Category Archives: Resources

World Book Day Reflective Reading Lesson Download!

As most of you will be busy planning exciting reading activities, extreme reading photo competitions, and dazzling fiction-related fancy dress costumes for World Book Day tomorrow, I thought I’d share a reading lesson to help alleviate the workload… This Reflective Reading lesson is all about World Book Day and analyses facts and opinions, ultimately asking […]

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Reflective Reading Book

Reflective Reading: Engaging and Practical Ideas for Teaching Reading Comprehension in the Primary Classroom by Anne Glennie This long-awaited title finally publishes the Reflective Reading methodology in print form, which is used in many schools and authorities across Scotland. This book provides the ideal accompaniment to in-service training and also serves as a ‘teacher’s manual’ for […]

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*NEW* Mog’s Christmas Calamity Task Map

Well, the Christmas spirit is strong today – because here is another super festive-themed Task Map for you to download! Today we have Barry Donaldson from Aberdeen City to thank for creating this cute and Christmassy activity-fest! The text is another advert – Mog's Christmas Calamity – inspired by Judith Kerr's book of the same name. […]

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*NEW* Man on the Moon Task Maps

With the holidays fast approaching, we can now finally mention the 'C' word… Christmas! And to help you out at this frantic time of year, here are not one – but two – count 'em – two! – Task Maps for the new John Lewis advert – Man in the Moon. We have to thank […]

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*NEW* St. Andrew’s Day Task Map and Text

What are you doing in class to celebrate St. Andrew's Day? Well, here is another *new* Task Map along with a text to help you help your class to find out more about the patron saint of Scotland! Today's Task Map lesson and text were added to The Teaching Trunk by Mr Grant from Aberdeenshire […]

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Planning and Assessing Listening and Talking

Would you like some *new* and *free* documents to help with planning and the assessment of Listening and Talking? Of course you would! Well, I have created the following that might be useful in your school to provide consistency in teaching, learning and record-keeping. If you are already a Reflective Reading school they will dovetail […]

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Closing the Gap: Get a New Plan, Stan

It has been a busy few weeks in the education world in Scotland, with what has felt like hunners of literacy reports and results being published. Having read them all, I am disappointed to find a lack of specific advice as to what schools could actually do right now, to address the attainment gap problem we […]

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Haggis, Neeps, Tatties and a Task Map!

Well, it's approaching that time of year again which, being from Ayrshire, I used to love in school – Burns Night! No doubt preparations are already underway for Burns Suppers including learning some super Scots verses by the man himself. If he was alive today, Robert Burns would be 256 years old on 25th January […]

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