Our Top 5 Primary Resources for the New Term
Scottish Book Trust's learning resources section is packed to the rafters with activity packs, case studies and videos to help you make reading and writing enjoyable for everyone. Looking for some activities for a particular author? We have a host of fantastic classroom packs written by teachers and librarians on writers that range from Jacqueline Wilson to Jackie Kay. Want to find out some alternative approaches to reading and writing for less confident pupils? Just click on the appropriate tag on our tag cloud. If you want to find inspiration from other teachers and librarians, just click on 'case studies' in the left-hand block and you'll be taken to a plethora of projects for all ages.
Because there's so much available, sometimes it's nice to see a small list to get you started, so we thought we'd give you a rundown on some new resources, plus some of the most downloaded from our website over the last few years. Check 'em out below, and remember our book lists section is available too if you're looking for the right book to kick off your term with a bang and inspire a lifelong love of reading.
Looking for activities for a particular author? We have a host of fantastic classroom packs on writers that range from Jacqueline Wilson to Jackie Kay
If you want your pupils to get involved in some performance this term, this resource, from drama practitioner Amy Hall Gibson, could be just what you need. The aim of the resource is to give you some quick, low-tech ideas to get pupils quickly immersed in the world of drama. Amy's resource was commissioned to support our Authors Live event with Ed Vere, which you can watch on demand here. The resource uses Ed's books Mr. Big and Max The Brave as examples for activities, but you can use the ideas with any book. And when you're looking for something more in-depth, check out this comprehensive Picture Book Drama video and guide from drama practitioner Pam Wardell.
P5 pupils from St. Mary's Primary school in Inverclyde were inspired to create these pop-up books after reading Christiane Dorion's wonderful titles about science and nature. Check out a blog post from teacher Nicole MacDonald, as well as learning resources and a book list, at the case study home page.
We've got some wonderful picture books being read out loud in full by their authors, from Ross Collins reading the hilarious Robot Rumpus to Emily MacKenzie with Wanted: Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar, a lovely tale of friendship and a paean to libraries. These videos have all been shortlisted in previous years for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize (formerly known as the Scottish Children's Book Awards). Stand by to see videos of this year's shortlisted books on August 31!
School libraries and technology consultant Bev Humphrey recently contributed this fantastic series to our website. The series looks at the accessibility features on tablets, as well as apps for reluctant readers and writers. There are also some great graphic novel app recommendations, and in the final blog post Bev introduces Augmented Reality apps, which blew our collective minds. Check it out now!
Our most viewed book list for 8-11 year-olds, this list introduces a selection of picture books which will stimulate and challenge older readers. For readers with print disabilities or low confidence, these books open a doorway to complex themes without the burden of lots of text, and there's some stunning and innovative artwork to discuss here too.
Check out the rest of our resources section for a wide selection of reading, writing, talking and listening resources.
Stand by for our Top Five Graphic Novel Resources blog post on Tuesday 23 August!