Category Archives: Literacy

First Ministers Reading Challenge


Abernyte Primary has signed up to take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, an exciting new reading initiative for children in Primary 4 – 7 (everyone is taking part in our school), delivered by Scottish Book Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government. We hope the challenge can be very much a home-school partnership with challenges taking place at school and at home, with books from school and where possible, from home.

Pupils will have a Reading Passport and Reading Challenge Record to keep track of their reading journey during the Challenge. They will have the opportunity to create their own reading challenges, as well as taking part with the wider school. You will find information about how you can support your child on the Reading Challenge website,

 What are we doing in school?  

  • Reading will be celebrated in a variety of ways and have a high profile in our school e.g. with displays throughout the school, an interactive recommendations wall and a competition to see who can be photographed reading in the most obscure or entertaining location and displaying them in school (start taking your photos anytime now and hand them in);
  • All the adults in the school will act as reading role models (if you know of any guest speakers who would like to come in and talk to the children about reading then please do let us know);
  • Books will be embedded in activities across the curriculum;
  • Reading for pleasure will be integrated into daily routine and time will be given for children to set and keep track of their reading challenges;
  • We will be holding a Reading Challenge Community Open Day.

What can you do at home?

Encouraging a love of reading is really important for children, so have a look at the hints and tips on the Reading Challenge website. Little things you can do to support your child include:

  • Signing up and visiting the library together
  • Discussing your favourite books
  • Making time for quiet reading

Scottish Book Trust have also put together some book recommendations to help children start their reading journey. You can search through these together on the website where there are over 300 titles, as well as book lists submitted by from children’s writers, well-known public figures, learning professionals and more.

Children and families are also encouraged to submit their own book lists – you can do so by emailing no more than 10 titles along with a short paragraph about who you are and the theme of your list to

When does the Reading Challenge take place?

The challenge will run from now until June 2017. We’re excited to be taking part and hope that you can join in the fun too!  If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.

World Book Day

Favourite Books (2)

To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March, pupils brought in their favourite book to share with the class.

Pupils also listened to an extract from “The Deptford Mice: The Dark Portal” and created their own sea shanty based on “What shall we do with the drunken sailor?” for Jupiter’s rats to sing while they are working to dig their secret tunnel…


International Book Festival


On Wednesday 26th August, the pupils of Abernyte Primary visited the International Book Festival in Edinburgh.

P2-4 listened to author Tom Pow talk about his book “Sixteen String Jack & the Garden of Adventure”, J.M. Barrie’s childhood, Peter Pan and the power of imagination.

P5-7 listed to author Lari Don talk about her book “The Tale of Tam Linn”, her Fables Beasts Chronicles and Scottish myths and legends.

Meeting the authors and having their books signed created a buzz that inspired pupils to read throughout their lunch break!


World Book Day

On Thursday 6th of March, pupils from Abernyte Primary celebrated World Book Day by dressing as their favourite literary characters.  The Wimpy Kid, Wally, Tintin, Wilbur the pig, Matilda and the cast of Frozen were amongst those represented.

Pupils gave talks about why they had chosen their character and read lots of books, including the £1 World Book Day books “Hello, Hugless Douglas!” and “Horrible Histories: Terrible Trenches”.

More information about World Book Day can be found online at