Expressive arts

Writing a comic book scene is challenging and lots of fun! In this resource, comic writers Metaphrog take pupils through the process of adapting a scene from a novel to comic book format, encouraging them to think critically at all stages about the adaptation process. The resource uses MIchael Morpurgo's book Private Peaceful as an example, but you can use it with any book to introduce pupils to the engaging world of comic creation.

In March 2016 children's author and environmentalist Christiane Dorion visited primary schools in Inverclyde, West Lothian and Dundee as part of the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour.

Find out how Christiane's visit inspired P5 pupils at St Mary's Primary School in Inverclyde to create their own non-fiction pop-up books as part of a a brilliant cross-curricular project.

Picture books are full of quirky characters and dramatic situations, perfect for providing children with opportunities to put on a performance. If you're looking for some quick, low-tech ideas for using picture books as the basis for role-playing and reading out loud, this resource from theatre practitioner Amy Hall Gibson is the perfect starting point. The resource uses Ed Vere's fantastic picture books as examples, but you can use these ideas with pretty much any book to get your class enjoying the thrill of performance!

Joy Cameron, Primary 1/2 teacher at Lochnell Primary School in Argyll, took part in our Authors Live Champions Programme in 2016. Joy took Ed Vere's Authors Live event as inspiration for a fantastic transition project involving all pre-five, P1 and P2 pupils.

Read Joy's blog about the brilliant activities which she ran in her classroom to welcome the new P1 pupils into the school, watch Ed vere's Authors Live event on-demand and take a look at the learning resources with lots of brilliant cross-curricluar activity ideas inspired by Ed Vere's wonderful picture books.

Ross Collins, author and illustrator of the hilarious picture book 'There's a Bear on My Chair', gives his top tips for drawing his two feuding characters - a smug polar bear and a very angry mouse!

These activities inspired by MG Leonard's Beetle Boy are fantastic if you want to explore the world of insects with your pupils! The activities are designed to help your pupils research and observe some fascinating beetle behaviour. Although the activities are inspired by the novel, you don't need to own a copy to take advantage of these great resources!

Find out how Lesley Glasgow, teacher at Hilton Primary School in Inverness, used Liz Pichon's hugely popular Tom Gates series as inspiration for a brilliant cross-curricular project.

Martin Brown is the creator of the artwork for the well-loved children's series Horrible Histories. In this video he shows you and your pupils that anyone can get into drawing!

Korky Paul is the illustrator of the best-loved children's series Winnie the Witch. In this video he shares his top tips to help your pupils create a rich and compelling illustrated character!

In November 2014 the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour visited secondary schools in Falkirk, East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire with the brilliant author Phil Earle.

Get inspired by these fantastic projects from Kyle Academy, Kilmarnock Acadmey, Graeme High School and St. Mungo's High School, watch Phil's top tips for writing great dialogue, and take a look at learning resources designed to help you explore Phil's books with your pupils.

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