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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 and can also be read via an RSS feed at

WWI Resources from British Library

BL WWIExplore online over 500 newly-digitised primary sources from across Europe in the BL's new World War One website designed for secondary school and FE teachers and students.  Highlights include photographs from the front line, soldiers’ personal diaries, censored mail and propaganda posters.

Providing a pan-European perspective on the war, the site features teachers’ notes and articles from leading experts. Delve into the site to broaden your own subject knowledge and to plan new and engaging lessons.  The website forms part of the Library’s World War One centenary activities which also include a schools programme and a CPD conference for teachers, featuring author Michael Morpurgo, in partnership with The English Association and The Historical Association.


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Know Your Library Posters

Carel PrThese posters and powerpoint are a ready-to-use, colourful introduction to the library for all pupils and students.  The set of 'print your own' pdf posters covers the essentials from basic terms such as borrow, return and renew, to the arrangement of fiction and non-fiction as well as the parts of a book (contents, blurb, spine etc).
You can see all 25 posters in this helpful new resource from Carel Press (LRC version available).   A separate version made for primary schools is available called 'Learn about your library' - SLA members who order quoting the code SLA will receive a 10% discount.

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Private Peaceful day

Private Peaceful31 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.

The Reading Agency (TRA) are producing a special Private Peaceful Chatterbooks activity pack, which will be available for download soon.  

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]  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.

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Create a Comic, a Superhero Diary or a Suspenseful Story

Reading Zone Logo SmlReadingZone 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: 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.

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JCS New resources available

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!

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Robert Muchamore Virtual Event

MuchamoreNo. 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

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Creating Movie Magic

Creating Movie MagicNational 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.

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Happy New Year from JCS

JCSJCS 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.


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