May 052015
 

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Scottish Book Trust is pleased to announce that the books chosen for the 2015/16 Bookbug bags, to be distributed free to every baby, toddler, 3 year old and P1 child in Scotland between Spring 2015 and Spring 2016, are as follows:

Bookbug Baby Bag
• Baby’s Very First Black and White Book: Babies by Stella Baggott (Usborne)
• Peekaboo Jungle by Emily Bolam (Campbell Books)
• Mouse is Small by Mary Murphy (Walker Books Ltd)

Bookbug Toddler Bag
• Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (Puffin)
• Splosh by David Melling (Hodder Children’s Books)
• Feeling Great Just Like Me! by Jess Stockham (Child’s Play)

Bookbug Pirate Bag
• Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty Orchard (Hachette Children’s Books)
• Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
• Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose by Lynne Rickards and Eilidh Muldoon (Scottish Book Trust)

Catriona Wallace, Head of Early Years at Scottish Book Trust said:
“We are very excited to announce the new titles for this year’s Bookbug bags. Our expert panel has carefully selected books by fantastic authors and illustrators and we hope that mums, dads and carers will enjoy sharing these stories with their children. Bookbug bags are a fun way to introduce your babies and toddlers to stories, songs and rhymes, and boost their language and listening skills.”

The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag for 2015/16 will include free copies of the three shortlisted books from the Bookbug category of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016, which will be announced on 2 September 2015. These bags will be distributed to Primary 1 children during Book Week Scotland (23 November – 29 November 2015).

Bookbug is Scotland’s national book gifting programme, encouraging parents and children to share books together from birth. We gift books to every baby, toddler, 3 and 5-year-old in Scotland in four free Bookbug bags:

– Baby bag (gifted by a health visitor to every baby
– Toddler bag (gifted by a health visitor to every toddler
– Pirate bag (gifted at nursery to every 3-year-old)
– Primary 1 Family bag (gifted at school to every P1 pupil)
– Dolly Parton Imagination Library (free books delivered monthly to every Looked After Child aged 0-5 in Scotland)

May 052015
 

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A new picture book highlighting the importance of healthy eating for children was launched today (5 May) at Methil Community Education Centre, marking the completion of a two year writer in residency project run by Scottish Book Trust and Home-Start Levenmouth Family Group.

Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose was written by author Lynne Rickards and was developed in workshops with 11 parents from the Levenmouth Family Group to raise awareness about the importance of healthy eating for children in their early years. 60,000 copies of the finished book have been published by Scottish Book Trust to include in the 2015 Bookbug Pirate pack which will be given to every 3-year-old in Scotland this year.

Lynne facilitated weekly creative writing classes with the group that explored foods and healthy eating, with support from NHS Health Scotland. The resulting book, featuring the fantastic illustrations of Eilidh Muldoon, is a fun-filled tale written in rollicking rhyme that encourages children to try eating tasty, healthy foods including carrots and bananas.

Paula Martin, a parent who participated in the classes said:
“The experience of working with Lynne was great and we all gained new skills and felt that we were a part of a great opportunity. I know we will all treasure our experience of the project “

To celebrate the launch of Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose Lynne will be reading from the book at Methil Community Education Centre this afternoon. An exhibition of Eilidh Muldoon’s illustrations will also be unveiled at the Centre, which will tour libraries in Fife throughout the rest of the year in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust.

Commenting on the project Lynne Rickards said:
“I was thrilled to be chosen as an Early Years Writer-in-Residence for Scottish Book Trust and had a brilliant time working with a great group of mums to produce our healthy eating story. Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Team and the lovely people at Home-Start Levenmouth provided excellent support throughout the project, and I’m very proud of the finished book which is beautifully illustrated by Eilidh Muldoon.”

Kay Mcleary, Senior Coordinator at Home-Start Leven mouth added:
“The parents involved in the project were delighted to have an opportunity to work with Lynne and contribute their ideas about what kind of book they would enjoy reading to their children to emphasise the importance of healthy eating in a fun and engaging way”.An exhibition of Eilidh

Muldoon’s illustrations from Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose, annotated with selected text from the book, will be on display at the following libraries:

• Methil Library, 5 – 15 May
• Leven Library, 18 – 29 May
• Kennoway Library, 1 – 12 June
• St Andrews Library, 15 – 26 June
• Burntisland Library, 29 June – 24 July
• Cowdenbeath Library, 27 July – 14 August
• Tayport Library, 17 August – 28

August
• Cupar Library, 31 August – 11 September
• Rothes Halls, 14 September – 25 September
• Kirkcaldy Galleries, 28 September – 9 October
• Benarty Library, 12 October – 23 October
• Jennie Lee Library, 26 October – 6 November
• Dalgety Bay Library, 9 November – 20 November
• Duloch Library, 23 November – 4 December
• Kincardine, 7 December – 18 December

Apr 242015
 

The strategy provides an updated and informed context for the provision of publicly funded ESOL in Scotland.  It places ESOL in the broad context of learning in Scotland and sets out the strategic direction for ESOL for the next five years.

The aims of the strategy are to build on successes to date and to continue to improve the quality, co-ordination and delivery of ESOL provision for all residents in Scotland for whom English is not a first language.

In helping to progress the direction of this refreshed strategy, Education Scotland will work with learners, key partners and providers to draw up an implementation plan to work towards achieving the outcomes of the strategy.  In doing so, Education Scotland will seek commitment from learners, key partners and providers to support and progress actions within the implementation plan.

The strategy is available online now.

Apr 202015
 

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“Pride: Uplifting British comedy about an unlikely moment in recent history.” filmclub.org

Into Film, invite you to attend a special screening event, exploring political issues within film.

SIGN UP HERE: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/your-voice-developing-political-literacy-in-scotland-pride-screening-registration-16349938105?aff=es2

This event, follow up Q&A, and activity encourages young people to think about:

  • how film can be used as a platform for discussing political themes and young people’s rights
  • how individuals can make their voices heard today
  • how young people can collaborate and participate in decision making
  • what issues are important to young people and how they could address these issues

Pride, a powerful true-life tale, was chosen to help young people to explore the different ways ordinary people can bring about political change. Set in the summer of 1984 a group of gay and lesbian activists decide to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.

After the screening there will be a question and answer session with Jonathan Blake, an activist featured in the film. This will give the young people a unique opportunity to speak to someone who helped shape LGBT rights and laws.

From this event and from the following Q&A we would like young people to reflect on how far LGBT rights have changed since 1984 and what they care about in their own community. Is there anything they feel passionate about changing in society? How can they participate and make their voices heard?

We would ask that all young people come with at least one prepared question relating to either the film or political processes within the UK.

Please see below Education Scotland’s Political Literacy page for further information on how to develop political literacy within class:

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/politicalliteracy/index.asp

For a look at what’s ahead and to encourage discussion, here is the Pride trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsFY0wHpR5o

Please note that Pride is a 15 certificate.

If you have any questions about this event please contact katie.hamilton@intofilm.org or jo.spence@intofilm.org

 

 

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Mar 132015
 

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Bookbug Week 2015 will take place between 18 and 24 May, with hundreds of FREE story, song and rhyme events for families with babies and young children held across the country. The theme this year is Bookbug’s Big Bedtime Story.

Bookbug encourages mums, dads and carers to talk, cuddle, sing, and share stories and rhymes with their children from birth. The programme provides every child in Scotland with four free packs of books and runs free Bookbug Sessions at libraries and community centres across the country. Bookbug is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Scottish Book Trust.

Last year over 400 events took place during Bookbug Week, with highlights including East Dunbartonshire’s Early Years Fest featuring best-selling children’s author Vivian French and Lapin the French Rabbit; the Townhouse Toddlympics at Hamilton Townhouse Library in South Lanarkshire; Bookbug’s Big Sports day at Citadel Leisure Centre in South Ayrshire; and a Giant Bookbug Marathon at Moredun Library in Edinburgh.

Bookbug Week 2015 will see bedtime-themed events taking place in every local authority in Scotland, with special appearances from some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors and illustrators. Families can look forward to our flagship event at Rozelle House and Maclaurin Art Gallery in South Ayrshire on Tuesday 19 May, schools and nurseries across the country will be given the opportunity to participate in a fun-filled Authors Live event, streamed live from the BBC’s studios in Glasgow on Thursday 21 May, and some fantastic Bookbug prizes will be up for grabs via Bookbug’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BookbugSBT) and Twitter (@Bookbug_SBT) throughout the week.

Introducing children to books at an early age has many wonderful benefits including building up their confidence and social skills, and giving their speech and language development a real boost! Bookbug Week is the perfect chance to find out more about the Bookbug programme, get involved, meet other families and get ideas to make sharing books, songs and rhymes with children a fun part of each day.

Find out more about Bookbug Week and events happening in your area at scottishbooktrust.com/bookbugweek or ask for information at your local library.

Mar 132015
 

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Edinburgh International Science Festival are thrilled to be running a ‘Sci-Ku’ (science haiku) writing competition! There are 3 categories of the competition: primary school, secondary school and open to the public. To supplement the competition, Edinburgh International Science Festival have created 2 teaching packs for primary and secondary schools, to help teachers take advantage of this competition during British Science Week and explore science in a creative way. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/sci-ku-competition

 

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Sci Ku Teachers Pack Secondary

Feb 272015
 

Following the publication of its 3-18 Curriculum Impact Report for Sciences in September 2012, Education Scotland organised a series of conversation days, where priorities for action to secure improvements in science education nationally were identified.

Key aspects for development emerged, which included:

In the primary sector and at the early stages of secondary school, there is generally less emphasis in the key area of Topical Science than on the other four organisers……. In these cases, children and young people do not have enough opportunity to discuss and debate a range of ethical issues.”

Young people are increasingly surrounded by scientific issues in the media and their everyday lives. By considering current issues through topical science, learners increasingly develop their understanding of scientific concepts and their capacity to form informed social, moral and ethical views. They reflect upon and critically evaluate media portrayal of scientific findings.

To address this aspect the Sciences team is hosting a “Topical Science and Partnerships” Glow Meet which will be complimented again by a series of professional learning twilight sessions.

Join us on Wednesday 4th March at 3.45 – 4.45 pm in Glow TV to find out more.

Register https://meet.glowscotland.org.uk/topicalscience/event/event_info.html

Register for the twilight session

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TwilightSessions2015

Sessions will include input from STEM Ambassadors, Royal Society of Chemistry, Citizen Science , Community Resilience, Creative Thinking and the Sciences  and Glasgow City of Science

Feb 262015
 

We told you last week about our Digital Storytelling exercise. Well, already there has been a major plot development!

Award-winning childrens’ author, Theresa Breslin, has kindly agreed to provide the story starter for Digital Storytelling 3.

Among the schools who will be taking part are Kilbarchan, Lochfield, Invergowrie, Pumpherston and Uphall Station primary schools.

The great news is that as of the time of writing this blog post, there are still slots available. So if you want to take part, get along to the storytelling learning space

<Please note, there are also still slots available for Storytelling 2 (for older writers) see Digital Storytelling 1 and 2 update for another surprise!>

Theresa_Breslin_400x400About Theresa Breslin

  • Carnegie Medal winning author of over 40 books
  • Her books include Divided City, Ghost Soldier and Illustrated Treasury of Folk & Fairy Tales
  • Her work has appeared on Stage, Radio & TV

You can keep up to date with Theresa’s work online:

Feb 262015
 

We told you last week about our Digital Storytelling exercise. These two stories haven’t even started yet and there has been a major plot twist!

Renowned Scottish childrens’ author, Cathy MacPhail, has kindly agreed to provide the story starters for both Digital Storytelling 1 and Digital Storytelling 2.

First to take up Cathy’s challenge will be the young writers of St Michael’s Primary in Dumfries. Of course, they won’t see Catherine’s starter until just before they start writing!

You can see all the other schools taking part in this particular challenge on Glow by going to the storytelling learning space

<Please note, Storytelling 1 is full but there are still slots available for Storytelling 2 and Storytelling 3 –see Digital Storytelling 3 update for another surprise!>

Cathy_MacPhailAbout Cathy MacPhail

  • Cathy is Patron of Reading at Falkirk High
  • She is also an Ambassador for Children 1st.
  • Her novel , Out of The Depths, was shortlisted for the Grampian Book Award and she is weel kent for her Tyler Lawless Mysteries.
  • Her novel, Another Me, is soon to be released as a film, Panda Eyes.

You can keep up to date with Cathy’s work online:

Feb 172015
 

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Calling all learners!

From 2nd to 6th March, we’re going to co-create stories using Word Online on Glow.

Renowned authors, Theresa Breslin and Cathy MacPhail are providing the story starters!

These will be published at 9am on the 2nd March. At 9.30, the learners of St Michael’s Primary in Dumfries will write the first chapter.

Classes who sign up each get about an hour to write their chapter of the story. The twist is the storyline and characters have to flow, that’s the fun bit! Any learner or educator can ‘tune in’ and see the story developing live.

By the end of the week, we will have three fab co-written stories!

There are three separate storytelling experiences. To take part, you should ask your teacher to read the Teacher guide – storytelling for digilearnscot week and sign you up on one of the spaces on Glow

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Another learning experience brought to you by #digilearnscot