Every year Scottish Book Trust love to see what schools have been up to during Book Week Scotland. If your school got involved in any activities during Book Week Scotland 2013, however big or small, we’d love to hear from you!

Fill out our quick survey, and you could win £150 of books for your school. Our deadline for submission is Friday 28 February 2014.

Creating Book Trailers is a fantastic way to enthuse your learners about reading and develop their critical skills. This year, Scottish Book Trust are running our first ever book trailer competition for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, and have published a wealth of resources to help you get creative with trailers. Closing date for entries is February 7.

Make your pupils’ voices heard in the Scottish Children’s Book Awards

Every year thousands of children of all ages vote for their favourite book in the Scottish Children’s Book Awards. Why not get them writing reviews of the books to help them make their decision? Our review competition is a great opportunity to win some fabulous prizes, including book tokens and a visit from one of the shortlisted authors. You can find more details in the Get Involved section of SCBA. Closing date for entries is February 7.

Join us in Glow TV for the third of our Tell a Story events with the Scottish Storytelling Centre. This event lets you find out more about ‘Journeys’

‘Tell a Story Day’ is celebrated across Scotland in October. In the 3 weeks leading up to this national event join Storytellers in the ‘bothy’ at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh via Glow TV.

Enjoy listening to the storytellers share tales about nations and territories within the Commonwealth, about personal challenge and achievement and memorable, adventurous and incredible journeys. ‘Journeys’ is the theme for this year’s event.

While listening, learn how to tell and perform oral stories. Then take the opportunity to ask the storytellers questions about their ideas and techniques to help you plan and hold your own ‘Tell a Story Day’ event. On ‘Tell a Story’ day we plan to broadcast your stories across Scotland via Glow TV. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1dBZu1R

This Glow TV event is part of the Learning Experiences catalogue and a series of opportunities for Scottish learner to learn, create, make, build, bake, grow, collect, code tell stories and more. Learning experiences are set within contexts and many themes are interdisciplinary and take the form of learning spaces to connect learners and allow them to share, collaborate as well as a series of live events. Find out more about the Learning Experiences Catalogue here: http://bit.ly/1bx6c5B

Join us on Thursday 19th September at 11am – sign up and join us in Glow TV – LearnCat Tell a Story – Journeys At the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Join us in Glow TV for the first of our Tell a Story events with the Scottish Storytelling Centre. This event lets you find out more about ‘My Story’

‘Tell a Story Day’ is celebrated across Scotland in October. In the 3 weeks leading up to this national event join Storytellers in the ‘bothy’ at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh via Glow TV.

Enjoy listening to the storytellers share tales about nations and territories within the Commonwealth, about personal challenge and achievement and memorable, adventurous and incredible journeys. ‘Journeys’ is the theme for this year’s event.

While listening, learn how to tell and perform oral stories. Then take the opportunity to ask the storytellers questions about their ideas and techniques to help you plan and hold your own ‘Tell a Story Day’ event.

On ‘Tell a Story’ day we plan to broadcast your stories across Scotland via Glow TV. Find out more here: Learning Experience Catalogue.

Welcome back to the new session! Everyone here at Glow TV hopes that you had a relaxing break and are ready for the challenges of the new term ahead. As ever Glow TV continues to offer a wide range of events both for use in the classroom with your pupils and also for Continued Professional Learning. We are kicking off next week with a series of events from the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Why not sign up and join us live at an event or if you are unable to join live then remember that all events are recorded and can be found in the Glow TV Watch Again section.

Monday 19th August at 12.30pm – Tom Palmer’s Football Reading Game
This event is suitable for Primary 4-7. Find out more about this event and sign up!

Tuesday 20th August at 10.30am – Superhero Siblings with Gwyneth Rees
This event is suitable for Primary 3-5. Find out more about this event and sign up!

Tuesday 20th August at 12pm – The Physics of Superheroes with James Kakalios
This event is suitable for S2- S6. Find out more about this event and sign up!

Wednesday 21st August at 10am – Titanic: Death on the Water with Tony Bradman This event is suitable for P4-7. Find out more about this event and sign up!

Wednesday 21st August at 12.30pm – Ciaran Murtagh: Jokes, Genies and Japes
This event is suitable for P3-6. Find out more about this event and sign up!

Friday 23rd August at 10am – Lunar Adventures with Simon Bartram
This event is suitable for P1-3. Find out more about this event and sign up!

Education Scotland has published its first draft Gaelic Language Plan for public consultation.  It confirms Education Scotland’s commitment to partnership working to secure and strengthen the use of Gaelic in Scotland.  Education Scotland values all of Scotland’s languages.  The focus of this particular plan is Gaelic in recognition of its valuable contribution to Scotland’s heritage and its status as an official language of Scotland.  The plan demonstrates Education Scotland’s commitment to the National Plan for Gaelic and the Gaelic Language ( Scotland ) Act 2005.  Dr. Bill Maxwell, Chief Executive of Education Scotland said, “Our Gaelic Language Plan sets out  to show how we will embed the promotion and use of Gaelic across all of our work.  I look forward to receiving views on the proposals in the draft Plan. Looking forward, I am absolutely committed to ensuring that improvements in the health and quality of Gaelic Education are a key strand of the overall impact we seek to have in improving Scottish education”.  You can view or download a copy of the draft Gaelic Language Plan on www.educationscotland.gov.uk and send your comments to Inverness@EducationScotland.gsi.gov.uk or write to Education Scotland, Longman House, Longman Road, Inverness, IV1 1SF.  The consultation runs until 12 September 2013.

Tha Foghlam Alba air a’ chiad dreachd de a Phlana Gàidhlig fhoillseachadh airson co-chomhairleachadh poblach.  Tha e a’ dearbhadh dealas Foghlam Alba mu bhith ag obair ann an com-pàirteachas gus cleachdadh na Gàidhlig a dhèanamh tèarainte agus a neartachadh ann an Alba. Tha Foghlam Alba a’ cur luach air cànain na h-Alba air fad.  Is e a’ Ghàidhlig fòcas a’ phlana shònraichte a tha seo ag aithneachadh an cuideachadh luachmhor a tha e a’ toirt do dhualchas na h-Alba agus an inbhe a tha aige mar chànan oifigeil an Alba. Tha am plana a’ comharrachadh dealas Foghlam Alba a thaobh Plana Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig agus Achd na Gàidhlig (Alba) 2005.  Thuirt An t-Oll Bill Maxwell, Ceannard Foghlam Alba, “Tha am Plana Gàidhlig againn a’ cur an cèill an dòigh anns an cuir sinn adhartachadh agus cleachdadh na Gàidhlig a-steach do ar n-obair air fad. Tha mi a’ dèanamh fiughair ri bhith a’ cluinntinn bheachdan air na molaidhean a tha san dreachd Phlana.   A’ coimhead air adhart, tha mi làn dhealasach mu bhith a’ dèanamh cinnteach gum bi leasachaidhean ann an slàinte agus càileachd Foghlam Gàidhlig nam prìomh dhual sa bhuaidh fharsaing a tha sinn a’ sireadh ann a bhith a’ leasachadh foghlam na h-Alba.”  Faodaidh tu an dreachd Phlana Gàidhlig fhaicinn aig www.educationscotland.gov.uk no lethbhreac dheth a luchdachadh a-nuas agus do bheachdan a chur gu Inverness@EducationScotland.gsi.gov.uk no sgrìobhadh gu Foghlam Alba, Taigh an Raon Rèidh, Rathad an Raon Rèidh, Inbhir Nis, IV1 1SF.  Bidh an co-chomhairleachadh a’ dol gu 12 Sultain 2013.

Our friends at Grounds for Learning have very kindly  shared a link to the children of Caledonia Primary school giving a tour of their school grounds as they go on a bear hunt. You can see the video here.

Do you have a project you would like to share? Drop us a line in the comments box and we’ll get back to you.

ScottishPower in conjunction with the Edinburgh International Book Festival is celebrating the fifth year of Swap Shop – an award winning project that encourages primary school children to read more and recycle old books.

Swap Shop is great fun and importantly really easy to run. Each pupil is encouraged to bring in a book, which they then swap with their schoolmates. This provides a perfect opportunity to get the whole school together, swapping books and sharing stories.  Many pupils might want to swap their books for ones from the class above, developing their literacy skills and enabling them to discover new stories. Five lucky schools will also get the chance to win an exclusive visit from a children’s author attending the Edinburgh International Book Festival. 

A key aspect of Swap Shop is to encourage awareness amongst school pupils about the work being done by Scottish charities. For the third year, children’s charity Aberlour has been selected as the official charity partner. Aberlour operates across Scotland, providing a range of services, support and advice for vulnerable children, young people and families. All monies raised by children taking part in the 2013 Swap Shop will go directly to the charity.

To be in with a chance of winning one of five author visits, schools are invited to complete their Swap Shop by the end of the summer term. For further information on registration which closes on Friday 24th May and taking part please contact Emma Paul at Stripe Communications on 0131 561 8628 or swapshop@stripecommunications.com.

Join us once again live from the Glow TV Studio for an interactive sing along session!

This time we will be joined by Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller, two talented young singers and musicians recognised as shining stars on the Scottish folk scene. They are both blessed with lovely, natural voices that blend beautifully, and their performances focus strongly on communicating through traditional and contemporary song.

During the session the ladies will be singing 3 songs that you can learn and join in with in your classrooms. We hope that you can join us!!

Sign up and join us live at 2pm on Wednesday 1st May in Glow Tv- Scotland Sings Again.

Join us in Glow TV on Thursday 7th March at 1.30pm to celebrate World Book Day with the 1000-strong audience in the Caird Hall for the 2012 Scottish Children’s Book Awards Ceremony live.

There will be readings, music, illustration, Oscar-worthy drama performances, song, readings, interviews, all of the shortlisted authors and illustrators and of course, the announcement of the wining books as chosen by over 32,000 children across Scotland.

Like the awards, the event is suitable for children in P1-S4. This event is a live web stream from the event and the link to this and to sign up is available in Glow TV.

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