carried out by the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) between July 2013 and May 2015. This mixed-methods study was funded by the Nuffield Foundation and explored: 1) the impact of school-based family literacy programmes on young children’s progress in reading and writing; and 2) how parents translate and implement what they learn in these classes into the home literacy environment. This study provides evidence that after attending family literacy sessions children improve their literacy skills and there are positive changes in the home literacy environment.

http://www.nrdc.org.uk/?p=838

https://familylearningscot.wordpress.com/