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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.
Teach your Monster to Read is a series of free games to practise the first stages of reading. Combining top quality games design with essential learning, the game is built on the principles of synthetic phonics and follows the teaching sequence of the Letters and Sounds programme.
The game develops children’s speed and accuracy of letter recognition by taking them on a fantastic adventure through a magical world where they meet island kings and collect letters to win prizes. Children adopt and customise a monster, who they guide through the learning process. Teach Your Monster to Read has been produced by The Usborne Foundation and designed in collaboration with academics from Roehampton University.
The kids absolutely love this game - and they're learning! John Hole, Phase 1 Leader, Wray Common Primary School
Calling all primary school teachers and librarians! How would you like to win a bundle of books in time for the new school year? Answer our survey and win books for your classroom!
Penguin Schools want to make sure they're doing the best they can to enhance a love of literacy in the classroom. To allow them to shape and plan for future events and projects, they would like to hear your feedback, thoughts and suggestions. Penguin Schools greatly value and appreciate your input, which is why they have conducted a survey.
To enter, simply click the link below to complete a survey about children's books and events and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win a bundle of books to excite your young readers with next September! CLICK HERE to complete the survey.
Following the huge success of the inaugural Connell Guides Essay Competition, they are delighted to announce the second essay prize, open to all Sixth form pupils in the UK studying English Literature, will open for submissions on 15th September 2014.
With the award winning novelist Philip Pullman on the judging panel and a £500 prize for the winner, the Connell Guides Essay Prize is sure to draw the interest of all budding young writers.
Jolyon Connell, founder of Connell Guides, said “We are thrilled to have Philip Pullman as our judge this year. A former teacher himself, he will be well equipped to spot young talent, and after the incredibly high standard of writing from our first annual prize, we are expecting to attract a fantastic field this year.” Last year’s judge, William Boyd, said of the entries “the standard of the short-listened entries was uniformly high – thoughtful, intelligent, cogently argued. They should all be congratulated. Wit and intelligence were present in abundance…bravo to all.”
The Connell Guides Essay Prize aims to encourage students to think about and interpret literature in a way that takes their studies to the next level, potentially building on their UCAS form and making them a more desirable candidate for university places and future employment. But most importantly, it will also help to foster a lifelong love of reading and writing. Details for submission are in the PDF.
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As we know motivating teenagers to read can be difficult – especially in a world of digital distractions.
TRAC (Teenage Reading Action Campaign) are conducting research amongst teenagers into their reading habits, and pilot results show that the majority of 12-18 olds agree that it is difficult to find time to read during school term time, and just over half agree that it is difficult to find a book that really interests them.
To help parents, teachers and librarians recommend the right books for their teenagers, TRAC has published the first of a series of ‘top recommended reads’ . The first list, which are all books with a summer theme or setting, features explicit reading age and content tags, and can be accessed as a PDF and on the website.
Apple and Rain (published in hardback 14th August 2014, priced £10.99) is the fourth book by multiple award-winning author Sarah Crossan. It explores the bond between mothers and daughters, and the power of forgiveness.
When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question – why did you go? And she will have someone who understands what it means to be a teenager – unlike Nana. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bitter sweet, and Apple wonders who is really looking after whom. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as they really are.
Sarah’s love of poetry, and her skill in making it accessible for readers of all ages and abilities, shone in The Weight of Water. In this new book its presence is subtle, but just as poignant. A moving, perceptive and beautifully crafted story which has the power to make you laugh and cry. Website: www.sarahcrossan.com / Twitter: [at]SarahCrossan / Facebook: Sarah Crossan
Bloomsbury is offering SLA members the chance to win one of 20 copies of Apple and Rain. To be in with a chance of winning email emma.bradshaw[at]bloomsbury.com Please type ‘Sarah Crossan’ in the subject header and include your full postal address in the body of the email.
Demco Interiors has published a new online brochure specifically for anyone wanting to get started on designing and furnishing a small school library or classroom reading room space. Read more and view the brochure on the website.