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31 March is Private Peaceful Day and there are all sorts of special events taking place. 100 cinemas across the UK are screening the film specially for schools and the screenings will be followed by a live Q&A with Michael Morpurgo, broadcast via satellite.
In the meantime, Fluidity Films are offering libraries the chance to buy the DVD, for rental purposes, at the special price of £4.50, including P&P (ex VAT). For more information or to place orders email Fluidity Films direct at info[at]fluidityfilms.com The film stars Richard Griffiths, George MacKay, Jack O’Connell and Maxine Peake. It is heartfelt and moving, and brings Michael Morpurgo’s novel vividly to life.
TRA are delighted to be working with HarperCollins Children’s Books and Fluidity Films on this, and very grateful to them for this special offer.
ReadingZone is working with authors and The Phoenix comic to launch a range of creative projects for schools! Pupils can join in making a comic, creating a superhero's diary, or seeing how good they are at writing stories that are full of suspense!
ReadingZone will launch the following projects in early March, ready to run during March / April, to complete before the Easter break. For now, we want to know which schools would like to get involved.
Get in touch by emailing: info@ReadingZone.com with your schools' details, the age of the pupils and which project you'd like to take part in. All the projects are free for schools to enter, each one has a fabulous prize and, where possible, we will be encouraging schools to communicate and collaborate with each other. The projects are as follows:
MAKE A COMIC - We are working with The Phoenix comic, inviting a group of schools (secondary or primary) to work together to make a comic over the course of a few weeks. The Phoenix will provide you with a 'comic starter' and some guidelines, as well as templates for the layout. Each school that takes part in the project will be asked to complete one page of the comic before passing it on to the next school to complete the next page. Schools will have one week to work on their comic page.
The winner of the project is the school that creates the best page. The winners will be announced live during the ReadingZone Festival on Wednesday 25th June. The prize includes a set of graphic novels and a skype chat with a comic creator on the 25th June.
DIARY OF A SUPERHERO / SUPERVILLAIN - This project is about imagining a day in the life of a Superhero - or a Supervillain - and we want your pupils (primary and secondary) to create a diary of it. This can be in any format they want: a straight diary, illustrations, a filmed comedy sketch or drama, or an audio version. Anything goes!
Each school will work on their own entries, as individuals or as groups. The winners will be announced during the ReadingZone Festival on Thursday 26th June and the prizes will include signed copies of Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Jamie Thomson's Dark Lord series, a skyped chat with the author to discuss the winning entry on Thursday 26th June, plus a professional ‘comic’ illustration of the winning entry, provided by Orchard Books!
WRITING FOR SUSPENSE - Here, we will be looking for the most suspenseful story. A group of schools (primary or secondary) will be provided with an exciting 'story starter' from Steve Cole that will help your writers to build suspense into their stories. We want each school taking part to write a paragraph of up to 300 words to develop the story, before passing the story onto the next school, who will contribute their 300 words etc. Each school will have three days to write their suspenseful paragraph.
The winner is the school that has made the best contribution to the story and the winners will be announced during the ReadingZone Festival on Friday 27th June. The prize will include a range of thrillers or adventure stories, plus a skyped chat with an author to discuss the winning entry.
Schools are welcome to register their own groups, for the group projects, or ReadingZone can allocate your school to a group.
For more details, visit the website.
Check out the new February Newsletter from JCS Online Resources. There are several exciting new resources available, including World Book, JSTOR Secondary Schools and Digital Theatre Plus. There is also the chance to hear JCS if you are attending our Weekend Course in Manchester this June - don't miss it!
No. 1 bestselling author Robert Muchamore will be hosting a FREE virtual author event at 11.30am GMT, Thursday 6 March 2014 which will be streamed live into secondary schools across the UK.
The event will mark the publication of Robert Muchamore’s brand new series for teenagers, Rock War, his World Book Day £1 book, Rock War: The Audition, as well as the 10th Anniversary of his bestselling series CHERUB.
Hodder have teamed up with online video specialists Stream UK, the company behind World Book Day’s Biggest Book Show on Earth to bring Robert Muchamore live to thousands of teenagers. To find out more visit www.muchamore.com/live
National Schools Partnership, along with Industry Trust and Film Nation UK, are excited to bring you Creating Movie Magic. This D&T focused programme offers teachers curriculum-linked resources that inspire respect for intellectual property, stimulate pupils to explore their own filmmaking talents and find out about the huge amount of skill that goes into making movies.
It offers teachers a completely new approach to teaching design and technology and gives pupils the chance to become movie makers and IP owners themselves; crafting and protecting their own magic movie moments using their design, technology and media skills. The free resource pack will examine the skilled and intricate process of filmmaking and help pupils understand the importance and value of creativity and how design and technology skills can lead to exciting careers within these fields. Visit the website to find out more and to register.
JCS has started 2014 by announcing a brand new resource suitable for all subjects and all levels - from early years to sixth form and beyond. You can read all about it along with lots of other news, views and information in their January newsletter now available on their website and arriving in mail boxes throughout the week. Please share the link with colleagues and other librarian networks.
Available from author Tom Palmer - a downloadable pack of six posters with new ideas to encourage reluctant readers to read for pleasure, featuring real reading boys from across Britain, Ireland and Australia.
The Education Show 2014 announces the first details of its extensive new programme of free continuing professional development (CPD). The UK's leading education training and resources event will take place from 20 to 22 March 2014 at the NEC Birmingham, providing a mixture of expert and peer-led sessions.
Britain’s most charismatic scientist, Professor Brian Cox, has been confirmed as the first of several inspiring keynote speakers. Professor Cox, particle physicist and popular television presenter, will address visitors to help stimulate 21st century education and learning, in line with the goals of the Education Show itself.
The high-level, two-day School Leaders Summit will focus on the most crucial issues affecting school leaders, head teachers and school business managers. Topics that will be explored include preparing for the GCSE reform, using Pupil Premium to raise attainment, Ofsted’s guide to the inspection process, academy conversion, how to make the most of budgets and the impact of classroom technology. A rich variety of speakers will take to the floor, including Jack Slater, head of procurement policy at the Department for Education; David Hampson, OBE, chief executive office at Tolbar Family of Academies and Paul Jones, OBE, headteacher, First Federation.
Delivered by practitioners, for practitioners, the popular Learn Live programme aims to address the professional development needs of all, in five new purpose built theatres on the show floor: Teaching Technology Live, the National Curriculum, “How do I...”, Early Years and SEN. Visitors will be able to keep abreast of developments in education and gain insight into the most innovative and effective classroom and whole-school practice.
With the new National Curriculum high on everyone’s agenda, the National Curriculum seminars and workshops have been devised in association with Scholastic to help educators prepare for and implement the new curriculum with the advice and guidance of key industry experts and associations.
The brand new Teaching Technology Live sessions are designed as hands on, interactive workshops led by key technology providers. Providing advice and tips for implementing technology into the classroom, the 45 minute sessions will give educators the understanding they need to succeed. Alongside this, the new “How do I…” series of workshops will focus on providing practical advice and tips to take back into the classroom on a variety of key issues facing primary and secondary teachers.
A full programme of the CPD available at the new look Education Show 2014 will be available on the website. The Education Show 2014 is free to attend, and takes place from 20-22 March 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.