The SLA Resources Blog is designed to highlight new resources which we at the SLA think may be of interest to school librarians and to others working in related fields. The blog is available at http://www.sla.org.uk/resources-blog.php and can also be read via an RSS feed at http://www.sla.org.uk/sla-resources-rss.php.
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Check out the winners of the BETT 2015 awards – one of them may be just what you have been waiting for. Meanwhile, if you have a free Saturday and fancy heading down to London the BETT show is open all day.
Sky News have a new dynamic digital platform for students to engage with as well as for teachers to download resources from called Stand Up Be Counted which looks at current affairs and aims at enhancing participation in the upcoming elections in May.
All the resources you need to run the Stan Lee Excelsior Award and SLEA Junior are now available to download from the websites. Posters, Rating Forms, JABBICA Forms, Sticky Labels - all can now be downloaded as PDF documents. There's also a new poll about Batman on the Stan Lee Excelsior Award website's homepage (just a bit of fun!).
Helping teachers and parents encourage children to love reading a variety of books throughout the school year, is the reason Lovereading4schools was created. Part of the Lovereading and Lovereading4kids family, the website offers teachers an easy, impartial and free way to create and share reading lists with their parents and pupils, offering age appropriate books as well as themed collections of titles.
Lovereading4schools is endorsed by Jacqueline Wilson and all titles are selected by Julia Eccleshare MBE, the children’s book editor for The Guardian. There are fiction, non-fiction, poetry, fact and activity books, all of which have been shortlisted for awards or have proven over the years to be children’s classics. Lists are arranged by school year, ranging from Reception to Year 9 and onwards through teenage years. There are also specialist categories for Reluctant and Dyslexic Readers from the publisher, Barrington Stoke. These particular collections really make a difference to those who struggle with their reading and can be an ideal allocation of pupil premium. They provide gripping storylines and manageable chapter lengths, as well as sympathetic fonts and chapter lengths.
All the lists provide a foundation upon which to build your schools recommended reading lists. You can add or delete from them, adding personal favourites or books that compliment class topics, plus many librarians find the specialist topics useful for creating library displays and themed collections. Each title is displayed with a book cover image, a downloadable extract, author information and comments, plus parents can purchase any of the books direct at discounted prices of up to 25%.
Once your lists are created, they can be shared by sending out your unique URL to your parents so they can link directly to your schools book list page. There are also many resources to inform and promote your lists to parents on our site, from letter templates to posters and web banners that help spread the love of reading. As well as the service being free for schools and offering discounted prices on all the books features, there is the added bonus that 5% of the money spent by parents on the website comes back to the school as book vouchers to help build the library. Many schools also use our lists to build their library collections too.
One school that has been successfully using Lovereading4schools for several years now is The Schools at Somerhill in Kent. You can read about the thoughts and experiences of Mrs Susan Smith, the Prep School Librarian, here.
To find out more or to set up your schools account with Lovereading4schools, please visit www.lovereading4schools.co.uk
National Schools Partnership have a great new English and literacy resource geared towards KS3 (and equivalent) students across the UK which helps teachers set up an Into Film club in an easy and fun way and gives them access to thousands of fantastic films and resources for their secondary school pupils. Supporting this resource, and helping teachers kick start their new film club, is a free DVD of the cult classic Edward Scissorhands directed by Tim Burton which teachers will receive when registering for the resource.
The easy-to-use resource aims at boosting literacy and critical thinking skills in the classroom and by registering for the resource and setting up a film club, teachers can provide a platform for students to express their opinions and develop their self-esteem and interpersonal skills.
Along with the free DVD of Edward Scissorhands, teachers will have access to over 4, 000 other films to use in the classroom as well as a recommended viewing list tailored to Secondary-aged pupils with films from Bend It Like Beckham to Beijing Bicycle. There are numerous other benefits to starting a film club in school or out of school and all those and more information can be found here on the website
Special school-wide subscriptions to the fantastic Findmypast are now available for the first time - and exclusively through JCS! The JCS agreement is open to UK Secondary and Primary Schools, British International Schools, and International Schools both in the UK and overseas. Findmypast is a searchable online archive of over 1.8 billion records from across the globe - everything from parish records to censuses and from migration records to military collections. It enables students to research and build their own family trees, as well as to undertake broader research on a wide range of themes and topics.
Would you like to win a book? Crimson Publishing are giving away 10 copies of their book How to Help your Dyslexic and Dyspraxic Child.
What can you do to help your child who has dyslexia or dyspraxia? You are not alone. Author Sally McKeown explains each syndrome and draws on the experience of other parents to help you understand and support your child. Discover how to:
With handy tips and easy-to-apply advice, this guide gives you the tools you need to make life easier.
Share your top tip for helping a child with dyslexia, and enter a draw to win a copy of the book. Send your tip to Bethan Head and include your own contact details in case you win! Deadline 7th November.
The Guardian Teacher Network is a free service for teachers and educational professionals covering best practice, career advice and professional development.The Guardian Teacher Network is designed to help you not only with your day job, but also with your future career path.
The Into Film Festival is a free and annual educational film festival which aims to help educators bring learning to life for 5 –19 year olds by inspiring them to watch, make and understand films in new and creative ways. Taking place from the 4 -21 November in over 500 venues across the UK the festival offers young people a free trip to the cinema and a diverse range of film screenings that are supported by curriculum focused educational resources. What will schools and young people enjoy for free?
Register your interest for the Festival now and Into Film will let you know when bookings open up at the beginning of September.
Want to take part in an exciting fundraising initiative for your school and students? This year, Breast Cancer Campaign returns with wear it pink a campaign that takes place throughout October with a whole host of fundraising opportunities. These can include anything from a cake sale to a class fun-day; every contribution helps.
Every school that takes part will receive a toolkit for students that will include fundraising ideas and all the materials they need to plan their own fundraising events. Alongside this, teachers can also download resources which are linked to PSHE and science, as this campaign supports the delivery of these subjects. Sign up here to receive these resources and get planning.