Blog Posts tagged: P4-7

An older primary pupil reading to P1 children

Our Top Five Resources for World Storytelling Day

Tomorrow is World Storytelling Day, the ideal time for you and your pupils to take some time to enjoy reading and listening to stories. Check out our top resources to help you do just that!

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Joseph Coelho

'Look who's cool in the pool': Joseph Coelho on making poetry fun

Do you or your pupils see poetry as lofty, intellectual and off-putting? You're not alone - but as children's poet Joseph Coelho points out, such ideas are often misplaced. In this blog post, Joseph suggests some new ways of thinking about poetry to help you and your pupils approach it confidently and with an open mind.

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Spyquest author David Goutcher with pupils from Craigbank Primary School

Engaging Pupils with Spyquest Gaming and Books

Spyquest is an online game and book series which has been switching pupils on to reading all across the country. In this blog post, teacher Fiona McLaren tells us how Spyquest has captured the imagination of pupils at Craigbank Primary School in Larkhall.

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Cover of The Rise of Wolves by Kerr Thomson, cropped

Kerr Thomson: 5 tips for using nature to inspire your writing

Award-winning children's author Kerr Thomson has always drawn inspiration from the natural world. In this blog post, young writers can find out his top tips to turn outdoor adventures into fuel for writing.

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Half finished image from Peter Pan: The Graphic Novel, showing how colour is added to an image in a graphic novel

5 Tips for Drawing Brilliant Comics

Creating comic strips presents a variety of stimulating challenges, so we've asked comic creator Fin Cramb to give us his top 5 essential tips to help young writers work in this medium. With the deadline for our graphic novel competition approaching, these insights could be just what your pupils need to make the final edits to their comic adaptations.

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Strategies and Tools for Pupils with Additional Support Needs

Pupils with additional support needs can benefit from a range of different strategies, depending on their particular requirements. In this blog post, Shirley Lawson of CALL Scotland outlines some fantastic strategies, texts and tools that can help pupils with ADHD, dyslexia and autism.

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A teacher helping a pupil to read

Winning Strategies for Developing Pupils' Reading Comprehension Skills

Di Hatchett and Gill Jordan helped to create Project X Comprehension Express, a new programme from Oxford University Press that supports teachers to develop pupils' reading comprehension skills. In this post, we ask Di and Gill about what factors contribute to comprehension, and how teachers can support pupils who are struggling to understand what they read.

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David Goutcher with a young fan of Spy Quest

Inspiring Reluctant Readers with the Spy Quest Games and Books

Spy Quest is an online game and book series which has proven hugely popular, using children’s enthusiasm for the game to inspire them to read the books. Schools across Scotland and beyond are using the game and books as a tool to inspire reluctant readers and develop literacy, and we'll be featuring some case studies from these schools on this blog over the coming months. First up, the game’s creator David Goutcher tells us more about the format of Spy Quest games and books.

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How to improve the readability of PDFs for Additional Support Needs

Adobe Acrobat Reader has many free features which can make digital books more accessible. In this blog post, Craig Mill of CALL Scotland gives a walk through of some of the handiest features.

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Children enjoying an Authors Live event!

Authors Live from the Archives: Upper Primary

Our Authors Live broadcasts feature some of the greatest names in children's writing, illustration and poetry – and they're all available to watch for free on our website. To celebrate reaching 60 broadcasts, we've put together some of our highlights for 8-11-year-olds to enjoy!

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