Book Week Scotland takes place between the 18th - 24th November - and if you are looking for a WOW day to celebrate this exciting event in your school then read on, as we have a fantastic range of literacy workshops for primary and secondary schools in Scotland.
Book Day Assemblies
Assemblies are a great way, of course, of launching your Book Week celebrations - and ours are guaranteed to create a buzz about reading! So while both Bookman and Paige Turner comes complete with their own assembly, we're happy to lead whole-school assemblies at the start of a day of any of the programmes listed below - and all at no extra cost!
A Visit from Bookman - Character Visit
The world’s newest superhero, Bookman has the extraordinary power of bringing stories to life – and he'll fly into your school all set to help your pupils in doing the same. Armed just with his trusty Book Bag, he'll make an unexpected appearance at an assembly before leading classes through a series of exciting, engaging and enticing drama-based workshops (all differentiated for age). And the outcomes? Connection-making, Freeze-Frames and Talking Tableaux, illustrating key narrative moments from a host of well-loved stories!
"The visit was amazing, Jay (Bookman!) was a fabulous start to the day with his assembly, which really caught the kids' imagination. I had staff coming to tell me they were shocked when he burst forth from the cupboard and surprised the hall. He was brilliant - and I'm especially impressed that he managed to work with children ranging from reception to Year 6s and entertained them all. It's created a great buzz around the school about reading which is brilliant in the week of world book day." (Jeavons Wood Primary)
Paige Turner's Fiction Mission
If the characters in our favourite stories only come to life when their tales are read, what would become of them if Mr Noah Magination got his way and had all books banned? Paige Turner is on a mission to save the fictional worlds that these characters live in and she’s going to need your pupils’ help. After introducing herself at a whole-school assembly, she’ll work with a number of classes, using age-differentiated drama approaches to bring some of their favourite characters to life, exploring what it is that makes them so wonderful and what we would stand to lose if we never had the chance to meet them in the first place. This is her only hope winning over Mr Magination and guaranteeing the survival of books and stories for future generations- and that hope lies in you!
We've got a problem - someone has jumbled up all the entries to a competition for book lovers, and we can't work out who the winner is! Making connections with items left behind the competitors and the well known (and age-appropriate) stories and books they love, CSI: Bookmark is a great way of promoting The First Minister's Challenge. All of the stories relate to the outdoors - and, if the weather's good, the entire workshop can be taken into your school grounds!
And Don’t Forget … we’re also experienced in designing and delivering Outdoor Learning programmes for teachers, including twilights, half days and full days!
CSI: Reading Skills
Pupils who tell us they don’t like “reading” are always amazed when they realise quite how much skilful reading they’ve accomplished by the end of this fun and busy workshop. From inference and deduction to skimming and scanning, from previewing to predicting and from context to content, CSI: Reading Skills makes no bones in drawing connections between the everyday skills required to interpret infographics and play computer games and those required to delve into more formal texts.
Specifically designed to support pupils in making those connections between different ways of “reading”, CSI: Reading Skills sees them working in small teams to help out in a time of national emergency – because a briefcase containing some Top Secret plans was discovered on the 8.42 to Little Padworth, destined for an Enemy Power. The only clues to the identity of the traitor are to be found in a pile of old train tickets, recipe, book reviews and faded photographs. If “read” correctly, however, they’ll allow the pupils to discover who took the plans and why. KS1 pupils will travel to Storyland and use their reading skills to work out who it is that's been sending secret messages to the Big Bad Wolf!
Scenes from Shakespeare
Shakespeare was a superb storyteller - and his stories still survive unscathed today! These exciting workshops, though, take him back to his roots - by taking a dramatic approach to his work. Working with one of our professional drama specialists, pupils will get an actor’s-eye-view of one of his plays - and have a chance to taste the text too!
All of the workshops can be differentiated for age and require a minimum of 60 minutes (although we prefer longer) - preferably in a large space. You can choose from Macbeth, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, or A Midsummer Night’s Dream - and we’ll leave you with a whole host of suggestions for follow-up writing activities!
How well do pupils know well-loved tales? Having pieced together the key moments of given story in the correct order, small groups then dramatise scenes, culminating in a whole-class retelling of the tale.
Find out more
View our full range of Literacy workshops for Primary Schools in Scotland here
View our full range of World Book Day workshops here
Find out more about Book Week Scotland here - www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-week-scotland