Journeys with Julia: Interdisciplinary Learning at Castleview School
Pupils and staff at Castleview School were delighted when we found out that we were part of the 20th Anniversary Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Julia Donaldson. Our school has 29 pupils aged 3-12 who have moderate to complex additional support needs. As a school we have a passion for stories and our pupils often learn through story-based approaches. We frequently find we dip into the marvellous works of Julia Donaldson as the richness of her text is so compelling for staff to read and, most importantly, for our pupils to listen to!
We were delighted to follow up this experience by becoming Schools Champions. Working with Scottish Book Trust, we developed our summer topic of ‘Journeys’ and gave it a Julia Donaldson twist. As a starting point we received a goody box full of books!
Our classes all chose different aspects of Journeys to focus on – these were either based on one of Julia’s texts or using them as supporting material for their topic. The Green
Part of the funding was used to give us high-quality storytelling experiences. Ailie from Flotsam and Jetsam came to share some traditional stories with us and we were all intrigued by the different sensory items that appeared from her wicker basket! Ailie also did a training session for staff after school so that we could all strengthen our storytelling skills. This will definitely influence how we look at storytelling across the school and how we develop our resources.
Scottish Book Trust grant funded some Kodaly music sessions with Clare Cushing – a longstanding friend of Castleview School, who never fails to delight with her songs and stories. Clare had us swooshing silk scarves for the sea and creating a paper boat as well as blowing up lots of balloons to illustrate parts of the story of Jack and the Flumflum Tree.
Being Scottish Book Trust School Champions has been a great opportunity for our school, and when we head into session 18/19 we will do so enriched by a range of valuable experiences and resources which will enhance literacy at Castleview for years to come. From everyone at Castleview we would like to say:
Check out our learning resources to find out more about our Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with Julia Donaldson!